The Mark Hotel, New York
by Harry / May 27, 2010


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.



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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.


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In the lobby a Ron Arad pendant lamp greets guests (that's the restaurant in the background).


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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.


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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.


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From the bar one can access the restaurant via a hallway with a floor to ceiling glass enclosed wine cellar.


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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.


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These drawers are the fridge.


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This universal remote control is not just for the entertainment system but also controls the air conditioning, lights and blinds.


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In the bathroom, a little CNN live in the mirror.


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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.


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+ themarkhotel.com


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