Where to Stay: Modern Art Surrounds Ultimate Luxury at The Surrey

 

While being seduced by the City That Never Sleeps, The Surrey romances guests with timeless sophistication, exceptional service and museum quality modern art. The love affair with New York City began when the hotel first opened its doors in 1926, and has since hosted trailblazing legends such as JFK, Bette Davis, and Claudette Colbert.

Tapestry at The Surrey; Kate, 2007 by Chuck Close.

Tapestry at The Surrey; Kate, 2007 by Chuck Close.

The allure continues today with the larger than life tapestry of Kate Moss gazing at every guest who approaches. The iconic Chuck Close piece is just one of The Surrey’s first-rate collection from artists including Richard Serra, Cecily Brown, and Jenny Holzer. Curated by Lauren Rottet as part of The Surrey’s recent design renovation, the result is a seductive dance of modern and classic aesthetics. Travel + Leisure, whose readers voted The Surrey the #1 in New York City and #3 in the U.S., describes the hotel as, “a black-and-white design scheme punched up with eye-catching modern art.”

Natasha Schlesinger, founder of ArtMuse and The Surrey’s Art Expert in Residence.

Natasha Schlesinger, founder of the award winning ArtMuse and The Surrey’s Art Expert in Residence.

New York City’s only Relais & Châteaux hotel, The Surrey has quickly become a cultural destination. Natasha Schlesinger, founder of the award winning ArtMuse and The Surrey’s Art Expert in Residence has attracted progressive collaborators to the hotel including Mark Boomershine with his New York Tastemaker installation, a modern exhibition celebrating Asia Week New York, and most recently the outdoor garden installation by Peter Gerakaris.

Aware that an epicurean masterpiece is an alluring vessel for love, The Surrey features Daniel Boulud’s treasured namesake Café Boulud. Guests can dine indoors or al-fresco, or saunter up to the “quiet elegance” of the Private Roof Garden – an aura not lost on the readers of Travel + Leisure. Exclusive for hotel guests and members of the hotel’s Patrons Club, the space delights the senses. A captivating view of Central Park and sweet lavender scent mesmerize while guests nibble on bites from Café Boulud and sip on signature cocktails.

Photo: Courtesy of The Surrey

Floating Garden by Peter Gerakaris transforms the rooftop environment by harmonizing with the garden, sky, and cityscape. Enveloping three sides of the central garden structure, the artwork generates a sense of place for the convergence of nature and culture.

Condé Nast Traveler, whose readers also voted The Surrey #1 in New York City, faithfully detail The Surrey, “The lobby’s Art Deco-inspired black-and-dove gray palette is echoed in the generously sized rooms with wide Duxiana beds.” The Surrey also offers truly impressive Presidential and Penthouse Suites, both well appointed with private meetings and events in mind.

With its numbered tables and air of seduction, Bar Pleiades is a cocktail lounge and hotel bar evocative of a discreet rendez-vous—and the newest addition to the Café Boulud family. Named for the beloved French restaurant frequented by Manhattan’s art world elite of the 1970s and 80s, Bar Pleiades combines the respectful, attentive service of a fine hotel bar with the inspired cocktail menu of a gifted mixologist.

Bar Pleiades is a cocktail lounge and hotel bar evocative of a discreet rendez-vous—and the newest addition to the Café Boulud family. Named for the beloved French restaurant frequented by Manhattan’s art world elite of the 1970s and 80s, Bar Pleiades combines the respectful, attentive service of a fine hotel bar with the inspired cocktail menu of a gifted mixologist.

As the sun sets and the city lights glimmer, and guests begin to crave the tantalizing notes of the sax and keys, The Surrey holds regular Friday jazz nights in the Coco Chanel inspired Bar Pleiades. Every table and chair in the seductively lit ‘atelier’ is hand scripted by famed furniture designer Jimmie Martin, ideal for an intimate rendezvous.

The Surrey’s allure delivers enticing luxury with a polished zeal.