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The Surrey Hotel: A Transcendent Experience of Uptown ServiceSunday 6 August 2017
The Surrey Hotel: A Transcendent Experience of Uptown Service ⇒ Built in 1926 as a residence hotel, the original Surrey was home to many of New York’s most eccentric celebrities. JFK, Bette Davis, Claudette Colbert, and other famous faces who recognised the allure of exceptional, discreet service.
The Surrey, New York’s only Relais & Châteaux hotel, is situated in one of Manhattan’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, the Upper East Side, with direct access to Madison Avenue’s upscale boutiques and restaurants, Museum Mile, iconic landmarks and Central Park. Once a long-term residence to Bette Davis and JFK as well as Padma Lakshmi (as noted in her 2016 memoir, Love, Loss and What We Ate), The Surrey concluded a glamorous transformation in 2009, while maintaining its pre-war, Beaux- Arts charm. Named #1 New York City hotel by readers of Condé Nast Traveler in 2015, the hotel is the preferred hideaway of today’s elite set.
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Reflective of its Upper East Side neighbourhood, The Surrey by renowned architectural and interior designer, Lauren Rottet, evokes the ambience of a residential townhouse that has evolved over time with eclectic pieces that seem to have been acquired through travels around the entire world. Adding an unexpected twist, the hotel is accented with eclectic elements such as the front desk made of hand-tooled leather, and intricate mosaic tiles mimic an antique Oriental carpet in the grand entry. The hotel showcases coffered ceilings, limestone walls and mouldings, and marble archways and floors in the lobby. Rottet’s use of a refined palette of textures and shades of cream, silver, grey, light tobacco and black provides a timeless stage for the vibrancy each guest brings to the hotel.
You can have dinner at Café Boulud with a menu guided by the chef’s contemporary approach to classic French cuisine and his flair for seasonal delicacies and worldly flavours and then enjoy a signature cocktail at Bar Pleiades. For more intimate gatherings, the private dining rooms at Café Boulud are elegant settings for celebrations of your own making. With 189 salons, including 34 suites, a Penthouse and a Presidential suite and a discreet service, it allows guests to retreat from the public and keep a low profile in an otherwise high profile lifestyle.
A deluxe set of amenities include a private roof garden (intended to feel hidden with manicured boxwoods and ivy trailing over wrought iron tables and chairs, also boasting the largest bed of lavender in New York City), the Cornelia Spa (offering discreet and tailored services on the 2nd floor of The Surrey, it delivers a thoughtful spa experience enhanced by signature elements including all natural botanical tastings to complement a carefully curated treatment menu with intimacy and classic sophistication and cornerstones of Cornelia) and the Fitness center (Located on the second floor, it is open to guests with room key access, 24-hours a day).
The Surrey Hotel is, after all, a transcendent experience, where the high-energy Manhattan setting meets cathartic uptown service and discretion.
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Source: The Surrey