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
We’ve just had a very enjoyable four night stay at The Benjamin. Amazing location, we only took one cab during our entire stay!
Roomwise, we were upgraded to a suite on the 4th floor, which actually suited my husband down to the ground as he hates heights! Good amenities, loved the kitchenette and Elemis products. There are a couple of great bakeries just down the block so we enjoyed a couple of breakfasts in bed (fab). Shower wasn’t great but I wondered if this is standard in NYC.
All the staff we encountered were very friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. Huge shout out to Elias on the door, who came to our rescue when our transportation didn’t show. Great guy.
I am so sad to write this. We stayed at The Benjamin years ago and remembered the beds being very comfortable. This was a 2 night birthday weekend. We were on the 17th floor and the entire floor smelled of food, specifically fish. The room smelled as well of food. The bed was hard as a rock, my shoulder kept falling asleep throughout the night. Finally, the noise outside is so loud between construction and traffic, I barely slept. I was shocked that the windows were not sound proof given the location of the hotel. The best part of the rooms are the mini kitchens and the spaciousness, but that doesn’t make up for a terrible night sleep. I am going to get earplugs for the second night and I’m definitely not staying here again.
We have stayed here several times and I love the location, is just behind the Waldorf Astoria located to everything you want to do. The rooms are a pleasant large for New York City and the rates are competitive. Will definitely be staying again