King For A Day: Where To Stay for a 24-Hour Business Trip in NYC

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No matter how glamorous the job, it isn’t always easy to navigate a city like New York between business meetings. For a start, there is the pulsating energy and dynamism of it that never lets up, and when you’re on your own, trying to get plugged into the local scene, it can wear you down.

But it doesn’t have to be that way, and all you have to do is check into the right hotel. Yes, location is a top priority, and you want to be based near your business meetings, but you also have to consider the atmosphere of the hotel, and neighborhood, to make the most of your available downtime, be it an afternoon tea in a cosseting drawing room or a quick walk through Central Park…because why wouldn’t you?

A hotel that checks these boxes, and then some, is Upper East Side’s loveliest- and most intimate- hotel, The Lowell.

And here is why…

It’s small scale and personal

Unlike the NYC outposts of big hotel chains, The Lowell is a quiet and intimate retreat of just 74 rooms. There is nothing flashy here, and after a face lift by former White House decorator Michael Smith, it’s feeling more like a private apartment than a place where you check-in for the night. The once sombre lobby is gone, replaced by a neoclassical foyer of marble floors, plush sofas and enough art to fill a small gallery. Behind it, you’ll also find a new lounge-style Club Room, filled with sculptures and books, and there is nothing quite as cosseting this side of New York.

The location is as chic as it gets

Then, of course, the location of The Lowell can’t be beat. Sitting right on the chic East 63rd Street, with Hermès for a neighbour, Barneys across the street and Central Park one block away, calling it prime Manhattan real estate would be an understatement.

The rooms, each differently decorated, are stars in their own rights

In a city where rooms skew towards the smaller end of things, The Lowell’s country house-style rooms, starting at 400 square feet, are refreshingly spacious, but that’s not why business travelers check-in here. They do so for the cosseting luxury of them, with their hardwood floors, Persian rugs, hand-made furniture and great technology.

And each has a fireplace and fresh flowers

In a city like New York, it’s important to have a calming counter to the constant crush of cabs and suits, and that’s precisely the atmosphere The Lowell seeks to create in its rooms with their plush sofas and chairs, wood burning fireplaces (we can’t think of too many hotels where every room has one) and fresh flowers wherever you look. These are the small things make all the difference.

The Pembroke Room serves the best afternoon tea in town

Speaking of small things that make a big difference, The Lowell’s Pembroke Room, pretty as a peach with its large French doors and European-inspired decor, is the last word in elegance. It also serves the best afternoon tea in town- think finger sandwiches, traditional scones, petit fours and more loose leaf teas and herbal infusions than you’ll have time to try while you’re here.

The Majorelle is Upper East Side’s prettiest restaurant

A new addition to The Lowell, this Moroccan-inspired French restaurant, with its explosive flower arrangements and gorgeous table settings, is already turning headings in Manhattan. While you’re here, try the couscous, and if time allows, the tangy tagine of snapper served with preserved lemons. You’ll thank us after.

For more hotel showcases, stay tuned.

About Nimah Koussa

The best part about being a travel writer is bringing cities and destinations to life: their stories, secret addresses, luxurious gems and unique holiday moments. And I have been one for a little more than 10 years. From the best bars and restaurants in different cities of the world to hotels where you can check-in to get away from it all, this Magazine is all about making every trip just a bit more meaningful.

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