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A quiet oasis with tasteful rooms and a renowned steakhouse
The Lowell draws well-heeled couples and families with large, beautiful rooms; top-notch services; and a central location on the southern edge of the Upper East Side. It is a small boutique, so it can’t compete with the amenities found at the neighborhood’s grand dames -- including The Plaza, The Pierre, The Four Seasons New York, and The Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park -- but the service quality and attention to detail is on par with that at larger top hotels.
The lobby features classic decor, with heavy drapes, a few upholstered chairs, and a couple of antiques, plus coffee, tea and small cookies throughout the day. It is small and somewhat dark, so guests generally don’t spend much time here. Off the lobby are the hotel’s two restaurants: a fabulous steakhouse popular among locals, and an American restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and pre-theater dinner in an elegant space.
Central location in the Upper East Side; minutes from swank boutique shopping and a block from Central Park
Located on a tree-lined street dotted with brownstones, the Lowell is in one of the best parts of the Upper East Side -- just one block from Central Park, and a short walk from the many high-end designer boutiques along Madison Avenue.
Barney's and Vera Wang. Gossip Girl and The Jeffersons. Andrew Carnegie, Woody Allen, and Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl." Long synonymous with old money and pricey real estate, the Upper East Side remains home to what might be the greatest concentration of individual wealth in the country. There are basically three reasons to visit: shopping, museums, and Central Park. The shops that line Madison and Fifth avenues -- Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Jimmy Choo, and on and on -- represent a veritable what's-what (and who's-who) of high-end fashion. The stretch of Fifth Avenue that runs north from the low 80s to 104th Street, known as "Museum Mile," is home to a number of world-renowned museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim. Finally, there's Central Park, which is a delightful place to walk, jog, bike, or sunbathe.
Large and luxuriously designed, with upscale amenities and lots of light
Rooms at The Lowell are elegant and stylish, with an off-white and light brown color palette, unique decorative objects, and homey touches such as curated libraries. They’re also spacious (about 50 and 100 square feet larger than those at The Carlyle and The Pierre, respectively), and each has been individually decorated with unique furniture and attractive details. All but standard rooms have an apartment feel to them, and most feature fully stocked kitchens, large living spaces, and wood-burning fireplaces. Some have furnished terraces.
A wonderful steakhouse and an American restaurant with a popular afternoon tea service
Bright fitness center with high-end machines
The hotel’s fitness center is located on the second floor and has large windows overlooking the street. It features a wide array of high-end machines, including treadmills, recumbent bikes, abdominal boards, and free weights.
The hotel is known for its personalized service and knowledgeable concierges.
The Lowell is a high-end boutique known for its top-notch service and gorgeous individually decorated rooms. It is located in the tony Upper East Side, a block from Central Park, and a short walk from designer boutiques along Madison and Fifth avenues. Its 72 rooms and suites have elegant, stylish decor and great amenities, including Bulgari toiletries, flat-screen TVs with movies on demand, and free Wi-Fi. Most units also have wood-burning fireplaces, full kitchens, and terraces. The two solid on-site restaurants and the fitness center are all perks, but the hotel does not offer spa services.