Lots of hotels offer guests complimentary car service. But at the luxurious St. Regis New York in Manhattan, the experience is giving a whole new meaning to the word “nightshift.”
By day, guests are chauffeured from business meetings to luncheons to private shopping in the hotel’s Moonbeam (Silver) Flying Spur, part of its 2015 Bentley Fleet. By night, they head to dinner, theater or one of myriad galas in the Beluga (Black) Mulsanne.
“At The St. Regis New York, we strive to provide unparalleled and inventive luxury experiences to our guests,” says Hermann Elger, general manager of hotel. “By offering access to the Flying Spur during the day and the Black Beluga Mulsanne in the evening, we are providing our guests with the only in-house Bentley car service with different cars for day and evening use. The Bentley Fleet is a perfect representation of the hotel’s innovative spirit and commitment to providing guests with above and beyond luxury accommodations.”
The changing of the Bentley guard occurs at the beginning of an evening ritual that happens at St. Regis properties the world over. As the black Mulsanne arrives at The St. Regis New York — founded more than a century ago by John Jacob Astor IV — the lights dim and candles are lit. Jazz fills the King Cole Bar & Salon, and afternoon tea gives way to the hotel’s signature Bloody Marys.
It would be worth it, it seems, to book the hotel’s Bentley Suite — designed with Bentley Motors — or another accommodation there just to tool around town in these cars.
The St. Regis New York’s guests have complimentary access to both vehicles within a 10-block radius of the hotel on a first-come, first-serve basis 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The hotel is on Fifth Avenue at 55th Street. For more, visit stregisnewyork.com.