New York, United States

The Surrey

Rates from (inc tax)$607.50

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21USD), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Beaux Arts beauty

Setting

Upper East Side

The Surrey hotel in New York exudes elegance and glamour as any good Upper East Side resident should. More than just a handsome visage, it quietly impresses with sumptuously appointed rooms, a fine art collection, Coco Channel-inspired lounge and a private rooftop garden where a butler will bring you your favourite tipple.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

190

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, for a cost (half a day’s rate before 3pm; a full day’s rate after 6pm); earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $607.50, excluding tax at 14.75 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional room tax of $10.00 per room per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD697.11), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates exclude Continental breakfast (US$26 each).

Also

Treat yourself with a decadent treatment like a honey scrub or seaweed wrap at the refined Cornelia Spa on the second floor. After your soothing treatment, head up to the rooftop terrace to unwind. Also, New York's 'Museum Mile' is on your doorstep – the museums lining Fifth Avenue are some of the world's greatest cultural institutions.

At the hotel

Gym, spa, restaurants, bar, seasonal rooftop garden, DVD library and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, DVD player, Pratesi bathrobes, Dean and Deluca minibar, in-room mixology kit and Diptyque bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The Studio Suite comes with a fireplace and a soaking tub. If you really want to splash out, opt for the Presidential Suite: a luxurious expanse with a baby grand piano, claw-foot bath tub, sauna, private terrace, and lashings of space for dining, entertaining, sleeping or all the above. Start saving now.

Packing tips

Bring a scent or bag by Chanel – the bar’s decor riffs on the classic designer, with leather quilted walls and monochrome.

Also

Dogs are welcomed with their own bed, in-room treats, day-care services and grooming. Owners will need to pay US$150 and sign a waiver for canine companionship.

Children

Little Smiths are welcome, with free cots and extra beds for $50. Babysitting can be arranged, for $30 an hour (based on a four-hour minimum; there will be an extra charge for the babysitter’s transport to the hotel).

Overview

Little Smiths are welcome, with free cots and extra beds for $40. Babysitting can be arranged, for $25 an hour (based on a four-hour minimum; there will be an extra charge for the babysitter’s transport to the hotel).

Best for

Art-loving, culture-keen older children and teens.

Recommended rooms

The Ultra Deluxe Suites have kitchenettes with microwaves, fridges, hobs and sinks. There’s space for cots and day beds.

Activities

Give them a shot of culture with trips to the various museums, and then explore New York’s laid-back lures – ball games, parks, malls, restaurants and theatres.

Rates

More details

Rates exclude Continental breakfast (US$26 each).

Meals

The restaurant menu is sure to please the fussiest of eaters.

Babysitting

Babysitting can be arranged, for $25 an hour (based on a four-hour minimum; there will be an extra charge for the babysitter’s transport to the hotel).

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

Café Boulud – part of Daniel Boulud's culinary empire – has been styled by a Parisian artist and a NY-based architect, and the decor reflects this European–American union: wood panelling, plush upholstery, neutral hues, pendant lamps with rice paper shades, coral leather chairs and white linen-dressed tables. The menu is shaped around four concepts: tradition, the season, the vegetable garden and travel. 

At the bar

Bar Pleiades is inspired by Coco Chanel and the 1930s, with leather quilted walls, black and white lacquer finishes, French doors, banquette seating and plenty of nooks and crannies. The cocktails are just as elegant – honour your setting with a Manhattan or two. The rooftop garden, overlooking Central Park and the Upper East Side on the 17th floor, is served by a butler who’ll happily serve you drinks up here.

Last orders

Breakfast is from 7am until 10am, lunch is 12pm until 2pm and dinner is served up between 5.45pm and 10.30pm. Drinks are served in the bar from noon until midnight.

Room service

In-room treats can be ordered from the restaurant menu 24 hours a day.

Location

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Address
The Surrey
20 East 76th Street
10021
New York
United States

Planes

JFK International Airport services most international and west coast arrivals and departures, and is 20 miles away. Several domestic airlines fly into LaGuardia Airport, just 10 miles away. Although close, travel times to and from both airports vary greatly due to traffic and time of day.

Trains

Penn Station, just 15 minutes away by car, is on 7th Avenue & West 32nd Street, and is served by Amtrak (www.amtrak.com).

Automobiles

With an abundance of taxis and public transportation options available, a car is not necessary. However, for those daring enough to brave city traffic, parking for guests is available, at $55 a day ($65 for four-wheel drives).

Worth getting out of bed for

Book a massage or facial at the ravishing spa – each treatment room has its own white-tiled bathroom, so you won’t have to see a soul en route to the massage bed. Ask the concierge to arrange a private tour of any of the neighbouring galleries. It would be hard to find a more cultured setting than Museum Mile – the Guggenheim (www.guggenheim.org), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (www.metmuseum.org) and the Asia Society & Museum (www.asiasociety.org) are just a few of your neighbours. Madison Avenue is on your doorstep, so dedicate at least one afternoon to shopping, especially at the two big Bs – Barney’s and Bergdorf Goodman. Hop into a private horse-drawn carriage and have a ride around Central Park. Listen to some fabulous falsetto at the Dicapo Opera Theatre (www.dicapo.com), or see a concert at the Central Park Naumburg Bandshell (www.centralpark.com).

Local restaurants

One of the city’s best restaurants – Café Boulud – is within the hotel itself, so be sure to book in for dinner.  For a meal with a view, eat at Aureole at the Bank of America Tower on 34 East 64th Street (+1 212 319 1660; www.charliepalmer.com). The food is as seductive as the glamorous setting, with dishes such as pastrami pork belly sliders, Alaskan black cod and New York cheesecake. Go celebrity spotting at Tao, a restaurant styled as an Asian temple, at 42 East 58th Street (+1 212 888 2288; www.taorestaurant.com). You can eat in the third-floor Skybox, and look out over the entire restaurant, have some sashimi in the sushi bar, or sample delicacies such as lobster wonton with ginger broth and crispy orange chicken in the main dining room. Chef Michael Psilakis delivers in flavour and concept at Fishtag, (+1 212 362 7470; fishtagrestaurant.com) his Mediterranean restaurant on the Upper West Side. Use their Appetizing menu to take the guesswork out of what to drink with dinner, as their cured meats, cheese and seafood are expertly paired with wine, craft beer and cocktails. For dry-aged steak and celeb shoulder-rubbing head to John DeLucie's Crown, a gentlemen's clubby restaurant set in a townhouse on 81st Street (+1 646 539 4880; www.crown81.com).

Local cafés

Ease tired feet and shopping-laden shoulders by staking out a nook at Alice’s Tea Cup at 220 East 81st Street (+1 212 734 4832; www.alicesteacup.com). Try the café’s afternoon tea if you need a boost; there’s even a ‘wee tea’ for little Smiths.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Although a dyed-in-the-wool Brit, Mr Smith loves classic American show tunes, and all the way in from JFK he kept singing, ‘When I take you out to the Surrey, when I take you out to the Surrey with the fri-i-i-i-inge on top.’ It’s in the Surrey, of course, but then, we were bound for The Surrey, the old-fashioned Upper East Side hotel that was redone last year, reputedly for $75,000,000. Our destination played right into Mr Smith’s penchant for slightly changing a lyric and then basking in his cleverness.

Although we’ve been to Manhattan many times over the past 25 years, I confess that we had never stayed on the UES, as it has come to be known. The Surrey, a 1926 Beaux-Arts building, is just a somersault from Central Park and a martini-totter from Bemelmans bar in the Hotel Carlyle. It has central-casting good looks, as though it were designed to serve as the backdrop to a ’40s movie. (In fact, it’s been the roost of starlets from that era, among them Bette Davis and Claudette Colbert.)

The affable doorman, Giuseppe, who remembered our names from the get-go, seemed the perfect old-school foil to the hotel’s coolly sensuous new look, designed by Lauren Rottet. This Mr Smith is an interior designer by profession, so no sooner were we through the revolving door than I'm saluting that the lobby’s subtle tones – creamy whites, pitch-black blacks, and reassuring grays – are nods to the ’40s, my favorite design decade. The room deftly balanced currents and influences from several periods, Art Deco, mid-century modern, ’90s minimalism – it was more about Ms Rottet’s educated eclecticism than an homage to an era. That arresting, black-and-white Chuck Close portrait of Kate Moss, an exclamation point at the end of the elevator lobby, certainly is very now.

Our room carried on the eclectic theme – muted pastel tones and rich wood cabinetry, a working fireplace and black, etched water glasses, and a capacious bathroom, floored and walled in grey-veined marble. There were doffs of the cap to Chanel in the bar modeled on the beauty house’s compact, and maybe to Shabby Chic in the bookcase stenciled with an acanthus motif. Drawing back the curtains we found a balcony and a fabulous view over Central Park, now bundled up in the golden tones of late autumn.

The evening being mild, we took a walk to clear our heads, and then ducked into the Two Brothers Diner, just across the street from the Whitney Museum, for a burger and a few rounds of Rolling Rock (when in Rome…). Then home to that huge sumptuous bed, with a headboard of padded leather as tall as an NBA centre.

What we enjoy doing most in New York is shopping, abetted by the fact that the place seems to be permanently on sale. This Mr Smith is also a big guy, especially in the shoe department, and America caters to me brilliantly. So it was straight to Barneys, 20 blocks down Madison Avenue, where I picked up some lovely pink suede shoes and a pair of red brogues at 50 per cent off.

Our unlikely rendezvous for lunch was ABC Home, near Union Square, which had recently opened a new bar and cafe. We had a boozy repast with a friend from north Wales (but now a New Yorker), and then hot-footed it back uptown so I could have a session of reflexology, while the husband soaked in the tub. I returned thoroughly relaxed and full of praise for the spa, especially the fact that each treatment room has its own dressing armoire and vanity, and some a shower or bath. I just wished they'd given me more than a spoonful of the delicious local honey that begins each treatment.

The great thing about The Surrey is that it puts you smack in Manhattan’s museum zone, and the next day we made the most of it. We took in the Edward Hopper show at the Whitney, then walked up Fifth Avenue for a whirl around Frank Lloyd Wright’s nautilus-shell-shaped Guggenheim. We took one last gulp of culture at the exquisite Neue Galerie, which specialises in German and Austrian art of the late 19th and early 20th centuries – the Secession artists, the Blaue Reiter, Die Brucke, and the like.

Friends were curious about The Surrey, so we were happy to be able to invite them to our boutique abode on our second evening. We started at Bar Pleiades, an intimate boite off the lobby, and ended up with nightcaps in the ravishing roof garden on the 17th floor. And what did Oscar Hammerstein III name The Surrey's new private roof garden? ‘The fringe on top’ of course. Perhaps it was the master-of-the-universe view that induced Mr Smith to start on what would be many rounds of bubbly. The next morning, I felt anything but. When I cocked open an eye, there was Mr Smith with a Virgin Mary, two aspirin, and a pleased-with-himself smile on his face. ‘That,’ he said, ‘was the Surrey with the binge on top.’

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Surrey’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The customer service was absolutely second to none! The proximity to Central Park is wonderful - escape for an early morning wander to clear your head before the day begins!

Don’t expect

Wild nights

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Stayed on 7 May 2016

We loved

Everything! The breakfast, the room, the service, the bar, dinner. Great location too.

Don’t expect

Don't expect it to be cheap, but you get what you pay for!

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Stayed on 11 Nov 2015

We loved

An exceptional level of service in a truly luxury boutique hotel. A great hotel with comfortable, larger than average rooms.

Don’t expect

Idyllic peace and quiet: you are in Mahnattan. The higher floors are quieter.

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Stayed on 7 Nov 2015

We loved

Everything; we were properly taken care of.

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Stayed on 27 Oct 2015

We loved

The lovely room and the fabulous and so nice concierge who speaks french..... Perfect location close to so many places.

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Stayed on 10 Oct 2015

We loved

Rooms, shower, ambiance, comfort of the grand salon deluxe.

Don’t expect

Breakfast seemed expensive and poor to me, service seemed just the minimum.

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Stayed on 10 Oct 2015

We loved

The Roof Top Bar, gazing at the stars and the New York skyline.

Don’t expect

Suitablity for young children.

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Stayed on 26 Aug 2015

We loved

The atmosphere of elegance and cosiness.

Don’t expect

A big, bustling spot.

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Stayed on 18 Aug 2015

We loved

Absolutely everything about this hotel. The service was great, the property was lovely and the suite was well appointed, clean and comfortable. Ten out of 10.

Don’t expect

The rain shower head in our shower was broken and didn't work. We had to use the handheld portion, which had cracks in it. We meant to let the staff know, but it didn't bother us too much as the water pressure and temp of the water made it pleasant enough. We were also in and out of the room so often that it wasn't a huge inconvenience. Just would have been nice.

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Stayed on 12 Aug 2015

We loved

The size of the rooms for an NYC hotel and fabulously friendly staff

Don’t expect

More focus on kids entertainment in the rooms would be great

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Stayed on 10 Aug 2015

We loved

An excellent hotel! Superb location, a short walk to the subway and right next to Central Park. Welcoming and helpful staff. Although we didnt need to use the concierge services often we did need baseball tickets and boarding passes printed out ? as soon as I emailed the documents to the concierge, 5 minutes they were slipped under our hotel door ? superb service. Doormen are very helpful, great for advice, always smiling and happy. We were on our honeymoon, on the first night a bottle of bubbly was sent to our room courtesy of the hotel. A great asset to the hotel is the rooftop bar! Great views of the city, very relaxing after a long day sightseeing! Bar prices, as per the rest of NYC, are quite high though. We only dined in adjoining restaurant once during our stay, very nice food, very good quality, high quality serving staff ? quite pricey as per rest of NYC. Room was excellent, had everything we needed, iron, hairdryer etc. Very high standard of finish, great views, very quiet indeed, very clean. The only thing missing for us would have been tea/ coffee making facilities. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Surrey, would definitely recommend, especially for a special occasion.

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Stayed on 7 Aug 2015

We loved

The cozy environment, the generous room size, the luxurious bed with amazingly soft bed linen and pillows, the (mostly) impeccable, responsive and warm customer service. We had a slightly disappointing experience with one of the reception staff but will put it down to an unusual blip in their customer service quality.

Don’t expect

A bustling location at the heart of Manhattan. It's slightly off the main pulse of the city but it worked well for us. Close enough to the subway and Uber works like a charm in Manhattan.

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Stayed on 13 Jun 2015