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
This quirky hotel is just the place for people who care about luxury and high standards, but who want to stay somewhere with a bit of soul. The hotel has plenty of old world charm (lots of original features are still in place such as the lifts and the mechanism for posting letters to the ground floor!) as well as a bright, modern bar and lots of art which you will love or hate! There are spotlessly clean rooms, sumptuous bathrooms, piles of fluffy towels, really comfortable beds, walk in wardrobes, bathrobes and great room service, but at The Roger Smith you get much more. These people are like your family. We were shown to our HUGE suite where a handwritten note from Pere, the assistant general manager, welcomed us alongside a bottle of wine and a bag of cookies. Every single member of staff showed us extraordinary care and attention, and nothing was too much trouble. The decoration is unpretentious and we had everything we needed for a wonderful stay in NYC. There is even an art gallery / reception space available for those wanting to put on an event. In short, as long as you want a hotel that has a bit of character, is not all completely modern, and where the people really care about what they are doing, you will love it here. GO!
Very good - but there is no breakfast restaurant in the house. Otherwise the room was nice, clean and well held. We loved the two bed room - plenty of space for both of us. We have stayed with Roger Smith before and will certainly return when i New York.
This hotel will become our "go to" when in NYC. The location is fabulous. We walked to Times Square, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and more. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. This is an older property so there are some minor quirks to be expected. Everything was handled promptly by an amazing staff. From the Concierge to housekeeping, smiles all around.
A charming hotel, the artwork in the lobby simply exceptional. The staff pleasant, helpful, knowledgable. A warmth and engaging ambience to the place that is hard to articulate. Some minor plastering needed in the bath/shower.
I love staying at the Roger Smith Hotel. The location is perfect for my needs, the staff has always been friendly and eager to help. The rooms have always been comfortable, yogurt and granola get me going in the mornings.