Rooms, $550-$750; studio rooms, $695-$1,030; suites $850-$3,800
6 at 77th St.
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The once-stuffy aesthetic of this storied hotel has been replaced by a new, artsy type of Upper East Side style. And it’s more than a tad French, too, courtesy of designer Jacques Grange. After a gut renovation, Grange infused the Mark (which is split between hotel rooms/suites and residences) with his signature bold, geometric, color-splashy shapes and forms. Nowhere is that more evident than in the lobby, with the hotel’s signature design statement: a marble floor in ultralong, thin black-and-white stripes, flanked by accents like polished-nickel Mattia Bonetti wall sconces and Paul Mathieu sofas. The 100 guest rooms and 50 suites carry that design theme forward, with Todd Eberle photographs, Quagliotti bed linens, coffered ceilings, and touch-screen panels controlling temperature, audio-visual components, and even the shades. “Studio rooms” and suites have custom kitchens, designed by Pierro Lissoni for Boffi, with black granite countertops and Miele dishwashers. The bathrooms are mini-spa retreats, with Lefroy Brooks fixtures and black-and-white striped marble floors that mimic that of the lobby. Downstairs, the Mark Bar has been transformed into a trippy, whimsical design achievement, and there’s 24-hour room service courtesy of Jean-Georges Vongerichten.Pros
Looks, looks, looks: Jacques Grange’s design cues, from the lobby to the headboards, define a new-modern take on Upper East Side elegance, far different from the Georgian gilt of yore. It’s high style everywhere you look, and remarkably unpretentious.
Though there is a nice gym and a Frédéric Fekkai Salon on premises that does in-room services, there’s no full-service spa.
Claim to Fame
Johnny Depp and Kate Moss trashed their room here in 1994, and were promptly arrested for doing so.