• Hotel Review: The Lowell Hotel

    by  • 22 Sep ’12 • profile • 9 Comments

    Merriam-Webster defines luxury as:
    a : great ease and comfort; a sumptuous environment
    b : something adding to pleasure or comfort but not absolutely necessary
    c : an indulgence in something that provides pleasure, satisfaction, or ease

    All definitions flawlessly describe my stay at The Lowell last week, and my perfect night’s sleep on a Savoir Bed. Positioned on a quiet, tree-lined street off Madison Avenue, The Lowell sits in the heart of New York’s Upper East Side. When on ‘the road’ I always miss my home, but look forward to an indulgent stay in a fabulous hotel to offset my mal du pays. I have been fortunate  to stay at and review many wonderful hotels. Usually when I arrive at a new hotel I am filled with excitement and anticipation, yet, on occasion, the rooms lack a distinctive or noteworthy character. The Lowell, without exception, upped the ante and delivered on every level, especially the unique and luxurious scale. With only 72 individually decorated rooms and suites, the hotel exudes tailored sophistication, while lavishing its guests with personalized service and attention to detail. Little surprise, it is a favorite haunt of both dignitaries and celebrities alike.

    My sitting room in the Manhattan Suite

    The Lowell’s distinctive style is best described as graceful, sophisticated, contemporary opulence. It has the feel of a private residence; the lobby is cozy with a European sense of style, and the staff is extremely hospitable. However, the rooms, many decorated by Michael Smith, are the real treasures; at no time did I feel as if I were stuck in a hotel room. Truthfully, I wanted to move in to 12a (the Manhattan Suite), which is said to be inspired by Chanel. In my dream world I would have stayed in the room, just as Madonna did for a year. The bookshelves were filled with fabulous books, the two terraces boasted large candle lanterns (perfect for sitting outside at night), and the kitchen was stocked with fresh cheeses, Dean and Deluca snacks, teas, and Veuve Clicquot.

    Among the many sumptuous touches were fresh fruit, soft slippers, water at turndown and a plentiful selection of Bulgari amenities in the bathroom. My suite also included a wood-burning fireplace, an equipped kitchen, an iMac, Bang & Olufsen telephones and, perhaps best of all, a Savoir Bed. While I have a partnership with Savoir, this was the first that I had the opportunity to sleep on one of their completely handmade beds; it truly was amazing. My occasional morning back pains seemed to disappear overnight. Plus, it was the perfect Goldilocks bed…I was never once too hot or too cold. I can now honestly say that I have found the perfect hotel (and bed). I cannot wait to return.

    The Manhattan Suite Bedroom with Savoir Bed

    9 Responses to Hotel Review: The Lowell Hotel

    1. mary
      22 Sep ’12 at 1:10 pm

      I love this particular street in New York. I lived just a few blocks down when I lived in Manhattan. So things change, but New York always stays the same. Thanks for the update on my old haunts.

      • allthebest
        22 Sep ’12 at 4:32 pm

        Such a pretty area Mary!

    2. Squeak
      22 Sep ’12 at 4:31 pm

      How beautiful! I think the chances of me ever being able to afford to stay there are remote to nil!

      • allthebest
        22 Sep ’12 at 4:32 pm

        I consider myself lucky to have been their guest!

    3. 30 Sep ’12 at 3:29 pm

      The layout of this hotel is very similar to an apartment I am currently renovating on 5th ave! NYC definitely has a style like no other city. Great post…great place to stay!

      Love, Jamie Herzlinger

    4. 7 Oct ’12 at 3:39 am

      The Lowell is a long time favorite: small, quiet, sophisticated, elegant. The recent updating of the rooms have made it even better.

      • allthebest
        7 Oct ’12 at 7:28 am

        Yes…small, quiet, sophisticated, elegant. It’s so lovely!. I did not see it before the updates, but it is now a favorite.

    5. 18 Jan ’13 at 6:13 pm

      So stylish and cosy at the same time! Wish someday I’ll be able to stay there… and use those writing accessories!! :)

    6. 31 Jan ’13 at 9:08 am

      The place feels less like a hotel, and more like an upscale residence where staff knows exactly who you are and is ready to assist in a very genuine and non-obtrusive way. This is a rarity, even at most 5-star hotels.

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