After a dazzling $25 million refurb, The Lowell, now operating for nearly a century, still reflects the timeless elegance of the Upper East Side, whilst providing discerning guests with the comfort and warmth you’d expect from the most luxurious and modern private townhouse – the ultimate Manhattan pied-a-terre. The Lowell balances elegance and sophistication with a warm, familiar style, providing a home from home atmosphere that makes it a welcome retreat in the heart of the city.
The appeal of a fairly residential neighbourhood is that it’s wonderfully quiet in comparison with staying in mid-town, but you’re also minutes from Central Park (beautiful in all seasons whether flaming red in Autumn, lush green and full of pic-nickers in summer or glistening with snow in winter when ice skating is utterly magical). You’re also footsteps from the designer boutiques of Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue, and a stone’s throw from Museum Mile, with best art galleries in the city right on your doorstep.
America may be the ‘service capital’ of the world, but some places feel much more genuine than others… and the Lowell is one of them. Taking exceptional care of guests, the highly capable ‘challenge us to anything’ multi-lingual Concierge team are dedicated to getting to know each guest personally, and will love to hear as much information as you’re happy to share before your arrival, to ensure your experience of Manhattan goes above and beyond your expectations. They receive a broad clientele of travellers from all over the world, historically the hotel has housed politicians, movie stars, poets and playwrights; a creative set that has been a muse for the recent refurb. With years of building relationships within the city, guests at The Lowell are privileged with access to a rarely seen side of New York – think private art collections, VIP introductions, sold-out shows etc. And if you’re travelling with your family, the team will make sure each family member gets to experience New York the way they’d always dreamed of, as well as organising customised itineraries full of fun activities for children.
You’re hard-pressed to find some breathing space in the concrete jungle, but that’s exactly why the Lowell stands out amongst the top hotels in the city. Inspired by designer Michael Smith, spacious deluxe rooms and suites are all individually-appointed, and whilst features vary from room to room, most include king beds with custom headboards and cashmere throws, oak floors, oriental rugs, original wood-burning fireplaces (choose from your scented wood menu!) and modern kitchenettes. Some rooms have heated floors and our favourites boast beautiful landscaped terraces opening out to sweeping city views. Bathrooms are large for New York standards, with marble vanities and deep-soaking tubs that will seem blissfully inviting after a long day of sight-seeing. The hotel provides plenty of connecting room options for larger families, or the two-bedroom suites are a great choice for a family of four, with ample space. For the best views, the Specialty Suites on the corners have the widest vistas over the city, along with hand-picked furnishings, Strie and hand painted de Gournay wallpaper, curated artwork and libraries, and comfortable living spaces where you can host catered dinner parties. Or if it’s a special occasion, The Lowell Penthouse is one of the most stunning residences in New York; the interiors of its three beautiful bedrooms are unfathomably chic, and you’ll enjoy panoramic views of Manhattan’s skyline from the private terrace.
Manhattan’s restaurant scene is exceptional and we’ve tried out restaurants across the whole of the city so can advise based on what you’re particularly looking for. Dine at the Lowell at least one evening during your stay - legendary restaurateur Charles Masson oversees Marjorelle, which New Yorkers flock to for its fabulous offering of delicious French cuisine using seasonal ingredients. Break up your sightseeing with a traditional afternoon tea with Champagne in the hotel’s exquisitely furnished Pembroke Room (a European-inspired salon that is light, airy and perfectly pristine with white table cloths and gleaming silverware), and before you paint the town red, be sure to kick things off with a classic Martini in lively Jacques Bar, or for a relaxed, slow-paced evening, head to the atmospheric Club Room fitted out with deep, comfortable sofas, a well-stocked library and an open- fireplace.
Every time I explore a new destination, whether it’s on an adventure holiday in Peru or a luxury beach escape in the Indian Ocean, I return home full of excitement to share the amazing sights I have seen. Through my own experiences I have developed a love of helping others experience the great wonders of the world; truly getting under the skin of the extraordinary destinations that are at your fingertips. Getting the details right, from which hotel is perfectly located for exploring away from the crowds, to which local guide is most knowledgeable on history or culture or art, is of paramount importance to me. I am constantly seeking out new and exciting experiences and exploring off the beaten track to ensure my clients are receiving the best and most honest first-hand advice.
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