Upper East Side, New York City
What it is
The closest you'll get to living in New York without actually renting an apartment.
What it isn't
A large, bustling hotel replete with amenities—there's no spa, for instance.
What we think
As residential as Manhattan hotels get, the 72-room Lowell is at once elegant and homey. Elegant as in crisp service, an excellent 24-hour concierge, afternoon tea and traditional furnishings (four-poster beds, Persian rugs). Homey as in generously sized rooms that feel like apartments, with books and objets on the shelves and (in most) kitchens, furnished terraces and wood-burning fireplaces. Suites are even more commodious, with up to three bedrooms and expansive dining and seating areas. The location, on a quiet, tree-lined block on the Upper East Side, enhances the sense of intimacy. There's no spa, but the fitness center is well equipped and drenched in sunlight. A pretty French-Med restaurant, Majorelle, spills into the garden (though we still mourn for the Post House, the ground-floor steak restaurant that closed in 2013).
You're here because
You're bringing the family or just want room to spread out and feel at home. The hotel's residential character is also ideal for extended stays.
You rolled your eyes at the idea of a "fireplace butler," but as soon as he ignited the flames and the room filled with the invigorating aroma of eucalyptus (his suggested addition), your skepticism melted away.
A residential block on the Upper East Side, a quick walk to Barneys and Central Park.
Pembroke Room - Seasonal American cuisine, Afternoon Tea
Central Park - Be sure to stop at the Central Park Zoo.
BEAST Speedboat Ride - It goes all the way to the Statue of Liberty! Make sure you buy a poncho first...