Art 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.
An 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.
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 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.
I 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.
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.
It 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.