Photo by Scott Frances for the Mark
Most New Yorker don’t spend $75,000 a year on rent, but a hotel room on the Upper East Side is asking that hefty sum for just one night. First reported by Bloomberg, the duplex penthouse suite is at the swanky Mark Hotel and boasts six bathrooms, five bedrooms, two wet bars, a 25,000-square-foot rooftop terrace overlooking Central Park, and a living room under the landmarked building’s cupola that can be converted into a full-sized Grand Ballroom. In addition to being the country’s most expensive hotel suite, it’s also the largest at 10,000 square feet.
As Bloomberg notes, the Mark gets is share of high-rollers thanks to its Jean-Georges restaurant, Frédéric Fekkai salon, and reputation as the go-to meetup spot before the Met Ball.
The hotel was originally built in 1927 in the Renaissance Revival style at 25 East 77th Street. It was renovated in 2009 with new interiors by designer Jacques Grange and has 100 hotel rooms and 56 suites. It also has 10 co-ops, which the penthouse was originally offered as. As 6sqft previously reported, since its renovation, it has been “fraught with buyer back-outs, lawsuits, and heavy price cuts.”
The penthouse first hit the market in 2008 for $60,000 (plus $44,645 per month in common charges) and tried unsuccessfully for the next seven years to find a taker. Interestingly, the hotel’s general manager, Olivier Lordonnois, told Bloomberg that someone was renting it during this time, though it was never publicly listed as such.
In addition to the aforementioned perks, the penthouse has a library room, a dining room to seat 12, and 26-foot ceilings in the living room.
The kitchen has a custom island, breakfast room, wine fridge, and double ovens.
Off a sky-lit conservatory is a custom-designed staircase by Eric Schmitt that leads to the roof terrace, complete with its own fireplace and dining area.
The master suite has a double-sided fireplace, sitting room, walk-in closets, and his-and-hers bathrooms with a steam room.
When asked about the astronomical price, Lordonnois said he thinks it’s fair based on the competition, citing the Four Seasons’ Ty Warner penthouse, which is 64,000 square feet, has four terraces, and asks $50,000 a night. The Plaza’s 4,500-square-foot Royal Suite–with 24-carat gold bathroom fixtures and a full gym–asks $40,000 a night, and the Mandarin Oriental’s 3,300-square-foot suits goes for $36,000 a night.
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All photos by Scott Frances for the Mark
Neighborhoods : Upper East Side