The Surrey Hotel, NYC Modern glamour on the Upper East Side

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The Surrey Hotel, NYC

An intimate, sophisticated address on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, The Surrey began as a townhouse to the stars of the 1920s and is now a hot 2014 pied-a-terre. Its location on Madison Avenue, just a block from Central Park, gives cultured guests direct access to top fashion houses, restaurants, world-class museums and iconic landmarks, while its discreet service allows for calm personal space—“Privately New York.” The Surrey offers world-class dining by Café Boulud, the atmospheric Bar Pleiades, Cornelia Spa and a Private Roof and Herb Garden featuring seasonal cocktails. An impressive collection of 31 original modern artworks are dispersed throughout the private and public spaces. The hotel’s 189 contemporary, exquisite salons and suites were created by Lauren Rottet, accommodating celebrities, style-icons and art aficionados the world over. ​

Built pre-war in Beaux-Arts architectural design, The Surrey has recently concluded a $60+ million restoration by renowned architectural and interior designer Lauren Rottet, FAIA, IIDA. The hotel is reflective of its Upper East Side neighbourhood and evokes the ambiance of a residential townhouse that has evolved over time with eclectic pieces that seem to have been acquired through worldly travels.

The Surrey showcases coffered ceilings, limestone walls and moldings, and marble archways and floors in the lobby. Adding an unexpected twist, the hotel is accented with eclectic elements such as the front desk made of hand-tooled leather, and an antique Oriental carpet expressed in mosaic tiles. Rottet’s use of a refined palette of textures and hues of cream, silver, gray, light tobacco and black provides a timeless stage for the vibrancy each guest brings to the hotel.

Steps away from the city’s finest cultural institutions, The Surrey offers its own intimate collection of modern art, including two photographs, You Are My Own and But The Myth Of Love, by American conceptual artist, Jenny Holzer. In a hidden niche between the lobby and the bar is an interactive video piece by South African artist, William Kentridge. London-based artists, Jimmie Karlsson and Martin Nihlman, best known as Jimmie Martin, were commissioned by Rottet Studio to custom design playful residential furnishings such as an ornate armoire and a customized chaise lounge. Guests are also greeted by a tapestry of model, designer, musician and fashion icon Kate Moss, by portrait artist Chuck Close, upon entering the lobby.

Salons & Suites
Ranging from 350 to 2,127 square feet, The Surrey features 189 salons, including 34 suites, a Penthouse and a Presidential suite.

The 2,127-square-foot Presidential suite is ideal for Manhattan entertaining with a private terrace, baby grand piano, formal dining room, two bedroom option, kitchen, living room, full bar and three bathrooms. Residential-inspired details were added to reflect true Upper East Side living, including an Apple Macbook, fireplace, antique desk, walk-in closets, sauna, classic claw foot tub and separate shower. In a private seating area overlooking Central Park is an antique chaise lounge whimsically painted by Jimmie Martin with the recipe for “The Perfect Manhattan” cocktail. Throughout the suite, a covetable collection of modern artwork dresses the walls by artists such as Donald Sultan, Richard Serra, Cecily Brown, Amy Sims, Mel Bochner and Imogen Cunningham.

Located on the 17th floor, the modern, loft-like Penthouse at 1,141 square feet is complete with 10-foot ceilings, a fireplace, formal living and dining rooms, a retractable projection screen, oversized bedroom and a bathroom with a sleek soaking tub and rain shower. An eclectic assortment of artwork by Ann Hamilton, Jonathan Borofsky, Nathalia Edenmont, Mel Bochner and Donald Baechler add a touch of humor and inspiration to the space. Affording direct access to The Surrey’s English Roof Garden, a private wraparound terrace features twin couches and a dining table that seats up to nine.

At the heart of all salons and suites is the hand-crafted DUX bed by Duxiana (engineered for perfect support), dressed in Sferra bedding. In addition, Beaux-Arts/Art Deco custom-designed furnishings such as hand-painted armoires, walnut cabinets and nightstands with burl wood insets, desks with built-in vanity and desktop electrical outlets for convenient access complete the atmosphere.

Artwork in the salons and suites include prints of 1700s etchings Lauren Rottet found while traveling in Milan as well as more modern black & white photos of New York scenes. Some salons offer window seating overlooking Madison and 76th Street with cushions embroidered in quotes, including: “Across these rooftops, stories are told;” “Through these windows lies the soul of the city;” and “Only here among the crowds can you find rest.”

Style and sophistication meet in modern technology, with LCDs and Denon iPod docking stations in every salon and suite. Guests can view their photos and music on the TV screen as well as play their personal music selection. Bedside panels control the lighting in the room, which ranges from nightlight mode to reading to watching TV.

All bathrooms have exclusive finishes such as white Italian marble throughout, Waterworks fixtures and luxurious Pratesi cotton terry robes and signature bath amenities by Mitchell and Peach. Deluxe suites are realized with double sinks and soaking tubs.

Roof Garden
Perched peacefully on the 17th floor overlooking the Upper East Side and Central Park, the 2,200- square-foot Roof Garden at The Surrey is intended to feel hidden with manicured boxwoods and ivy trailing over wrought iron tables and chairs. Lounge seating and sofas are set at the corners of the terrace like individual garden rooms, seating up to 40 patrons. Accessible only to hotel guests and select members of the neighborhood, the Roof Garden is a setting for relaxing, a romantic evening or for business entertaining and features butler service for beverages and light meals.

An exclusive extension of our personalized service, The Surrey Patrons Club offers preferential treatment to loyal guests. Membership grants access to our Private Roof Garden and hotel rewards, as well as access to invite-only events at The Surrey.
 Crowning the 17th floor of The Surrey, the seasonal Private Roof Garden overlooks the Upper East Side and Central Park. It’s a true oasis exclusively for hotel guests and members of the Patrons Club, ideal for business entertaining or an evening cocktail. The panoramic Manhattan views are best contemplated along with light canapés from Café Boulud and signature cocktails from the classic New York City rooftop bar. 

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