Life as an Upper East Sider at The Lowell Hotel
If you’ve been following me for quite sometime, you probably know how much I love a city staycation. After living in New York for six years and calling Williamsburg my home for a second year in a row, a change of scenery is always needed and much enjoyed.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a staycation so when The Lowell Hotel reached out with an opportunity, I jumped right on it. The Lowell Hotel is different from the hotels I’ve done staycations in in the past. For one, it’s on the Upper East Side, a neighborhood I rarely frequent. But the biggest standout of The Lowell hotel, for me, was its unparalleled, timelessly defined luxury that encompasses the entire hotel. It’s boutique, yes, but this hotel is a well-oiled machine, every little detail to decor, service and identity perfect. It’s no wonder that Travel + Leisure has chosen it as the #1 hotel in New York City for the second year in a row.
See my photo essay below from a magical weekend at The Lowell, living as an Upper East Sider. Afternoon tea was involved. Museum were visited. And Central Park was a recurring familiar site.
The hotel graciously offered us the One Bedroom Suite, which came with a kitchenette, a wood-burning fireplace, a spacious living room and views high atop the Upper East Side.
The art + design books that adorned every shelf throughout the hotel, including the one in our room, was carefully curated for the cultured guest. The Club Room’s plush sofas and wingback chairs make for the perfect spot to mingle over some drinks and food.
Alternatively, the hotel’s Pembroke Room is a gorgeous European-inspired salon nestled on the second floor of the hotel. The salon is the perfect site to indulge in a decadent afternoon tea of fresh scones, finger sandwiches and pastries. I appreciated that the tea selection was concise and thoughtfully selected, as opposed to an overwhelming amount of variety.
What made this staycation all the more memorable was its location. The Lowell’s close proximity to Central Park, Museum Mile and the quaintest blocks on the Upper East Side made me feel like I was living in the ultimate New York storybook. It’s hard to imagine that just a few streets down resides the crazy intersection of Central Park South, where tourists and horse carriages abound. Discreet, quaint and just beautiful in its most classic meaning — that’s what this hotel is.
Where to Eat on the UES:
What to See:
Central Park: I suggest renting a bike or a CitiBike to see the park in its entirety, if you’re fit for it!
The Frick Collection, pictured above and to the right. One of my favorite art collections in the city in a restore home with a beautiful indoor garden.
The Metropolitan Museum, self-explanatory
The Guggenheim Museum, also self-explanatory
Neue Galerie: museum of early twentieth-century German and Austrian art