Perched high up on the Upper East Side, The Mark is one of New York’s most illustrious hotels. It’s a grand, yet quite intimate, property housed in a historic building overlooking Madison Avenue, less than a block from Central Park and a short walk from the Guggenheim Museum and the MET.
Malene Birger travelled with RASK, and stayed at The Mark; she shares below her experience.
The bedrooms have a calm and peaceful palette of colours and textiles. The bed is wonderful, and I slept like a baby. Only minor niggle was that the minibar fridge was so noisy that I had to turn it off in order to sleep - which of course meant that the ice (delivered at turndown) was melted when I needed it; not a big problem, but again, not value for money. The showerhead leaked throughout my stay - but this is possibly more of a service issue than an issue with the room (i.e. small problems with hardware are quite common in many hotels – but the way the hotels deal with fixing them can really tell you a lot about the service, or lack thereof). Overall, however, I loved coming back to my comfortable room - and then to listen to soft jazz, and have water and chocolate as a turndown treat.
The Mark has a fabulous restaurant in The Mark Restaurant by Jean Georges - although we stuck to The Mark Bar.
The bar is a wonderful place to hang out and to watch people and guests; the drinks top notch. However, we never saw the same bartender; every night there was new staff. Not a big problem, but it’s nice to feel “at home” in the bar of your hotel, I think. I felt the staff was a bit tired.