why this luxury celebrity favorite should stay in NYC

Only a five-star hotel in New York could attract celebrities as well as a neighborhood hangout.

Manhattan’s Mark has been a favorite among the city’s affluent since it opened its doors 95 years ago.

With an exclusive address at the corner of 77th Street and Madison Avenue and just steps from Central Park, the property was redesigned for the 21st century in 2009.

Its unmatched levels of privacy make the contemporary hotel a firm favorite among celebrities, and it becomes The Met Gala’s “other red carpet” each May, where models, stars, and fashion are all gathered, shuffled, and mingled before at The Mark. after the show.

But this contemporary abode isn’t just about famous residents.

It’s also the go-to destination for New York visitors who want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Manhattan and Upper East Siders, many of whom pass by with their pets.

National Sophisticated accommodation awaits check-in.

Welcome

A sleek black Mercedes collects us at JFK Airport, about 30 kilometers from the hotel, and the ride is a good help with New York’s snail-like traffic before the driver drops us directly outside the Renaissance Revival-style building that is The Mark. .

Stepping into the lobby, we get our first look at the interiors by renowned French designer Jacques Grange, who has also designed homes for Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino and the Princess of Monaco.

Marble-striped floors of the blackest black and purest white open the way to the reception, tightly tucked to the left.

Check-in is hassle-free and staff easily chat with guests. As we make our way to the elevator, the doorman greets us, introduces himself and lets us know that the team is here to assist with any request, big or small.

On the fourth floor, our luggage is already waiting in our room, along with a beautiful welcome layout with fresh roses, refreshments and cookies in the shape of a New York yellow taxi.

neighborhood

Discreetly tucked away on 77th Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues, lined with boutiques on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, it avoids the hustle and bustle of downtown Manhattan, but is entirely walkable if you want a night out on the city.

Just a block from Central Park, it’s also within walking distance of New York’s Museum Mile.

security precautions

Nothing notable during our stay in line with the city’s Covid-19 measures.

Room

It features 106 rooms, 46 suites, and a 1,000-square-foot penthouse where Serena Williams hosted the baby shower party for Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.

We stay in the 77 King room because of its name because the sash windows frame the view of East 77th Street. With an entrance foyer, king bedroom and large bathroom, the room covers 46 elegant square meters.

Dripping in high-end, understated luxury, polished marble floors in the bathroom, large-scale modern art on the walls and a single device to control lights, temperature, curtains and more await.

The space manages to maintain a home-away-from-home feel thanks to thick plush rugs, a soothing color palette of rich creams, whites and browns. [we soon discover] cloud-like, king-size bed.

Fun details like the cheeky drawings on La Botega toiletries and coasters, and a dream mini-bar full of American goodies show The Mark doesn’t take himself too seriously.

Scene

The hotel’s personalized service and privacy attract celebrities, while its Upper East side location attracts well-heeled locals.

Trendy vacationers flock here too, perhaps fascinated by the hotel’s extravagant Bergdorf Goodman, which lets guests shop in the swanky store 24 hours a day, or the on-site lounge, from celebrity stylist to stars Frederic Fekkai.

But in true New York City fashion, all goes well at The Mark, and we don’t feel out of place even as we drive through the hotel with sports equipment to climb one of Manhattan’s tallest skyscrapers.

Children are welcome and there are Maclaren strollers specially designed for the youngest guests and sleepover arrangements for families staying in the suite.

Mark is as welcoming to children and pets as he is to A-list celebrities.  Photo: The Mark Hotel

Dogs aren’t forgotten either, and every furry visitor is given an in-room dog bed and a comfort kit filled with bowls, plus waste bags, leash and leash.

With its leather-printed stools and sparkling ceiling, the Mark bar comes alive every evening for after-work, pre-dinner and post-theatre drinks.

There is a large fitness center on the second floor, and guests can book a session with one of New York’s top personal trainers, Dan Flores.

Branded bikes lined up outside the hotel can be rented for free. If you want to take them to Central Park, let the staff know and they can arrange a picnic designed by Jean-George Vongerichte.

There are also orange and black pedicabs for rent, an eco-friendly promenade in Manhattan.

food

Breakfast at Mark's Restaurant.  Photo: The Mark Hotel

Managed by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, one of the world’s best-known chefs, The Mark Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Our dining experience revolves around breakfast, which we enjoyed first in the main restaurant, hidden at the back of the hotel, and then under monochromatic striped umbrellas on the sidewalk.

The menu covers classics and modern favorites such as buttermilk pancakes, avocado toast, pastries, cereals, eggs and granola.

The Mark Breakfast ($46) is served with a large organic egg, seasonal greens, Applewood smoked ham and a bagel, freshly squeezed juice, and specialty coffee, all perfectly executed by executive chef Pierre Schutz.

Also highly recommended is the Russ and Daughters Norwegian Smoked Salmon plate ($36), served with toasted pretzels, cream cheese, and red onions.

Service

The highlight of any stay at The Mark is service. Personalized, welcoming and utterly friendly, with staff that are consistently courteous but totally unconcerned with the hotel’s famous clients.

Little touches like finding a Laduree macaron on your pillow, complimentary John Lobb shoe polish, and fresh flowers delivered to your room every day make your stay beautiful.

Fun elements like the TV tuned to a Jazz channel when you come back from a night on the town fit the hotel’s lively personality.

The concierge staff is a fountain of knowledge. Call them for suggestions and recommendations that you won’t find in a guidebook.

ups and downs

With none of the pomp and ceremonies often associated with luxury five-star hotels, The Mark offers contemporary luxury in a prime location, and there’s something totally refreshing about staying at a hotel that’s as popular with locals as it is locals. townspeople.

Everything looks well thought out and nothing is too much trouble.

The only downside is that there is no swimming pool or sauna in the hotel.

insider information

Try a $6 haute dog at The Mark's street-side food cart.  Photo: The Mark Hotel

Get your New York street food fix with a side of style at Jean-Georges’ haute dog stand.

Just outside the hotel, the black and white striped car is decked out in orange bunting and serves up kimchi-flavored organic chicken and grass-fed beef hot dogs and classic seasonings for $6 each.

The most affordable Michelin lauded meal you can find in the city.

Decision

Every now and then you come across a hotel that hits all the right notes. The Sign on Manhattan’s Upper East Side is one such place.

It’s easy to understand why this hotel, which blends sophisticated elegance and fun-loving, enjoys an almost cult-like status in one of the world’s busiest luxury hotel markets, and it’s totally refreshing when you realize that celebrity attraction status isn’t going away. to the head.

Underline

Accommodations start at $1,075 per night excluding taxes. Check-in is from 3pm and check-out is at noon; www.themarkhotel.com

This review was made at the invitation of the hotel during the global coronavirus pandemic. It reflects hotel standards over time. Services may change in the future

Updated: September 23, 2022 at 18:02

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