The Mark Hotel is what I imagined Manhattan would be like before I’d ever set foot on Manhattan. A high-French landmark in the oofiest enclave of the Upper East Side, this is almost precisely what I have in my head when I tell people that I’ve always wanted to move to New York — a film strip of art deco skyscrapers, Woody Allen’s softly-lit street corners, knowing doormen and broad-striped hot dog carts.
We arrived scruffy and grouchy from our late night transatlantic hop, but were welcomed with such familial warmth that you’d think us guests of honour. (Of those, however, there must be lots — through the parquet-tiled lobby and up into the the mirror-clad elevators ebbs a cornucopia of People You’d Like to be Friends With: pin-sharp businessmen, chic artistic muses, deeply tanned old boys and absurdly well-dressed children.)
Once upstairs, the suites themselves are enveloping and bright, with crisp white linen and Italian marble bathrooms by La Bottega dell’Albergo. The tub (as our Manhattan friends would call it) was almost deep enough to stand in.
The views overlook 77th and Madison (it’s even a fun sentence to say outloud.) You get a complimentary shoe-shine by the chaps at John Lobb if you’re not too embarrassed to show them your shoes. And you can even enjoy a tour of the Big Apple in one of The Mark Pedicabs by private driver. This is the sophistication of a bygone era.
But man can’t live off sophistication alone! Fortunately the food’s pretty smart too. Michelin three star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has created a menu that reflects the transatlantic temperament of the clientele, with robust American chutzpah mingling with continental joie de vivre. Opt for the veal Milanese Escarole for supper, and thank me later.
- 152 rooms, including 46 suites and 1 penthouse
- 1 bar, restaurant, salon and fitness centre
- 24-hour in-room dining by Jean-Georges
- 10,000 square feet – the size of The Mark Penthouse, the largest in the United States
- 24/7 access to Bergdorf Goodman (transportation via The Mark Pedicab)
- A meeting room designed by Jacque Grange
- 70-feet – The size of The Mark Sailboat, the luxurious vessel available for the guests to charter in the spring and summer
The Mark Hotel
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