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Set sail in Luxury This October on The Mark Hotel Sailboat



The Mark Hotel bills itself as “New York’s most boldly lavish hotel.” How does it achieve that lofty standard?

With a 70-foot sailboat.

Bold? You bet.

The Mark Hotel Sailboat is a 70-foot ship that was built in 1921 by Nathanael Herreshoff, a legend of yacht design who dominated the field for more than seventy-five years. His innovative designs produced a succession of undefeated America’s Cup yachts between 1893 and 1920.

Don’t worry, you needn’t know your jackline from your jigger-mast to enjoy this excursion. Captains Owen Wellison and James Brooks will handle the heavy lifting while you enjoy the arrival of fall and the stunning change of colors on a three-hour journey up the Hudson River from Manhattan.

PHOTO: Heading up the Hudson River aboard The Mark Hotel Sailboat. (Photo by Angela Pham via The Mark Hotel)

The Mark Sailboat’s fall schedule will be available from October 1 through October 19 for 3-hour sails, scheduled twice a day at lunchtime or in the late afternoon. The journey comes complete with The Mark Hotel’s cashmere throws and a fall-inspired menu by The Mark Hotel’s Michelin-star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

The sailboat’s interior was designed to be a floating extension of The Mark Hotel’s aesthetic conceived by legendary French designer Jacques Grange, whose signature black and white stripes, synonymous with the hotel’s lobby, adorn the elegant accommodations on deck.

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PHOTO: The Mark Hotel Sailboat Fall Foliage cruise. (Photo by Angela Pham via The Mark Hotel)

How’s that for “boldly lavish?”

In addition to the fiery oranges and reds of the leaves, breathtaking views of the city’s skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, along with other iconic New York City landmarks will be seen on the voyage.

The Sailboat is available as a private charter for The Mark Hotel’s guests.

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PHOTO: Guests toast aboard The Mark Hotel Sailboat. (Photo by Angela Pham via The Mark Hotel)

If you find this excursion too adventurous, perhaps a picnic in Central Park via bicycle will be more to your liking.

The Mark Hotel guests can enjoy a ‘lunch-to-go’ created by Vongerichten. The gourmet picnic basket includes all the essentials—a blanket, cutlery, condiments and a specially designed bottle cooler. As a finishing touch, The Mark’s award-winning chief concierge, Isabelle Hogan, has curated an illustrated bike map to help guests navigate Central Park.

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Arrive at the park in style riding one of the property’s stylish custom bicycles. Manufactured by Republic Bike, the bicycles incorporate elements of the hotel’s whimsical design by Grange—including a striped chaincase and monogrammed bells. The Mark Bikes come complete with ‘MARK’ license plates, signature black and white helmets and baskets.

If the weather isn’t cooperating for a picnic or sail, with its Upper East Side location at the corner of Madison Avenue and 77th Street, The Mark Hotel is situated less than a mile from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim Museum and the Frick Collection, making it a perfect headquarters to explore the world’s greatest art.

Or perhaps shopping. The Mark Hotel’s unprecedented list of amenities includes access for guests to 24/7 shopping at Bergdorf Goodman.

For the New York City fall escape of your dreams, treat yourself. Be bold. Live lavishly. Enjoy The Mark Hotel.

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How Will the US Hotel Experience Change Post COVID-19?



As hotel occupancy ticks up ever so slightly, the lodging industry is putting new standards in place to enhance cleaning and ensure guest safety.

One organization working overtime to make sure that these new measures are clear and communicated effectively to the public is the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), which has created Safe Stay guidelines for the industry.

“Safe Stay was developed specifically to ensure enhanced safety for hotels guests and employees. While hotels have always employed demanding cleaning standards, this new initiative will ensure greater transparency and confidence throughout the entire hotel experience,” said Chip Rogers, president and CEO of AHLA. “The industry’s enhanced hotel cleaning practices, social interactions, and workplace protocols will continue to evolve to meet the new health and safety challenges and expectations presented by COVID-19.”

PHOTO: A person disinfecting a surface in their home. (photo via BrianAJackson/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

Travelers in states where shelter in place and stay at home orders have been lifted may be looking to travel and stay in a hotel soon. What will that look like in the “new normal?”

Hygiene will be the number one priority. The Safe Stay guidelines promote frequent handwashing for employees, hand sanitizer dispensers, signage, instructions for mask-wearing and more.

Major hotel brands have launched their own programs, too, partnering with brands such as Clorox and Lysol and the Mayo Clinic.

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Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats.

Hilton CleanStay was launched in partnership with the makers of Lysol as well as the Mayo Clinic. Marriott announced a Global Cleanliness Council, a panel of experts on everything from food and water safety, infection prevention and hygiene, and hotel operations.

Visitors will have a much more contact-less experience when they visit properties while maintaining social distancing guidelines and new standards of cleanliness.

Hilton will have a CleanStay room seal on guestroom doors and guests will no longer find shared amenities such as pens and paper in the room and room directories will be made digital.

Travelers are also likely to find keyless entry to rooms and disinfecting wipes for touching elevator buttons. Room service menus and ordering will likely be done on mobile apps.

Guests should also arrive expecting to self park their vehicles. Resorts such as Omni have limited valet services and instituted social distancing protocols where self-parking is unavailable.

There will also be limits on the number of people allowed to congregate in different areas with limited seating in lobbies, bars and restaurants in order to observe social distancing guidelines. The days of buffet dining may also be a thing of the past. AHLA guidelines say that room service should use contactless delivery and that buffets should be limited and served by an attendant in personal protective equipment. Pre-packaged and grab and go options are encouraged.

Guests may have to plan out their visits to the gym. Expect fitness centers to close multiple times per day for cleaning as well as socially distanced pool areas with lounge chairs six feet apart.

Behind the scenes there will be new cleaning technologies utilized.

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PHOTO: Marriott International’s new cleaning protocols. (photo via Marriott International Media)

One example is Marriott’s deployment of electrostatic sprayers and the use of the highest-grade disinfectant products. Electrostatic cleaning really gives a deep clean to surfaces, the spraying is a method where a device is used to apply an electric charge to a disinfectant, enabling the disinfectant to more effectively cover a surface than traditional cleaning methods.

One of the aspects of hotel stays that remains unknown is how many properties will institute temperature checks but travelers should expect the practice may become quite common.

The Venetian in Las Vegas said that it will use thermal scanners at entry points for a non-invasive temperature check.

Many properties will screen the health of their employees and include temperature checks.

Caesars Entertainment said that it will institute health screenings for all employees that include taking temperatures and COVID-19 testing.

While most hotel guidelines call for near-constant cleaning and disinfecting, travelers can also do their part.

Cleaning your hotel room.
PHOTO: Cleaning your hotel room. (photo courtesy fizkes/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

Hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer should be frequent when traveling. Many properties plan to provide face masks and disinfectant wipes, but it doesn’t hurt to bring your own and wipe down surfaces, doorknobs and buttons.

Wearing a face mask is also recommended to protect both you and those around you.

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