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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Hands down my best stay ever in NYC, and in the U.S for that. The amazing and helpful staff, esp. Rocco, Stefano and Ingrid was very helpful and truly made my stay at The Royalton a delight! I'll be sure to come back soon.
Dated and tired penthouse room with a sleep-destroying super-loud and old air-condition. Prison-like corridors leading to the room. Lack of a bathrobe and slippers in the bathroom was inexcusable for a luxury accommodation.
Just got back from a great weekend at The Royalton. Even before my stay, I exchanged a few emails with Siobhan who was a delight and helped make the stay for my wife's 50th birthday really special. Shout out to all the staff who were incredibly helpful. Can't wait to come back.