For my stay in New York for design week I was a guest of The Mark Hotel on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. A bit further than usual from design week venues, most are downtown in SoHo or the Meatpacking district, it didn't take long to get over the extra distance required.
Originally built in 1927 The Mark has recently undergone a major refurbishment directed by Jacques Grange, France's most famous interior designer. The hotel has a distinct contemporary style with a mix of luxurious traditional fabrics, for example, combined with modernist furniture and lighting.
In the lobby a Ron Arad pendant lamp greets guests (that's the restaurant in the background).
In the Mark bar there's a distinct rural feel, most obvious are the cow spots on the furniture but more subtle is the pen-like pattern on the walls with silver sconces inside with what looks like alfalfa shaped cutouts.
The bar is also shaped like a spot and its shape is replicated on the ceiling. Spent some time here sampling bourbon (good selection) and had the time to notice.
From the bar one can access the restaurant via a hallway with a floor to ceiling glass enclosed wine cellar.
The rooms are designed for comfort first. Larger than most but not outsized, the rooms are smartly organized with every conceivable amenity neatly tucked away.
These drawers are the fridge.
This universal remote control is not just for the entertainment system but also controls the air conditioning, lights and blinds.
In the bathroom, a little CNN live in the mirror.
For all the design and thoughtful touches what I appreciated most was the understated service. There are some restaurants and hotels in New York were I have felt more like a number than a guest, at The Mark I felt genuinely welcome. That's not easy to make remarkable.