What We Love
- Being one of the first to base yourself at the Beekman 1802 partner hotel
- Taking Manhattan, one blocks-away landmark at a time
What To Know
- Some of NYC's best sights (Grand Central, Fifth Ave and Bryant Park) are steps away
- The restaurant and rooftop lounge have sweeping skyline views
In partnership with lifestyle brand Beekman 1802, The Bernic gives you a convenient base for exploring the bright lights and the big city. Your room is a white-tea-scented oasis with a cosmopolitan style that also references other international hubs. Whichever one of our offers you choose, you’ll also snag a private balcony, which is more than most New Yorkers can boast of their own abodes. The Deluxe Queen Balcony room is a little bigger than the Superior King Balcony option; upgrade to the Corner King Balcony for even more space. You’re also just downstairs from a rooftop lounge. Get a 360-degree view of the city from Allora, on the hotel’s rooftop. Bedecked in Carrara marble, with herringbone flooring, the restaurant and lounge serves Italian-American fare, from grilled branzino to zabaglione. Just don’t forget you’re in Midtown, which has some of the most famous restaurants in Manhattan.
In the Area
Name an iconic Manhattan landmark, and chances are that it’s within mere blocks of your room. Set in Turtle Bay, the hotel isn’t in the busiest part of Midtown (which is a good thing, when you need a full night’s sleep), but it still comes with easy access to the most famous sights. Rock Center and Radio City, Fifth Avenue and Central Park, Broadway and Times Square, Bryant Park and the New York Public Library–none of these are more than a 10- or 15-minute walk. Hungry? Take a seat at the iconic oyster bar in Grand Central Station. Thirsty? Grab a drink at the King Cole Bar, once graced by Dali and Dietrich. And if you’re simply feeling restless, the Bronx, the Battery, and every other thriving New York hub is but a breezy subway ride away.
How to Get There
I booked the penthouse suite for my birthday. I had been there a few years ago for an event and I knew it would be the perfect location and atmosphere for a low-key celebration. I could celebrate with friends and didn't have to worry about getting home that night. The room itself is lovely. The high ceiling and windows, the balcony, the spacious living room, the heated floor in the bathroom...everything about this suite was perfect. And exactly what I wanted for my party. The staff was super accommodating and helpful in every way. Added bonus - the hors d'oeuvres from the restaurant next door were delicious!
I was nervous about the Bernic (as I usually am before staying at any hotel I haven't stayed at before.)
I had read about people checking in and finding nobody at the front desk, but we did not encounter that - there was always someone there, sometimes more than one person - and every single person we dealt with was friendly, courteous, well dressed, and professional.
I had also read about the lack of a common area. This is true. There is a very small sitting area by the check-in desk. This didn't bother us at all though. One of the days we had the complimentary Prosecco while we waited for our Lyft and chatted with two other couples who were already there. But yes it's small and there isn't a lot of sitting space, so if you're looking for a hotel where you can go downstairs and hang out it doesn't have that. Right adjacent to it is the bar from Allora though - which I believe you can access without exiting the hotel. I'm not saying it's the same as having a true common area in the hotel, but it's worth mentioning because it is an option. There is also another bar about two doors down which seemed nice from the outside.
I also read about the lack of a second chair in the room. This is true, and we thought it was annoying. My traveling companion and I had some things to take care of and he had nowhere to sit where we could comfortably collaborate. We asked for another chair and they ended up bringing us one but it seemed like it was really tough to locate one and I got the impression they really really would have preferred to not have to give us that second chair (it was an ottoman, actually, and it was perfect.) It is beyond explanation the reason they do not provide this by default, as there is plenty of room for it, and really makes the room more functional and inviting. Especially with the beautiful and large working space this room had (a Corner King room).
I had also read about the super noisy heating / AC unit. This is definitely true. Well, it's not so much that it's loud (although it kind of is) - it's more that the noise it generates is not smooth and constant, as in white noise. So because the noise is "uneven" it could be a problem for some people. We brought our white noise machine with us (yes, we often travel with it) so it was not a problem for us, but I would have personally have had a rough time falling asleep had we not brought it.
Our room - #703, a Corner King - was excellent. It was spacious, nice looking, and just comfortable. The storage was excellent - large shelving right over the desk, large drawers, and shelving in the bathroom too. Closet for hanging up clothes by the front door, and a safe. So, very, very comfortable.
Room was clean, although I wouldn't say it was spotless. I'm being picky though. But for example, I noticed in the bathroom the hinges of the toilet cover had some pink staining (which is indicative of when certain bacteria accumulates). Something a quick spray with a cleaning product would have fixed easily. I was tempted to let housekeeping know about it but I didn't. Housekeeping did leave extra towels whenever we asked and they did neaten up the room so overall they did a nice job (we did leave a small tip daily.) We also had a problem with the shower head and the hotel sent someone to fix it immediately. Water pressure was good. The heated floors are nice but for me they're not essential (although granted I haven't been to NYC in a long time in the winter to remember the difference - so take what I just said with a grain of salt.)
We loved how close we were to all kinds of things - restaurants (John's Coffee Shop around the corner was our favorite for breakfast) - places to have a drink (we didn't, but still good to know they were there), Broadway (took us 15 minutes by Lyft), drugstores, etc. Just a nice area. I think I remember a few people saying that the block was a little sketchy but we didn't feel that way at all.
The Bernic also made an exception for us about something which we are so grateful for.
So overall our experience with this hotel was very positive, and we wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.
I am including pictures of our room because I find pictures so valuable when I am deciding whether I want to stay somewhere.
I was in town for a conference; however, it was also my birthday weekend.
One thing I really, really like about the room... The HEATED floors in the bathroom—that was a first experience for me. Very welcomed, too! The bed was comfortable. I slept like a baby and don’t get to go that much at home. I liked the ambiance and decor. When I lied down... it was so cozy.
To me, the people really help make an experience at a hotel. So, I have a lot to say about the people.
Donovan, Xavier, and Yoliene (I hope I’m spelling that one right) were absolute rockstars… and I remember their names, way past two weeks, because they were that amazing to us! At any time when we needed something, and they were there, they did any and everything to make sure we had what we needed.
We were not fully satisfied with our first room. Although we looked at several pictures online, we had no real sense of how “tight” the space was actually going to be. I believe it was actually an upgrade for us as well (Hilton Gold). We casually/joking mentioned this to Yoliene on our way to dinner on your second night, and while were out, she actually reached out to us share that she’d be able to move us and would wait for us to come back. We realized this was actually past her shift, and noted that she actually had to come back literally a few hours later (we knew this because we asked when we’d see her again). The room we were moved to was absolutely PERFECT! (Can I go back and add that I was STUNNED that she stayed after her shift? It was almost midnight when we returned.)
The next day, on my way out, Yoliene stopped me to give me a hug, wished me a happy birthday, and sent good luck to me for my conference that day. I’m such a hugger, and I love that our connection in general conversation about the area, places to eat, and living living in NY the night before made us both so comfortable.
In casual conversation with Yoliene and Donovan, I’d mentioned celebrating my birthday. When I made it to my new room, and the next day when I’d come back to my hotel, I’d had surprises from the hotel—I was floored and almost in tears—I couldn’t believe they’d gone out of their way like that for me... I felt SO special.
Donovan was always so upbeat, smiling, and had such an inviting personality. We looked forward to seeing him each time we’d come in. He gave us a few suggestions for what to do in the area, and whenever we were left trying to figure something out, he’d always follow-up with us. I also liked that he was able to teach us a little about his home and help expose us to a different culture.
Xavier was a rockstar in making recommendations to my husband for places to go and things to do as well. I noticed he and my husband also and “jokes” each time we’d come in or walk out... that was fun to see.
I loves that everyone could add a unique perspective to the city to hell is navigate and to feel comfortable during our time. I believe that everything happens for a reason. The place didn’t have fitness center, and we didn’t have an opportunity to experience the rooftop bar because it was closed, and it’s not as close to Times Square as we would haves liked for it to be…
HOWEVER, our experience was truly one of a kind, and when/if I were to go back to New York, I’d certainly be open to staying again. Why? We felt like FAMILY and that outweighed everything else! It’s also rare. People tend to be transactional in customer service, “forced” in their service, but... this was not the case... it was all so genuine.
Of all the places we have traveled, in and out of the country, I think this has by far been one of the absolute best domestic experiences!
This was one of the least favorite hotels I’ve ever visited. Paid for a corner room, expecting windows on both corners, as depicted on the Hilton website. Our room was on a corner, but windows on only one side. Went to reception to ask for a different room and was refused. Also none of the extras we ordered were ever delivered. Heating unit sounded like a train all night. We made the best of it and pretended we were in the movie “My Cousin Vinny” with the hotel room next to the train tracks😀. Room service was prompt as was the car valet service. But overall felt deceived by Hilton and the staff mishandled making things right
The Bernic is a modern boutique hotel in Midtown East. While the rooms are modest in size, they are clean and sleek. Convenient location between Lex and 3rd. Xavier at the front desk was extremely welcoming and even upgraded us to a room with balcony. Would certainly stay again.