The Surrey, a luxury hotel built in 1926, is located in Upper East Side Manhattan, New York. The hotel is a 40min drive from John F Kennedy International Airport and 60min from Newark Liberty International Airport.
The original Surrey, built in 1926, was a residence hotel. Its celebrity guests included John F Kennedy, Betty Davis and Claudette Colbert.
Denihan Hospitality Group (DHG) acquired the hotel in 2008 and invested more than $60m in its renovation. The hotel reopened in November 2009 and now offers 190 guest accommodations.
The Surrey hotel design
The hotel follows the Beaux-Arts architectural style. During the renovation in 2008-09, it was re-designed by famous interior designer Lauren Rottet. The new design incorporates a palette of cream, silver, gray, light tobacco and black.
The hotel features lacunar ceilings, limestone walls and is decorated with moldings. The lobby features marble archways and floors. The salons, suites and spa are furnished with Art Deco furniture, including custom-made sofas, dining tables, light fixtures and ornate hand-painted armoires.
Luxury hotel accommodation
The hotel has 190 rooms, including 30 single bedroom suites. It also accommodates a presidential suite and a penthouse suite.
The rooms are classified as Deluxe, Ultra Deluxe and Grand Deluxe rooms. Deluxe salons are sub-classified into two types based on their size.
The 330ft² Deluxe salon features one king size bed, whereas the 385ft² Deluxe salon includes two queen size beds and has a soaking tub in the bathroom. The 445ft² Ultra Deluxe salon has an attached private terrace, in addition to a bedroom.
The Grand Deluxe room features one king size bed and is also available with two queen size beds, a fireplace and a spacious workspace.
The suites range in size between 605ft² and 660ft². Classified as Grand Deluxe, Ultra Deluxe and Grand Deluxe suites, they feature a king-size bed and a small kitchen. The Ultra Deluxe and Grand Deluxe suites also have an attached terrace.
The 1,141ft² penthouse suite is located on the top floor of the hotel. It has a living room, a dining room, one bedroom, a kitchen and a bathroom with a soaking tub and a rain shower. In addition, the suite includes a projection screen and a rooftop garden.
The two-bedroom presidential suite covers an area of 2,127ft². It has a dining room that seats ten, a kitchen, living room, bar and three bathrooms. The master bath comprises private vanities, a claw foot bathtub, a shower and sauna. It also features a small grand piano.
The Surrey hotel in-room amenities
All suites are equipped with a Samsung 37in LCD TV, a Denon iPod dock and a private bar. In addition, the penthouse suite has a library, a Sanyo electric projector and an 80in by 45in screen. The presidential suite’s bedroom is furnished with an executive desk, library and closets.
Hotel dining facilities
The hotel’s restaurant, Café Boulud, serves four kinds of cuisine – la tradition, classic French cuisine; la saison, seasonal cuisines; le potager, the vegetable garden; and le voyage, world cuisines. The restaurant has been awarded a star in the “Michelin Guide” and a three-star review in “The New York Times.”
The restaurant’s two private dining rooms each offer seating for 18 people and can be combined to accommodate 40 guests. The hotel also provides in-room dining.
The hotel also has a 1,200ft² bar known as Bar Pleiades. Located at the lobby-level, the bar offers various types of cocktails to the hotel guests. Drinks are also served in the suite.
The Surrey hotel spa
The hotel’s spa opened in November 2009. Located on the second floor, the spa features three treatment rooms, two suites, a manicure / pedicure station and a relaxation area. It provides personalised treatments under two different categories, Half-Day Escape and Full-Day Escape. The spa can be reserved for private events and in-room services.
New York hotel facilities
The hotel has a gym on the second floor, which is equipped with life fitness equipment. It also provides personal training, yoga and pilates.