The Mark is a fresh excursion from the usual stuffy hotels and establishments known of the Upper East Side. Walking into the sleek black and white tiled lobby, if you’re not already informed you might never guess that the hotel opened in 1927 or that the building was originally designed by the preeminent architects of the roaring 20′s, Schwartz & Gross. The hotel recently underwent a much needed head to toe refurbishment with designer Jacques Granges at the helm, whose previous clients include Yves Saint Laurent and Princess Caroline of Monaco. Located in the ‘Historic District’ on 77th Street between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, the Mark has become a landmark of New York City culture. Tons of interesting things have happened at this hotel. Back in 1994 Johnny Depp and Kate Moss, having a lovers spat were evicted and then arrested for trashing the Presidential Suite after the hotel received complaints from none other than Roger Daltry who was staying in the suite next door. As Depp was dragged away by police outside the hotel, he proclaimed to reporters that an Armadillo burst out of the closet, attacked him and destroyed the room along the way. The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson was recently caught on tape in a room at the Mark, trying to sell access to her ex-husband Prince Andrew to undercover reporters. Oprah Winfrey and Hugh Grant were both recently spotted in the hotel lobby (although on separate occasions) and Martha Stewart recently “tweeted” a photo of her dish at Jean Georges’ “The Mark” restaurant.
This fifteen-story building is home to one hundred rooms and fifty extraordinary suites. The world’s best boutique shopping and restaurants are at the doorstep of this classic hotel while Central Park is just a block away with countless outdoor activities—running, biking, skating, or visiting the Central Park Zoo. Also just steps away from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and within walking distance of other great museums: the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum and many of New York’s finest art galleries.
Staying at The Mark is nothing short of luxurious, with all the 5-star services you can think of available 24 hours a day. Needless to say, there is 24-hour concierge, doorman, valet parking, a fully equipped fitness center and business center as well. Frédéric Fekkai’s new Salon Mark is also available as well as in-suite massages, hairstyling and nail treatments. The formal and casual dining rooms are hosted by internationally renowned chef Jean Georges. Bar Mark is the Upper East Side’s most chic and intimate lounge. If the future finds you having to stay in the Upper East Side whether for business or whatever reason, do yourself a favor and stay at the Mark.