Some hotels embody the character of their neighborhood, and in the Upper East Side, one fine example is the Surrey. Discreet service, a prestigious address, and amenities of the highest quality combine in this historic property, first built in 1926 as a residence hotel. Over the decades, celebrities from John F. Kennedy to Bette Davis chose the Surrey as their New York home. In the modernization of the Surrey, interior designer Lauren Rottet was inspired by the idea of a classic Manhattan townhouse passed down through generations.
Amenities are just as exceptional as the service at this Relais & Chateaux property, from the 17th-floor private roof garden (try the seasonal muddled lemonade) to the luxurious Cornelia Spa. With a location near Museum Mile, the Surrey also places an emphasis on art, seen in its collection of modern art on display including pieces by Chuck Close. Café Boulud is beloved by New Yorkers, and Bar Pleiades, inspired by the style of Coco Chanel, is a chic retreat for people-watching along Madison Avenue. Order a classic cocktail and settle in to listen to the weekly jazz trio on Friday nights.