Deluxe king, $579-$695; Lowell king, $660-$795; junior suite, $850-$1,025; one-bedroom suite, $1,265-$2,425; penthouse, $7,500-$8,500
N, Q, R at Lexington Ave.-59th St.; 4, 5, 6 at 59th St.; F at Lexington Ave.-63rd St.
American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
This classic Upper East Side hotel presents a luxurious option for a tranquil New York weekend far from teeming Times Square. Everything here feels finely crafted, from the dimly lit, marble-floored, mahogony-desked lobby to the guest rooms outfitted with rich fabrics and plush sofas. The size and exclusivity of the Lowell allows for first-rate service and the staff is on call whenever guests need a new hair dryer, a tailor or even someone to do their shopping. Hotel perks include flat screen TVs at the foot of the bathtub in some rooms, access to the Lowell Fitness Center, and signing privileges at the chic bistro, Le Bilboquet, across the street. The Lowell itself houses two restaurants: the elegant Pembroke Room and a well-received steakhouse, Post House, with a collection of Americana (a Christo here, a Twombly there) and a well-traveled menu including everything from a Cajun rib steak to venison medallions. After a day of prime Madison Avenue shopping, dining, and museum-hopping, guests can unwind by a warm fire—yes, some coveted suites include working fireplaces. And for those summer days, there are terraces from which to observe the oh-so-stylish locals.Pros
The location on the Upper East Side, removed from touristy New York, allows for a comfortable at-home feeling.
If you’re a regular they’ll roll out the red carpet. Newcomers, get ready to see some nose hairs.
Claim to Fame
Madonna lived here for nine months. When she requested that her suite be converted into a gym, they did it!