The Lowell Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Midtown East, Manhattan, New York City

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Pros

  • Located a block from Central Park and within 5 blocks of 7 subway lines
  • Luxurious individually decorated rooms with upscale amenities
  • Most suites have wood-burning fireplaces and kitchens; some have a terrace
  • An excellent steakhouse and an elegant American restaurant
  • Well-equipped fitness center with free snacks and fresh fruit
  • Upscale services include 24-hour concierges and turndown service
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • No spa

Bottom Line

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.

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Oyster Hotel Review

 Scene

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.

 Location

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.

  • 30-minute drive to LaGuardia Airport
  • 50-minute drive to John F. Kennedy Airport
  • 50-minute drive to Newark Airport
  • 2 blocks from the F subway line; 5 blocks from the N, Q, R subway lines; 5 blocks from the 4, 5, 6 subway lines
  • 2-minute walk to Central Park
  • 13-minute walk to St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • 15-minute walk to Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  • 15-minute walk to Rockefeller Center
  • 22-minute walk to Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • 11-minute subway ride to Bryant Park and the New York Public Library
  • 11-minute subway ride to the Chrysler Building and Grand Central Station
  • 12-minute subway ride or walk to Times Square
  • 16-minute subway ride to Union Square
  • 17-minute subway ride to the Empire State Building
  • 17-minute subway ride to Flatiron Building
  • 19-minute subway ride to Penn Station
  • 24-minute subway ride to the West Village and the Washington Square Park
  • 27-minute subway ride to the High Line and the Chelsea Market

 Rooms

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.

  • Flat-screen TVs with movies on demand and DVD players
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • iPods and iPod docks upon request
  • Marble bathrooms with separate showers and soaking tubs
  • Small flat-screen TVs mounted on the wall above the tub
  • Bulgari toiletries
  • Desktop Mac computers in selected suites
  • Most rooms have fully equipped kitchens with stainless steel appliances.
  • Most rooms have wood-burning fireplace s (wood provided).
  • Most rooms have furnished terraces (rare in NYC).
  • Free NY Times delivery
  • 24-hour room service available
  • Turndown service with Voss water

 Food

A wonderful steakhouse and an American restaurant with a popular afternoon tea service

  • The Post House is a fabulous steakhouse popular with middle-aged locals. It offers a great menu with steak and fish entrees, daily specials, and salads. It is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
  • Pembroke Room offers American cuisine with a twist in an elegant dining room. It is open for breakfast, lunch and pre-theater dinner, and offers brunch on weekends. Its afternoon tea service is popular with guests and non-guests alike.
  • 24-hour room service available

 Fitness Center

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.

  • Free healthy snacks
  • Free bottled water
  • Free fresh fruit
  • Personal trainer on request (for a fee)

 Services

The hotel is known for its personalized service and knowledgeable concierges.

  • Free welcome drinks
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Dedicated concierges
  • Turndown service with Voss water
  • Free New York Times delivery
  • Shoeshine service
  • 24-hour in-room dining
  • Business center with one computer

 Bottom Line

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.

Things You Should Know About The Lowell

Address

  • 28 East Sixty Third Street, New York, NY 10021-8088

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Lowell Hotel
  • Lowell Hotel New York City
  • Lowell New York City

Room Types

  • 1BR Suite
  • 3 Bedroom Penthouse
  • Deluxe 1BR Suite
  • Deluxe Room
  • Garden Suite
  • Hollywood Suite
  • Junior Suite
  • Lowell 2BR Suite
  • Lowell Deluxe 1BR Suite
  • Lowell King Room
  • Lowell Suite
  • Manhattan Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 70
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Midtown East, Manhattan
Address: 28 East Sixty Third Street, New York, NY 10021-8088
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