Omni Berkshire Place
What We Love
- Family-friendly: Kids get milk and cookies on the first night of the stay
- Turn-down service, complete with cozy robes and slippers
- An attentive and friendly staff
- Pet-friendly; fees and limitations apply
What To Know
- All guestrooms were renovated in 2010
- WiFi is an additional fee per day (unless you’re a member of the Select Guest program, then it's free)
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The white marble lobby is decked out in funky patterned wing chairs in chocolate and cream, chrome and white cocktail tables, and beautiful flower arrangements that bring a touch of the outside in. But the homeyness of this property really comes from the staff, which welcomes little ones with knapsacks full of toys and coloring books and couples with personal assistance in booking dinners, Broadway tickets, and more. Designer Alexandra Champalimaud remodeled the hotel in 2010, putting mahogany and sycamore accents in every room, as well as desert-pink Italian marble and royal red granite in the bathrooms. Premier Rooms are a spacious-by-city-standards and feel cozy thanks to upholstered headboards, plush bedding, and a warm color scheme of coffee, chocolate, and taupe with pops of citrus, while Berkshire or Madison Suites are worth the splurge for the separate living rooms (all have views across Madison Avenue or 52nd Street). The hotel’s intimate restaurant, Fireside, is right off the lobby, in a space anchored by two towers made out of picture frames. Request the nook in the back where hundreds of amber-colored glass bottles jut out from an incandescent wall, and order the funky nouveau bar fare (think Philly cheesesteak dumplings and drunken duck quesadillas). Aside from a small fitness center and patio on the 17th floor, which have partial views of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the hotel doesn’t offer any recreational facilities. But let’s be honest: You’re here to explore the Big Apple, and the concierge is more than equipped to send you on your way.
In the Area
Surrounded by Midtown’s skyscrapers, the 21-story Omni Berkshire Place has an enviable location on Madison Avenue – putting some of the city’s most illustrious sights, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Museum of Modern Art, right at your fingertips. Just two blocks from the hotel, take the elevator to Top of the Rock for bird’s-eye views of the big city. For an outrageously over-the-top meal, head up Madison to Tao, housed in the old Palace movie theater. The glitterati, from Beyonce to Madonna, come for haute Asian fare in the dramatic dining room where a 16-foot Buddha holds court over a virtual reflecting pool.
How to Get There
First time staying in an Omni hotel and definitely not the last. Omni exceeded our expectations by far. The staff was fantastic and genuinely cared to make our stay the best. The room was spacious and very clean. Loved how the bathroom walls were all mirrors and had a huge countertop. The water pressure was great too which that’s always a plus in any hotel. Elevators were fast and the lobby always had water which was a nice touch especially after walking all day in NYC. Highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting NY.
We stayed here for over a holiday weekend. Common areas were nice. It has a restaurant, "Bob's Steak House" adjacent to it, which I shall write a separate review on. Our King Deluxe Room was decent but nothing special given the regular price most guests will pay. The furniture is okay, although the TV only has two movie channels but you can Chromecast to it from your cell phone. The bathroom was small but had a stone tile floor and shower, with just enough space for your supplies. The bed was reasonably comfortable but have again, nothing special. The service was good, most of the staff was friendly, and the entire hotel was very clean. The best thing about this hotel was the location, at 52nd off Madison, which was a long walk away (or short Lyft/Uber) from Times Square, Radio Center, Ed Sulivan Theater, and NBC Studios, but the immediate surroundings were a step up from these notably busier streets. We had one notable problem while there, with the heat in our room. The first night it was fine, second night it blew only cold air. Staff responded within an hour and attempted to fix it. Then it started only blowing continuous hot air regardless of the thermostat setting. We finally cut it off entirely and did not call for a second repair. If you can get it at a discount, the location makes this a passable choice. However, I would not recommend paying full price to stay here!
Really nice hotel in a great location. Room was small, very similar to those you'd find in Europe, but clean and comfortable. The attached bar/restaurant was nice to have and we found ourselves having a drink there a few times during our stay. Would definitely recommend!