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Very Good 1929 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Suites and guestrooms feel like private apartments, with kitchenettes and wine-stocked minibars
  • Daily European breakfast includes continental items as well as meats, cheeses, and hard boiled eggs
  • Nightly wine and cheese receptions are held in The Lounge on the 2nd floor; after complimentary wine hour, the space turns into a guest-only cocktail bar
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over Lexington Avenue
  • 24-hour gym with exercise machines and small weight room in the basement

What To Know

  • Free WiFi
  • Lower floors can pick up some noise from traffic on Lexington Avenue and 48th Street
  • During the workweek, business travelers frequent the hotel
  • The hotel is surrounded by larger Midtown hotels; streets and walkways can get crowded with tourists, but cabs are plentiful


  •  Babysitting
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Restaurant
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Boutique sleep near NYC’s most iconic sights, with apartment-like rooms and a bistro-style restaurant

The Look

Unlike its sky-scraping neighbors, the 116-room Hotel 48LEX New York eschews grand gestures, opting instead for an intimate vibe that lends an apartment-like vibe, plus all the benefits of a full-service hotel. The black slate-walled lobby is understated and all function, so rather than linger in the lobby, guests have access to the sleek Lexicon Lounge, where comfy chairs surround a gas fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows frame the city scene below.

Bed & Bath

All 116 guestrooms are done in a stylishly simple gray, black and white palette, with kitchenettes, stocked butler’s pantries and a wine-stocked minibar, concealed in a custom cabinet. All are also wired with 37-inch flat-screen TVs that include cables to connect to your laptop and iPod-docking sound systems. Behind a space-saving sliding door, the white-tiled bathrooms are spacious, stocked with Beekman 1802 products and hung with plush robes.


Mornings here begin with a pastry and gourmet coffee at the second-floor Lexicon Lounge or in the glass and marble adorned restaurant, Lexington Brass Bar & Grill. Come evening you can kick off a night on the town here over the New American fare and fine California Cab from the sommelier-selected wine list. Business travelers can make use of the 24-hour business center and small gym; in-room spa treatments can be arranged in advance.

In the Area

Your Midtown perch is in the heart of the city, and all is within reach thanks to easy access to the subway and the cabs that are always on call in this hotel-filled block. Take in a show in the Theater District, shop on Fifth Avenue or explore the masterpiece-lined corridors of the city’s famous art museums. Housing the world’s best collection of modern Western masterpieces, MoMA is a must-visit museum within walking distance of 48LEX. Alternatively, the Morgan Library & Museum houses one of the world’s greatest collections of artistic, literary and musical works, including an original Gutenberg Bible and Mozart’s copy of Symphony in D Major. For a classic New York experience, order raw oysters on the half-shell at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, buried in Grand Central’s cavernous subterranean depths.

How to Get There

Hotel 48LEX New York
517 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 United States


4.5 Very Good 1929 Reviews
Reviewed 17 hours ago

been walking past this hotel for years. filanlly stayed there - great experience. staff are wonderful, room small but extremely well laid out, neat as a pin, fast elevators (i was on 22) loved it. wish it was 10% cheaper, then would be extraordinary

Is this a joke? Who runs this place
Reviewed 1 day ago

I feel like I am being punked. The employees here know nothing and have no answers to anything. I'm not sure how this hotel even operates. The front desk cannot quote rates to me or tell me where to find a fork. Room service brings me food with no receipt and tells me not to worry about it. I have no idea what I was charged for because my order was incorrect. I ask housekpeeing for coffee that they forgot and I get pods for a machine that doesn't use pods and they never come back with replacements. I hang my pants from the top of the wardrobe and they come down with an inch of dust coated on them. The "gym" is smaller than my hotel room and barely large enough for one person to workout in. The location is the only reason I did not check out of this place. I have never seen a manager or anyone who can answer any simple questions or solve problems. The hostess is obviously annoyed that I didn't want to have dinner at the bar that was full and sighed when she had to seat me at a table. I've been here for four nights and it keeps getting worse.

Terrific small hotel with a European feel
Reviewed 4 days ago

I have been a regular guest here for a few years. From the convenient location close to offices in Midtown, the UN and to Rock Center, this is a great hotel. Lovely European breakfast, complimentary guest reception, incredibly nice staff. Comfy beds and really good sized rooms

Cannot provide basic amenities
Reviewed 5 days ago

Stayed two nights and the ac was not working. Called X3 to front desk/engineering. No one had any idea it was ongoing issue. Only offered excuses did not issue apologies, refunds or option to move to new room. Waste of time waiting on ‘engineers’ to restart the ac unit. That ‘fix’ only left the unit running for a few hours before it turned off again. Will never return. Recommend others stay away especially in summer months! Also the lobby uses too much perfume.

They stole my watch
Reviewed 1 week ago

I forgot my watch there and their housekeeping stole it. No apologies or follow up from them. So disappointed in them. I stayed with them last year and loved it but this time was different. I wasn't asking them to pay because obviously I have no proof but my words. It would have been good to know they were taking actions so it won't happen again