7 Best Hotels on the Upper East Side

New York's Upper East Side is a playground of posh accommodations. Check out (and into) the crème de la crème.

The Upper East Side may be museum-ville to many New Yorkers, but it's also home to some of the city's swankiest hotels, many of which overlook Central Park or are flanked by posh boutiques and elegant eateries.

Here are the best hotels on the Upper East Side.

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1. The Carlyle

The Carlyle
The Carlyle (35 E 76th St). The Carlyle

The New York home for many visiting world leaders and A-list celebrities, this iconic hotel offers 193 rooms and 60 residential suites. Locals know Bemelman's Bar, named for the author of the Madeline children's books, is the place for exceptional martinis. The ultra-spacious rooms are loaded with amenities, including a well-stocked minibar, a flat-screen TV, and luxury bath products from Kiehl's.

35 E 76th St.

2. Hôtel Plaza Athénée

Hotel Plaza Athénée
Hotel Plaza Athénée (37 E 64th St). Hotel Plaza Athénée

Attracting the well-heeled since 1927, this property a block from Central Park is the gold standard of luxury and service in New York: Its 134 rooms are bedecked with Old World charm and boast high-thread-count linens, supremely comfortable mattresses and the usual tech gadgets (flat-screen TV, iPod docking stations, etc.). The in-house eatery, Arabelle, is worth a look just to see the gold domed ceiling.

37 E 64th St.

3. Loews Regency New York

Loews Regency New York
Loews Regency New York (540 Park Ave). Loews Regency New York

With 379 rooms and 58 suites—including six Signature Suites (which are more like residences)—the Loews Regency is a large property. But it still feel homey, thanks to the friendly staff and a cool Art Deco-meets-modern design. The Park Avenue hotel is also home to the Regency Bar and Grill, where chef Serge Devesa prepares seasonal fare with locally sourced ingredients.

540 Park Ave.

4. The Lowell

The Lowell Hotel
The Lowell Hotel (28 East 63rd St). The Lowell Hotel

Just one block from Central Park, this 74-room boutique hotel has all the trappings of a luxurious New York home-away-from-home: free WiFi, plus-sized flat-screen TVs and upscale bath products. Many rooms have terraces, kitchenettes and even wood-burning fireplaces.

28 East 63rd St.

5. The Mark

The Mark
The Mark (25 E 77th St). The Mark

A tablet in every one of the Mark's 152 rooms let guests control every aspect of their room—from the TV to the lights and to curtains. Other property perks include free bicycle rentals for cruising around Central Park (a block away), plus a hotel pedicab to ferry guests anywhere in the city. Meanwhile, in the Mark's eponymous restaurant, lauded French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten serves innovative European classics.

25 E 77th St.

6. The Pierre

The Pierre
The Pierre (2 East 61st St). The Pierre

This iconic Fifth Avenue hotel is housed in an elegant neo-classical building just across from Central Park. The Pierre's 189 rooms are on the spacious side for New York hotels and sport Bose Wave speakers and DVD players, huge flat-screen TVs and marble bathrooms stocked with Etro toiletries. Need more luxury? The elevators are manned by white-gloved attendants and there's complimentary hotel Jaguar service on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Perrine, the Pierre's Gallic-accented restaurant, is a wonderful refuge from the hustle and bustle, as is the swanky cocktail bar Two E.

2 East 61st St.

7. The Surrey

The Surrey
The Surrey (20 E 76th St). The Surrey

Just a block from Central Park, this ultra-luxurious property houses superstar chef Daniel Boulud's Café Boulud, as well a a posh lounge, Pleiades, and an exclusive rooftop garden and bar. The 190 rooms include the luxe trappings you'd expect from a hotel of this caliber, down to the Dux mattress and Sferra linens.

20 E 76th St.

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