Le Méridien New York, Central Park
What We Love
- Heart-of-the-action location bordering the Upper East Side, Central Park, and Midtown
- The public space soundtrack curated by French Bossa Nova band Nouvelle Vague
- Rooms on high floors have killer views of Central Park
What To Know
- No spa, but there's a 24-hour gym
- The Roof, a top-floor bar/lounge, opened in March 2014
- WiFi costs an extra fee per day
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Le Méridien's first NYC outpost, with handsome interiors, a rooftop bar, and central Midtown location
The Méridien group’s first New York City outpost is the brand’s most sophisticated property to date, with the 57th Street address to prove it. The Roman & Williams–designed hotel takes inspiration from 1930s and ‘40s New York, with subtle Deco details in the bronze fixtures, marble flooring, and black and gold trim fabrics, and merges it with the glamour of the French Riviera. Look up in the lobby and you’ll see a colossal bronze map of New York, with a red dot marking your prime location in the heart of movie set Manhattan. In contrast to the public spaces, the 240 guest rooms have a more masculine, den-like look, decorated almost entirely in wood paneling and supple leather. Beyond the industrial table lamps and slatted room dividers, furnishings are all custom-made, from the built-in closets to the leather luggage racks. Kingside restaurant’s street-level space has a clubby Deco vibe, a crowd-pleasing New American menu (roast chicken and braised kale for two; tuna crudo with uni vinaigrette) and drinks from the Gerber Group’s craft cocktail program. The aptly named rooftop bar, the Roof, is open year round on the hotel’s 29th floor, with light bites. When the weather turns too brisk for a run in nearby Central Park, active types can get their fix in the 24-hour gym.
In the Area
On 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues, Le Méridien is one block from legendary Carnegie Hall and a short stroll from some prime Midtown landmarks. Just two blocks away is the entrance to the 843 acres of Central Park, with its grassy knolls, picturesque bridges and gurgling fountains. Three blocks to the south you’ll find more than 150,000 photographs, sculptures, drawings and prints at the Museum of Modern Art, not to mention its stellar French-American restaurant, the Modern. Other upscale fare in the vicinity is equally outstanding: Per Se, Jean-Georges and Marea are all within walking distance. And no stay in Midtown is complete without a shopping spree along Fifth and Madison avenues; go for retail therapy at Bergdorf Goodman, Saks and Fendi, to name a few.
How to Get There
Hotel may be better in a year but I can’t recommend it to anyone despite the nice and pleasant staff. Rooms are tired and banged up - think heavy banged up wood from the 1970: Gym is closed “for renovation” but it’s gutted so don’t go anytime soon if that’s important. The kicker. Invited friends over to its celebrated rooftop bar for drinks in hopes of salvaging stay. But no. It was closed for a “private function.”
Many better options in this neighborhood. I hope they fix all the physical plant problems as the staff was nice.
I stayed at this hotel for the first time. It was beautifully decorated, amazing location and super clean and comfortable. They had everything I needed for my stay and a beautiful roof top bar. Great place.
Pros: The bed was comfortable, sheets were clean and the bathroom shower was roomy with good spray. Cons: Our room was the smallest hotel room that I have ever stayed in. The window had no sheers just heavy, depressing huge dark brown drapery. So, we could either have no exterior light or reveal ourselves to the guests of another hotel whose rooms we could see into. Furniture was minimal and worn. The A/C system was within a foot of the bed - noisy and humid. The hotel restaurant, Kingside, had tasteless food and inattentive service. Only 2 bath towels and one robe were in the room. Our first request for additional towels went unheeded; we then got the towels upon 2nd request. No complimentary toiletries (shower cap, Q-tips, make-up pads) were in the room and there was only 1 small bar of soap provided. The closet was tiny with peeling wallpaper. No dresser or drawers because there was no room. This is not a 4-star hotel.