Legacy is Future
The rich heritage infused with modern inspiration informs every St. Regis address. Cherished traditions such as fresh flowers, afternoon tea and midnight supper events are carried out as flawlessly today as they were over a century ago at the very first St. Regis hotel.
We continue to honor the spirit of our visionary founder, John Jacob Astor IV, who built the original St. Regis Hotel in New York as the finest expression of art and architecture. This timeless blend of innovation and tradition are the foundation of St. Regis Hotels and Resorts, inspiring today’s new global traveler with personalized service, contemporary design and refined elegance at the best destinations around the world.
The Story of St. Regis
The story of St. Regis begins during New York’s Gilded Age, where the country’s first aristocracy rose to prominence. Among this elite group of families were such illustrious names as Carnegie, Vanderbilt and Rockefeller. One of the leaders at the helm of this new high society was the matriarch Caroline, of the renowned Astor family. Visionary and tenacious, “The” Mrs. Astor created the first true expression of New York society by hand-selecting those with whom she associated – known as the “400.”
Her son, Colonel John Jacob Astor IV, was later inspired to develop his vision of a private estate featuring technological advancements of the time and elegant touches such as butler service. These innovations debuted in 1904 when The St. Regis New York hotel opened inside Astor’s classic Beaux Arts landmark, located on 55th Street and Fifth Avenue. St. Regis ushered in a new era of lavish soirees and notable names, which have come to personify luxury and style. Throughout its history, St. Regis has attracted the most glamorous, creative and intriguing personalities of each era including Marlene Dietrich, William Paley and his wife Barbara ("Babe") who lived at The St. Regis New York, as did Salvador Dali, his wife, Gala and their pet ocelot.
Since its inception more than a century ago, St. Regis has experienced unparalleled growth, expanding its portfolio with hotels and resorts in such coveted locations as Abu Dhabi, Bali, London, Rome, San Francisco and Singapore.
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