Sassy New York: The Surrey

 

The Presidential Suite
The Presidential Suite has a private terrace and a dining room that can host 10 guests.

 

A stay at The Surrey will make your client fall in love with all that is the best of Manhattan. Set on East 76th Street between Madison and Fifth avenues, it’s close to Central Park, elegant shopping (think Lisa Perry, Alain Mikli, Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang, Jack Vartanian, Missoni and Lily Pulitzer) and classic, refined residential brownstones and townhouses.

The hotel is ideal for those seeking a secure, intimate setting; step into the lobby and you’re greeted by staff at the reception desk; someone is always on hand to guide you to the elevator and to see you to your room, should you wish. And what choices you’ll have. Starting at the top with The Surrey’s most lavish accommodation is the Presidential Suite (No. 1406). It has 4,500 square feet of space and can be configured to have one or two bedrooms. Other important elements include a private terrace, formal dining room for 10, a living room with a fireplace and an iMac, a baby grand piano and a full kitchen. Luxury Travel Advisor suggests putting your fussiest clients here; they will love it, particularly for the ability to throw fabulous parties. Note: They may never want to leave!

The Penthouse (No. 1701) on the top floor, we must say, is a fine runner-up to the Presidential Suite. At 1,150 square feet, it has a full kitchen, a living room with a marble fireplace, dining area with seating for six and a posh, private 1,000-square-foot wraparound terrace that provides fabulous views of Central Park and the Upper East Side. Note: A huge plus of staying in the Penthouse Suite is its exclusive access to The Surrey’s new private rooftop garden. Contact Ellen Gerchick (ellen.gerchick@thesurrey.com; 646-358-3608), director of luxury sales, to reserve this suite and the Presidential or with any other questions for your VIPs. General Manager Spencer Wadama (Spencer.wadama@thesurrey.com; 646-358-3605) also welcomes calls from luxury travel advisors.

Good to know: Ultra Deluxe Suites (No. 1403 and the “01” line of suites, for example, No. 1401) have small kitchens and terraces with Central Park views. Note: Those in the know will appreciate that The Surrey has Duxiana brand beds in all of its rooms. Additionally, as only smaller buildings surround the hotel, all rooms have bright light all day. P.S.: The hotel is pet friendly.

 

The Roof Garden
The Roof Garden is a scene for summer with outdoor butler service and views over Central Park.

 

Luxury Travel Advisor found the spa at The Surrey to be a spacious, residential-style retreat; located downstairs, it has five large treatment rooms; two are suites and all have showers. Note: Reserve treatments when securing hotel accommodations to get the best times, especially if your client is traveling over the weekend. The spa’s coordinators are Connie, Christie and Dee, and can be contacted via spa@thesurreyhotel.com or 646-358-3600. Consult with Spa Director Cheryl Jacobs (cheryl.jacobs@thesurrey.com; 646-358-3615) on whether your client should opt for a customized massage or the Pomegranate Age Reversal Facial. Note: While there are no set programs for children per se, they are allowed to have treatments in the suites with a parent. The spa can be bought out for special occasions.

Chief Concierge Lorena Ringoot (lringoot@thesurrey.com; 646-358-3620) is used to making magic happen; she has arranged for private helicopters to whisk clients away to the Hamptons for a private clambake on the beach. She’s also secured tickets to the MTV Music Awards for a large party and arranged transportation to Madison Square Garden in a limousine with a private bartender. Other notable feats include setting up dinner for two on a private sailing boat by the Statue of Liberty and arranging for a private multi-language art-architectural tour for a family.

Dining is a special event at The Surrey, since Chef Daniel Boulud opened Café Boulud just next door (the restaurant can be accessed from the hotel’s entranceway). The restaurant’s accolades include a star in the Michelin Guide and a three-star review in The New York Times. Need we say more? When reserving a table for clients (call 212-772-2600 starting 30 days out), request one in the front of the restaurant; for private-room dining, contact Assistant General Manager Alison Arth (aarth@danielnyc.com; 212-772-2600).

 

The Spa
The Spa is known for its body therapies, such as the Signature Hands and Feet Body Treatment.