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The Surrey, New York
Classic Luxury Hotel | City Setting
20 East 76 Street, New York, NY 10021
Built pre-war in Beaux-Arts architectural design, The Surrey has concluded a $60+ million dollar re-creation by renowned architectural and interior designer Lauren Rottet, FAIA, IIDA. The hotel is reflective of its Upper East Side neighborhood and evokes the ambiance of a residential townhouse that has evolved over time with eclectic pieces that suggest they have been acquired through worldly travels.
The Surrey showcases coffered ceilings, limestone walls and moldings, and marble archways and floors in the lobby. Adding an unexpected twist, the hotel is accented with eclectic elements such as the front desk made of hand-tooled leather, and an antique Oriental carpet expressed in mosaic tiles. Rottet’s use of a refined palette of textures and hues of cream, silver, gray, light tobacco and black provides a timeless stage for the vibrancy each guest brings to the hotel.
Steps away from the City’s finest cultural institutions, The Surrey offers its own intimate collection of contemporary art, including two photographs, You Are My Own and But The Myth Of Love, by American conceptual artist, Jenny Holzer. A mixed collage of an anonymous woman’s face greets guests at the far end of the lobby by Austria-based artist, Gabi Trinkaus, who refers to herself as the “media thief” with many of her works constructed from the glossy advertisements of magazines. In a hidden niche between the lobby and the bar is an interactive video piece by South African artist, William Kentridge. London-based artists, Jimmie Karlsson and Martin Nihlman, best known as Jimmie Martin, were commissioned by Rottet Studio to custom-design playful residential furnishings such as an ornate armoire filled with high-end travel necessities such as cufflinks, pens, watches, eyewear and men’s and women’s jewelry from seasonal collections.
Salons & Suites
Ranging from 350 to 4,500 square feet, The Surrey features 190 salons, including 30 one–bedroom suites, a Penthouse and a Presidential suite.
The 4,500-square-foot Presidential suite is ideal for Manhattan entertaining with a private terrace, baby grand piano, formal dining room, two bedrooms, kitchen, living room, full bar and two bathrooms. Residential-inspired details were added to reflect true Upper East Side living, including an Apple Macbook, fireplace, antique desk, his & hers walk-in closets, sauna, classic claw foot tub and separate shower. In a private seating area overlooking Central Park is an antique chaise lounge whimsically painted by Jimmie Martin with the recipe for “The Perfect Manhattan” cocktail. Throughout the suite, a covetable collection of modern artwork dresses the walls by artists such as Donald Sultan, Richard Serra, Cecily Brown, Amy Sims, Mel Bochner and Imogen Cunningham.
Located on the 17th floor, the modern, loft-like Penthouse at 1,150 square feet is complete with 10-foot ceilings, a fireplace, formal living and dining rooms, a retractable projection screen, oversized bedroom and a bathroom with a sleek soaking tub and rain shower. An eclectic assortment of artwork by Ann Hamilton, Jonathan Borofsky, Nathalia Edenmont, Mel Bochner and Donald Baechler add a touch of humor and inspiration to the space. Affording direct access to The Surrey’s English Rooftop Garden, a private wraparound terrace features twin couches and a dining table that seats up to nine.
At the heart of all salons and suites is the hand-crafted DUX bed by Duxiana (engineered for perfect support) and dressed in Sferra bedding. In addition, Beaux-Arts/Art Deco custom-designed furnishings such as hand-painted armoires, walnut cabinets and nightstands with burl wood insets, desks with built-in vanity and desktop electrical outlets for convenient access complete the atmosphere.
Artwork in the salons and suites include prints of 1700s etchings Lauren Rottet found while traveling in Milan as well as more contemporary black & white photos of New York scenes. Some salons offer window seating overlooking Madison and 76th Street with cushions embroidered in quotes, including: “Across these rooftops, stories are told;” “Through these windows lies the soul of the city;” and “Only here among the crowds can you find rest.”
Style and sophistication meet in modern technology, with LCDs and Denon iPod docking stations in every salon and suite. Guests can view their photos and music on the TV screen as well as play their personal music selection. Bedside panels control the lighting in the room, which ranges from nightlight mode to reading to watching TV.
All bathrooms have exclusive finishes such as white Italian marble throughout, Waterworks fixtures and luxurious Pratesi cotton terry robes and signature bath amenities by Laura Tonatto of Milan. Deluxe suites are realized with double sinks and soaking tubs.
The Surrey is the original home of Daniel Boulud’s first New York City restaurant, Daniel. In 1998, the space was relaunched as Café Boulud with a menu guided by the chef’s contemporary approach to classic French cuisine and his flair for seasonal delicacies and worldly flavors.
Helmed by Executive Chef Gavin Kaysen, the menu reflects Daniel Boulud’s four muses: La Tradition (French tradition), La Saison (seasonal cooking), Le Potager (the vegetable garden) and Le Voyage (culinary travels). The dining room transports guests to a cosmopolitan Parisian rendezvous and is both a destination and a neighborhood gem for casually elegant dining, seasonal wine tasting dinners and a delectable Sunday Brunch. Guests of the hotel will enjoy 24-hour, in-salon dining by Café Boulud.
Daniel Boulud presents his newest venture, Bar Pleiades, located on the lobby-level of The Surrey. Named in homage of a beloved French restaurant frequented by the art world’s elite in the 1970s and 80s, Bar Pleiades serves signature cocktails by mixologist Cameron Bogue.
For the design of 1,200-square-foot Bar Pleiades, Lauren Rottet drew inspiration from Coco Chanel as well as a 1930s Art Deco bar cart. The bar is framed by a black lacquered wood box with white lacquer inlay and references a Chanel makeup compact. French doors and mirrors outline the lounge, where an L-shaped banquette invites seclusion in intimate spaces surrounded by beige quilted, Chanel handbag-inspired walls and seating covered in white sharks’ skin. Chandeliers light the lounge area while a sumptuous carpet rests beneath patron’s feet revealing a poem by Dean Blehert entitled Central Park, 1974.
For more intimate gatherings, the private dining rooms at Café Boulud are elegant settings for celebrations of your own making. Each of the two dining rooms seats 18 and can be combined to accommodate 36 guests. Along with a pre-function space there is over 900 square feet. Private Dining can be booked directly through Café Boulud.
Conceptualized by Cheryl Jacobs, The Spa at The Surrey offers discrete and tailored services on the 2nd floor of The Surrey. The intimate space opens to a small relaxation area with tea service. Three treatment rooms and two spa suites act as private, exclusive sanctuaries equipped with a personal dressing armoire, vanity, shower and robes, so guests might rejuvenate in complete privacy. The spa suites are ideal for couples, one complete with an infinity soaking tub. A separate manicure/pedicure room is tucked away and allows for couples or friends to converse without being overheard. While services may be chosen a la carte from the spa menu, guests are encouraged to meet with a personal therapist or spa expert to assess their wellness and health needs, and the therapists will design targeted treatments for each individual. Private yoga and mat Pilates will also be available. A light seasonal menu from Café Boulud has been created specifically for spa guests.
The Spa’s two product lines, Darphin and Li’Tya, will be introduced for the first time on the Upper East Side at The Surrey. Darphin features plant-based extracts, essential oils, innovative technology and aromatherapy to give treatments unparalleled results, while Li’Tya, meaning “of the earth,” is the best selling spa line in Australia and incorporates ancient Aboriginal healing techniques and natural resources such as desert salts and indigenous plants. Designed exclusively for The Spa at The Surrey, Darphin’s Rose and Pomegranate Age Reversal Facial incorporates two luscious firming masks infused with essential oils, vitamins and antioxidants to reshape facial muscles and restore a youthful glow, created for immediate results.
The Fitness Center
Located on the 2nd floor, the fitness center is open to guests with room key access, twenty-fours-hours a day. The center features top-of-the-line cardio equipment with individual video screens and headsets. Professional personal trainers are also available to create individualized, New York-centric experiences such as rock climbing and runs in Central Park as well as sunrise yoga on the Rooftop Garden.
Perched peacefully on the 17th floor overlooking the Upper East Side and Central Park, the 2,200-square-foot English Rooftop Garden at The Surrey is intended to feel hidden with manicured boxwoods and ivy trailing over wrought iron tables and chairs. Lounge seating and sofas are set at the corners of the terrace like individual garden rooms, seating up to 40 patrons. Accessible only to hotel guests, the Rooftop Garden is a setting for relaxing, a romantic evening or for business entertaining and features butler service for beverages and light meals by Café Boulud.
The Surrey is situated in one of Manhattan’s most exclusive neighborhoods, the Upper East Side, with direct access to Madison Avenue’s upscale boutiques & restaurants, Museum Mile, iconic landmarks and Central Park. The Surrey is 20 minutes from LaGuardia Airport (LGA), 40 minutes from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and 60 minutes from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).
20 East 76 Street - New York - NY 10021
Tel: (212) 288 3700