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
- 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 had a one nighter at the brand new hotel and brought a large group. I’m lifetime platinum and I’m NYC a lot so I was eager to see how this goes. The design was spot on, great bar scene, room was great, and staff was friendly. Jason McGrath was a stand out when I had a shirt issue. The man who checked me in was also remarkable. Only downer was that I asked to grab a bottled water on my way out and was told it’d take at least 15 minutes. But I was in a hurry. I’ll be back to this place and glad it’s there!
Lobby was too chilly as the double doors off of 24th street did not close independently, so air carried through.
Room was excellent. Staff very attentive. The complementary coffee ended earlier than I am used to - 9 AM, so I had to get room service coffee. Voucher for drinks we received was only good for the lobby bar - perhaps add for the upstairs (cooler) bar?
New York break with my friend we found ourselves in the best smelling hotlebin NYC ! If you love luxury candles and the most wonderful beds stay here ! Small niggle reception staff need to up their game
After pre-paying a room two nights, I was required to provide $200 in addition to this for incidentals. When the hotel's credit card machine wasn't working I was told I needed to pay this in cash, only to find when I checked out that they couldn't refund it until later that day. Needing to catch a flight, I left and was never given my money back. The manager wouldn't even come out of his office to discuss the issue which me. Very concerning management practices, be careful with this hotel.
I have been staying at the Edition now for about a year and a half probably around 25 times. I can’t get over their level of customer service EVERY TIME I’m literally mind blown at how phenomenal their accommodations and service is. From complementary treats and upgrades to just down right great and responsive customer service. It’s so consistant! There isn’t a time I’m in the city that I don’t stay here. Along with the stellar service the rooms are so modern, cozy, and extremely comfy.