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November 12, 2009updated Jul 17, 2015

The Surrey Debuts In New York’s Upper East Side

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Denihan Hospitality Group announced today the official grand opening of the Upper East Side’s newest luxury hotel re-creation, The Surrey. The property has completed a 14-month gut renovation returning the hotel back to the splendor of its Beaux-Arts origins with modern touches. The hotel debuts with a Grand Opening Offer, including  a third complimentary night with every two nights booked from now until March 31, 2010.

Located on East 76th Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues, The Surrey sits in the epicenter of New York’s finest cultural institutions and premiere fashion boutiques. The 190-salon luxury hotel encompasses 30 suites, including one-bedroom suites, a Penthouse and Presidential suite.  Adding to the cultural magnificence of the neighborhood, the property houses a vast collection of contemporary modern art, including works by Jenny Holzer, William Kentridge, Jimmy Martin, Helen Amy Murray, Donald Sultan, Richard Serra, Cecily Brown and Imogen Cunningham, among others.

Designed by interior architect Lauren Rottet, The Surrey captures the ambiance of an elegant townhouse infused with contemporary urban cognizance. The hotel celebrates the traditions and heritage of the neighborhood while also delivering edgy details such as the grand entry antique rug formed entirely out of mosaic tiles and a turn-of-the-century armoire displaying poetry in bold graffiti.

“The Surrey represents the next generation of luxury hotels for Denihan Hospitality Group,” said,” said co-CEO Brooke Barrett of Denihan Hospitality Group.  “Like the customized design of each and every detail of hotel, The Surrey embodies the same philosophy when providing individual and customized services and experiences for our guests.  It’s our vision to see the hospitality industry return to the standard of excellence that reflects the elegance of the 20s and 30s.

Salons & Suites
With accommodations ranging from 350 to 4,500 square feet, the classically appointed salons and suites overlook Central Park and Upper East Side rooftops. Guests of the hotel enjoy access to Cafe Boulud’s 3-star in-room dining, robes designed specifically for The Surrey by Mrs. Pratesi, Sferra linens, Duxiana beds, Denon iPod docking station, bedside lighting control panels, LCD TVs and custom bath amenities by Laura Tonatto.

The Spa at The Surrey
Developed by Spa Director Cheryl Jacobs, The Spa is a private sanctuary, offering customized treatments specifically designed to guests’ needs and goals. The facility is free of a public dressing room, as discretion is of utmost importance. Three intimate treatment rooms and two spa suites are elegantly appointed with Sferra robes & linens, a dressing armoire, vanity and rain shower.

The Spa at The Surrey’s philosophy honors ancient Aboriginal healing practices as well as advanced technology and technique. The Spa’s two product lines, Darphin and LI’TYA are introduced for the first time on the Upper East Side at The Surrey.  Signature treatments include the Darphin’s Rose and Pomegranate Age Reversal Facial and LI’TYA’s Mala Mayi.

Dining & Entertaining
The Surrey is the original home of Daniel Boulud’s first New York City restaurant, Daniel.  In 1998, the space was relaunched as Café Boulud with a menu guided by the chef’s contemporary approach to classic French cuisine and his flair for seasonal delicacies and worldly flavors.  Helmed by Executive Chef Gavin Kaysen, the menu reflects Daniel Boulud’s four muses: La Tradition (French tradition), La Saison (seasonal cooking), Le Potager (the vegetable garden) and Le Voyage (culinary travels). Guests at The Surrey enjoy 24-hour, in-salon dining and rooftop dining by Café Boulud.

Cafe Boulud’s new Bar Pleiades is located on the lobby-level of The Surrey, adjacent to the lobby and restaurant, and serves globally inspired cocktails by mixologist Cameron Bogue.  Lauren Rottet drew inspiration from Coco Chanel as well as a 1930s Art Deco bar cart for the design of the 1,200-square-foot space.  The bar is framed by a black lacquered wood box with white lacquer inlay, referencing a Chanel makeup compact. French doors and mirrors outline the lounge, where an L-shaped banquette invites seclusion in intimate spaces surrounded by beige quilted, Chanel handbag-inspired walls and seating covered in white leather. Chandeliers light the lounge area while a sumptuous carpet rests beneath patron’s feet revealing a poem by Dean Blehert entitled Central Park, 1974.

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