The Mark

Access to Bergdorf Goodman 24/7? In-room dining by Jean Georges? You can pinch yourself. This is not a dream after watching Breakfast At Tiffany’s for the tenth time. This is what life is like at The Mark, a NYC institution of a hotel located on the Upper East Side that oozes grace. Traditional on the outside, snazzy on the inside.

The Mark lobby

Lobby lines

A quick Google search will showcase a red carpet of celebrities dressed in their finest en route to the Met Gala. This hotel has been reviewed for Holidays in Heels by Dubai’s own star: Rosemin Manji @roseminsworld: a luxury & fashion entrepreneur, brand ambassador, and all-around sweetheart.

Rosemin 3

A brand ambassador for Burberry’s Art of the Trench global campaign

The Mark Rosemin Rosemin 2

Here’s what Rosemin had to say about The Mark:

“A hotel I go to all the time is The Mark in New York City. Located on the upper east side, it has a real boutique feel and the interiors are done by legendary French designer Jacques Grange. The decor is a reference of true luxury and modern Art Deco style.”

Sweet Suite

The Mark room

The rooms have a modern take with pops of colour and a love of the written word – there are books on coffee tables, on shelves, and even writer’s corners in some of the suites.

A writing area for guests in a suite at The Mark Hotel, NYC

A writing area for guests in a suite at The Mark Hotel, NYC

Rosemin says: “Everytime I go, they remember everything I like from my standard breakfast to Diptyque candles. Its all about the personal touch at The Mark.”


New York City is an epicurean’s dream come true, but you won’t have to go very far to experience some of the city’s finest cuisine. If you stay at The Mark, you’ll have the popular Jean Georges restaurant right at your doorstep – it usually has months-long waiting lists, but in-house guests can easily be accommodated.

The Mark restaurant

Rosemin says: “When it comes to food, the in-room dining is also by Jean Georges.” That’s pretty amazing.

If you’re looking for a more casual (yet gourmet) option, The Mark Hot Dog stand is a perfect bite to grab and enjoy in the park.

The Mark hot dog stand

Yes, even the hot dogs have the golden Jean Georges touch

The bar is buzzing by evening, with creative cocktails and pretty people.

The Mark bar

Who knew cow print could look so chic?

Just for Ladies

The Mark really knows how to pamper guests. It’s quite creative. If you love to shop, then the Bergdorf Express is a must for you – the upscale department store is open 24/7 for guests of The Mark and there’s even private transport to take you there. Now you know what to do if you’re jet lagged at 4 a.m. – forget Breakfast at Tiffany’s, it’s all about Bergdorf’s at Dawn!

The Mark Bergdorf Goodman express

Will there be room for all my bags on the way back?

Dubai spoils us a little with weekly blow drys and mani-pedis. At The Mark, you can keep up with your routine and give it a glamorous touch.

Rosemin says: “If you love a good blow dry, then you will be happy to know that a Fredric Fekkai salon is in the hotel as well.”

Family Affair

Rosemin says: “They have cool pop ups, like a John Lobb shoe shinning booth, and at the moment that space is a book shop.”

The Mark bookstore

I could spend hours in a bookstore

There’s even special amenities for the kids – and they are surprisingly stylish, too!

The Mark kids

Playtime has never been more fun with a little teepee


The Mark kids 2

Now you just need a black-and-white onesie

And for those sweeping sunset views that will even make the kids quiet down in awe of the colours, nothing beats the outdoor terrace of the penthouse suite.

The Mark Penthouse



For a trendy (hot!) city like Manhattan in the summer, pack light and go for classic looks. Rosemin looks good in everything I’ve seen her wear – particularly vibrant colours that suit her skin tone and lace that adds a touch of elegance. Here’s some inspiration to Get Rosemin’s Look.

Get Rosemin's Look


Self portrait ruffled dress
1,425 AED –

Mary Katrantzou pink dress
7,695 AED –

Sophia Webster white shoes
1,875 AED –

Lanvin clutch
4,860 AED –

Yves Saint Laurent monogram jewelry
1,995 AED –
Guest Post by Rupert Wright of Ashbright
Paris holds no terrors for well-heeled travellers, who can check into one of the city’s eleven palaces such as ­ the Georges V, Plaza Athénée, Le Bristol or my favourite, Le Meurice. But for those on any kind of budget, finding a decent place to stay in the French capital can be a challenge. Bedrooms smaller than a bathroom, bathrooms smaller than a bidet, we’ve all stayed at one of them and lived to regret it. So, it’s with great pleasure that I have found almost the perfect Parisian hotel – and you don’t need to be a tech billionaire to afford it. The Bedford has been family owned and run for more than a hundred years, combining Swiss roots, French flair and English tradition. It benefits from strong leadership, attention to detail, and a staff eager to look after you. With just 140 rooms, it is large enough to intimate, but not so large that you are anonymous. It’s a 4 star, but deserves more.
The rooms
Parquet flooring; high ceilings; comfortable beds and pillows; keys rather than plastic cards; and best of all, real switches, that turn the lights on and off. The Bedford has sensibly ignored many of the technical traps that can make staying in a hotel room more challenging than setting up your own satellite transmission site. The result is a place that combines understated elegance with modern touches and old school service. Some rooms overlook the rue de l’Arcade, others look over a courtyard, but all are a decent size and a muted colour. There is air-conditioning too, which is a relief when the summer strikes.
Breakfast is a buffet in a glorious belle époque room, boasting stucco reliefs and a glass roof. Dinner happens here too, French cuisine and fairly formal. There’s also a relaxed bistro/bar that serves meals and cocktails.
A stone’s throw from the Place de la Madeleine, the Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens, and the Opera, this is one of the best areas to stay in Paris. (Marcel Proust used to live just around the corner). It is a lively area, with great boutiques, wine bars and an eclectic mix of restaurants, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Lebanese and French too.
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The Bedford knows that many people like to travel with their pets, so they are allowed to stay too.
HOTEL BEDFORD, 17, RUE DE L’ARCADE 75008 PARIS Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 77 Fax : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 97 More information at
Rooms from €250; Suites from €450


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Sara Hamdan

Welcome to a magazine editor’s guide to luxury hotels and what to wear when you’re there! My work has appeared in: The International New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety and CNN Travel. I’ve held editorial roles at VIVA Magazine, Dubai Magazine and Stylist Arabia.  Now, I freelance for the likes of Google, CNN and Savoir Flair!

Editing travel pages was always my favourite part of working for lifestyle magazines. I started this blog out of a love of beautiful hotels that provide the fairytale escape of a day as a princess where breakfast is a buffet and chocolates appear on my pillow.

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