Hotel 48LEX New York
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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
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
I have stayed at many hotels in NYC but this was the best ever. I will always stay here if possible. Not only is the hotel top notch but this area is the best and not super crowded like the Times Square area.
I called and spoke with the front desk manager, Melvin, a few days before our arrival to ask about the "house privileges fee." He explained all the benefits that entails, and I commented that it was too bad we'd miss the wine and cheese reception, since we had a 5:00 dinner reservation in order to make a 7:00 show. He assured me that "We'll take care of you, don't worry." We had a nice discussion, I told him how this was the first time in years my husband and I were getting away by ourselves, and he reiterated, "I completely understand, we're going to make sure it's special for you." Call me crazy, but I assumed that at the least there would be a voucher for a drink in the bar waiting when we checked in, or something comped from room's mini bar. I was mistaken. I described my conversation with Melvin to the folks at the front desk, who basically said, "Sorry, can't help you." I went to the 2nd floor at around 4:30 anyway to ask the gentleman who was setting up the reception if I could possibly take a glass of wine up to my room, although it was early, because we were unable to be there at 5:00. He suggested I order a glass of wine from room service and have it delivered to my room. After some negotiating, he did begrudgingly pour me a glass (never cracking a smile in the entire conversation). My husband, instead, paid $19 for a cocktail at the bar. Now, the ability to procure a drink at 4:30 isn't that big a deal; but for a hotel who prides itself on service, this was a surprising and disappointing introduction. The property is very well-located and the room was lovely. But with so many nearby hotels in this price range, I didn't come away with a feeling of wanting to return.
Incredible location, incredible personnel, incredible services
I had the opportunity to stay in the Master Suite. No words can describe the sensational atmosphere we were able to live in those two nights spent in this fabulous hotel. The cordiality of the staff made the complementary breakfasts and “cheese and wine” events some magic moments to live.
If we ever come back to NYC, we know where we are going to sleep.
Hotel position is great, metro in just one block away and Grand Central only couple of minutes walking. Price includes breakfast which is not continental but still very satisfying. Everyday, wine and cheese are offered limitless to guests from 4pm to 6pm, very nice atmosphere. It is not a cheap hotel but for the same price I think other hotels offer less services.
Amazing hotel with lovely staff who went the extra mile to ensure we had everything we could need. Lovely touch provided by the hotel on our arrival of prosecco and a slice of cheesecake as we were there to celebrate my friends birthday.
The hotel's location is fabulous, less than 10 minutes to Fifth Ave and close to Grand Central.
The breakfast was great - continental but enough - yogurt, fresh fruit (which you crave when you're in NY with all the fast food!), cereal, toast, croissants, and also so lovely that you can take your coffee to go! The added touch of the cheese/wine hour 5pm-6pm every night was great, and so lovely that you can take this up to your room to enjoy whilst you're getting ready to go out for the evening! Equally as nice to enjoy in the lounge area too!
Overall I couldn't fault this hotel. It is clean, the staff are welcoming, kind and professional & the location is great. I have been to NY several times and will definitely try and stay at 48Lex on my next visit!