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.
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.