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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


Good value for money!

The rooms are clean and comfortable. Location is very good - just a few blocks away from Times square and that's enough to get away from the hassle.

Friendly staff and a nice rooftop bar!

Definitely worth the money.

Back again and better than before
Ellen F

They keep adding small touches that make it even better. I really like the new residence lounge on the Mezzanine level. I met with a friend there after a meeting and at 5:00 they had delicious snacks out. This is also where they moved the cereal and yogurt. And now there are also hot beverages available. After I checked out, but before an evening event I attended at the hotel I returned to this lounge and worked for several hours on my computer. There was a business man doing the same. It was a GREAT alternative to a coffee shop or other such place. I kept my luggage with me, too. I also liked the new bathroom in my room this time. Comfortable bed, nice hand-written note as a multi-time returning guest, along with bottled water.
I also love the fact that one of the women at the main desk greeting me has been there for 21 years and so it is truly like visiting old friends to stay at the Roger Smith.

Beautiful Rooms

The hotel itself is old, however the rooms inside are very clean and beautiful. I felt really comfortable and location was great!!! Lex and 47. Close to grand central station .
The staff were all nice and wifi worked fine ????????