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The Benjamin
Ranked #94 of 466 Hotels in New York City
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New York
1 review
“Hidden gem”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

Wonderful experience each and every time. Location in midtown is convenient. Small hotel provides tailored service. Wonderful sleeping accommodations. I'm spoiled by their pillow menu. It's a great value!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

The location is perfect - one stop from grand central station, 2 mins to green line 6 station, or a 10min walk from Central Park and fifth avenue. At the weekend there was a nice street market just around the corner. There are a couple of nice coffee shops nearby and restaurants within walking distance. Only downside is the central location makes it quite noisy - constant traffic and taxis beeping their horns/ sirens through the night.
The hotel itself is quite boutiquey. The rooms are surprisingly large a have some nice added amenities like coffee machine, bath robes etc. However, the overall quality is a little lacking - cheapest coffee machine (doesn't taste great), rough bed linen, hard pillows, air con that is very noisy and doesn't cool very well.
The shower is nice and the bathroom an ok size, just a little rundown decor wise.
The restaurant/ bar is nice and has a nice atmosphere. We had a couple of cocktails which were delicious and pretty decent value. The wine list however is ridiculously expensive. As is in room dining. A yoghurt and granola, orange juice, coffee and pancakes was crazy expensive and while quite tasty, did not warrant the price at all or the 45 minute wait for service.
Wifi on the room is a bit expensive but quick, or there is free on the lobby. The lobby is a bit unwelcomingly dark though and not really somewhere you would want to sit and chill.
Overall a nice hotel, great for location, but let down a little by the lack of luxury detail and the slightly uninterested reception staff. Likewise the concierge did not have the range of discount vouchers, jump the queues etc or restaurant knowledge that other hotel concierges I have visited have.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cairo, Egypt
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2014

Recently stayed here, where their website has an offer for great deals on suites, which are huge and very nicely laid out. I was also offered an upgrade for $14 per night to a superior suite with a terrace subject to availability. Shame about the bathroom shower curtain and smell, and the loud a/c. Luckily the weather was not too hot, but if it were the noise could have been a problem. Location is very good and having stayed at other large hotels in NYC, I found The Benjamin to be much cosier than other hotels in the area. Service was friendly but could have been warmer, however I guess this is NYC after all.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Pittsburgh
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

I have been staying at the Benjamin for years. It is my favorite hotel in the city and possibly in the whole world. The rooms are beautiful and the staff is always welcoming and helpful. They mean it when they say they are a dog friendly hotel, I bring my dog every time and she loves it. We love the free bark box. We look forward to seeing Omar every time we visit, he always takes great care of us. The Benjamin should be very proud to have Omar on their staff!! Keep up the great work!

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New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 June 2014

Excellent facilities and service, great location. The staff were especially attentive to our needs and made us feel relaxed even on business. The food at the restaurant was outstanding and we didn't feel rushed.

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2014

Good hotel, comfortable enough. Staff are friendly and helpful.

Location is pretty good, easy walk to Central Park and various NYC attractions.

Room service good but relatively expensive, as is the minibar. Would prefer not to have to pay additional for wifi.

Smallish gym open 24 hours with good equipment.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2014

The hotel was nice, clean and spacious. Just don't try to feed dinner to your child in the National (hotel restaurant) before 5:30. At. 5:15 we were given rude responses from both the hostess and the manager about trying to order from the kids menu.

Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Additional Information about The Benjamin

Property: The Benjamin
Address: 125 East 50th Street, at Lexington Avenue, New York City, NY 10022-9501
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Region: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#25 Green Hotel in New York City
#53 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#64 Family Hotel in New York City
#73 Business Hotel in New York City
#77 Luxury Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Benjamin 4.5*
Number of rooms: 209
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of Midtown, The Benjamin offers 209 newly re-designed terrace suites, one-bedroom suites and guest rooms by Rottet Studio featuring kitchenettes and signature Benjamin Beds. Housed within the hotel is The National Bar & Dining Rooms with a menu of modern bistro dishes by Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian. Known best for its world-renowned Sleep Program Rest & Renew, The Benjamin features a Pillow Menu and bedtime snacks. Families enjoy Winks' Kidzzz Club with pint-sized amenities for kids to use during their stay. A private guest lounge on the second floor offers two business stations and lounge seating. The Benjamin affords quick access to Fifth Avenue's high-end boutiques, Rockefeller Center, MoMA and Central Park. Hotel Services Fee is $30 plus tax per room, per night and provides you with the following amenities: •$10 daily credit toward Geoffrey Zakarian's The National Bar & Dining Rooms* •Wireless Internet on all of your devices throughout your stay •24/7 access to our state-of-the-art fitness center outfitted by Technogym •In-room artisanal coffee and tea offerings •Unlimited business services including printing •24/7 access to our private Residence Lounge •Unlimited local and domestic long distance calls •Access to our Clef D' Or Concierge services •Package handling and storage prior to and during your stay *Must be redeemed daily. Cannot roll over. **Fee is exclusive of service gratuities ... more   less 
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