The Upper East Side’s proximity to iconic New York institutions makes the neighborhood a popular and convenient choice among visitors. Synonymous with luxury, the Upper East Side is home to world-class museums, must-see landmarks, and Fifth Avenue shopping. Here are the best hotels on the Upper East Side.
A plethora of on-site amenities earns Hotel Wales points for convenience. The boutique hotel is home to two full-service restaurants, including an outpost of the city’s beloved American mini-chain Sarabeth’s, as well as a seasonal rooftop terrace ripe with photo ops. All of this, plus Hotel Wales’ standout hospitality, may make it hard for guests to leave.
Guests may never have to leave The Mark to experience top New York City brands. Here, services include access to personal shoppers at Bergdorf Goodman and high-end hair and beauty treatments from Frederic Fekkai Salon. Bedside Ladurée macarons and dry cleaning by “Manhattan’s top luxury dry cleaner” are also available.
Stepping into the Hôtel Plaza Athénée may transport visitors outside New York City. A romantic French aesthetic lends each room a sense of luxury, complete with embroidered Italian duvets and 18th-century European artwork. After exploring the world by way of the Upper East Side, travelers can digest their experiences and afternoon tea at the hotel’s Bar Seine.
The 91-year-old Lowell Hotel is a classic luxury hotel tailored for modern guests. Today’s in-room dining service features both a Health and a Pet Menu, and on-site bar Jacques crafts cocktails with seasonal ingredients in between its Rosé Thursdays. However, some offerings, including The Lowell’s original wood-burning fireplaces and sweeping Manhattan views, are as stylish now as they were at the hotel’s 1927 opening.
Art lovers who want to be near the Upper East Side’s Museum Mile should get to know The Surrey. Situated close to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, this 92-year-old hotel has hosted famous people including Bette Davis and Claudette Colbert. It’s The Surrey’s permanent guests, however, that have made it the city’s only Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel: an on-site private collection features two works by Jenny Holzer, a video piece by William Kentridge, and a tapestry of Kate Moss by portrait artist Chuck Close, among others.
Since opening in 1907, The Plaza has become synonymous with luxury in New York City. The elegant hotel thanks fictional guests Eloise and Kevin McCallister for its place in pop culture and owes its endurance to timeless amenities such as white glove butler service, hand-crafted white marble vanities, and the Palm Court’s iconic afternoon tea.
The Four Seasons New York, which prides itself on offering “five-star New York hotel living,” is home to spacious guest rooms and suites. A Rolls-Royce car is available for visitors to use, and the low number of rooms per floor creates an intimate feel. Other perks include custom-made rugs in every room and panoramic Manhattan views.