The Lexington New York City, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- The Centerfield Suite is decorated with memorabilia from Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio, who lived here while they were married in the 1950s
- People-watching in the elegant lobby, which is always busy and has its own bar
- The spacious, well-equipped fitness center is open 24 hours
What To Know
- Rooms on lower floors can be noisy – ask for an upper-story room
- There are complimentary water bottles, great for toting around the city as you sightsee
- There's complimentary coffee in the lobby, and a Starbucks as well
- Luggage can be stored after check-out, but there’s a fee per bag (waived for Marriott Rewards members)
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Location is a big draw for this hotel, which is close to many New York attractions and meeting points including Grand Central Terminal, but the historic building also offers comfortable accommodation and appealing public spaces—particularly the lobby, which has nooks and crannies for reading, an eye-catching art collection, and a buzzy bar. Purple or orange headboards give a pop of color to the rooms, which are hung with Jazz Age-inspired art in homage to the hotel’s inception in 1929. Plush beds and Garnier-Thiebaut linens make for a restful night’s sleep, and the elegant bathrooms have well-restored original marble that fits in with their up-to-the-minute design. The sitting rooms in the suites all have pullout couches, good for families, while the poshest have private terraces.
In the Area
Just four blocks from the East River, this enormous hotel is handy for travelers, as it’s just a couple of blocks from Grand Central. Both the Chrysler and Empire State buildings are within walking distance. A few blocks west you’ll find the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, but the area’s real attraction are the fabulous New York restaurants nearby; try Aquavit for minimalist Scandinavian food that’s won two Michelin stars, then follow it up with a cocktail at Monkey Bar, a swanky and romantic bar that draws a chic crowd who love its dim lights, cheeky wall art, and “old Manhattan” ambience.
How to Get There
We visited this hotel on a June weekend while attending a show.
The hotel itself is very nice - different from the cookie cutter hotels, and full of Art Deco character. The location is good - the theatre district is a little bit of a walk, but not too long (varies by the walker) - but you can always do as we did and walk one way and Uber the other).
Our room was nice - typical size for New York and the hotel has a fantastic lobby that looks as if Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio could still live here (they did).
My issue was primarily with the fact that the hotel fee includes certain perks, including vouchers for the bar. That’s fine, most NYC hotels do it. I specifically asked
What time the bar closed while checking in and was told midnight - a little early for NYC Saturday night, but ok. We arrived back at the hotel bar at 11:40 and were “greeted” by a waitress that clearly didn’t want to be there. She informed us that we would “probably get better service if we just went up to the bar” and that it was already past last call -“beer and wine only”.
I went to the bar and ordered from a slightly less grumpy bartender a beer and a wine.
This sort of put a damper on the night, as we were looking forward to a cocktail or two. I wrote an email to the guest relations coordinator (who had sent a very nice welcome letter) and pointed out the situation, along with the fact that the bar was very crowded with people who had ordered mixed drinks and clearly were interested in ordering a few more. Seems like it would be a good business decision to stay open a little later - ($20/drink x full bar = decent $ and happy customers) but what do I know...
Anyway, I never got a response to my email, so I have to assume that either they didn’t read it or didn’t care.....but either way the visit left room for improvement.
Stayed here for 3 nights as part of a longer trip in NYC on a deal.
We were able to check in early which was ideal after a long flight, and our room was also upgraded. Check in was efficient and friendly, just what we needed as we felt barely awake!
The rooms are nice and size-wise as expected for New York. Bed was comfy and all amenities etc in the room were there.
No tea and coffee facilities in the room but these are available down at reception.
This hotel is in a good location and is a 5-10 minute walk from the nearest subway.
Rooms are dated and small. Lobby is nice and has a nice buzz. Great location. Concierge not very helpful or friendly. Daily fee of $25 plus tax is outrageous- they give you daily $30 daily credit for laundry but the laundry charges are quite ridiculous. They also give you $20 daily credit for drinks and which will not even cover one drink. So no point in giving you these credits.
Great hotel. Was a delight. Front desk folks we’re terrific and especially helpful as were all staff. Will definitely stay at Lexington next time I am in MYC. And it has a real Starbucks in the building
We visited in May and stayed 5 nights. Room was extremely small, but the main problem was the lack of service. The day before we checked out, we returned to the room around 3 pm and the A/C would not work. I called the front desk and no one answered (this was typical for the entire stay - no one answers the phone); tried again a bit later and still no answer, so I went down to the front desk and spoke with the person at the front desk and told them the problem. When we returned around 9 pm the air conditioning was still not working. I called the front desk again and could not get an answer; called a few other times and finally someone answered and said they would send up an engineer. The man came without a ladder - had to stand on the desk chair to get to the filter which he said was dirty but he couldn't change it. He restart the unit and left; few minutes later, the air conditioner went off again. I called again and they sent the same man up to the room - it was around 930 pm by then and i was in my nightclothes. He said that the a/c filter couldn't be changed at that time and we would need to change rooms. We had four large bags of luggage and I was in my nightclothes and we did not want to move. He offered to send up a fan. after he left, I called the front desk again and was told the same thing --that we would have to change rooms; because of all the luggage we had and the time of night, we ended up not moving; just putting up with it. A few hours later in the middle of the night the fire alarm went off and woke everyone in the hotel up. Not sure what happened there. Our last night was pretty much a disaster. I sent an e mail to one of the managers after we returned and he said because of the inconvenience he would credit my Marriott Bonvoy rewards account 25,000 points. Several weeks later, I checked my account and not only did he not give me the 25K points, but there were no points from our stay on there. I will not stay at the Lexington again.