- Style Beaux Arts beauty
- Setting Upper East Side
The Surrey hotel in New York exudes elegance and glamour as any good Upper East Side resident should. More than just a handsome visage, it quietly impresses with sumptuously appointed rooms, a fine art collection, Coco Channel-inspired lounge and a private rooftop garden where a butler will bring you your favourite tipple.
Need to know
- Rooms 190
- Rates Double rooms from $495.00, excluding tax at 14.75 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional room tax of $9.50 per room per night on check-out.
- More details Rates exclude Continental breakfast (US$35 each).
- Facilities Gym, spa, restaurants, bar, seasonal rooftop garden, DVD library and WiFi (US$15.95 for 24 hours, free in suites). In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, DVD player, Pratesi bathrobes, Dean and Deluca minibar, in-room mixology kit and Mitchell and Peach bath products.
- Check–out Noon, but flexible, for a cost (half a day’s rate before 3pm; a full day’s rate after 6pm); earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Little Smiths are welcome, with free cots and extra beds for $40. Babysitting can be arranged, for $30 an hour (based on a four-hour minimum; there will be an extra charge for the babysitter’s transport to the hotel).
- Also Dogs are welcomed with their own bed, in-room treats, day-care services and grooming. Owners will need to pay US$150 and sign a waiver for canine companionship.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The Ultra Deluxe Salon comes with a fireplace and a soaking tub. If you really want to splash out, opt for the Presidential Suite: a luxurious expanse with a baby grand piano, claw-foot bath tub, sauna, private terrace, and lashings of space for dining, entertaining, sleeping or all the above. Start saving now.
- Packing tips Bring a scent or bag by Chanel – the bar’s decor riffs on the classic designer, with leather quilted walls and monochrome.
- Also Treat yourself with a decadent treatment like a honey scrub or seaweed wrap at the refined Cornelia Spa on the second floor. After your soothing treatment, head up to the rooftop terrace to unwind. Also, New York's 'Museum Mile' is on your doorstep – the museums lining Fifth Avenue are some of the world's greatest cultural institutions.
Food and drink at The Surrey
- Hotel restaurant Café Boulud – part of Daniel Boulud's culinary empire – has been styled by a Parisian artist and a NY-based architect, and the decor reflects this European–American union: wood panelling, plush upholstery, neutral hues, pendant lamps with rice paper shades, coral leather chairs and white linen-dressed tables. The menu is shaped around four concepts: tradition, the season, the vegetable garden and travel. Try pan seared rib dumplings with orange-soy reduction or lavender-honey glazed duck breast.
- Dress code Upper East Side elegance: Chanel and Hermes or clever imitations.
- Top table Sit in the banquette-lined alcove and people-watch unseen.
- Last orders Breakfast is from 7am until 10am, lunch is 12pm until 2pm and dinner is served up between 5.45pm and 10.30pm. Drinks are served in the bar from noon until midnight.
- Room service In-room treats can be ordered from the restaurant menu 24 hours a day.
- Hotel bar Bar Pleiades is inspired by Coco Chanel and the 1930s, with leather quilted walls, black and white lacquer finishes, French doors, banquette seating and plenty of nooks and crannies. The cocktails are just as elegant – honour your setting with a Manhattan or two. The rooftop garden, overlooking Central Park and the Upper East Side on the 17th floor, is served by a butler who’ll happily serve you drinks up here.