Book a bachelorette amongst Manhattan’s elite
New York City will always have a special place in my heart and for this reason, I could not think of anywhere else I would rather celebrate my last weekend as a “Scotland” and party with my girlfreinds before heading down the aisle.
Instead of a traditional bachelorette party, I wanted to do something a little different and keep it classy. I had heard about The Mark Hotel when I used to live in NYC but never had the opportunity to stay there. Luckily, I was able to arrange a stay for my girlfriends and I and it really was a weekend like no other!
The ultra chic, 5 star hotel is housed in a historic, 1920s building in the heart of one of New York’s most luxurious neighboorhoods. The Mark overlooks the famous Madison Ave. and is only a short walk to Central Park, which is perfect for grabbing a coffee and people watching (or excercising)!
If I could describe the hotel in one word, it would be GLAMOUROUS! The hotel and the staff posses a certain level of sophistication which is apparent the moment you step inside. The Art Deco inspired décor is a theme that runs through the entire hotel and was meticulousy executed by French designer Jauques Gange.
The in-house Federic Fekkai salon is another added benefit for any girl in need of a new ‘do, or just a really good blow-out before a big night out in the city that never sleeps!
Hungry? Well, The Mark has you covered and by no means is this your average hotel restaurant. The Mark Restaurant features a menu crafted specially for the hotel by award-winning, Michelen starred chef, Jean-Gorges Vongerichten. The best part is you don’t even need to leave your room to induldge in this expereince as the room service menu is just as magnificent!
Upon arriving, we were informed that we were upgraded to the Garden Suite which was a one bedroom suite with a foyer, separate living room, kinchenette and a bathroom. The glamorous, art-deco theme was apparent throughout the suite, from the vases of beautiful white roses to the black and white marble bathroom (obsessed!).
As if the upgrade wasn’t enough, the staff at The Mark got wind that I was in NYC to celebrate my bachelorette party, and they sent up a complimentary bottle of bubbles and a beautifully hand written note. That personal touch really set them apart from other hotels in my book!
After a long night of eating, drinking and dancing, I was more than ready to return to our own little piece of heaven on the Upper East Side. The king size bed covered in a cloud-like douvet had been calling my name ever since I stepped into the suite. As soon as my head sunk into that pillow, I was out!
After an amazing night sleep, there is absolutely nothing better than waking up, putting on a plushy oversized robe, drawing back the curtains and seeing a great view of New York City while sipping on your Starbucks. It was truly a wonderful way to end the weekend!
New York City is of course filled with so many great places to stay, but if you are looking for a one of a kind (and luxurious!) experience, than The Mark is a must try! Even if it is just for dinner at their fabulous restaurant, the ambience and atmosphere makes it a true New York icon.
The Mark Hotel, Madison Avenue, 77th Street, New York, 10075, Tel: 212 744 4300, www.themarkhotel.com