The Surrey, New York
Published July 24, 2014
It’s tough to choose just one favorite in New York City – easily one of the best cities in the world for hotels. Nevertheless, it’s my job and so, for now, the Upper East Side’s The Surrey has my vote. Every time I check-in and subsequently drop my bags on the plush charcoal-colored carpet of the guest room, I feel instantly cosseted by the deliciously sophisticated space. In other words, I feel exactly how I want to feel when I’m splurging on a night in my home city. With a cool palette of grays, creams, stark whites and glossy blacks, the décor is wonderfully glamorous and polished, and yet, soothing. Favorite elements include the Coco Chanel-channelling in the bar (quilted leather walls and white and black lacquer finishes,) the intimate spa area with oversize treatment rooms and last, the guest bathrooms, which bear a distinct Parisian nod with vintage fixtures and black and white tiling. Contemporary art,like photographer, Chuck Close’s portraits, adorn the walls, Daniel Boulud helms the restaurant and in-room dining and the toiletries are a custom fragrance that ranks up there with one of the best I’ve come across. Being on the Upper East Side, the hotel is certainly a bit formal for some, but the quick-to-please staff quickly dispel any fears of pretension as does a glass of wine up on the guests-only rooftop at sunset. Ultimately, it’s the overall ambiance that gets me. Everything just feels so darn chic that I can’t but help feel that way, too.