SPOTLIGHT ON: THE MARK, NEW YORK'S MOST BOLDLY LAVISH HOTEL

There’s never been a better time for a romantic staycation, all champagne in the bubble bath and holiday movies in cozy robes—and there’s never been a better place to take one than The Mark Hotel, in the heart of New York City’s prototypically romantic Upper East Side.

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It’s one of those hotels steeped in story, yet still small enough and hidden away enough to feel like an undiscovered gem. It’s a staple during New York Fashion Week (IMG creates bespoke content just for its guests), it is home to Michelin-star chef Jean-George’s The Mark restaurant, and it’s the go-to prep destination for Met Gala glamazons like Salma Hayek, Janelle Monae, the Hadid sisters and Lupita Nyong’o.

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While it represents all the hallmarks of Upper East Side luxury—including white-glove service, privacy, and impeccable discretion—The Mark imbues a sense of playfulness at every turn. It starts with the graphic lines of the lobby, rendered in bold black and white stripes, and continues on to the hotel bar, a favorite uptown drinks spot where black and white cowhide collide with constellation-inspired lighting for a cool, contemporary departure from the standard classic wood hotel bar. The spirit of playfulness continues outside with the hotel’s Hot Dog Stand—done in Jean-Georges style, of course—who also had his hand in creating The Mark Spoiled Dog menu for its four-legged hotel guests. 

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The hotel recently upped its offering of exclusive experiences with the creation of "A One of a Kind Experience on The Mark Sailboat with Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten," which gives guests a chance to charter the hotel’s 78-foot Hershoff-designed Ventura yacht for a private sail around New York Harbor. Ten of your closest friends are hosted by Jean-Georges himself, who creates a custom menu for the excursion. 

New York’s Most Boldly Lavish Hotel? We think The Mark definitely lives up to its tag line.