Concierge Spotlight

We recently sat with Isabelle Hogan, Chief Concierge, for a first hand account of what makes The Mark Hotel stand out from the rest.  Here is what she had to say!

How long have you been the Concierge at The Mark Hotel? I have been Chief Concierge here at The Mark Hotel since October 2009.

What services do you typically offer? We offer every and any services such as Transportation services, Tickets to shows/concerts, restaurant reservations, Spa services, All Tour services, VIP tickets to museums such as The MOMA and The Metropolitan Museum…. pretty much any services that would make our guests stay more enjoyable.

What is your favorite part about being the Concierge? My favorite part of being a concierge is to see my guests happy after having organized their whole NY experience. Everyday is a different journey and dealing with my guests everyday and trying to make the impossible possible is what makes me proud of being a Concierge.

What do you think separates The Mark Hotel from all others? The Mark Hotel is located in a wonderful Upper East Side neighborhood surrounded by museums, Madison Avenue Stores and Central Park. The Mark Hotel is a wonderful boutique hotel with an exceptional service, beautiful rooms and suites and amazing bathrooms and of course the Best Concierge services.

Name one service you offer as a concierge that you think makes a guest’s stay all the better? The services where a guest does not have to leave his room such as in-room massages, In-room manicures and pedicures. If he needs a tie or shirt we would go and buy it for him, anything is possible and we make it happen!

What service do you provide that guests may never think of? If a guest forgot his tickets to a Broadway show in his room, we would jump in a cab and meet them at the Theatre with the tickets.  Or, if they forgot their passport in the safe and are on their way to the airport, we would take a car and meet them at the airport with the passport and a big SMILE : )

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Exhibit to See: “Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures”

Currently on display through March 21, Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures is being projected in a gallery setting for visitors at the MoMA-The Museum of Modern Art. This selection of silent films, some considered among his most daring & experimental, include “Eat”, “Kiss” & “Screen Tests”, which reveal his obsession & fascination with the cult of the “celebrity”.

These non-narrative, silent, and black-and-white films were shot between 1963 & 1966, though, it will be viewed at 16 frames per second, a style dating back to the films of the early 1900’s.

If you are a Warhol fan, this is definitely an exhibit that you don’t want to miss- it’s only a short walk (or very short cab ride) away! For more information or for viewing hours, call (212) 708-9400 or visit Moma.org.

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New Year’s Eve Tasting Menu

If you are still deciding on where to go for New Years Eve this year, we have got you covered. The Mark Restaurant is going to be dishing out a luscious 4-Course Tasting menu for you to end the year off on the right note.

Surround yourself with elegance and enjoy world class masterpieces from Manhattan’s pre-eminent chef Jean Georges, like the Scallop and Winter Truffle Tartare or the Truffle Surprise to start the evening.  With a start like this, you really can’t go wrong.

For more information or to make a reservation, email reservations@themarkhotel.com or call Toll Free at 1.866.744.4300.  Your stomach will thank you!

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2010 Holiday Windows


In case you have not seen them yet, this year’s Department Store Holiday Windows are absolutely exquisite.  Creative Director Simon Doonan of Barney’s New York created replicas of famous male Chefs like Anthony Bourdain, Mario Batali, Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri for the store’s “Have a Foodie Holiday” campaign.  While then menswear window is in an all out food fight, the Women of the food industry are staying warm in their Snuggies.

Bergdorf Goodman’s David Hoey created his ‘Wish You Were Here’ fantasy travel visions through a winged horse, a crystallized space odyssey with a crystal alligator, Roman mythology & 1940’s Hollywood musicals.

Saks Fifth Avenue takes us on a different road and tells us a story of a young girl that finds her way into her parents “cabinet of curiosities” and leads us through her imagination in each bubble & snowflake infused window.

With white & crystal adorned trees and ballerina’s hanging throughout the store, Henri Bendel channeled NYC’s very own The Nutcracker.  Bloomingdale’s, in retrospect, chose to feature an art installation with over 100 digital screens displaying the winter landscape and not one piece of merchandise.  Which is your favorite?

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Five Star Business Services at The Mark

As a businessman, you’re always looking to make your trip just a little bit easier. Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you should have to sacrifice the creature comforts that make you feel at home. Here at The Mark, we believe in dotting all of our i’s and crossing our t’s – we want to make your stay as luxurious and comfortable as possible. Part of that means making sure our business guests have everything they need to stay on top of their work. Read on to see what our Five Star Business Services can do for you.

Five-Star Business Services

  • Basic internet service is complimentary, both hard-wired and wireless
  • Premium internet service
    • Access to 45 MB Ethernet connection
    • Dedicated public IP address for virtual private network (VPN) connection
  • iButler
    • A uniformed “Five-star Geek Squad” making “house calls.”
    • Offering IT assistance in person or over the telephone
    • Solve any PC or MAC problems, internet security, remote access to company or home office
  • Business Cart / Equipment Rental: MAC or PC laptops, multi-functional printers, Polycom video conferencing and game consoles (PS3, Wii and Xbox 360).
  • Local mobile telephones are available at check-in
  • Remote Confidential Printing
    • Print or receive documents securely at the Concierge Desk, from your room or your office
  • Blackberry Printing
  • Complimentary Business Center available 24 hours per day and includes desk-top computer, scanner, printing, facsimile, office supplies and local telephone calls.
  • Bang & Olufsen 32 inch HD televisions with orchestra sound speakers in all rooms and suites
    • Blu-ray DVD
    • Connection to any iPod, MP3 player, laptop, camera and video equipment
    • Access internet on the television with wireless keyboard
  • Automated centralized control by Crestron for each room and suite
  • VoIP telephones (Voice over I/P)
    • Complimentary local telephone calls
    • NEC 7 inch touch screen telephones
    • Access to private DID line with a 212 local telephone number
  • The Mark Hotel features two meeting rooms with a spacious office/business center in between located on the second floor overlooking Madison Avenue and Seventy Seventh Street.  The meeting rooms designed by Jacques Grange have a residential feel and are perfect for a business meeting or social function.
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Thanksgiving at The Mark Restaurant

Some of us love the tradition of cooking for a large group of loved ones on Thanksgiving – and others would prefer to leave the cooking to the professionals. If you’re one of the latter folks, consider Thanksgiving dinner at The Mark Restaurant. Let master chef Jean-Georges work his magic on your taste buds this Thanksgiving. See our Thanksgiving 2010 menu below.

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The Mark Hotel: Holiday Specials

Heading to New York City for the holiday season? Hurry up and book your stay at The Mark Hotel before rooms fill up!

We’re currently offering a variety of specials – tis the season! From November 18th through December 31st, 2010, purchase one of the package deals seen at right and enjoy “Tea for Two” in The Mark Restaurant by Jean- Georges (once during stay), American breakfast for two daily through room service or the restaurant and champagne and chocolates on arrival.

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Headed to Sotheby’s? Stay at The Mark Hotel

Below you’ll find an upcoming auction at the famous Sotheby’s, which has an outpost here in New York just a short walk from The Mark. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay while you’re here for an auction, look no further than the luxurious and comfortable rooms of The Mark, a hotel that cares about visual aesthetics just as much as you do. Let us do your bidding while you do yours. The Mark is centrally located between Sotheby’s, Christies and Philips de Pury. The Gagosian Gallery is our next door neighbor, and while you’re here, you can also take in a day at The Whitney, The Met, Guggenheim, The Frick and more – all located within walking distance of our hotel, where all the guest suites are designed by Jacques Grange. What are you waiting for? Book today.

Latin American Paintings

DATE & TIME

Session 1: Tue, 16 Nov 10, 7:00 PM, Lots 1 – 66

Session 2: Wed, 17 Nov 10, 10:00 AM, Lots 70 – 261

OVERVIEW

Sotheby’s November Latin American Art sale features an exceptional survey of paintings by Wifredo Lam, one of the most important artists of the Surrealist movement. Some are re-discoveries such as Untitled (lot 8), unseen by the public since it was purchased in his historic 1945 exhibition. The cover lot, the monumental Les Abalochas Dansent Pour Dhambala dieu de l’unité, was one of Lam’s favorite works and graced the salon of his Italian home in Albissola. Other major surrealist works are lot 10, Leonora Carrington’sOccult Scene (Jacob’s Ladder), Augustin Cardenas’s wood sculpture L’Histoire n’est pas Finie I (lot 23), Matta’s Children’s Fear of Idols II (lot 25) and Wifredo Lam’s Figura Vegetal (lot 35).

There is an exciting selection of works by the pioneers of abstraction – several wonderful paintings by Joaquín Torres-García, Alejandro Otero’s pivotal 1956 Coloritmo 9 (lot 38), Brazilians Sergio Camargo (lot 37), Frans Krajcberg (lot 40) and lot 43, Abraham Palatnik’s rare 1965 Progressao 42-A.

Honoring the Mexican Revolution’s bi-centennial is a selection of works from the Colonial to contemporary highlighted by Miguel Cabrera’s cycle of eight paintings of the life of the Virgin Mary which has been hidden in a U.S. Convent since the 1920′s (lot 48) and an exceptional collection of 19th century Mexican works from the collection of Vera da Costa Autrey as well as masterworks by Rufino Tamayo, Pedro Coronel and Gunther Gerzso.


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Madison Avenue Shopping Map

New to the New York shopping scene? Never fear – here’s a list of the must see stores along Madison Avenue, where luxury comes standard. You’ll also find a map of where the stores are located, so that you don’t get lost en route to Prada and end up at Gap.

Ann Taylor, 645 Madison Ave.
Baccarat, 625 Madison Ave.
Bally of Switzerland, 628 Madison Ave.
Barney’s New York, 660 Madison Ave.
Bottega Veneta, 635 Madison Ave.
Calvin Klein, 654 Madison Ave.
Christofle, 680 Madison Ave.
Coach, 710 Madison Ave.
Crate & Barrel, 650 Madison Ave.
DKNY, 655 Madison Ave.
Dolce & Gabbana, 825 Madison Ave.
Emanuel Ungaro, 792 Madison Ave.
Erica Wilson, 717 Madison Ave.
FAO Schwarz, 767 Fifth Avenue
Fred Leighton, 773 Madison Ave.
Georg Jensen, 683 Madison Ave.
Gianni Versace, 815 Madison Ave.
Giorgio Armani, 760 Madison Ave.
Joan & David, 816 Madison Ave.
Krizia, 769 Madison Ave.
La Perla, 777 Madison Ave.
Madison Ave. Books, 833 Madison Ave.
Moschino, 803 Madison Ave.
Peress, 739 Madison Ave.
Peter Fox, 806 Madison Ave.
Pierre Deux, 625 Madison Ave.
Polo, 867 Madison Ave.
Polo Sport, 888 Madison Ave.
Prada, 841 Madison Ave.
Pratesi, 829 Madison Ave.
Sherry Lehman, 679 Madison Ave.
Suzanne, 700 Madison Ave.
Timberland, 709 Madison Ave.
Valentino, 747 Madison Ave.
Yves St. Laurent, 855 Madison Ave.

Looking for a great place to stay while you visit New York for the holidays? The Mark Hotel is luxurious and comfortable, and is perfectly located just steps from all the shopping destinations mentioned above.

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Ice Skating in New York City

Ice skating is one of those activities that you assume is limited to small towns with hometown hockey teams and their corresponding hockey rinks – but it turns out, there are plenty of places to ice skate right here in New York City. Soon after Thanksgiving, the city goes into full on holiday mode, and one of the perks (besides the famous Rockefeller Center tree, the holiday store window displays and the amazing Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall) is the plethora of ice skating rinks that open up around Manhattan.  Some of the more popular rinks include Wollman Rink in Central Park, the rink at Bryant Park, and of course, the rink at Rockefeller Center, below the giant Christmas tree.

Says the Central Park website of Wollman: “ Skating on Wollman Rink is a winter tradition for New Yorkers and tourists alike – so many people have tied up their skates for the very first time on this very ice. Ice skating is a long-standing and beloved tradition here in Central Park – as old as the Park itself. The first part of Central Park to open to the public was the Lake, in 1858. That same winter, it filled with skaters. Soon after, skaters filled the 59th Street Pond as well. A century later, these water bodies closed to skaters. Wollman Rink opened in 1950, a 33,000-square-foot venue built with a gift from Kate Wollman. With its romantic backdrop, Wollman Rink puts visitors beneath the magical New York City skyline by day, and its twinkling lights by night. You can see why Wollman has been featured in films such as Love Story and Serendipity.”

Wollman is certainly one of the more famous rinks in the city, and for good reason, but the Bryant Park rink isn’t too shabby either. The Pond at Bryant Park, as this rink is called, is Manhattan’s only free place to skate. One of the city’s most treasured destinations, this rink spends the entirety of the holiday season twinkling with Christmas lights, encased by the beautiful Public Library. The Pond also boasts a Christmas tree around holiday time, and performances on the ice are a popular activity for families and visitors alike.  

Last but certainly not least is the rink at Rockefeller Center – this too is a famous rink. The rink at Rockefeller Center typically opens Columbus Day weekend and stays open through early April. Ice skating at Rockefeller Center is a quintessential New York City winter experience. The Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Center first opened on Christmas Day in 1936. The Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Center can accommodate approximately 150 skaters at a time and the rink is 122 feet long and 59 feet wide.

While ice skating at Rockefeller Center is an experience that many New York City visitors desire, keep in mind that you’re paying a premium to be able to say you ice skated at Rockefeller Center — despite the small ice skating surface and the often crowded atmosphere.

Looking for a great place to stay while you visit New York for the holidays? The Mark Hotel is luxurious and comfortable, and is perfectly located just steps from Central Park’s Wollman rink and all the shopping and dining that the Upper East Side has to offer.

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