I Love New York: The Surrey Hotel on the Upper East Side

I just had the most relaxing, wonderful, much-needed New York weekend. We hung out with friends, brunched, walked for miles, saw a great off-Broadway show, read all the New York papers, and sat in Washington Square Park. 
Inspired by New York, I wanted to share these photos I recently took on a visit to The Surrey on the Upper East Side.  It was announced last week that The Surrey is now the only New York City hotel to be under the Relais and Chateaux umbrella of properties. 
The location could not be better for uptown New York-you are a few skips away from Central Park and everything wonderful on Madison Avenue. I was surprised at how totally comfortable the entire hotel is, with dashes of wit and whimsy.  Kate Moss stares at you upon entering the small lobby, with a large gray and white marbled "rug" underfoot. 
Surrey LobbyKate Moss Greeting Guests
Completely overhauled two years ago by acclaimed designer Lauren Rottet, each room feels like the most fabulous dressing room in an Upper East Side apartment. For the price of a room night, I can become that super chic New York lady with an apartment near the park. 
Daniel Boulud's Cafe Boulud is off the lobby, as is the refined yet quirky Bar Pleiades.  I always say go eat at a hotel if you can't afford to stay there, and a lunch at the always-busy cafe is a great way to experience The Surrey.
Bar Pleiades
Lauren Rottet designed the space while imagining "Coco Chanel strolling around the Upper East Side with this as her pied a terre." She says in this interview, "I formulated scenes of her coming in, tossing her coat aside, talking to the doorman and retiring in the bar for a cocktail. Then I designed the sets for those scenes." 
I love the red bookcase in this suiteMarble perfectionThey have a lovely rooftop lounge designed to look like an English garden.  It was closed when I was there. 
Suite view Suite terrace
The spa at The Surrey is one of the most inviting I've seen in the city. Lauren Rottet's precise attention to detail carried on to each spa room, bathroom and sitting area. 

The Surrey takes you back to a 1920s New York that I wish I could time travel back to, if only just for a night. And now I can. 

It was such a beautiful fall day that I decided to take a long walk on my way home down Fifth Avenue's Central Park sidewalk just around the corner from The Surrey. Perfect!