Anything across from the Carlyle and Gagosian Gallery could easily be mistaken as having airs about itself, but The Mark, even wrapped in all of its manicured sophistication (and preferred hotel of the Met Ball), is friendly. Not enough can be said about the Mark and its uptown panache—and almost unreal service. Everything from their signature hand-drawn brand illustrations to their thoughtful turn-down-service to in-room amenities (room service by Jean Georges and nightly LaDuree macarons) is designed with pleasure and comfort in mind. These spacious and stately rooms conjure the exquisite life on the Upper East Side.
The Mark is very distinctly a hotel (Even if it’s $75,000/night penthouse can become a defacto long-term residence), and yet it feels like what life might be life in an apartment building filled with interesting characters who have smart taste and impeccable suiting. The rooms themselves are spacious, comfortable and expertly filled with sharp design picks from legendary Jacques Granges. Though the rooms’ colors scheme is easy on the eyes in light taupes and greys, the Deco-inspired furniture pieces add just the edge needed to amp up their sightlines. Feathery bedding, plush slippers, sumptuous robes: sleeping here is serious business.
If black and white striped marble doesn’t dizzy you with delight, then the “fast fill” spout on the bathtub-for-two certainly shall. This is a bathroom designed for divinity. Spacious marble countertops with his-and-hers sinks, an invisible TV in the mirror, selfie-quality lighting, proprietary bathing products and rainfall shower head is far luxurious than what’s often found at home, but not in this sophisticated fantasy of life on Madison Avenue.
The black-and-white marble theme begins here, where its Greek Key patterns leads you to the front desk or over to Jean Georges restaurant or the Mark’s bar. Jacques Granges’ penchant for amorphous shapes juxtaposed to hard-edges is on full display here to seductive results. The Mark also has a small curated shop, off the side of the lobby, which has also become an online site “Le Shop,” featuring the very amenities available inside the hotel’s rooms.
Far larger than expected, the Mark’s gym is a reminder that exercise can be a luxury—and that people on the Upper East Side have toned bodies. Whether weights, pilates or running, the Mark has it covered. And if you’re the type who’s lost without a trainer, Dan Flores is on-call.
The Mark has an eponymous restaurant by Jean-Georges that independently of the hotel is considered to be one of the star chef’s finest outposts. A favorite amongst celebrities and New York notables, The Mark isn’t a spot to sop up the too-much-champagne you’ve had, but rather expand your culinary senses. But, if chilling in that plush bathrobe is more an order, the same Jean-Georges menu is available en suite, en birthday suit for the proper meals of the day (though there is a special menu for night owls).
The Mark is three blocks over from the 6 train at 77th and Lexington Street
The wonderful neighborhood-y aspect of the Mark is that it's almost in a squad with its surrounding hotels, The Carlyle (1-minute) and the Surrey (1-minute), which are culinary and entertainment destinations in their own right. Cafe Boulud in the Surrey is Boulud gem, while Bemelman's Bar at the Carlyle offers up-close and personal cabaret with your favorite celebrities.
The Upper East Side is home to J.G. Melon (10-minute walk), which is part-bar, part-burger joint—and all classic New York. Likewise, for a more contemporary take on the English Pub, head to Jones Wood Foundry (12-minute walk), which in its romantic wooden interior feels more like an English convent than a boisterous den.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Mark has style, grace and a sense about itself, an allure that’s a joy to explore. Posh but with a smile. From the thoughtful and quirky amenities to the serenity of the rooms, the Mark universe is at once a great indulgence but an inspiration of how to live life.