Tuesday, March 1, 2011

travel tuesday: the surrey

President's week­end was ideal for a quick get­away to New York with the fam­ily. Intent on museum-mongering, I chose The Sur­rey (20 E. 76th St, New York) as home base. How could I resist a hotel where the rooms are "salons"?

What a lovely hotel! The supe­rior staff and ser­vice from the moment we arrived truly made an impres­sion. The lobby is wel­com­ing with an impres­sion of warmth, even though all the décor col­ors are cool gray neu­trals. Lay­ers of pat­tern and tex­ture add inter­est to every area of the hotel.

lobby seating at Hotel Surrey in New York

lobby seat­ing at Hotel Sur­rey in New York

Swoon! An eccen­tric cab­i­net from the UK's Jim­mie Mar­tin:

Jimmie Martin cabinet in the Hotel Surrey

Jim­mie Mar­tin cab­i­net in the Hotel Surrey

irresistible skirted lamp at Hotel Surrey

irre­sistible skirted lamp at Hotel Surrey

delightfully detailed armoire at Hotel Surrey

delight­fully detailed armoire at Hotel Surrey

The Dux­i­ana bed is dressed in Sferra sheets. I had to drag myself away from this lux­u­ri­ous haven each morn­ing. And seri­ously, when­ever I sat on the bed, I had to pet the sheets. Could. Not. Stop.

Duxiana bed in Salon 505 at Hotel Surrey in NY

Dux­i­ana bed in Salon 505 at Hotel Sur­rey in NY

Like the lobby, the room is bedecked in neu­trals from char­coal through taupe all the way to white. A mix of fin­ishes and tex­tures cre­ate a sooth­ingly seam­less envi­ron­ment that is never bor­ing. Exactly what I love in hotel!

floor lamp at hotel surrey

over­scale doesn't mean over­whelm­ing at Hotel Surrey

The bath­room is exquis­ite. Cool in Car­rera, with Art Deco touches, it is per­fectly sized and appointed. The mosaic floor is beau­ti­fully done. Only quib­ble here — a sec­ond bar of soap for the shower would have been wel­comed (really not a bath issue, more a house­keep­ing one.)

vanity at Hotel Surrey

van­ity at Hotel Surrey

walk-in shower at Hotel Surrey

walk-in shower at Hotel Surrey

Yes, I have heaped a lot of superla­tives on the Hotel Sur­rey. It deserves a nearly 5-star rat­ing. The biggest down­side to this hotel is the street noise. Our room faced 76th Street (as opposed to Madi­son Avenue), in the­ory the qui­eter side of the hotel. Truly, the hotel would ben­e­fit from double-glazed win­dows to cut the traf­fic noise.

Café Boulud is adja­cent to the hotel. All I can say is amaz­ing food in tiny por­tions, with seri­ously slow room service.

All told, a nearly 5-star expe­ri­ence I look for­ward to enjoy­ing again and would rec­om­mend with­out reservation.

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