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.
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Amazing room in a great part of NYC- so rare to find this kind of space in the city- with a patio also! Food was incredible, and staff was extra friendy. We enjoyed the suite with extra space and a mini kitchen... Made our trip special for sure!
I've stayed here for both business and pleasure and had a great experience both times. I recently got upgraded to a very decent size suite with a balcony. My sister and her family stayed here as well a few months ago and upgraded to the large one bedroom suite with a terrace which was amazing! I highly recommend this hotel and its close proximity to a lot of attractions mid-town. Looking forward to staying here again.
We are regulars at the Benjamin because of the excellent service, reasonable rates, and great location on the East Side but with subway access to both the Lexington lines and the E and M trains -- easy to get to the theater district, Penn Station, downtown, upper east side. Very good service, including very generous upgrades when available, especially to returning guests. Be advised, however, that construction at the intersection of Lexington and 50th creates considerable noise levels for rooms overlooking either street. Hotel was very accommodating about moving guests to quieter rooms if available. This is a temporary situation so check with the hotel when reserving.
The Benjamin is a great four star hotel in midtown - really close to Times Square, Broadway shows and only a few steps from the metro.
Loved our time here in a suite on the 18th floor, with a corner balcony giving us views up and down Lexington Ave.
The staff were really lovely, too. Umbrellas were provided for us when it was looking grey and grim!
We have stayed at The Benjamin multiple times and love the location. It is much quieter than being over by Times Square. The room are comfortable with room to move around. The kitchen area is small but functional and we stayed in a Studio King. Generally, you should ask for a room away from the elevator and not over the street and it is very quiet there. You can walk around the area and there are plenty of restaurants in the walking area that are very good and all different price ranges and easy to find options for everyone. The National in the hotel has a delicious brunch. The hotel works well traveling with teenagers too. The rollaway bed is a nice size. We used a different parking garage as there are cheaper options that you can find close by the hotel. Staff is friendly especially the doormen.