When it comes to luxury, New York City hotels offer the perfect balance of historical elegance and modern, urban elements against the backdrop of the world’s most iconic skyline. Whether you prefer a bustling scene or someplace a little more quiet, there’s a prestigious Manhattan hotel that fits your unique style and taste. Here’s our curated list of the top 11 hotel ballrooms in NYC.
The St. Regis Hotel, opened in 1904 by John Jacob Astor, has stunning historical detail as well as updated luxurious spaces for events of all sizes. The St. Regis Roof Ballroom, their largest space, features European-inspired opulence and stunning views of Fifth Avenue and Central Park. The rich, regal aesthetics of the Fontainebleau Room and the Versailles Room are perfect for more intimate receptions.
St. Regis Roof Ballroom Capacity: 250 (seated) – 350 (standing)
The Versailles Room Capacity: 180 (seated) – 250 (standing)
The Fontainbleau Room Capacity: 70 (seated) – 100 (standing)
Located in the hip neighborhood of Tribeca, the Four Seasons Downtown offers a unique space for any type of event in their Greenwich Ballroom. With floor to ceiling windows, it’s flooded with natural light and plays host to great views. The Ballroom’s chic design includes 31 hand-forged chandeliers reminiscent of Calder-designed sculptures, yet the space is neutral and versatile enough to adapt to any theme.
Greenwich Ballroom Capacity: 170 (seated) – 220 (standing)
The Conrad’s Gallery Ballroom is the ideal location for a grand reception or party in lower Manhattan. Its contemporary aesthetic combined with soaring 21-foot ceilings create an open and spacious feel that can be seamlessly divided into three sections. The Gallery also offers a dramatically-lit gorgeous pre-function space with floor-to-ceiling windows, perfect for everything from coffee to cocktails. The West Ballroom is a lovely home for slightly smaller events and offers the upscale perk of its own exclusive entrance.
Gallery Ballroom Capacity: 420 (seated) – 550 (standing)
West Ballroom Capacity: 240 (seated) – 300 (standing)
One of the most prestigious spots in New York, the Mandarin Oriental plays host to a Ballroom that boasts 3 walls of towering 18-foot floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Central Park and offering glittering views of the Manhattan skyline. The Ballroom’s open space isn’t sullied by a single pillar (no blocked-view seats here!) and features three immense oval chandeliers that add glamour and sparkle even before the first bit of decor is brought in.
Mandarin Ballroom Capacity: 500 (seated) – 1000 (standing)
The Park Hyatt’s largest venue, the Onyx Room, features floor-to-ceiling white Italian onyx (of course!) that’s backlit for a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind decor aesthetic. With large dramatic windows, the space is filled with natural light but also has cool, geometric light fixtures suspending from its tall ceiling. The Onyx Room foyer is home to hand-painted water-color panels in calming shades of blue and carpet created to replicate an aerial view of Central Park foliage. Both are unique and memorable spaces.
The Onyx Room and Foyer Capacity: 220 (seated) – 450 (standing)
The Peninsula New York
The Peninsula is home to one of the few luxury rooftop venues in midtown, making it a wonderful choice for a chic summer event. Their elegant Gramercy Room includes a private foyer perfect for cocktail gatherings What’s more, the hotel will only allow one wedding per day to ensure that each party gets special one-on-one attention. In summer, make use of the rooftop spot Salon de Ning with its dramatic skyline views over Fifth Avenue, two outdoor terraces and an intimate interior space.
Salon de Ning Capacity: 140 (standing/cocktail reception only)
The Plaza Hotel
The Plaza, open since 1907, is a classic choice for rich history combined with glamour. It’s Grand Ballroom has hosted numerous significant events, most famously Truman Capote’s “Black and White Ball.” The Terrace space, featuring exquisite architecture and original crystal chandeliers, is a jewel within the hotel. With more than one hundred years of experience, The Plaza will have no trouble making your event extraordinary with their brand of personal service.
Grand Ballroom Capacity: 540 (seated) – 900 (standing)
The Terrace Room Capacity: 320 (seated) – 400 (standing)
Situated near Central Park, The Pierre is a mecca for luxury-seekers looking for white-glove service. Its Grand Ballroom boasts loads of natural charm with gorgeous draping and intricate chandeliers and sconces. Additionally, the Ballroom offers a pre-function space called the Garden Foyer that features beautiful painted murals of European gardens. The Cotillion Room, now a beautiful event space, was once the supper club of The Pierre and was also the setting for the infamous tango scene in “The Scent of a Woman” movie.
Grand Ballroom Capacity: 500 (seated) – 1000 (standing)
Cotillion Room Capacity: 200 (seated) – 400 (standing)
Intercontinental New York Barclay
In the heart of Manhattan’s East Side, the Intercontinental offers 15,000 square feet of gorgeous event space with partitions for customized options. This hotel contains two large newly-renovated ballrooms, each equipped with the timeless staples of luxury: coffered ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and a regal crown molding. Additionally, a stunning grand staircase creates a an opportunity for a show-stopping entrance.
Grand Ballroom Capacity: 400 (seated) – 500 (standing)
Empire Ballroom Capacity: 224 (seated) – 350 (standing)
Lotte New York Palace
With just the right amount of historical elegance and contemporary elements, the Lotte’s Villard Mansion contains two floors of customizable, luxurious event space. The Villard Mansion is a 130-year-old Roman Renaissance style palazzo that has been preserved and restored and added to the Lotte New York’s signature event spaces. Filled with treasures like priceless mosaics, photographic art and sculptures, the Mansion is comprised of two ballrooms: the Madison Room and the Gold Room. The Madison space features landmark chandeliers while the Gold Room has a 30-foot barrel ceiling. Both feature intricate architecture and stately details.
Madison Room Capacity: 120 (seated) – 160 (standing)
Gold Room Capacity: 60 (seated) – 150 (standing)