Finding a favourite hotel in New York has taken me years... I went there as a child but can't remember much of where we stayed, and then I've been to the Big Apple time and time again for work, and never found a place that I really enjoyed staying in.
Most hotels I've stayed in in New York either boast a lobby which turns into a nightclub come 7pm (nice for some I am sure, but not so nice if you have to spend the evening reviewing presentations and a 5am wake-up call). Some have the smallest little rooms with the noisiest air con units which seem to belong in the 1970s (yes, W Lexington, I'm thinking about you)... And lots are located in some unpleasant neighbourhood such as Time Square.
Then, one of my colleagues mentioned The Mark to me, and I thought I'd give it a try on a recent trip to New York. Let me tell you, I'll never be able to ever stay anywhere else in the city again. It is simply magical.
This little gem is located just off Madison Avenue on one of the leafy streets in the 70s, it looks like a little bijou hotel particulier from a gone era, and the monochrome colour scheme throughout the hotel screams of elegance. The location is incredible, a stone's throw from Central Park, at the beginning of Musem Mile and a few steps away from my favourite NY shops...
The bedrooms are big and comfy, the wardrobes well thought-out to aaccommodatea fashionista's suitcase belongings and more, and the mini-bar is gorgeous and stocked with some seriously tempting goodies as well as healthy munchies and drinks. The bathroom is so beautiful I want to refurbish mine at home to match... The food is delicious and arrives promptly when ordered via room service, even at just gone 5am which is when I ordered the above breakfast!
But what's great here (besides of course the location, straight in the centre of Gossip Girl central, if you want a reference!) is the service. Staff is lovely and attentive, trying to ease every guest's stay and ensure comfort throughout. On my way to the airport on the day of my return, I asked if there was a bathroom somewhere where I could get changed, and the bellman promptly escorted me to a suite on the business centre floor where I could not only get changed but also take a shower, leaving me with a "Take as much time as you need"; I can't say this has ever happened to me in any other hotel I've stayed at in New York. My only teeny tiny criticism? Breakfast isn't served until 7am, but then again this isn't a business hotel so that's not entirely surprising... I just ordered room service and went next door to the local St Ambroeus outpost for early breakfast.
Bottom line, my ever-so-patient assistant has now been told that now there is only one hotel I'll ever consider for New York trips, making her job of booking my trips at the last-ish minute and on budget even more of a challenge, in exchange for my eternal gratitude. If you could just see her rolling eyes ... LOL.
The Mark Hotel
Madison Avenue at 77th Street
New York NY 10075