My wife and I spent 4 nights there this August and cannot wait to get back. Let me start with how wonderful everyone was; Sarah, Anya and Khady were all so kind and polite, I felt like a regular customer -- but it was our first time. I asked for restaurant recommendations and they really spoke with me to learn our tastes and not only made KILLER suggestions, but had the reservations made for us at excellent times. They must have some pull because these places gave us window seats with a view at some very busy times.
On to the hotel itself. Location--great. Its right next to The Waldorf-Astoria, 6 minute walk to St Patricks, 8 minutes walk to Rockefeller Center. So those getting a tour bus will have stops right next door. Also very easy walk to Empire State Building, Grand Central, etc
Rooms- never been to NYC before so can't vouch for size comparison to local hotels but the room was pretty big, never once felt cramped with the wife and all the suitcase laid out at once. The kitchenette had a huge fridge, a microwave and the minibar had real size bottles of hooch and great snacks that were cheaper than anything I've seen in a minibar. Very clean rooms and bathrooms (white is the predominate color so if it ain't clean it's gonna show). Very comfortable bed. AC was so good I actually turned it off the first morning, then adjusted the temp a little higher, and never had an uncomfortable temp again (and I like it coooold--poor wife had to steal the comforter).
The in house restaurant was only partially sampled by me for a breakfast (wonderful porkbelly eggs Benedict ) and a quick snack before a show of beer and brussels sprouts and meatballs. But they did those items quite well.
I'm a chatty outgoing guy, and everyone there made me feel like a friend, never felt rushed or ignored. NOBODY ever held their hand out expecting tips, and I don't give them freely-- but if you can stay a day with them and don't feel like tipping them then maybe you should reevaluate yourself.
In short my first trip to NYC might have spoiled me, I was worried about rude New Yorkers and uptight staff, noise, and overpriced everything. But The Benjamin staff made me instantly comfortable, and really made an impressive showing of a well oiled-machine. I will definitely be a regular when we make return trips
Thank you Anya, Khady, and Sarah for a wonderful time.
Cons, oh yeah I don't like paying for wifi. But I'm on a trip to NYC with my wife and NO KIDS. So internet access was not needed.
- 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 featuring kitchenettes and Signature Benjamin Beds. Originally designed as a residential-style hotel with wind-swept terraces to entertain, the Neo-Romanesque style edifice, a New York City Landmark, exudes the ambiance of a private club. The Benjamin was fully redesigned by Interior Designer Lauren Rottet and restyled in partnership with Benjamin Sleep Expert, Dr. Rebbeca Robbins, to bolster the residential appeal and create an ambiance of relaxed sophistication. Housed within the hotel is The National Bar & Dining Rooms with a menu of modern bistro dishes by Chef Geoffrey Zakarian. The Benjamin features a Pillow Menu and bedtime snacks. Families enjoy Winks' Kidzzz Club during their stay. Hotel Services Fee is $30 plus tax per room per night and provides you with $10 daily credit toward The National, Wireless Internet, 24/7 access to our Fitness Center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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