Staying on the Upper East Side

The Upper East Side has always been, and will likely continue to be, one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in the city of New York. While many visitors to New York opt for the famous Plaza Hotel, which has routinely been popularized in film and on television, another hotel is taking its place as the preeminent place to stay. The Mark Hotel, which was built in 1927, is housed in a landmark building just one block from Central Park. It sits at the corner of 77th Street and Madison Avenue. Reimagined for the 21st century, The Mark blends old world comfort with avant-garde design and technology. The hotel, designed by Jacques Grange, combines French styling with the immaculate service beloved by those across the pond in England. The finishing touch? This is America, after all – so The Mark boasts the best of modern technology and comfort.

Each suite and room at The Mark Hotel is luxurious without being ostentatious – it is a hotel with class – the kind you hope to stay in when you’re away from your own home. Rooms boast Italian bedding, Bang & Olufsen TVs, and shoe shining from John Lobb comes standard. All furnishings in the hotel have been personally selected or designed by Grange himself, and mimic the Parisian luxury of the 1930s with pale colors and soothing tones. Grange has managed to perfectly marry the chic Parisian sentiment with the stylish and out of the box thinking of art deco – a standout part of the hotel is the black and white tiled lobby.

Already, The Mark is becoming a destination, not just a place to stay. Hairstylist to the stars Frederic Fekkai has established an in-house salon within the hotel, and room service comes from Jean Georges Vongerichten’s downstairs restaurant, The Mark. Not just a hotel eatery, The Mark Restaurant has quickly become popular with the locals, who love it for its sophisticated comfort food. The restaurant also features a bar, where a few cocktails and a handful of pretty young things have made it the hottest place uptown.

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