What We Love
- They take rest seriously — there’s a pillow menu, a “power nap” service and even a sleep team
- The goodDOG program makes it easy to pack your pooch
- Celeb chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s superb restaurant The National is just off the lobby, and offers room service
What To Know
- It’s family-friendly, with extras like kid-sized robes and a lending library of children’s books for little ones
- WiFi is free in the restaurant and lobby but costs per day otherwise
- Spa is small but nice, and offers on-call services 24/7 for styling emergencies
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Built by architect Emery Roth in 1927 and purchased in 1999 by hotelier Benjamin “Bud” Denihan (after whom the hotel is named), the Benjamin is handsome, modern and comfortable. Guest rooms are residentially styled—that means a kitchenette with a mini-fridge and microwave—and include mod cons like iPod docs, flatscreen TVs, and WiFi access. Blackout shades and plush beds make it easy to unwind, but if you’re having trouble getting some shuteye, you can consult the hotel’s sleep team, order a custom pillow from the pillow menu or try the for-a-fee “Power Nap” service, which includes an eye mask, aromatherapy temple treatment, and a wake-up call. Pets get a pampered experience too thanks to the hotel’s goodDOG program, which includes a box of treats and toys and a top-of-the-line dog bed. Celeb chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s The National is right off the lobby, with standout New American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner (we can vouch for the burger, topped with pickled jalapeno and the restaurant’s special sauce) that’s also available via room service. Or, drop by the bar for signature cocktails like the “Red Eye” with rum, Kahlua, campari, port and black walnut bitters. The hotel also includes a small gym with top of the line equipment and Federico Salon & Spa, with beauty services on call around-the-clock for styling emergencies.
In the Area
In the heart of Midtown East, the hotel is just a few blocks from the swanky designer shops lining Fifth Avenue (Fendi or Ferragamo, anyone?) as well as St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Museum of Modern Art. Take the elevator to Top of the Rock for bird’s-eye views of the big city. For a taste of Old New York, head south to the Grand Central Oyster Bar, then grab a Manhattan at the speakeasy-style Campbell Apartment, which is also in Grand Central Terminal.
How to Get There
I don't know what happened to Laddie 10, but our fourth or fifth visit to The Benjamin, this time with children and grandchildren, could not have gone any smoother. Yes, we had a wait for our requested rooms to be ready, but fortunately had built this into our itinerary for the day, so it caused no problems. As always, from Jonathan at the door, to Anya the Concierge, to the front desk and bell staff, we felt like family. There were some small glitches with the elevators which can be a bother, but the overall comfortable feeling one gets there lessens the "pain". We will have to say, the newly refurbished decor is not to our personal style, as the traditional furnishings seemed to make one feel more at home than on the road. However, all it was another great weekend, and we might add, The National did no disappoint us in its continued great performance, and of course, the New York Luncheonette almost right next door is still one of the top draws to that location.
Wow Shady AJ!!! I booked a King Terrace Suite in advance non refundable for my 45th birthday/ Father’s Day so the room was guaranteed. Upon my arrival with my wife & daughter... at the appropriate check in time 3pm. I was told by shady AJ, I see you booked a King Terrace Suite. Shortly after he said the room wasn’t ready! He could take our bags and give us call later when the room was available. At that very moment. I knew wasn’t getting a king terrace suite based upon Shady AJ body language and sly ways. He was up to know good without a care for my family and I. I purposely waited in the lobby and wasn’t leaving our bags with Shady AJ to speed up the process. Shady AJ called us back up to the front desk and tried give us a room of lesser value sneaky! After seeing the room I was highly disappointed! This was not the room I booked and paid for in advanced! They had know problem giving me my money back they just wanted my family and I out of there! I get it! I’m out! I’m happy to say the Hilton Midtown was fabulous and we are accepted there!
Loved this hotel. Especially Studio rooms. Staff was very friendly and the restaurant was also very good and at cocktail hour. Location is impeccable: walking distance to many sights and the metro station is only a block away.
We had 2 rooms for 3 nights while visiting New York City to celebrate our anniversary. Read a lot of reviews on the Benjamin and they were all true and I thought the hotel was better than what most people wrote as very good. I use to live in hotels (traveled 9-10 months a year) All I want is a spacious room and most important very very clean. The Benjamin was all that. We were greeted with great respect like we were family. When we told them we were there for our anniversary they upgraded both rooms to a suite and they also sent up champagne, cheese, and crackers with a card wishing us a happy Anniversary. All 3 different doormen / valet were great guys with very helpful advice and recommendations. The room was extra clean, very comfortable bed, comfortable pillows. Very spacious rooms with a sitting area. Never ate at the restaurant so can’t comment. I highly recommend the Benjamin Hotel for long or short stays. Excellent Location approx 10 min. Walk to Times Square, 1st time I enjoyed the in suite coffee. I will definitely stay there again. The washrooms a bit small however it worked just fine.
I stayed again at The Benjamin on a business trip, and once again was impressed with the service I received and the property itself. Everyone I interacted with was lovely. I also love the rooms; very comfortable and cozy.