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New York’s ‘Castle in the Sky’, a hidden secret for those who want a luxury ‘home away from home’


When Vahe told us he was heading to the Big Apple, we were delighted to recommend one of our favourite places to stay, the Mark Hotel. Discreetly hidden away on the Upper East Side of Central Park this is our definition of New York’s best-kept secret (well it was until Meghan stayed there for her recent baby-shower!).


Vahe’s story:

When PCT VIP booked my room at The Mark Hotel, I admit I was not familiar with the hotel. New York is a diverse city and like London it has a wealth of hotels to choose from but after PCT VIP advised me they had spent two weeks there last summer it seemed like a good choice. Located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, just off Madison Avenue the Mark was a perfect location for my meetings and for enjoying what I could squeeze into my very limited spare time!


This prestigious address was perfect for walking around the city, although at the quieter end of Madison Avenue it is extremely well located. Within minutes in one direction there is a multitude of high-end fashion boutiques (including Vera Wang, Prada, Christian Louboutin and many more). In the other direction, I was at Central Park, the Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art), The Frick Museum and many more great spots. Madison, Lexington or Park Avenue are all within a few blocks from this hidden gem.


On arrival at the hotel, I was struck by the design of the lobby. The clash of old-world New York and modern contemporary design was emulated by the bold black and white designs of the marble floor, a centrepiece grand staircase both combined with a small and residential style lobby. Bold modern artwork hangs around the public spaces whilst plush furnishings give a comfortable space to relax. Instead of queuing in the lobby, I was whisked to my suite by the mirrored door lifts for check in. Every detail was taken care of, welcomed by a personalised message from the General manager and some tempting afternoon tea style cakes (and macaroons designed by Ladurée), l settled in well (recognising I was from the U.K the attendant even made sure the temperature of my room was switched to Celsius instead of Fahrenheit, a small but very thoughtful detail!). I describe my suite as a beautiful residential style apartment; clean, stylish, elegant with an amazing bathroom (many New York hotels have the tiny bathrooms; this shower was spacious and had great water pressure, in addition to a huge bathtub complemented by all the trimmings you expect in a luxury hotel).  The beds and pillows, complete with stitched logos were super comfortable, not to mention the cucumber eye refreshers, padded sleep mask and chocolates on the pillows which all helped with a good night’s sleep – there was no jetlag at this hotel (although this was assisted by a very prompt wakeup call and follow up knock on the door). Although I did not get a chance to peek at the ‘Castle in the Sky’ Penthouse Suite I have it on good authority it occupies the entire top floor of the hotel. Offering a private roof garden terrace and full kitchen as a 5-bedroom Penthouse combined with the amazing service I got from the hotel teams throughout my stay and the prime location it would work very well for any family looking for a private space to stay in New York. From queen bedrooms, to 3-bedroom suites and Penthouses The Mark has something for everyone.


The social aspect at the bar at the Mark was lovely; it had excellent cocktails to choose from and a consistently nice crowd every night. The restaurant by Jean Georges oozes with style and sophistication. The crisp white table clothes and white gloved waiters breathe style at any time of the day. Whether you are eating breakfast or dinner, the food is excellent and there are some healthy choices available, I particularly enjoyed the avocado toast.


As well as the celebrity style dining options the Mark also has a wealth of facilities on site. This includes a full gym area where you can arrange sessions with famous New York trainers (the PCT team have tried them and say they are very good). A full service salon by Frédéric Fekkai (for the anyone in need of a mani or quick hair up-do) and the famous Mark hotel pedi-cabs available to take you to exclusive shopping experiences at Bergdorf Goodman. If you really want a different experience, you can take the new Republic bicycles to Central Park with your own Jean Georges picnic – perfect for the summer months.


After spending a few nights at this exclusive Upper Eastside hotel it is easy to see why A-List celebrities (including Meghan, Oprah and Serena Williams to mention just a few), corporate travellers and families of all sizes love this hotel. There is a room and experience for everyone, a real home away from home.


PCT VIP Travel Consultancy exclusive offers for Global Family office community members:

  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Continental breakfast daily; $30.00 breakfast credit per person, per day (valid for up to two guests)

  • Complimentary round of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres platter at Mark's Bar or Lounge at Mark's Restaurant by Jean-Georges, once per stay. - OR -

  • "Picnic in the Park by Jean-Georges" - a picnic basket featuring a selection of delectable foods and refreshments for 2, prepared by The Mark Restaurant's kitchen (Valid May 1 to September 2, 2019)

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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