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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From the A to Z, it was perfect. The lobby had comfortable seating area, fireplace and nice drinks and food. The lighting somewhat dim just for the right romantic feel. Room was amazing. For the price, I had stayed in such a big room with a nice round bathtub. It was a great experience.
Really enjoyed the royalton hotel. The location in midtown is perfect for exploring the area and close to subway links for the rest of the island and beyond.
The hotel itself has a great feel to it, the entrance lobby and bar areas are great and we really enjoyed the drinks we had there. We didn't eat at the hotel so unable to comment on that.
Our room was a double with a 'disco tub' and was large enough. Plenty storage, comfortable beds, everything you need. Bathroom was great and functional. Our only very minor issue is the lack of natural light in the room, this coupled with the low lighting in the bar made it feel like it was permanently night time or maybe that was the jet lag. Very minotbpoint anyway.
Overall, we'd return if we wanted to stay in midtown again as all the major attractions are really accessible and there are some good spots for breakfast on the same street as the hotel.
Amazing lobby, wonderful staff, clean - beautiful rooms. From the moment you walk in the lobby, you know you're in for something special. Friday afternoon had a wonderful happy hour buzz about it, but then by the evening, it was back to a quiet and cozy place to relax.