October 2014, New York, New York.
Sometimes renting a penthouse is the only option, and The Marlton is a pretty good place to black out and not remember things. Good thing we take notes.
Pros: The East Penthouse features a separate living room with wet bar, spacious bathroom, and the best part - a rather large outdoor terrace. Cons: said terrace abuts a residential building, and noise can be an issue for those hoping to have their all-nighter al fresco. The mattress is an amazing king-size Serta Perfect Sleeper Concierge Suite II (we run into a lot of these, as they are designed specifically for the hotel industry); it was on the soft side, kinda like Leonardo DiCaprio's body. Pillows, duvets, and the featherbed topper were from from Down, Etc. (makers of some of the best down products on the market). The custom linens with silver-gray and aqua hotel stripes (chic) are by Riteway (another industry go-to) and weren't the softest, but as the hotel is under a year old, here's hoping they'll soften with another couple hundred washes. The faux fur throw ubiquitous in every other publicity photo is barely worth mentioning here; we stashed it in the armoire as soon as we saw it because, gross.
Overall, the Marlton was a pretty good sleep. Though it's a good thing there's a Citarella around the corner; The Marlton's restaurant, Margaux, regrettably does not do room service.