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Old Oct 7, 12, 9:41 am
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DavidO
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Berkeley, CA
Programs: Virtuoso, FSPP, STARS, MO FAN Club, PEN Club, Bellini Club, Dorchester Diamond Club, Travel Leaders
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Here's the review of The Mark that I posted two years ago:

The Mark

This hotel was previously a Virtuoso property but closed for an extensive three-year renovation during which the 1927 building was essentially gutted in order to create larger guest rooms and install modern heating and plumbing systems. Located on the Upper East Side (E. 77th Street at Madison Avenue), the hotel is located in a residential neighborhood across Madison Avenue from the Carlyle. Away from the bustle of midtown, the Mark is convenient to the Metropolitan Museum (3 blocks), the Whitney Museum (2 blocks), and the 77th Street subway station (2 blocks).

The Mark has a contemporary style created by French designer Jacques Grange. The lobby features black and white striped marble floors with very contemporary furnishings and wall decorations, and the feeling extends into a very trendy bar that pulses with energy. If you're looking for an elegant yet lively nightspot, consider the Mark.

But once you leave the lobby, the guest floors are suitably subdued to create a restful environment for a good night's sleep. Guest rooms combine traditional elements (elegant painted crown moldings and door trim) with contemporary furnishings. Bathrooms provide what every five-star hotel should offer: double vanities, deep soaking tub, walk-in shower, and TV in the mirror. (OK, I really don't understand the TV-in-the-mirror thing, but the best new hotels all provide them!)

Lead-in Courtyard rooms are more than 400 square feet. The first level of upgrade is to a Madison room - which overlooks Madison Avenue - but the courtyard is actually very attractive, overlooking the backyards of several townhouses on 78th Street (and, in particular, a beautiful maple tree whose autumn colors were quite striking). The Seventy-Seven Kings are spacious, 500 square foot guest rooms overlooking 77th Street. Junior Suites feature sliding doors that separate the living room (with pull-out queen sofa) from the Queen-bedded master bedroom and have two full bathrooms. There are several varieties of 1 BR and 2 BR Suites, some with full kitchens. The fitness facility is large and very well equipped.
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