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
I enjoyed the hôtel a lot, quite different from others - with a thouch of traditionnal old American style. The location is extremly convenient. Having snacks at disposal is great. I slightly regret that my room was relatively noisy - although the personal offered me to switch for another one the night after.
We stayed at The Roger Smith Hotel for 7 nights during a vacation and visit to NYC in Aug.
My decision of booking this hotel was based on so many reviews, the location (walking distance to several attractions and places in Midtown Manhattan such as Time Sq., Central Park, UN, Rockefeller Plaza, Grand Central Station, Empire State Building, the 5th Ave., and so many restaurants and Coffee shops around); big room, the price and the old time building.
We were very pleased staying in this hotel, it exceeded our expectation.
The staff was extremely nice, friendly, knowledgeable, responsive, helpful and happy to give you advice and directions on attractions and scheduling visits.
The all-day-available free green apples, yogurt and breakfast cereals were great to have at the foyer. We really enjoyed our stay. Clean and large room, comfortable and nice beds, daily room service, small fridge, microwave, large drawers, TV, Espresso device with Coffee & tea supplies, Safe box, many lights, Iron, hair dryer, old world charm and the best of all ... great Air-condition!
There is also a 24-hour supermarket with food buffet, Ashley’s, across the street from the hotel which was very convenience.
The indoor and roof-top bars were closed due to renovation and rain damage, unfortunately we couldn’t enjoy a drink there. Hopefully next time.
Special thanks to staff: Randy, Carlos and Sophy
I will stay in this hotel on my next visit to NYC and gladly recommend it to others.
This was the second time we stayed at the Roger Smith Hotel to go to the US Open tennis tournament. The hotel is conveniently located near Grand Central Station and not far from other major NYC attractions. The rooms we stayed in were spacious and clean and the hotel staff were very nice. We appreciated the hotel’s sustainable and green initiates. We would definitely stay there again.
Roger Smith Hotel is centrally located in NYC near Grand Central Station. The hotel has nice sized rooms and a great roof top deck. Rooms are a little dated but good value for the money. Good choice fro both families and the business traveller.
This is one of the nicest hotels! Excellent location close to Grand Central and Rockefeller Centre. Rooms are clean and very comfortable. Staff is great, friendly and very attentive. I would definitely return!!