One of New York’s iconic hotels is in the limelight again after opening the most expensive suite in the US
Back in 2009, legendary designer Jacques Grange put his spin on The Mark hotel, one of New York’s iconic hotels since 1927. His haute-pop fusion style includes a stand-out lobby – the perfect way to wow the fashion-forward crowd who checks in here – with a bold, zebra-striped black-and-white floor, Paul Mathieu orange velvet sofas and a Ron Arad low-hanging sphere chandelier.
Now the designer has returned to add his piece de resistance: a new 12,000 square-foot penthouse suite – the largest in the whole of the US – carved out of what was formerly a private residence. Stretched over two floors, this is all about pared-back opulence. But it comes at a price – it costs $75,000 a night, making it America’s most expensive suite. This figure will give you five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a steam room, walk-in wardrobes, a chef’s kitchen, library lounge and conservatory. Best of all, perhaps, is the expansive private roof terrace with its jaw-dropping views across Manhattan, taking in Central Park and the top of the Chrysler Building.
In the super-suite’s lounge, with its 26ft-high ceilings, there’s an oversized fireplace and grand piano, and it can even transform into a grand ballroom – ideal for dancing the night away. Meanwhile, the stately dining room can seat 24 people and the kitchen has enough gadgets to make Gordon Ramsay jealous. Of course, it won’t be Ramsay who will be dropping by to cook for your guests, but instead three-Michelin Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who oversees The Mark’s downstairs restaurant, and who is available for private dinners. He is just one of a number of high-profile names who can be called on to meet guest’s needs – personal trainers, a driver with your choice of car and private shopping and tailoring are also on tap.
If your budget doesn’t stretch quite so far, don’t worry – the hotel’s usual guest bedrooms do not scrimp on the glam factor. Marble bathrooms (huge for New York), deep carpets, Italian bed-linen and shimmery grass-cloth wallpaper give a luxe feel. While Ladurée macaroons left on your bedside, whimsically-illustrated toiletries and 24-hour access to Bergdorf Goodman are just some of the on-the-button details, that have been pulling in Park Avenue princesses as well as glam travellers.
Grab a cow-hide chair in the hotel’s buzzy bar, for the ultimate people-watching experience.
The eclectic menu at Jean-George Vongerichten’s The Mark restaurant includes a black truffle pizza. You’ll want to go back.
THE NOT SO-GOOD:
Save your pennies, this is upscale as it gets.
Room design can be a tad dull compared to the public spaces.
Rooms start from $650 per night, excluding taxes, staying in a Superior Courtyard Queen room. The Mark Hotel, 25 E 77th St, New York, NY 10075, USA. (+1 212 744 4300; themarkhotel.com)
This article also appears on BA High Life Online