By Terry Trucco
No matter how you may feel about TripAdvisor and the reliability of its crowd-sourced reviews, it’s impossible to ignore “the world’s largest travel site.” And this year we wouldn’t dream of ignoring it: for the first time TripAdvisor users voted a New York City property the #1 hotel in the U.S.
The big winner is the Sherry-Netherland, and it’s an intriguing choice. It’s small — just 50 hotel rooms tucked inside an Art Deco apartment tower. It’s independent; though affiliated with Preferred Hotels of the World and the Mantis Group, there’s just one Sherry-Netherland. It’s not a bit trendy (and doesn’t try to be). And the sumptuous, one-of-a-kind lobby, modeled after the Vatican Library, is so private you’ll be questioned (politely) by a liveried porter if you venture in to check out artist Joseph Aruta’s exquisitely restored Renaissance-inspired ceiling murals, awash in garlands and putti.
Though seldom among the usual suspects on hotel best lists in publications like Travel & Leisure, the Sherry cracked TripAdvisor’s Top 25 for the U.S. in 2014, got a nod again in 2015 and now this. I last visited the Sherry shortly after the newly restored murals were unveiled in 2014. It seemed high to time for a return, so when the hotel offered a celebratory tour, I signed on. (more…)