The Mark Hotel’s penthouse, which debuted in September with five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a ballroom, and a rooftop terrace, is not just the largest hotel room on New York’s Upper East Side. At 12,500 square feet—nearly as big as New York’s Saks Fifth Avenue shoe floor, which has its own Zip Code—the duplex is the largest suite in the United States. And, as far as we know, it’s also the most expensive at a staggering $75,000. The New York suite that comes closest to rivaling that price is the Ty Warner penthouse, at the Four Seasons, which costs $45,000; meanwhile, globally, the top room at Hotel President Wilson, in Geneva, Switzerland, is $67,000 for 12 bedrooms.
The Mark’s penthouse had been put up for sale, for $60 million, in 2008, as part of the hotel’s residential side. It never sold. But recently, the Mark’s owners say, hotel guests have expressed a desire for a larger space, prompting the conversion into a hotel suite.
The penthouse has already had its first guest—during the United Nations General Assembly in September—and as of press time has had more than 20 other parties inquiring. General manager Olivier Lordonnois justifies the astronomical price tag by citing next-level service, saying, “Penthouse guests determine every detail of their experience prior to their arrival, from what linens are used on the beds to selecting custom-fit house slippers and engraved stationery.” 25 E. 77th St.; 212-744-4300; themarkhotel.com.