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
You really want to like this place. Great vibe and decent location, lively bar and very solid restaurant. But it is so lacking. First, the wait for the antiquated elevator system is long and annoying. It’s not good.
Second, the wait to check out with only two staff and apparently two stations was unusually long especially if you only had a question about the bill. Not efficient.
Third, the room was very oddly designed with the bathroom literally right in front of the exterior door. The closet tight and not much room to hang longer garment items.
And finally to make matters worse I received a very nice welcome note to the hotel as a Marriott platinum member detailing all the benefits. I asked for an upgrade on arrival and they were booked for the evening. I sent a follow up email asking if any upgrades were available the following two nights and never received a reply back.
For the rates I paid Thursday through Sunday, far better options with better amenities, better service and a better rooms available in the city. And be prepared for limited seating in the first floor lounge along with spotty service.
I was unimpressed.
A very stylish hotel in great location. Friendly, helpful and professional staff throughout the hotel. Highly recommended especially if you are a business traveler looking for efficiency. Every inquiry I had was fulfilled with professionalism in a timely manner. The room is minimalist yet stylish and very functional. There is no unnecessary items in the room that you need to move around to create space. First time staying in Edition hotel and already a fan.
We've stayed here several times and always enjoyed it. It's well run and perfectly located. The service is always first rate -- my first visit I mentioned to the desk clerk that my daughter was being featured in the NY Times, and each morning the paper was delivered with a note "Is she in it?" I'll always remember that.
My daughters and I took a girls trip to the city to see Frozen on Broadway and the Christmas Lights. Having previously heard great things about Edition Brand, I decided to check out the one on Madison Avenue. I was not disappointed. This is a wonderful hotel, with a very cool, happening vibe and excellent service.
Our family suite was perfect, an excellent layout for a family of four. The views of the City from the rooms are amazing and the location of the hotel is very convenient. the rooms were also very spacious and well appointed. We enjoyed breakfast, lunch and cocktails in their F&B outlets, and all were wonderful.
The service was always friendly and efficient and the following staff members really stood out: Logan our breakfast server in The Clocktower, Kalya our server for dinner in The Clocktower, Arthur the best bartender in town and Simon the overnight doorman who assisted me in the rain loading our luggage into Uber. Our housekeeper was also fabulous and left a personalized note for us when we returned to the room, really nice touch. And lastly, a huge shoutout to their Director of Meetings and Events; Ms. Debra Erber. She is an exceptional ambassador for the brand and made our stay extra special by providing amazing goodies for our daughters.
Overall, a wonderful hotel with great service. Kudos to the leadership team for operating a great hotel. Can't wait to return.
Our go-to hotel in NYC is the St. Regis but we needed to be more downtown this weekend and decided to try The Edition. No comparison to the St. Regis because it is in a league of it’s own, but overall we enjoyed our 2-night stay at The Edition. Great vibe in the lobby especially at night when the candles are lit. Nice lobster lunch in their restaurant on the 2nd floor. Our room was upgraded but we felt it was a little small and the bathroom was minimal (see pics) but we loved the Le Labo toiletries. We did not have long wait times for the ‘smart’ elevators as others have mentioned, but once it registered to take us to 6 but then it zoomed up to 39 and made a bunch of stops on the way down 😬. Also, a caveat on the parking - $70 per day but there is NO in and out, and you must call for your car a half hour before you need it. If you are driving here, you might want to find your own parking.