In the transformative years of the late 19th Century, Henry Villard enjoyed entertaining his guests in a most civilized manner. As a financier, ambassador, railroad magnate and owner of The New York Evening Post, Villard possessed a vast network of contemporaries. These associates often visited his home and were welcomed with warm hospitality and good conversation.
On Madison Avenue, amidst the bustle of New York City in 1884, at the zenith of his career - he built the famed Villard Mansion. Today, the brownstone palazzo is the entrance to Lotte New York Palace Hotel, historically intact and beautifully restored to its iconic glamour.
Rarities is an intimate 25-seat salon within the mansion that lives up to Villard’s original vision: To create an atmosphere where industry leaders can entertain associates and friends in private. Only invited guests will have access to the space via a discreet entrance, just steps from the courtyard. The menu features exceptional Champagnes, pre-prohibition bottled spirits, modern classics, and a connoisseur’s wine cellar. This unique experience is coupled with the attentive and personalized service of an award-winning luxury hotel.
It is this combination of access and privacy that makes Rarities so unique. Guests may arrange their own private functions or join curated experiences where winemakers and master distillers share their passions. Numbered collections of today’s most sought-after wines and spirits will be made available for sale, and in some cases stored for future visits. Rarities will become an extension of one’s home, perfect for a quiet drink before and after dinner or the meeting point with clients staying in the hotel’s suites upstairs.
Henry Villard’s pioneering spirit has returned to Madison Avenue.