The chic lobby bar is popular for after-work cocktails
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Smoldering modernist hideaway in Midtown with a buzzy afterwork bar scene and a New American restaurant
This Midtown property, originally designed by Philippe Starck and given a 2007 refresh by Roman and Williams, keeps its cards close to the vest. Floating gas fireplaces in the walls, sleek leather couches and positively lethal martinis make the lobby a popular after-work hangout with the publishing and media set. But during the day, if you walk past the heavy wood doors and into the cocoon-like lobby, you could easily stroll past the unassuming check-in desk and elevators. These secretive touches give the property an insidery, clubby feel, as if you need a password instead of a keycard to get into your room. Dark wood canopy beds recede into the walls, with portholes for knickknacks (your phone, a book)—so much more fun than yet another nightstand. The look is streamlined and calming, with royal blue throw blankets, gray couches and Eames executive chairs. The design cracks a smile only in the bathrooms, which have stainless steel stools in front of the mirror—for those who spend a lot of time prepping for a night out. Some come with soaking tubs lined in iridescent disco tiles—for those who want to spend the night in. Open to the lobby, the hotel’s mod restau-lounge, Forty Four, serves haute bar fare such as risotto poppers and mac & cheese with truffle and smoked bacon as well as bistro classics like steak frites and rack of lamb. Guests can work it off at Royalton Gym, open 24-7.
In the Area
Walk two blocks south to Bryant Park, where, depending on the season, you can catch an alfresco flick, challenge a local to chess or take a spin around the ice rink. At its eastern end sits the grand New York Public Library, which offers free daily tours of its stunning historic reading room and rare manuscript collection. For a taste of Old New York, head over to the Grand Central Oyster Bar, then grab a Manhattan at the speakeasy-style The Campbell, which is also in Grand Central Terminal.
44 W 44th St
New York, New York 10036
How to Get There
The closest major airports to Royalton, A Morgans Original are:New York, NY (LGA-LaGuardia) - 9.4 km / 5.9 miNewark, NJ (EWR-Liberty Intl.) - 18 km / 11.2 miNew York, NY (JFK-John F. Kennedy Intl.) - 20.8 km / 12.9 miThe preferred airport for Royalton, A Morgans Original is New York, NY (JFK-John F. Kennedy Intl.). Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property’s location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.