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 had an amazing stay at NYC. The staff is incredible and friendly, which helped to make our stay memorable. They were extremely helpful and pointed us in the right direction every day. It was all the little things that they did to help enhance our stay. We will definitely be back on our next trip to NY and recommend the Benjamin to everyone for their stay in the city!
Enjoy an unusually spacious one bedroom suite #1807, with ample terrace, especially by Manhattan standards. Manager Ryan went the extra mile to ensure a gratifying stay at this well situated MidTown East locale. Very nice to have a bathtub these days, when many properties have gone the all shower route. Tasty burger at The National, on site. Polished and gracious management.
A friend of mine suggested this hotel as they had a good experience. I did not, it was below average. Do yourself a favor, stay at Parklane near Central Park. It’s a much better location, a much better value, and a much better experience.
Our family loves this hotel and stays here every time we are in NY. Elias the doorman takes great care of us, as does the front desk (Ryan), housekeeping, wonderful restaurant... and it's a perfect location for us!
Very central location and extremely clean and well kept. We had a junior suite. Room was comfortable and well maintained. Our suite had plenty of room and comfortable furniture. The restaurant The National was a delight! The only odd thing was the door to the bedroom backed up to the door of the bathroom.. Bathroom was rather small, but adequate.