4.0
Very Good 2549 Reviews
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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
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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

Amenities

  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
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Overview

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

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 2549 Reviews
Perfect location!
Reviewed 2 days ago

Located at the Midtown Manhattan, is a good place to go to principals attractions of NYC. Clean and comfortable. The room and bathroom very spacious. The staff was very kind. The hotel offers free beverages and fruits and special snaks every day between 17:00 - 19:00. Good for the amount I paid.

Wonderful Jolly Roger!!
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Roger Smith hotel was wonderful in every way, conveniently located, reasonably priced, staff efficient, helpful, and friendly. I recommend a stay there, I have returned many times, and enjoyed it every time.

I got what I expected: amazing
Reviewed 4 days ago

First time in New York and stayed here on a whim. Advertised as a boutique hotel it was just that. I expected dated furniture, I got that. A pull out bed and a king sized bed was great for our family of three. Location is perfect. In New York, you can walk to anywhere in midtown and Roger Smith was perfect.

sure the carpet is old and is tearing up and has stains, but the rustic appeal of a olde New York hotel is what I wanted and got it. Sure its noisy, its New York.

the staff was amazing. Actually above and beyond what i expected. If anything, spend a night or two at the Roger Smith for the staff. I would stay at this hotel again.

Quirky and Individual with that all important Personal Touch
Reviewed 1 week ago

Once again we had the pleasure of staying at the Roger Smith Hotel. A yearly event, this hotel never disappoints in its friendliness and desire to make each stay as pleasureable as possible. Location is fantastic, zip up to museum row, across to Broadway, or down to BAM. Did I say the beds superbly comfortable? All in all great value for money.

Wow......Home from Home
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the moment we arrived we were greeted by a warm and friendly welcome from the lady at Front Desk. This was very much appreciated by us weary travelers after a long flight. Our room was perfect. The addition of a book shelf in our well appointed room with some great books, shared by previous guests made us feel very much at home. We loved the addition of the most gorgeous granola and the green mountain yogurt from Vermont. This to set us up for a day’s adventure the the best city in the world. Together with the fresh fruit at front desk each day a lovely touch. The service was excellent throughout, nothing was too much trouble. Housekeeping were attentive our room was serviced each day, to a high standard. Our questions were met by friendly staff with smiles, who were very helpful.
The proximity to 5th Ave was perfect. We look forward to returning to our home from home in the very near future.