The Upper East Side's posh boutique hotel
189 Rooms / 34 Suites
Originally opened in 1926 as a residence hotel that hosted the likes of John F. Kennedy, Bette Davis and Claudette Colbert, The Surrey is a posh 17-story boutique hotel housed in a landmark Beaux-Arts building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
The Forbes Travel Guide Four Star hotel received a complete redesign of its public and private spaces, and reopened in 2009 after a top-to-bottom, $60 million makeover. Interior architect Lauren Rottet, who collaborated on the renovation, was inspired to re-create this storied hotel as a New York City heirloom townhouse passed down through generations. She kept many of its Beaux-Arts elements intact as a nod to the hotel’s past but modernized the space with contemporary black-and-white photography, custom furnishings such as hand-painted armoires and a serene palette of gray and cream tones.
Since its reopening, the hotel has drawn an eclectic crowd of leisure and business travelers with its 190 luxurious, yet comfortable, salons and suites; delicious French-inspired menu at Café Boulud; popular yet laid-back Bar Pleiades; and luxe, tranquil Cornelia Spa at The Surrey.