What We Love
- Spacious rooms, especially for Midtown digs
- Chic lobby bar that’s popular for after-work cocktails
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What To Know
- Don’t expect impressive views
- The on-site restaurant was renovated in 2010
- The chic lobby bar is popular for after-work cocktails
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
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Charming hotel with a cool, casual bar scene, excellent restaurant and very attentive staff. Noel R. at the front desk did everything possible to insure I had a great stay. My only "criticism" is the lack of room service, however, ordering from the restaurant and bringing it up to your room is a small price to pay given the overall service provided by the Royalton. Would highly recommend.
I feel the room was a little boring and there just needed to be more. There was definitely nothing exciting about staying here. The location was not too bad and it was clean. Doubt I'll ever stay here again.
Everything about our stay was okay. Just okay. For the money we paid, it was lacking some extras you would hope would be included. Like a bottle of water. For free, not $8. I did like the way the hotel smelled when you walk in though. And the valet staff was very nice!
Been visiting New York on business for many years and The Royalton is a good place if you are looking for a decent bed, bathroom and location. Modern rooms with good pillows. Hairdryers could do with being a little more powerful but in general nothing to complain about on the rooms at all.
No room service but there is so many take out options or restaurants locally you don’t really need it. Concierge guys super helpful and saved me money on airport run back. The hotel bar at night is busy and is a popular hang out.
The staff was okay but not overly friendly like some other hotels in the area. I found the lobby and hallways to be dark. The lobby seems to be the place to be after work. My room which was on 44th was loud and keeping the a/c on did not help to eliminate the noise. Room size was decent as was the bathroom but overall I was not impressed with this property.