New York City is no stranger to beautiful hotels. Every time a beautiful new space pops up, we say to ourselves, Does New York really need another gorgeous hotel? And the answer, truly, is no. But we don't care – because every time a new space arrives, it's more intricately decorated, more thought out, more amazing than the rest. The city is a melting pot, and so are its travel spots. There's always a new "it" spot in the Big Apple, and that's what we love about it. We can always find some new interior eye candy to ogle.
A few years back, the eye candy in question was the renovated Mark Hotel. Located on the leafy streets of Manhattan's Upper East Side, The Mark got a serious breath of fresh air back in 2009, when designed Jacques Grange transformed the hotel's stuffy 1927 interiors into a stunning showcase of colorful, funky, 21st century style. Featuring bespoke pieces from Vladimir Kagan, Paul Mathieu and Eric Schmitt, The Mark is high design at it's best, with poppy black and white striped floors (the real standout of the hotel, if you ask us) and amazing chandelier lighting that illuminates the Turnbull & Asser-clad staff.
The guestrooms at The Mark feature Grange's exacting design with an earthy cream and beige palette. Custom-made beds allow for a good night's sleep after a long day of traipsing around the concrete jungle, while Bang & Olufsen tech devices enable you to stay plugged in 24/7. Bathrooms are a study in Art Deco glam, with deep saoking tubs, mirrored flat screen TVs and luxury amenities.
Meanwhile, the hotel offers an exclusive Frederic Fekkai salon and Punch Fitness center, which always seem to appeal to the hotel's on-the-go business crowd. But it's not these amenities that are the hotel's star – that honor belongs to The Mark's Jean-Gorges Vongerichten restaurant, which features an insane bronze and glass ceiling by Eric Schmitt. Seasonal menus are the standard here, and the restaurant is always busy. If you have to wait, order a cucumber cocktail in the Mark bar, and be sure to order the truffle cheeseburger once you're seated.