1 Hotel Central Park

A beautifully designed five star hotel situated near Central Park, the 1 Hotel Central Park is the perfect refuge in the middle of Manhattan. Relax in comfort, surrounded by living green plants and thoughtful touches of nature. This luxurious eco hotel is as close as you’ll get to glamping in Central Park. The interior is adorned with 24,000 plants and a wildly imaginative 'enchanted forest' design, top chef Jonathan Waxman helms the restaurant Jams and 60 of the rooms have views of the park. An oasis in the heart of bustling midtown. The hotel is one block away from Central Park on East 58th Street and the Avenue of the Americas. This is a fantastic location for visiting the park and reaching anywhere in Manhattan. Virtually everything in the city is less than 30 minutes away. On the doorstep are MoMA, the shops at Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue, the Rockefeller Center and the Lincoln Center. The 1 Hotels are an eco concept by W hotel chain founder Barry Sternlicht. The interior is designed by NYC hipster firm AvroKo to feel like an enchanted forest. Ivy grows up the outside of the building and on the inside 24,000 plants dangle from the lobby ceiling, climb up the walls and surprise you in the shower. Guests get a wooden room key (digital chip inside). Enormous slices of oak line the elevators, reclaimed barn wood is used for the headboards and the hotel’s front door is decorated with locust tree twigs. A Tesla premium electric vehicle is available for free rides within a 15-block radius. There’s free valet parking for electric vehicles and bikes (polluting vehicles pay $55/£45 a night). The Fieldhouse fitness centre (with cork walls and giant windows) has the latest gym gear, and the Hive is a beautifully designed business area for lounging, meetings and for a change of scene. There is also a 24-hour concierge service and room service. This is a dog friendly hotel – beds, bowls, poo bags, healthy pet food and even a doggy concierge offers local doggy tips. BarFitness centreParkingRestaurantRoom serviceWi-Fi The 229 rooms are beautifully appointed with craft made furniture and interesting details like bedheads made of salvaged wood from water towers and barns. The plush Keetsa mattresses are hemp filled and the sheets are 100 per cent organic cotton. The separate bathrooms are lined with unusual Breccia Capraia marble and have stone sinks and copper taps. Clever eco touches abound including triple filtered drinking and bathing water, a reusable chalk board in place of a notepad, recycled paper hangers and a five-minute timer in the shower (optional). Sixty rooms have a window seat overlooking Central Park. Guests also get a Bluetooth speaker, in-room mobile phone and yoga mat. The 100-seat Jams restaurant is a destination in its own right. Chef Jonathan Waxman, who introduced New Yorkers to the farm-to-table movement in the Eighties is at the helm, and the resturant sits within a modern greenhouse-like space with outdoor seating. Signature mains include the juicy Jams chicken with salsa verde $25 (£20) and corn and burst cherry gnocchi $24 (£19). At breakfast there is the full range of options from croissants $4(£3) to an excellent frittata, $15 (£12). The restaurant provides 24-hour room service and breakfast, lunch and dinner. Complimentary fruit and granola are available in the mornings in the lobby. City King room from $345 in low season; and from $675 in high season. Breakfast not included. Free Wi-Fi. Access for guests with disabilities? There are 12 wheelchair-accessible rooms. Family-friendly? The 'seedlings' programme is like an adventure camp for children providing in-room sleeping bags and binoculars for birdwatching in the park. There are also games for rainy days, free cots, free rollaway beds (the latter available only in suites) and interconnecting rooms.