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
- 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
The Benjamin is now our 'go to' hotel in NYC. It is conveniently located on 50th near Lexington - very central so it's easy to get wherever you want to go - can walk to great shopping, restaurants...and museums if you love to walk! The rooms are comfortable, the staff is friendly and professional. We were able to request and receive early check-in and late check-out on our most recent trip, which was great. The National, off the lobby, is a great restaurant and bar - good for a quick cocktail and small bite, or for a lovely brunch, lunch or dinner.
Unfortunately we did not make the trip. However, that did not stop you from charging me an additional $300.00 in room tax for a cancelled pre-paid visit. Likely to stay elsewhere in future. I called with ample time for you to re-book the space. Extremely disappointed.
We will be back. I visit NYC frequently and never considered staying at the Benjamin. I found the staff extremely friendly and helpful. Perfect location for our business. while the rooms are a little tired it was very comfortable.
This was my wife and my 1st time staying at the Benjamin. We wanted to try it as the other reviews looked good and we knew that it had a great location in Manhattan's midtown/upper east side and that they had a restaurant by award winning TV Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian. I have traveled to and stayed in this area of Manhattan at several hotels in the past 10 years and am quite familiar with the neighborhood. The location is a good walk to Central Park, The Met, The MOMA, 5th Ave shopping, Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Grand Central, Chrysler Bldg, Empire State Bldg, and Times Square. There are tons of great restaurants also within walking distance. When we arrived at the hotel from the airport we were initially surprised that there was not a valet or bellman at the curb to greet us, but a bellman came out to help us with the bags shortly later. My view of what a first class hotel is considered to be has a valet & bellman at the ready at all times. This may be a minor thing to some people, but a lack of attention to a detail like this can cost a hotel a AAA 4 diamond rating or a similar award. Check-in was another surprise as the front desk attendant was apologizing immediately for their computer system being down. They were able to check us in, and the front desk attendant did call the room shortly thereafter to discuss the payment method on file and answer my questions about the room rates. This hotel is one of those places that has a different rate for your room each night of the week. When I made my initial reservation with them over the telephone a month before my arrival date I was given a rate for my 6 night stay that was evidently an average for all 6 nights. At that time of making the reservation I was told they were going to charge my credit card for the 1st nights stay, but the amount they charged was greater than the nightly rate that I was quoted, so that is how I found out about the rate being different for each night. At this time of year, weekdays are more costly than weekends by almost $150-200 per night for the type of room we reserved. I still don't know why, but I am sure there is a reason. We always like to be comfortable in the room so I try and get a suite with a king sized bed. The room we had at the Benjamin was a large (450 Sq ') suite with a big living room, a kitchenette, a separate bedroom, and a smallish bathroom. The size was great, and the rate was good compared to what some other hotels charge for suites during this time of year.
This is a very comfortable hotel in a good location. The rooms are very tastefully decorated and quiet. The last time I stayed at the Benjamin, I was upgraded to a beautiful suite which was a nice experience. However, this time I was surprised to find that the hotel is now charging a mandatory $35 facilities fee for things I didn't use such as the business center. I try to avoid hotels with such fees which I somehow missed when making my reservation through a hotel booking site. This was the highest of such fees I've ever paid and disappointing about what was one of my favorite hotels in New York. I really wonder if it's worth it for hotels to disappoint customers like this and make their staff justify the fees.