The Surrey Hotel
"Comfort is the only thing our civilization can give us." -Oscar Wilde
After attending this year's Gold Key Award ceremony in New York, I was kindly invited to a cocktail celebration at The Surrey Hotel hosted by a Hall of Famer Lauren Rottet and her studio associates. Graciously, I accepted the invitation and arrived right on time. Due to the last minute invite, I opted to arrive in the beginning rather than my usual fashionably on-time policy.
After arriving at the posh address in Manhattan, I was quickly ushered to the penthouse level. The small lift was quietly detailed with dark and sparkling finishes. Oddly, as soon as I exited the elevator, I felt the unexpected hum of silence, odd for a cocktail party. I was the first to arrive. In fact, a housekeeper was touching up the last minute details. She greeted me with a big smile and asked if I needed anything. I assured the staff member that I was early and had no problem waiting for the other guests.
After a long wait, taking snap shots of details at the penthouse, I was interrupted by a marketing leader from the hotel. She kindly asked my name and gently asked me to follow her to the other guests. She was too kind to mention that I had made an error and was waiting at the wrong place. With great embarrassment, I finally arrived at the correct location.
Gracious and beautiful host Lauren stood by the entrance and greeted me with a big smile. Quickly, I bumped into familiar friends from the industry. How funny to be at the wrong place in order to make a grand entrance!
Because of my mistake, I was also able to take some detailed snapshots of the hotel designs by Lauren Rottet's design studio in New York. Her aesthetic is modern and comfortable. The layout of the furnishings, logical and functional, but the finishes and palette are thoughtful and tactile. Along with the superb service, these wonderful details are memorable, leading the hotel to luxury product status.
The Surrey Hotel assures us that comfort has been always the forefront of any design trend. What an obvious oversight in many hospitality designs: comfort!