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
Stayed at the NY Edition for one night and it was amazing. The staff was amazing. Especially Hanji who brought up our breakfast (which was also amazing). He set up our rolly table and helped us situate everything while we watched the World Cup in bed. Will definitely come back.
The converted old Met Life Tower is a gorgeous building in its own right, dominating Madison Square Park. The interior matches the beauty of the outside, all pale marble and modern, understated design.
Staff are friendly and extremely helpful, the rooms are immaculately clean and beautifully appointed. And the views - my goodness, the views! We had a deluxe room, which was a corner room on the 34th floor overlooking Madison Sq Park and the Flatiron from one set of windows and the Empire State and Madison Ave on the other.
Its location is perfect for exploring downtown and midtown and it has plenty of options nearby for very informal dining (the original Shake Shack is right outside!) right through to the Michelin-starred restaurant in the hotel.
Overall, we had an amazing stay in a beautiful, historic building. I honestly cannot recommend it highly enough.
Possibly the first hotel in the world (the New York branch) to charge $7 "handling charge" to bring a package up to my room. The expression on my face when I was presented with the bill prompted the sheepish looking man at check-out to waive it - I think he must have seen this reaction many times before. That and the $8 taxes and service charges on a $6 cup of tea left a very sour taste. The rooms are stylish and light - but not nice enough to compensate for the daylight robbery. Also, for an expensive hotel, there are almost zero lobby facilities - just as well because if you lingered there they'd probably charge you for breathing. Stay if you want, but get your sustenance elsewhere and tell them you don't want anything, not even a letter, delivered to your room.
Spent this weekend at the New York Edition. From the moment we pulled up the experience was first rate. We had a high floor Deluxe room overlooking Madison Park. The room was spotless and very well appointed. Comfy bed and pillows.
We also spent time at the lobby bar. Very hipster oriented. The entire staff was fantastic. A special shout out to Peter out front. Great team member and customer focused.
Lots of good restaurants in the area. Madison Park is across the street and of course the shopping up on Madison Ave.
Highly recommend this property.
Just came back from a 5 night stay at the Edition. The hotel is beautiful, starting from the amazing building to the interiors and the rooms. The rooms are exceptionally clean, beds comfortable, bathroom wonderful and internet connection is really great.
The location of the hotel can't be beat, it is right off of Madison square park, and minutes walk from Union Square, Chelsea and midtown, and has access to several subway lines. Multiple dining options in the area.
We also loved the nice touches of new water bottles everynight, turn down service and impeccable cleanliness of the rooms.
What we didn't like was the attitude of the staff which was really cold and uninviting, which is quite a bummer at
this type of hotel where you would expect hospitality to be a focus. Have to say it is usually not something we are bothered with since we are not extremely picky and don't expect too much, so if we felt it, it was definitely a problem.
The rooms are quite small- we stayed in a deluxe room which is supposed to be quite large and it still felt quite crammed, which for the prices the hotel charges is not great value.
Overall the location and beauty of the hotel are top notch but not sure if the overall experience was one we would repeat since we really didn't feel welcome....