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Best Boutique Hotels- Upper East Side, NYC

Best Boutique Hotels- Upper East Side, NYC

Manhattan's Upper East Side has some of the city's best, popular and most affordable boutique hotels.

The fun part of staying at a boutique hotel in NYC's Upper East Side, is that no two are exactly the same. There is always something new to discover, from the buildings history and decor, to delicious on-site dining options as well as a host of delightful amenities. 

Hotel Wales - Upper East Side, NYC

Well over one hundred years old, the Hotel Wales blends a taste of old-time New York with a vibrant, contemporary atmosphere.
To be sure, there is a lot of history within these colorful walls. In its' previous life as The Chastiagneray, this chic establishment was the scene of many a party thrown by roaring 20's flappers and young Wall Street tycoons.
 
The centerpiece of the hotel, though, is a vintage marble stepped staircase with an ornate wrought-iron banister, which connects all the floors. You will marvel at this gorgeous piece of craftsmanship, every time you enter of leave the premises.

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In season, you will enjoy the hotel Wales charming rooftop terrace. This welcoming space is an oasis far, far away from the crowds and the city's hustle and bustle.  As you relax and sip a cocktail at one of the terrace's umbrella tables, you'll delight in breath-taking views of Central Park (which is only a couple of blocks away), and the surrounding neighborhood.
 
Hungry? That's no problem at all when you book a room at the Hotel Wales. Located on the ground floor is Paola's, one of the best Italian restaurants in New York. Chef Paola Bottero and her son Stefano specialize in fresh, hand-made pasta dishes as well as several mouth-watering steak and fish selections.
Another great dining option is Sarabeth's East, which has a diverse menu. Every member of your family is sure to find something that they'll like at Sarabeth's, no matter how picky an eater they may be.

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Whether you opt for a Double Classic or Queen Classic, the rooms here are all about tranquility. The decor is vibrant, yet every guest room blends turn of the century charm with elegance and convenience. After a stay at the Wales, you will definitely feel like a new person.

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Location & Hours

1295 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10128
(212) 876-6000
www.hotelwalesnyc.com

The Bentley Hotel - Upper East Side, NYC

Located just a few short blocks from Bloomingdales and a wide array of fashionable East Side boutiques, The Bentley is the last word in understated elegance and comfort.
 
After you have spent only a few moments inside this sleek, modern hotel, you will never want to leave. The concierge services make your wishes come true. Whether you need tickets to a Broadway show or  reservations at some of the East Side's hottest restaurants, the Bentley's staff makes even the most difficult request seem easy. You are well taken care of at the Bentley.

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The rooms are spacious and inviting. Each guest room measures in at around 300 square feet, so there's room to move around. Your bed is dressed with 250-thread count luxury linens and down comforters. These soft, cushy beds are perfect to sink into after a long day of business meetings or sightseeing.
 
All rooms have a safe, an i pad docking station and 32 inch LCD flat-screen Televisions, as well as a mini-bar, among many other amenities. But what will really catch your eye are the well-appointed spa-like bathrooms. Fashioned out of marble, these state-of-the-art bathrooms feature luxury bath products from C.O. Bigelow. What more can you say?
 
In-house dining options include the sexy Lobby bar and its' adjoining outdoor terrace. as well as the Service Station, an Italian trattoria-style cafe which specializes in delicious wood oven pizza.
Want to go a little more upscale and treat the love of your life to a fine dining experience like no other? Then your destination is Prime, the Bentleys glamorous penthouse restaurant.

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Prime features a variety of  land and sea based menu choices such as Long Island Duck sliders, pan seared rack of lamb, wild salmon and sushi.
Enjoy a wonderful meal here while gazing out at the East River and the iconic 59th Street bridge, while the sun sets over the city.

The Bentley Hotel

Location & Hours 

500 East 62nd Street
New York, NY 10065
(212) 644-6000
www.bentleyhotelnyc.com   

The Surrey - Upper East Side, NYC 

Staying at the Surrey is like having a guest room at one of New York's classic townhouses. It doesn't get any better than this. The Surrey is upscale living re-defined.
 
Built in 1926, The Surrey has undergone a major renovation. Thoroughly modern, this gorgeous building has still retained its vintage old-world personality. At one time, the hotel was home to luminaries such as Bette Davis and John Kennedy.

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The renovations were supervised by acclaimed interior designer Lauren Rottet. The Rottet studio also curated the hotels' art collection in collaboration with Natasha Schlesinger who is the Surreys' art expert in residence. Natasha utilizes her expertise to transform the lobby into an art gallery filled with paintings, sculpture and photographs. Exhibitions change throughout the year.
 
As another plus, the Surrey also has an in-house spa. Cornelia Spa at the Surrey has a variety of spa packages that will soothe you into a Zen-like state, no matter how stressful your day has been. Whether you opt for some aromatherapy or a rose petal foot bath, the ultimate in relaxation is only steps away from your room. 

Their rooms are as spectacular as is everything else about this one of a kind hotel. All luxe salon rooms are furnished in a harmonious, neutral palette . All salons range in size from 330 to 570 square feet.
Furnishings include hand painted wardrobe armoires and over-sized desks with built-in vanities. Each salon provides you with a Duxiana bed and custom Sferra bedding for a blissful nights' sleep. You will be spoiled with the hotels nightly turndown service. It's almost as nice as when Mom used to tuck you into bed.

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When it's time to shower your day away, indulge in the Surreys' glorious amenities such as oversized glass-enclosed showers, waterworks fixtures and bath products by Diptyque. When you are all dried off, slip into a plush Pratesi robe and order a cocktail from the hotels' in-house bar.
 
Cafe Boulud and Bar Pleiades have everything you need to re-energize. From bar bites and full meals to delicious wine and cocktails, your breakfast, lunch or dinner is just a click on the computer or phone call away.

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Location & Hours 

20 East 76th street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 288-3700
www.thesurrey.com 

The Carlyle Hotel - Upper East Side, NYC

A New York institution, the Carlyle Hotel brings the best of everything right to the doorstep of your guestroom. Through the years, this charming art deco hotel has changed ownership from time to time. But, in spite of this, the Carlyle has continued to maintain an incredibly high standard of excellence, one that is the envy of many of their competitors.

Now under the management of the Redwood Hotel brand, the Carlyle is going through something of a renaissance. Their best days are, indeed, yet to come.

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The Carlyle is located in close proximity to Central Park as well as various museums, galleries and luxury stores and salons.
The amenities that are in store for you when you book a stay at the Carlyle are almost endless.
 
Music and top of the line entertainment has been part of the Carlyle experience since 1955. The Cafe Carlyle has achieved an international reputation as an elegant cabaret venue as well as for a menu that never fails to impress.
 
This intimate supper club has seen performers like the young and dynamic Sutton Foster, folk music legend Judy Collins as well as Woody Allen and his Jazz band, grace its stage.
But it doesn't really matter who takes center stage here, as far as the  cafe servers and hotel staff are concerned YOU are the star of the show.
 
Take the elevator down from your room and enter a world of sophistication and good taste, that you thought only existed in the movies. The Cafe Carlyle's walls are decorated with music-themed murals created by noted artists Marcel Vertes.
 
Indulge in the Cafe's exquisite caviar menu as you relax and kick back from a typical super-charged day in the city. Signature Cafe Carlyle classics include Bobby Short's Chicken hash in a light Sherry cream sauce, roasted halibut accompanied by a charred eggplant puree and a delightfully delicious butternut squash risotto.

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When you stay at The Carlyle you will always look your best. The celebrated Yves Durif salon offers  guests a boutique hair salon experience. The stylists at Yves Durif salon offer a full range of services from fashionable cuts and color to make-up services and hair extensions. If you are in town for a wedding, rest assured that  Yves Durif will make you the envy of the bridal party.
 
The hotel also has a 24-hour fitness center located within the exclusive Sisley-Paris Spa. The center has everything you need to stay toned and fit including state of the art machines from Technogym.
 
There are a variety of rooms to choose from, but you might just want to look into the Premier room collection, which overlooks Madison Avenue. These 500 square foot enclaves of leisure feature comfy king beds and bathrooms that feature both a soaking tub and a rain shower. And of course, there is 24 hour room service available for all guests.

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Location & Hours

35 East 76th Street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 744-1600
www.rosewoodhotels.com 

The Mark - Upper East Side, NYC 

Fall right in to the lap of luxury at The Mark hotel. The sumptuous rooms and suites at the Mark are all designed with your privacy and comfort in mind.
Cozy and chic are the words that come to mind when describing this incredible hotel's decor and ambience.
 
In every nook and cranny, from the lobby and dining area to the splendid rooms, noted French designer Jacques Grange has created a sense of quiet, understated luxury.

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Interesting objets d'art are strategically scattered around the hotel's public spaces, for your visual pleasure. The furniture and lighting fixtures are impressively theatrical. But are never over the top.
 
As you take a moment out of your hectic day to admire your surroundings, you will be in good company.
In the past, Jacques Grange designs has performed magic for fashion and style icons like the immortal Valentino, The royal family of Monaco, Karl Lagerfeld and Yves St. Laurent.
 
The Mark and its highly professional concierge team make shopping, styling and profiling as easy as pie.
The hotel has cultivated a very special relationship with Bergdorf Goodman. Your concierge can assist you in accessing a host of goods and services from Bergdorf Goodman including personal shoppers as well as expert advice from their staff.
 
Just because you have a full day of client meetings, shopping or sightseeing on your schedule, doesn't mean that you have to neglect your daily fitness routine.
On the premises is a modern fully-equipped fitness center. Personal training is provided by the Mark's in-house fitness expert Dan Flores.

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The Mark has several dining options available when you want to relax and unwind before heading off to your glamorous guest room for some binge TV watching and a good night's sleep.
 
The Mark bar is a great place for a toast to that deal you just closed. Savvy tourists and business travelers have called the Mark bar the most stylish meeting place on Madison Avenue. In fact, why not consider entertaining clients here at the Mark. This is one hotel that's always dressed to impress.
Your clients will love the food and decor at The Mark restaurant . Formal, but not a bit stuffy, this welcoming restaurant features a delicious menu created by the acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

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Location & Hours 

25 East 77th Street
New York, NY 10075
(212) 744-4300
www.themarkhotel.com

Affinia Gardens - Upper East Side, NYC

The Affinia Gardens is your home away from home whenever business or pleasure brings you to New York City.
 
This Upper East Side boutique hotel offers a wide variety of services and amenities that will have you reserving a room here, again and again.
Every evening, from 5 to 6 PM, you can venture downstairs into the lobby and take part in the social sips wine hour. This is a great opportunity to socialize with your fellow guests over a nice glass of wine.
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Have a family? Then you'll adore Affinia's junior program which is kid friendly and parent approved. This great program is all about making your children as happy as you are during your stay here.
The hotel has a very convenient laundry service as well as housekeeping that consistently earns rave reviews. It goes without saying that the rooms here are clean and spotless, just what you would expect from a hotel that is located in such a fashionable and exclusive neighborhood.
 
The Affinia Gardens has partnered with the folks at Fresh Direct to provide grocery delivery service to hotel guests.
During the warmer weather months, you can take advantage of the Affinia's picnic program. From fresh fruits and cheeses to snacks and sandwiches, Fresh Direct will deliver picnic supplies straight to your guestroom door.
All picnic kits come in a special picnic backpack that contains a custom picnic locations map. The hotel concierge also has selfie sticks, blankets, and bikes that you can borrow for your outing in the park.
 
One of the hotel's best features (and they have many), is the extended stay program. This is ideal for business travelers as well as families. If you are planning to spend more than a week in the city, then you'll want to look into this.
 
You'll have a genuine NYC apartment style living experience, one that you'll never forget. Stay in one of the Affinia's first floor, private garden terrace suites which feature fully appointed in-room kitchens with stove tops, a microwave and a dishwasher.
A few steps from your suite is a veritable outdoor oasis. Every extended stay suite comes with an adjoining patio. Fenced in for optimal privacy, your patio is the perfect remedy for a busy day in the city.
Relax and recline on comfortable made for the outdoors furniture including plush armchairs and a cushy couch.

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Within walking distance of several subway stations and bus lines as well as tons of shopping and restaurants, the Affinia is convenience personified. And of course, your concierge will be more than happy to call you an Uber or Lyft car service to get you wherever you want to go.

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Location & Hours 

215 East 64th Street
New York, NY 10065
(212) 355-1230
www.affinia.com

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