After seeing some claims being made on Instagram, we called the hotel ourselves and an employee confirmed the unfortunate news to us…that the tree will not being going up this year.
Since there is construction in the courtyard and scaffolding going up during December, there will be no room to put the tree.
Many a New Yorker takes lovely holiday photos there, and it’s always at the top of our “10 Best NYC Christmas Trees That Aren’t In Rockefeller Center” list. It definitely won’t be the same on Madison Ave!
The Lotte New York Palace dates back as far as 1882, when it was built as “The Villard Houses,” six private townhouses surrounding a courtyard commissioned by financier Henry Villard. In 1974 it was transformed into a 55-story hotel developer Harry Helmsley, and in 2015 it was acquired by Lotte Hotels & Resorts. It is now the city’s largest luxury hotel — and top-rated! It’s also been seen in many movies and television shows from Gossip Girl to Will & Grace to 27 Dresses. It’s located on 455 Madison Ave.
Here’s hoping it’s up for next year!