Lets start with this neighborhood. The Upper East Side is quintessential old-world New York. Its a great place to stay in New York City, located in the heart of Manhattan and close to all the action. It is home to some of the world's most renowned museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere, with a collection spanning 5,000 years of art from around the world), the Frick Collection (a museum housed in a former Gilded Age mansion, with a collection of European paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts), and the Whitney Museum of American Art (a museum dedicated to American art from the 20th and 21st centuries). It is also home to a number of prestigious universities, including Columbia University (one of the Ivy League universities) and New York University (one of the largest private universities in the United States). And some of the world's most famous shopping streets, including Fifth Avenue (home to flagship stores of many luxury brands) and Madison Avenue (known for its high-end boutiques and art galleries).
Luxury Hotel Highlight: The Carlyle
When it comes to accommodations in the Upper East Side, we have a multitude of choices, but let's focus on a couple that stand out. Of course, there are plenty more, and if you have a particular favorite, feel free to share it.
One hotel that deserves a spotlight is The Carlyle. This classic establishment is now part of Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, which is a fantastic development. Booking through us, as part of the Rosewood Elite program, provides some extra perks.
What sets The Carlyle apart is that it doesn't exude the aura of a typical chain hotel. It's an establishment that didn't necessarily require a facelift, but it received one, and the results are stunning.
The iconic Bemelmans Bar is a must-visit. Even if you're not staying at the hotel, it's worth coming here for a drink. However, when you venture upstairs, you'll find a pleasant surprise. The rooms have undergone a complete transformation. They've shed their old New York vibe, which, while charming in its own right, might not have been everyone's cup of tea.
Now, The Carlyle's rooms blend in Rosewood's modern design while still retaining a certain residential charm. Staying here feels like you're in a stylish Upper East Side apartment. It's the kind of classic luxury that combines seamlessly with a keen sense of design.
The Carlyle is a larger hotel, and this works to your advantage in the Upper East Side. The towers offer some exceptional views. While the lower level rooms feature a classic New York street view, some of the tower rooms offer stunning vistas of Central Park, truly a sight to behold.
Luxury Hotel Highlight: The Mark Hotel
Another gem to consider is The Mark. This hotel boasts a rich history, having graced the Upper East Side for quite some time before undergoing a splendid renovation that revitalized its essence. The Mark offers an atmosphere that sets it apart from The Carlyle. It exudes a sense of classic New York, not in a stuffy way, but in a manner that feels refreshingly traditional.
What makes The Mark truly stand out is its vibrant ambiance. It's the epicenter of Upper East Side social life. The bar is perpetually buzzing with activity. Recently, the Asiate restaurant has been replaced with Caviar Kaspia, a remarkably upscale and delightful culinary establishment. Dining here is an exquisite experience, though it can lean toward the more expensive side. The rooms at The Mark reflect the hotel's somewhat cozier footprint. However, this characteristic allows for some truly remarkable views.
It's noteworthy to mention that The Mark features the most expensive penthouse in the entire city. Surprisingly, it's frequently booked, a fascinating tidbit. Speaking of interesting tidbits, here's some insider gossip: when husbands find themselves "between residences" after marital disputes on the Upper East Side, The Mark is often their choice for a new abode.
The bedrooms here are exceptional, but it's the bathrooms that I find captivating. The elegant black and white tile theme that graces the lobby continues into these spaces, providing an impeccably designed and striking atmosphere. It's chic and cozy, embodying the essence of New York.
One of The Mark's unique features is a specific suite that includes a library, an excellent choice for business travelers who anticipate conducting work within the confines of their room.
The Mark, much like The Carlyle, is a destination unto itself. Even if you're not planning to stay here, it's a place you should consider for dining, for a drink at the bar, or simply to bask in the exhilarating atmosphere. It's the kind of establishment that elicits the desire to dress up for the occasion, embodying an air of fabulousness. Interestingly, The Mark was the first of New York's luxury hotels to open its doors at the onset of the pandemic.