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Parisian Chic at the Mark Hotel, Upper East Side, New York

Parisian Chic at the Mark Hotel, Upper East Side, New York

by Kelly Sparkes on August 6, 2012

Entrance to the Mark HotelArt Deco luxury and French glamour with a bit of funkiness thrown in, the Mark hotel certainly has the wow factor.

Situated in the Upper East Side, one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in New York City, it fits in perfectly. Surrounded by gorgeous architecture, including the handsome brownstone buildings synonymous with New York, the neighbourhood feels safe and charming.

Central Park is only a short walk away, adding to the appeal of this stylish hotel.

The lobby is impressive, even at 4am London time, after a delayed long haul flight. The dramatic black and white marble floor sets off the contemporary furniture perfectly.
I fell in love with this Ge-Off Sphere, 2000 light by Ron Arad.
The Mark Hotel LobbyAn impressive marble staircase leads up to the Frederick Fekkai salon where you can be pampered and get your hair coiffed like an Upper East-sider in total luxury. I love the way the mirrors in the gold and silver balls reflect the flooring.

Lobby StairsCrazy mirror spheres in the lobby
We had the pleasure of staying in two different rooms for our stay, firstly a Seventy Seven King room and then a Superior Courtyard room. The Seventy Seven King room bedroom was bigger in the courtyard room, but the bathroom was smaller so I don’t think there was much in it overall. We had a wonderfully leafy green view of the courtyard in the second room.  The fine Italian bed linen by Quagliotti felt really luxurious.

The bedroom in our Courtyard RoomThe hotel interior was designed by Jaques Grange right down to the fabulous mint green bathroom cupboards. Copious amounts of black and white marble complete this Art Deco inspired bathroom. The striped floor is made from large strips of marble butted up against each other, without any joints and I think it was slightly heated, as it isn’t cold underfoot, very decadent. Everything is oversized too, and the power behind the water makes for an amazing shower.

Mint Green Sink UnitHuge Marble enclosed bath
How great is this chunky, polished nickel handle from the shower cubicle? Mr S was quite amused by how amazing I thought this was!

Shower HandleI also had a sneaky peak at the suites (if you don’t ask, you don’t get!). They are similar in decoration to the standard rooms, but much bigger with separate living areas, better views and deluxe kitchens. This is a living area and view from one of them.

Suite LoungeView from the Mark Premier Suite
The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges is fantastic. Split into two areas you can enjoy a casual meal by the bar, or something more formal in the atrium area. We dined in the restaurant at lunchtime and were really impressed by the atmosphere, menu and food.

The Mark BarThe Mark Restaurant
Even their bikes are stylish, coordinated with the black and white stripe synonymous with the hotel. Hotel guests can can take them out for free, perfect for exploring nearby Central Park.

The Mark BikesIt was our first visit to the leafy green Upper East side, and although very different to the trendy Tribeca area we usually stay in, we really enjoyed the relaxed, cheerful feel of this hotel and neighbourhood.

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tina August 6, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Oh, the adventure has begun!

All sounds rather lovely and luxurious. I love those mirrors reflecting the floor and the art deco inspired bathroom is fab. Glad you’re having such a nice time. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

Good for you asking to see the suites. You don’t ask, you don’t get, right? Right!!! x


Kelly Sparkes August 9, 2012 at 1:47 pm

I’m learning from the master :) x


Claire August 7, 2012 at 8:21 am

Love the Arad light, mirrors and I expect that would have and an equally confused Mr T from the reaction to the door handle!
I love the black and white stripes!


Kelly Sparkes August 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm

He he, the poor husbands of Interior Designers :) Black and white stripes seem to be everywhere over here, already thinking about how I can incorporate into some of my coursework…


Laura Passey August 7, 2012 at 6:19 pm

The repetition of the black and white humbug stripes in various guises is effective, isn’t it? So fun. I adore that mint green in the bathroom!

I’m very excited about the next episode of Mr and Mrs S Stateside 2012!



Kelly Sparkes August 9, 2012 at 1:53 pm

The stripes are so effective and you’re right, the lobby was fun! I’m not usually a fan of mint green, but I really loved it with the black and white in that bathroom. The Art Deco oversized decadence of that room would be perfect for Mr Hillier ;)



Sam Lennie August 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Lovely hotel, gotta dig that Art Deco thang :-) Mmm I can’t decide whether I like the peppermint green though but LOVE the striped floors throughout. You’re right about Mr Hillier liking this bathroom, perfect inspiration for your Module.

I love that you are getting to sample different hotels, that’s so cool. x


Annie August 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Robert Hillier! Good Lord that man gets through a lot of bathrooms!

Sorry but I hate those striped floors. I love that sitting room in the suite though. And that proper new York view! X


Kelly Sparkes August 31, 2012 at 11:18 am

Ha ha yes he does! No need to apologise for not liking the striped floor, vive la différence :)

I love the way you can look down some New York Streets and see for miles x


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