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September 11, 2012updated Feb 13, 2013

The Surrey Brings a Petite Spa Oasis to the Upper East Side

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Opened in 1926 to accommodate long-term stays on Manhattan’s posh Upper East Side, The Surrey has reinvented itself without losing the classic townhouse elegance that drew the likes of JFK and Bette Davis. In 2009, a $60 million renovation by design guru Lauren Rottet gave the 189-room space a modern, playful edge while nodding to its history with ornate details, a subdued color palette evocative of black and white films and a throwback cocktail bar (car) inspired by Coco Chanel.

In 2011, the intimate hotel became the city’s first and only Relais & Châteaux property in 20 years. Now, as summer gives way to fall, and guests are enjoying the last of the seasonal English roof garden (herb-laced cocktails, bites from Café Boulud), The Surrey introduces Cornelia Spa, officially unveiled July 1. This petite oasis, awash with soothing grays, welcomes you as if into a home. Therapeutic Cornelia products, delicate lavender-glazed cookies and a spoonful of artisanal honey combine for sweet surrender to a shortlist of seriously revivifying treatments.

Pair the caviar and oxygen facial ($325) with a stay in the 1,200-square-foot Penthouse Suite (from $7,500 a night), a skillful collision of old school New York glamour, laid-back refinement and contemporary art.

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