One of New York City’s historic five-star hotels – which was the site of Meghan Markle’s baby shower – has announced it will reopen on June 15 after it closed in March due to the pandemic.
Located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, The Mark announced the official reopening plans today in a press release.
While hotels are considered essential and should never be closed, many New York City hotels are in fact closed because the city was shut down two months ago.
Returning: Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, The Mark has announced plans to reopen on June 15
Announcement: It Promises to Return ‘With the Superlative of Services and Amenities the Property is Known for’
According to the New York PostOf the 700 hotels, nearly half in the city have been closed since the start of the pandemic, and those that were still open were only 30 percent occupied.
Wait! But NYC has not yet reached the seven benchmarks, even for phase one of reopening, and catering services such as restaurants and spas are in phase three
With travel in general and tourism not provided, most hotel stays are booked by people who have been unable to avoid it, such as first responders.
But The Mark seems hopeful that things will rise this summer and is more likely to announce a reopening than other closed hotels.
In a release today, the hotel said the announcement “restores and enlivens much-needed optimism and anticipation.”
In addition to a ‘renewed focus on the safety of its guests, employees and friends’, the hotel promises that it will come back ‘with the superlative of services and amenities the property is known for’.
Security: the hotel has announced that it ‘strictly adheres to the official recommendations of AHLA and CDC’
The latter point is particularly interesting, as New York City has not yet reached all seven health-related benchmarks set by the governor for reopening.
While both Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio estimate that all seven benchmarks will be reached in mid-June, confirmation of this is still weeks away.
In addition, reaching those benchmarks will only be the beginning of the reopening, which will happen in stages.
And most hotel amenities – such as restaurants, spas and gyms – will only be authorized to reopen to phase three, which starts later than mid-June.
According to New York magazine, Phase Three allows restaurants to reopen for employed diners and hotels to reopen as usual.
Still closed? It is unclear whether the Frederic Fekkai Salon and The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges will remain closed
Spacious: The hotel has a 10,000 square foot penthouse that costs $ 75,000 per night
Vijay Dandapani, the President and CEO of the Hotel Association of New York, expects this to happen in July. He told the New York Post that he won’t see luxury hotels reopen until August or September, as they depend on tourism.
“Unfortunately, until Broadway reopens, until the Metropolitan Opera reopens, until the museums reopen, it will take a long time, you won’t have the city with all its many lights, so to speak, and that’s why you’ll see lower occupancy,” he said. .
“First, New York City residents will have to return to the city, and then we’ll be the template for tourism,” added Councilor Paul Vallone, chairman of the Committee on Economic Development.
“As soon as we go back to Times Square and Bell Boulevard in Queens, the world will see that New York City has this.”
However, the Mark seems determined to get things moving a little earlier.
Celeb spot: Serena Williams threw a baby shower for Meghan at The Mark’s penthouse (photo left when leaving the hotel with her actress friend Abigail Spencer and right solo)
The hotel has announced that it “strictly follows the official recommendations of AHLA and CDC” and the “dedicated team continues the process by implementing proactive precautions, new internal initiatives and responsible social interaction guidelines.”
If it is unable to offer all of its amenities, including a Frederic Fekkai Salon and Jean-Georges’ The Mark Restaurant, it is unclear whether prices will be cut.
Prices usually start around $ 700 a night and go up to $ 75,000 a night for the luxury suite Meghan partied with friends like Serena Williams and Amal Clooney.
Named the most expensive in the U.S., that suite is a 0.000-square-foot penthouse designed by French interior designer Jacques Grange and fully furnished with custom Grange furniture.
It has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, five fireplaces, a 2,500-square-foot roof terrace with views of Central Park, two ladies toilets, two wet bars, a dining room, conservatory, library lounge, and living room that can be ‘transformed into a Grand Full-size ballroom. ”
The hotel also serves as a home base for most famous visitors to the Met Gala and has included Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Kendall Jenner, Lady Gaga, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gwen Stefani, Bella Hadid, Dakota Johnson, Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne.