The Lowell


photos Courtesy of The Lowell

What is it about this boutique hotel on the Upper East Side that makes it the No. 1 hotel in the continental United States, according to Travel + Leisure? Simply put: everything.

Before your hand can reach the door of this 1927 landmark building situated among Manhattan’s costliest townhouses, a doorman deftly opens it for you. You are immediately engulfed in sensorial splendor: from the scents and beauty of the lavish floral arrangements to the elegant and exquisite lobby, designed by Obama White House decorator Michael S. Smith. Just off the lobby is The Club Room, a cozy guest-only retreat with fireplace, sofas, winged-back chairs, and a library of vintage books. Around the corner is Jacques Bar with velvet banquettes, a leather-trimmed bar, and antique mirrored ceilings.

As you enter your room, you’ll likely notice three things: the smell of more fresh-cut flowers in neat, dainty arrangements; the wood-burning fireplace, which can be lit at any hour; and the size of the room (they are shockingly large for Manhattan, with the smallest at 400 square feet).

Head downstairs for fine dining at The Lowell’s French restaurant, Majorelle, run by former La Grenouille restaurateur Charles Masson, or for afternoon tea at the Pembroke Room. But don’t linger inside too long: The Lowell’s proximity to Central Park and Madison Avenue’s boutiques is another reason it’s number one.

Rooms from $915/night


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