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Find a Holiday Oasis at The Lowell Hotel

With a decades-long track record providing old-guard Upper East Side elegance, the hotel just may be the perfect way to ring in the most festive season in New York.
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There’s nothing quite like the holidays in New York, and The Lowell Hotel is the perfect place to celebrate. Sitting just a block from Central Park amidst the shops on Madison Avenue and near the festive bustle of Rockefeller Center, everything you need to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year is right outside the door. 

An Upper East Side mainstay, The Lowell regularly hosts elite executives, creatives, and entertainment figures, making it an ideal destination to people-watch or mingle with New York society. Featuring terraces, kitchens, and wood-burning fireplaces, the suites embody luxury. The hotel’s compelling aesthetic comes from the vision of Mark Pinney (who has designed for Harrod’s, Burberry, and Apple) and Michael Smith, who famously decorated the Obamas’ residential spaces in the White House.

The privately owned hotel was designed by Henry Stern Churchill and constructed in 1926. It was initially a seventeen-story apartment building, featuring residential upper floors of one- and two-bedroom suites, a lobby, and a restaurant. In 1984, The Lowell underwent renovation to become the luxury hotel it is today. The building’s Art Deco exterior was preserved, and breathtaking marble floors, velvet seating, and vaulted ceilings greet guests upon entry.

The building’s understated luxury has made it a priceless cultural fixture in Manhattan, prompting the New York State Board to recommend it for historic preservation. From wood-burning fireplaces to fine dining, The Lowell provides an irreplaceable experience, a point to which even critics agree. Thanks to its worldly designers, seasoned chefs, and passionate administration, The Lowell was ranked New York’s #1 hotel by Travel + Leisure in July, having received this coveted title for the second year in a row.

Some of the city’s most exquisite dining is available within the hotel. The Lowell’s main restaurant, Majorelle, serves an acclaimed selection of French-Moroccan cuisine, crafted by a team including famed restaurateur Charles Masson, chef Richard Brower, and pastry chef David Carmichael. Get ready to dine on caviar, risotto, and soufflés amidst chic decor, a lush garden space, and Manhattan’s boldface names.

There’s no shortage of such experiences inside the Lowell. Guests can grab a drink at Jacques, enjoy cocktails and light fare at sophisticated hideaway The Club Room, and head to the Pembroke Room for breakfast, afternoon tea, and pre-theater dinner. When you’ve tried them all, a short walk down Madison Avenue will lead you to plenty of other A-list options perfect for after shopping for holiday gifts.

Around the holidays, The Lowell showcases its festive spirit with an Upper East Side flair through packages like the “Warmth and Wine Experience,” which has some especially luxurious amenities. In addition to daily breakfast, newspaper delivery, and shoe shines, the package includes a personal “Fireplace Butler,” who will hand-light your suite’s wood-burning fireplace (did you expect any less?) and supplement it with one of the hotel’s signature scents upon request. The cozy feelings here are unbeatable, and you won’t even have to leave your room to cultivate the perfect ambiance.

As one of the leading luxury hotels in New York, The Lowell is more than a place to lay your head at night—it’s an experience. An immersive, comforting space, the hotel just may feel as welcoming and familiar as your own home.



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