Stay for a night — or a whole month — at the gleaming new Marmara Park Avenue, due to open in August 2014 in Midtown. As part of a growing trend in residential-style hotels, the Marmara is outfitted with both guestrooms and apartment-style configurations with fully equipped kitchens that cater to extended-stay travelers. Also a growing trend: Everything’s made in New York. Local designer Joe Ginsberg sourced art and furnishings from across the five boroughs to fill the handsome 1927 building, which underwent a full renovation to house the luxury hotel.
The Marmara Collection, founded in Istanbul in 1978, features properties with a stylish blend of Turkish flair and contemporary edge — as evidenced by the Marmara Park Avenue, which is the New York flagship. The lobby sets the tone for the rest of the hotel: It’s a grand entrance, with high ceilings, handblown glass and a 14-foot fireplace. It’s also grand below the surface: Beneath the lobby is the spacious Wellness Center, with a fitness center, lap pool and steam bath.
The 128 accommodations are lofty and urban, with hardwood floors, casement windows, iPad Airs connected to a 24/7 virtual concierge and marble bathrooms. Many also have stainless-steel Fisher & Paykel appliances, and 40 of the rooms and suites feature private terraces — perfect for a nightcap while gazing out at the bright lights, big city. Also, “pets are welcome with open arms.” Basically, imagine the ideal pied-à-terre: As General Manager Nur Ercan Magden put it, “We wanted to create the kind of hotel where guests wouldn’t just feel at home, but where they’d experience the closest thing to everyone’s dream of a New York apartment.” And that comes with the bonus of housekeeping making your bed every day. We’ll take it.