Arguably one of New York’s most imposing historic landmarks, The Mark New York City offers inimitable comfort. It’s a hotel that really lives up to its claim of sophistication and elegance. Towering potted palms and arched mirrors line the entranceway to this cheerful European-style Upper East Sider, calming the senses even before entry to the property. Making its debut in 1927, the hotel now features a total transformation. Every inch of the hotel has been refurbished to meet modern comforts. A redesign has kitted the lobby out with Biedermeier furniture and sleek Italian lighting. Designed by Jacques Grange, the hotel is chic almost beyond belief. Commissioned works of celebrated artists comprise the Mark Collection. The marble lobby, decorated with 18th century Piranesi prints and magnums of Veuve-Clicquot, is usually bustling with dressy international guests and white-gloved bellmen. Lacking a few dollars to spend at Fifth Avenue’s shopping options? The hotel offers a currency exchange in its lobby. Perfectly located for a shopping spree, the historic hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from the area’s most exclusive stores. It’s also near Central Park, with breathtaking views from the upper-floor rooms. Fashionable guests who need to have a newly-bought outfit laundered in an instant will find the 24-hour dry cleaning services truly handy. Business travelers need not head to the hotel’s business center to get the job done. With all these conveniences, each guest room and suite at The Mark Hotel manages to offer a serene and luxurious recluse. Mr. Grange’s exacting eye for detail and bold vision are evident in the luxurious Parisian theme. Rooms have nickel and white marble fittings, and beds are custom-made with prime Italian linens. State-of-the-art technology graces every space with high-definition video and audio options. With a single touch guests can adjust the window shades, entertainment systems, climate, and lighting of the room. Special rooms feature fax and printer services. All rooms have VCRs, web TVs, and kitchenettes. Valet and concierge services ensure that every need is addressed. Daily newspapers of choice are brought to each guestroom’s door step every morning. No time to explore New York’s best boutiques? Guests can have arrangements with personal shoppers. British shoemaker John Lobb trained the hotel’s staff, and The Mark New York City offers complimentary shoe shine services which are perfect before heading to business meetings of utmost importance. Especially popular are the Mark’s Bar, a clubby hideaway with lots of green furnishings and polished wood, and the more elegant restaurant Mark’s. If you’re looking for a bar to take your folks to, wander into the Biedermeier-bedecked Mark’s Bar, which doubles as a cozy tearoom and attracts an older crowd. It’s a good place for a post museum drink. The Mark Restaurant is lead by award-winning chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who crafts an innovative menu daily. All that sumptuous fare may make it difficult to restrain from indulging. Luckily, body-conscious guests have a fitness center at their perusal to get rid of a few calories. For memorable events, guests can book the second floor which overlooks 77th Street and all of Madison Avenue.
25 East 77th Street,
(646) 381 2676