Monday, July 30, 2012

Where to Stay: The Surrey

With all the time we spend shopping along Madison Avenue it's a wonder that we have never considered those who do not live in the immediate vicinity. After several requests for hotel recommendations we are dedicating the entire week to uncovering the amazing places to stay along Madison Avenue.

There are basically five hotels from which to choose -- The Mark, The Surrey, The Carlyle, The Lowell, and Hôtel Plaza Athénée. Truth be told, the hotels are as varied as the boutiques along Madison Avenue. There isn't a wrong choice among these establishments but we hope to help you find the place to stay that best represents your personal style.

The Surrey 
The Surrey hotel is an art lover's dream destination. The property is located at 76th and Madison, which is right in the heart of Museum Mile. In addition to the surrounding museums, the hotel hosts an impressive modern art collection that is dispersed throughout the private and public spaces.

The Surrey has all the furnishings and panache of a chic boutique hotel but without any of the pretense. Interior architect Lauren Rottet was agile in her ability to create a modern space that maintains sophistication and warmth. Upstairs, the rooms are furnished functionally and luxuriously.

Each salon is very spacious and outfitted for ultimate comfort with a Duxiana bed and custom Sferra bedding. Every item is well edited and functional, as well as luxurious. The oversized desks are a working traveler's dream.

If you're looking to find the perfect place to daydream you must check out the hotel's rooftop garden. This 17th floor oasis is exclusive to hotel guests and select "members" from the neighborhood. This serene escape is the perfect spot to grab a light snack or drink before dinner-- we suggest the Basil Martini.

Downstairs, you can eat at Daniel Boulud's world class restaurant, Cafe Boulud or grab a drink at the neighborhood's favorite, Bar Pleiades. In addition, New York's most indulgent spa just opened in the Surrey. Cornelia Spa, is best known for their decedent services and skilled staff. Personally, we can't wait to try the Caviar and Oxygen Reparitive Quench facial.

The hotel contains 190 salons, including 30 one-bedroom suites. Even the most jaded traveler will become giddy from the Penthouse and a Presidential Suites. Rooms range in price from about $400 to about $7500.

The Surrey is clearly the destination of choice for well-heeled travelers and neighborhood residents needing an extra room for guests. If Coco Chanel were coming into town, this is where she would stay.

Packing tip: Don't forget your Metallic Silver Chanel Reissue

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