JFK once slept at this historic, provocatively updated hotel.
Although this Relais & Châteaux hotel has been updated for the modern age, it's not hard to imagine John F. Kennedy or Bette Davis waiting in the lobby of the former residential property. Both were once guests at this 1926 landmark, along with many other notable figures. Today, the Surrey provides guests with an ultra-relaxing, hyper-indulgent place to retreat between visits to Upper East Side spots such as the Whitney Museum of American Art and the boutiques along Madison Avenue. The hotel offers a modern fitness center, a small meeting room and the sophisticated Café Boulud, serving creative French cuisine under the supervision of noted celebrity chef Daniel Boulud. The Surrey can also be counted on for its attentive and welcoming staff.
The 190 guest rooms (called salons) and suites are spacious, stylish and self-catering, with kitchenettes and dining areas. At the same time, they offer extensive luxury hotel amenities including dual-line speaker phones with data ports, LCD TVs, iPod docks and pillow menus. The 1,200-square-foot Penthouse can cater to 25 guests for corporate and social events, while the 2,800-square-foot Presidential Suite can host larger gatherings for up to 75 people. In warm weather, guests can relax in the private rooftop garden or borrow a (complimentary) Bobbin bicycle and pedal over to Central Park.