The Roger Smith Hotel
What We Love
- The free granola, fruit, and yogurt available in the lobby all day
- Sunset cocktails on the roof deck in the warmer months
- The in-the-thick-of-it location that makes you feel like you’re at the center of the universe
What To Know
- There's no restaurant on site
- Lower rooms can get some street noise
- While there's no gym, guests get free access to the nearby New York Sports Club
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Soulless, corporate-style hotels are a dime a dozen in Midtown Manhattan, but if you’re not a business traveler just looking for a bed and some credit card points, it’s worth seeking out a more unusual place to stay. This neighborhood makes the old-world interior of the Roger Smith—heavy wooden dressers, striped wallpaper, flouncy valances—that much more charming and unexpected. The hotel is family-owned and therefore and full of thoughtful touches, like extra towels in the guest rooms and every-changing art displays in the lobby and bar. Bathrooms are stocked with toothbrushes and rooms with paperback books that guests can take home with them. Add the prime location—you can walk to some of the top restaurants and tourist sites in Manhattan—and it’s an unexpected winner.
In the Area
Staying in Midtown means you’re truly spoiled for choice when it comes to eating some of the best food in New York. Don’t miss the French meal of a lifetime at Eric Ripert’s award-winning Le Bernadin. For something a little different, sample the Indian-Latin American fusion menu at upscale Vermilion, just a few blocks from the hotel. After-dinner drinks (or a post-shopping happy hour) means a stop at the Park Avenue Tavern, where you can sink into a booth with a Park Ave Paloma cocktail. Walk off those calories with a jog around Central Park, an easy one-mile stroll that crosses 5th Avenue (if you want to swing by Cartier on your way, they’ll hold your purchases until you come back). Grand Central Station and subways stops are just minutes from the hotel, providing easy access to the rest of the city.
How to Get There
Very cozy, we loved the old school style, it's close to the Rockefeller center and somewhat close to Times Square, we spent almost 10-15 minutes walking to get there. The whole staff were very kind and helpful.The rooftop bar was cool although they close it at 10 pm and sometimes the wifi was not working well but since we spent most of the time outside it wasn't much of an issue. There are apples and yogurt at the lobby all the time for the guests. We really enjoyed our stay.
If you are looking for a place to stay in New York, the Roger Smith is your hotel, right in the eye of the storm. You can walk to Grand Central Station, Times Square, 5Th Avenue, etc. I also love the fact that I know I will not find two equal rooms, each one has its thing, they are all unique. The staff is very friendly and willing to help, especially the ones at the front desk.
I was able to check out the terrace on the same floor where Henry’s rooftop is located and saw the most amazing New York City views from there. When I come back, this will definitely be my hotel!
The Roger Smith Hotel can be recommended.
Homely hotel within easy walking distance of many of the most popular tourist destinations in Manhattan. Lovely bed and cozy old fashioned interior design in the room. Very helpful and courteous staff. Especially Randy who work in the hotel reception.
Nice with free access to yogurt, muesli and green apples at the reception.
The only downside to the hotel was that the bathroom was quite worn and would need a refreshment.
This hotel was great value for money in Midtown in summer. The staff were always pleasant, attentive and helpful; when I wanted water one night, I got cold water from the bar; or they fixed the TV right after I reported it. The lemon water and cereal&yoghurt in the lobby were a nice touch; rooftop bar is ok.
Randy at the the front desk is the best...always smiling and helpful!
Excellent location, nice staff, free granola and yogurts. Beds are comfortable, but a bit small for two. Very clean, except for the wall to wall carptes - they smell and look like they're not very clean. It would be much better to put regular flooring.