There are myriad ways of seeing NYC – but if you want to do it in style, there is only one. The Mark Hotel, on the Upper East Side, is so beautifully put together that stepping into its lobby is like stepping into a piece of pop art. Designer Jacques Grange has been given carte blanche to wow with his Zebra-striped black-and-white floors, Paul Mathieu orange velvet sofas and a Ron Arad sphere chandelier. Save your pennies, though, for the hotel is home to the largest collection of luxury suites in the city (the three-bedroom terrace suite is $25,000 a night) as well as the most expensive in the USA (at an eye watering $75,000 per night).
The hotel is the king of collaborations – from its bespoke bicycles by Republic (complete with striped chain case and monogrammed bells) to its complimentary shoeshine kiosk by John Lobb. There’s a Frédérick Fekkai hair salon, and a fitness centre which offers personal training by celebrated martial arts experts Punch. Best of all, shopaholics will be in their element as the hotel has also partnered with Bergdorf Goodman to offer guests exclusive round-the-clock access (take one of the hotel’s monochrome pedicabs to get there).
If you can’t stretch to one of the suites, then don’t worry. The hotel’s bedrooms (there are 100 to choose from) don’t scrimp on the glam factor. Marble bathrooms (huge for New York), deep carpets and shimmery grass-cloth wallpaper give a luxe feel. While Ladurée macaroons left on your bedside, whimsically-illustrated toiletries and Italian linens by Quagliotti are just some of the on-the-button details that are wonderfully spoiling.
Overseen by Jean Georges Vongerichten, the amber-hued The Restaurant serves an eclectic twist on French-American classics. The Tuna Tartare with Avocado, Spicy Radish and Ginger Marinade and The Black Truffle Pizza are two of his signature dishes – but the menu is packed with sensational delights that you’ll be ooh-ing and ahh-ing over – including a Simply Cooked section (think Maine Lobster and Sonoma County Lamb Chops) that elevates the term ‘simple’ into something joyous. If you can look up from salivating, the dining room also happens to be one of NYC’s best spots for people watching.
Carrier (0161 492 1356, carrier.co.uk) offers three nights from £1,790 per person based on two adults sharing a Superior Courtyard King Room, on a room only basis, including return flights from London Gatwick with British Airways and private transfers.
This article was also published in City AM Newspaper in September 2017 and can also be read here