The New York EDITION
What We Love
- Prime perch on Madison Square Park in a 1909 landmark building
- Legendary hotelier Ian Schrager's style mixed with preserved period details like the 30-foot long, hand-foraged black steel fireplace and stunning Venetian plaster staircase
- Rock Star chef Jason Atherton’s innovative menu (think Scottish langoustine with mango and a 36-hour Berkshire pork belly) at The Clocktower restaurant, which overlooks Madison Square Park
- Marble bathrooms have enclosed rainforest showers and Le Labo toiletries
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- The hotel stitches the clubby warmth of Manhattan’s Gilded Age mansions with Schrager’s signature minimalism for a classy residential vibe
- Clubby extras include a parlor with a billiard table and a library serving cocktails
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Rising from the corner of East 23rd and Madison Square, the slender Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower has been a Big Apple beacon since 1909. Back then it was the tallest building in the world, modeled after Venice’s Campanile down to a clock tower with four faces, one on each side of the tower’s 25th to 27th floors. In May 2015, Hotelier Ian Schrager and partner Marriott put the building back on the map renovating it from spire to clock to parkside entrance. The result? A hotel that stitches the clubby warmth of Manhattan’s Gilded Age mansions with Schrager’s signature minimalism for a classy residential vibe. Guests are welcomed into an oak-paneled foyer with a 30-foot long, hand-foraged black steel fireplace, and a stunning Venetian plaster staircase spirals up to the second floor billiards parlor and sophisticated library cocktail lounge. The hotel’s neutral palette of taupe, ivory and white is complemented by just enough dark wood and amber lighting to anchor big, modern rooms to the tower’s gilded grandeur of yore. Marble bathrooms go beyond with enclosed rainforest showers, and Le Labo toiletries; upgrade to suites for a soaking tub. Picture windows frame unique city views including leafy Madison Square, the colorful Empire State Building, and the ritzy One Madison residential tower (where big shots like Rupert Murdoch and Tom Brady own homes). We’re big fans of British chef Jason Atherton’s The Clocktower, the second–floor dining room peering out over the park. The menu is inspired by his homeland with dishes such as Scottish langoustine with mango and a 36-hour Berkshire pork belly.
In the Area
Still hungry? Head over to Danny Meyer’s original Shake Shack – your order? Cheese fries and a Shack burger. Feeling a little saucier? Stroll across the park to chef Mario Batalli’s Eataly, a 50,000-square-foot love song to all things Italian, where you can carbo load at La Pizza & La Pasta trattoria or enjoy fresh fish at Il Pesce. Over on Park Ave, restaurateur Stephen Starr just opened Upland, serving California-inspired fare complimented by a wine list heavy on the Napa Valley.
How to Get There
I travel to NY often for work and have stayed at The NY Edition roughly five six times over the last six months. It’s become my go-to property and absolute NYC fave. The location is excellent, the accommodations are beautiful and modern and the staff is completely on-point delivering excellent service to business travelers. My stays have specifically been made incredible by the wonderful service from Gabrielle Lewis. Anytime she knows I’m coming, she leaves a lovely sweet treat and handwritten note to welcome me back. She’s always available if I have questions or needs, and she quickly connects me to the appropriate contact on the property if my need is outside of her responsible area. Even still, she follows up to ensure that I’ve received prompt attention. When traveling for work and managing a chaotic amount of details, having someone like Gabrielle completely changes the experience. So thankful for her! I highly recommend The Edition property. Honestly, there are lots more “Gabrielles” to be found in their incredible staff.
The first thing I noticed upon entering the hotel is how not ADA-friendly the check in and entrance experience is. You walk in and pick up your luggage to go up the stairs on your left to the check in desk. The check in experience was mostly ok. I asked if I needed a reservation at the restaurant and he said no, I should be fine.
After checking in I tried to go to the restaurant with one other person (party of 2) and they were full. They checked and offered us a bar seat for 45 minutes. Does that sound right? They book the bar too? Anyway, the food probably would not have come out in 45 minutes so we went somewhere else.
The room was very white. I appreciated the water bottles with the turndown service. The highlight of this hotel for me was the Le Labo products, which smell really good. The table with banquette was also good for sitting at and doing work.
For a high end hotel, I had a meh experience and would probably try out another hotel if I had the choice.
This was my third stay here. Ever since I discovered this hotel, this is the only place I stay when I come to NYC. The hotel itself is a nice comfortable place. But what makes the experience is the staff! Every single staff person at The Edition is the nicest, most courteous, accommodating, and "ready to help you in anyway possible" person - I mean every single person from reception to concierge to bar staff. And they always do special little things for you to make you feel extra welcome like they do at Four Seasons or Kempinski. The rooms are new, clean, spacious with plush towels, slippers, and robes. Great location too - central yet quiet. Highly recommend 01 rooms - spacious room with a view of Madison Square Park. Your guys are doing all the right things. Please keep it going strong. I will definitely come back soon.