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.
How to Get There
Service, atmosphere, cleanliness all on point with highlight on service. Lovely people just wanting everyone to enjoy their stay. Downstairs fire place is unbelievably relaxing and in room fireplaces are few and far between in Manhattan these days. Do yourself a favor and take a day or two here.
Enjoyed my stay here. Location is great, near Times Square and subway lines. Staff was awesome. It was my first time in NY and Marcos gave me some pointers and helped me get oriented. Would recommend to anyone.
It was my very first trip to NYC and when I arrived the Manager was very helpful! They kindly took my bag so I could get straight to the office for work. In addition, she gave me a map of the city since I wanted to take a quick trip to Times Square.
Its a bit sad to see how Royalton service is diminishing, after having stayed for 10-12 times over the last 5-6 years.
Rarely doormen, no offer to assist with luggage upon arrival, didnt see concierge at any time, crazy facility fees.
I had a bit funny room, going there with huge suitcase and couldnt go in, going back to reception to be told front door (for 2 joint rooms) was not locked, so I could carry my suitcase back. No apology, no nothing.
The only thing I could moan about was the room was noisy due to the windows not being very good. I don’t think they have double glazing in the hotel we could hear all the noise outside. We should of moved to a different room but we didn’t say anything we just got on with it. But overall the hotel was very good service was great very nice bar staff front desk was very helpful. Overall it was very nice just wish the windows were better or maybe we had a different room. But thanks for the staff making overall experience great.