The 1930 landmark overlooking Central Park became part of the posh Indian Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces in 2005, setting in motion a $100 million overhaul—but it retains delightfully old-fashioned elements such as elevator operators and original fireplaces in some suites. In contrast to the glitzy public spaces, including the mural-clad Rotunda and the Grand Ballroom, the classic rooms are understated, dressed in a neutral color palette and immaculate upholstery, with modern gadgets including Bose radio/iPod docks. The sumptuous Turkish marble bathrooms are generously stocked with Molton Brown bath products. The Asian influence is reflected in silk bedspreads from Bangalore and contemporary Indian art, but the hotel restaurant is the fancy but inviting French eatery, Perrine. For before-dinner drinks or a sumptuous afternoon tea, sit on the plush green velvet seats of the recently reopened Rotunda, surrounded by walls painted with a custom mural resembling the classicist style, but paying homage to moments of the 1960s. Rooms: 189.
Billing itself as New York’s most boldly lavish hotel, the Mark seems to know just how to sum things up perfectly, and who are we to argue? Maybe it’s the in-room dining manned by Jean-Georges, or perhaps it’s the stunning Jacques Grange-designed rooms and suites…either way, this magical Upper East Side gem is a Central Park–centric destination for the books
Few hotels embody luxury and style as effortlessly as this East Side institution, which evokes a first-class experience of pre-war Art Deco elegance that is cozy and classy, with minimal pretension. Since the 1940s, the Carlyle has been a preferred spot for dignitaries, celebrities and politicians. President John F. Kennedy slept there (or rather, didn’t, with Marilyn Monroe), as did Sinatra, Princess Diana and Broadway legend Elaine Stritch. Part of the attraction is location: tucked away on East 76th and Madison Avenue, far from the chaos of midtown Manhattan. Most of the rooms are decorated in a tasteful Louis XIV style, but if you are lucky (i.e., rich) enough to score a deluxe tower room (around $1,300 a night), you will be treated to romantic views of Central Park, plus a small but handy kitchenette. Repeat guests and those who rent suites and above will be surprised by monogrammed pillows. The overall vibe, whatever your price point: the cool midcentury elegance of Mad Men. For a formal but relaxed dining experience, you could try the Carlyle Restaurant downstairs. If you like cabaret, the world-class Café Carlyle features singers Tuesdays through Sundays, ranging from beloved Broadway divas to longtime guest Woody Allen blowing on his clarinet. Before or after dinner, you must get a drink in the Bemelmans Bar. The place takes its name from the children’s book author Ludwig Bemelmans (he created Madeleine), who covered the bar’s walls in his playful drawings (an elep
The Surrey is a slice of English charm situated less than one block east of Central Park. It’s so serenely secluded, in fact, that you’ll likely never want to leave its privacy. Instead, savor afternoon tea with a side of celebrity sightings while gazing upon the park from afar. Life could be worse.
Converted from an office building in 1998, this slender 21-story hotel commands sweeping vistas from floor-to-ceiling windows—but the immeditate surroundings (a featureless stretch of York Avenue) are less than picturesque. Part of the Amsterdam Hospitality group, it is one of six New York properties, including the Marcel at Gramercy. Rooms: 197.
A hidden place within the elegant avenues of New York's Upper East Side is currently in the spotlight. The Lowell Hotel is a serene establishment that is tucked away within a residential block and surrounded by some of the top fashion stores in the world. This 74-room hotel is 17 floors full of creature comforts, refined artwork and posh furnishings, and is consistently named one of the best hotels in the world. The minute you walk into the lobby of the Lowell Hotel you are immediately hit with the smell of fresh orchids and hydrangeas. The enticing scent only gets better with the complimentary hot chocolate and cookies offered to guests while checking in (best way to beat off the New York winter chills). The Italian marble lobby is currently under renovation but is still quite extravagant, with no expense spared by the current owners. This boutique hotel has been decorated by famed interior designer, Michael Smith. He is best known for decorating the Obama’s private residences in the White House and being BFF’s with the family. When you get up to your private residence, be thankful you don’t have to deal with the typical flimsy hotel key card; you actually get an wrought iron key to unlock your oasis. One also may luck out and get one of the few rooms with an actual wood burning fireplace, a rarity in NYC. Just make sure to call down to the front desk to have them light it, while you are lounging in your sitting room, drinking fresh made Keurig coffee and wrapped in your c
Sure, the Loews brings it big with the business amenities like complimentary shoeshines, 24-hour business centers for insomniacs, and a giant, contemporary conference room. But the real reason it cracked this list is the famous Loews Power Breakfast. This relic of the 70s is straight out of the Wolf of Wall Street; it’s quite possible you’re eating an Eggs Benedict next to some of the biggest heavy hitters in the corporate world. Get your elevator pitch ready.
This Upper East Side hotel is located just 10 minutes’ walk from the Gracie Mansion and boasts free Wi-Fi. The 77th Street underground station is 15 minutes’ walk away. Each room at the Gracie Inn Hotel/Bed and Breakfast features a flat-screen TV and full kitchen. Select penthouse suites offer an outdoor terrace with city views. They are decorated in soft, cosy decor. Guests can enjoy concierge services at the Gracie Inn Hotel. Laundry facilities and a business centre are also available. The building is equipped with an elevator. Afternoon tea is also served daily. Both Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum are 1 mile from the hotel. Times Square is 35 minutes’ underground journey.
Centrally located in Manhattan, this studio apartment offers free Wi-Fi, a living area with exposed brick wall and a fireplace. The 68th Street – Hunter College underground station is 7 minutes’ walk away. Cable TV is offered in each brightly decorated apartment at Museum Mile Studio. An iron and ironing board are also included. The property is only accessible by stairs. A fully equipped kitchen offers a hob along with a toaster oven and refrigerator. A small dining area is also included. Central Park is 12 minutes’ walk away from Museum Mile Studio New York. Rockefeller Center is 1 mile away and Times Square is 2 miles away. A variety of dining options and shopping are within walking distance.
Located on the Upper East Side, this furnished Manhattan apartment features exposed brick walls and a fully equipped kitchen. Free Wi-Fi access is also included. The 77th Street underground station is 10 minutes’ walk away. A flat-screen TV along with a patio is offered in Loft Flat – a Dinosaurhaus Apartment. An en suite bathroom is also included. A full kitchen features a hob along with a microwave and refrigerator. A small dining area is also included. Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are 12 minutes’ walk away from the Loft Flat – a Dinosaurhaus Apartment New York. Times Square is 20 minutes’ underground journey.