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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
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
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Family-owned hotel in Midtown just steps from Grand Central Terminal, with a charming, homey vibe, and an emphasis on art

The Lowdown

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

The Roger Smith Hotel
501 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10017 United States


4.0 Very Good 2368 Reviews
Classic NYC Hotel Experience
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Roger Smith Hotel captures the essence of what an Art Deco Hotel should be right from the entry sculpture/paintings to the room furnishings. The location is excellent and the hotel staff are friendly and helpful. The roof top bar is quite pleasant but arrive early it can get crowded.

Great Hotel!
Reviewed 4 days ago

Stayed here before...live the funkyness. Love the art! One of a Kind gem in great Manhattan location. The front desk was exceedingly friendly and helpful. Did not eat at Hotel but rooftop bar is awesome

Great choice after long internet search
Reviewed 5 days ago

We needed a family-affordable, yet highly-rated room with three beds and good midtown location, and the Roger Smith really served us wonderfully. I bet I looked into 100 places, 50 or 60 in serious depth, over a couple weeks, and the Roger Smith kept holding its high first impression online. It was a great choice. Our junior suite with two doubles and a sofa bed was a big square with plenty of walking room for a hotel room, nice wood floors, cool street views on TWO windowed sides....a real relief when we first entered. The little yogurt-filled fridges and granola available in the lobby helped start our days, and the room had a little fridge, microwave, even a free safe, plus (in our case anyway) a little apartment-like walk-in area before the bedroom itself. Nice little wall shelf with books, a live plant--more a little home than a typical room. Great location for what we planned, with lots to walk to, access to subway only blocks in almost any direction. Yet quieter at night, not in a tourist magnet Manhattan area. Friendly staff, clean and capable housekeeping. Would gladly stay again. We're a family of four on teacher's salaries, and this was a terrific find for our NYC stay. Yeah, the money's not like booking a suite in the Midwest/Rockies, where we live, but the Roger Smith was a happy NYC bargain and just a fine experience anyway--a great home for our trip. I understand and share the high opinion this hotel has garnered from its guests

Family holiday in the Big Apple
Reviewed 7 days ago

To celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary & my husband’s 60th birthday we decided to visit New York. Our sons chose to stay in a hostel in Brooklyn but we preferred a hotel in Manhattan. I liked the look of the hotel, that it was central to most places we wanted to visit and I thought the price reasonable. I found all the staff to be unfailingly helpful and friendly and would happily recommend it to others

Reviewed 1 week ago

It was an excellent and peaceful stay. From the outside hush push it was very soothing and relaxing inside the room. The decor was stunning and the furniture were perfect. Hotel ambience was very different and it stood out from out hotels.