- Far from nightlife
- Close to only one subway line
- Can be hard to get a reservation at the popular restaurant
- Superior courtyard rooms on lower floors don't have very good views
- No coffeemaker in guest rooms
A classy affair on Manhattan's Upper East Side, with unique high design and wealthy clientele
As you enter into a lobby with a black-and-white striped floor and furniture that's gold and bright pink, you know you're not in your typical luxury hotel. The Mark is one of the top hotels in New York, and yet you won't find any crystal chandeliers or gilded sconces like you might at the St. Regis or The Plaza.
Which isn't to say the hotel is necessarily laid back or unpretentious. The lobby still has a formal air about it, even if the couches in the adjacent bar are upholstered in cow print. We were told by staff that the suites that connect to an additional guest room are great for families who want to bring their nannies along, which gives a good sense of the hotel's clientele. After all, the hotel sits smack in the heart of New York's ritzy Upper East Side, just blocks from the classic Carlyle Hotel, designer shopping, and Central Park. Many of the hotel's guests are business travelers, and in turn the restaurant and bar -- helmed by celebrated chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten -- play host to plenty of business meetings, dinners, and after-work drinks. They also play host to high-profile diners, including Barbara Walters, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, and Roger Federer. But spend a few nights at this luxurious hotel and you may just wind up feeling like Paul McCartney yourself.
Thorough, attentive staff and all the basics you'd expect from a luxury hotel.
On the Upper East Side, close to Central Park and high-end shopping, though not much else
The Mark is located at the corner of 77th Street and Madison Avenue, in the heart of Manhattan's Upper East Side, a neighborhood known for world class shopping, fancy apartment buildings and homes, and wealthy residents. It's also known, by some, for its distance from hip, downtown nightlife and dining.
Subdued rooms have stunning Art Deco-inspired bathrooms and unique details
Although rooms here are no doubt luxurious -- down pillows, Italian sheets by Quagliotti -- they are overall somewhat subdued. The decor is heavy on tan, eggshell, and other neutral colors.
The details, however, make the room. A Crestron control (like an oversized remote) allows you to control the lights, temperature, TV, and shades, and the phone has a screen for checking the weather. Pull open what looks like a drawer, and you'll find it's actually a freezer with ice (another drawer holds beverages, and yet a third one holds snacks).
Bathrooms, meanwhile, are stunning and truly unique; you'll feel like you're in someone's ritzy vintage-inspired apartment rather than a hotel. Black-and-white striped marble floors in some bathrooms, like in the lobby, are striking in the best way possible, and the cabinetry is covered in an aqua-colored laquer -- a truly Art Deco touch. If that's not enough, the countertops, deep soaking tubs, and walls are covered in beautiful white marble. Every bathroom has a separate shower, a TV embedded in the mirror, and heated towel racks.
All rooms have:
A restaurant and bar by Jean-Georges Vongerichten and a Federic Fekkai Salon are the stand-out features
The atmosphere is a little on the stuffy side, but kids are more than welcome.
A restaurant and bar by Jean-Georges
Jean-Georges Vongerichten, one of New York's most celebrated chefs, has a restaurant in the hotel, which The New York Times gave two prestigious stars in April 2010. Simply called The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges, this formal restaurant is open for three meals a day, and also offers an abbreviated late-night menu. The chef has become known for his world-class, inventive dishes, such as a peekytoe crab cake with pink grapefruit, avocado, and ginger. Diners should keep their eyes peeled for high-profile clientele (like Paul McCartney and Woody Allen).
Cats or dogs that are 25 pounds or less are welcome at the hotel.
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