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Roger Smith Hotel
Ranked #118 of 467 Hotels in New York City
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Boston, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Average”
Reviewed 21 February 2014

First the not so good... The phone in our room did not work; not a huge deal but still. Next, some of the lights and lamps didn't function as well. It had to be the wiring and not the bulbs; again, not a huge deal but this was quite annoying. Lastly, the comforter on the bed was white and they had it in some kind of cover. The cover itself was clean and the comforter inside seemed to be clean as well but there were some questionable stains on it right at the top that just didn't wash out completely (maybe coffee and fruit punch... I hope). I know white is hard to keep spotless but a little bleach could've probably solved this. The shower curtain just seemed to be placed too far to the inside of the tub. It constantly came in contact with my shoulder and arm while showering which kinda forced me to hug the opposite wall which was very odd.

On to the good... There was free wifi. They had some type of dvd rental service with a huge catalog which would be cool If you had to spend a lot of time in the room though I didn't use it. The TV has cable. The staff was very nice and check-in/check-out was a breeze. There's a bar downstairs and the bartender is very friendly. The mattress itself was very comfortable as well as the pillows. And besides the odd shower curtain placement, the bathroom was nice for the most part. Location of the hotel is good, its within a short walk to multiple subway lines and bars/restaurants. We stayed 2 nights and didnt have any problem getting around and actually did spend a good amount of time in the room (besides sleeping) since a nor'easter was upon us at one point.

I actually wound up booking this place because I had to cancel my reservation elsewhere due to traveling a day later than planned due to a snow storm. I cant say I'd necessarily stay again unless I got a really good rate but I do not regret staying here and still had an overall favorable experience.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 20 February 2014 via mobile

Modestly priced for Manhattan, the Roger Smith Hotel is a pleasant boutique hotel. My room was apparently a premium room, but was good-sized and nicely appointed. A writing desk with a bookcase a several books was a very nice touch, and there are DVD players in the rooms. Beds are comfortable with nice bedding. Some issues controlling temperature in the room.

Stayed February 2014
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 20 February 2014

Great comfort, ambiance and warm and welcoming staff- we wouldn't stay anywhere else in New York ! Complimentary yogurt ( excellent quality) , fruit, rooftop lounge, downstairs restaurant and very large rooms- lots of value and lots of fun!

  • Stayed February 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

this is an old style traditional little hotel on 48th at 501 lexington. the room was very clean, staff helpful and courteous, bathroom had no space to store anything but other than that it was fine. comfortable beds, traditional furniture. it has a bar that features different artists' works. very quiet hotel although there is street noise. you couldn't control the heat and i didn't like that but the room was comfortable. nice walk in closet.

close to times square where we went a lot but not terribly close to greenwich village where we needed to be, too.

but i thought it was a very good deal and an unbeatable price

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Jessup, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 17 February 2014 via mobile

The front desk staff was very helpful and the room was very nice. I stayed at RSH for Valentine's Day weekend. The staff was very helpful which was very beneficial to me and my boyfriend. The cleaning staff made sure the room spotless.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

This hotel has been such a pleasant surprise! Incredibly low rate, charming, SPACIOUS room, with pleasantly aged furniture, original tile bath, plus books, and coffee maker in my room--I feel like I am at a dear relative's house. But it doesn't feel old and shabby, rather relaxed and lived in. Staff friendly and professional, there is original art everywhere, free yogurt and granola in the lobby, plus a cafe (open later) downstairs and lots of places to eat nearby. Near the UN and other mid-town venues. I will definitely stay here again, in fact, I may always stay here from now on.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 5 February 2014 via mobile

I stood with my boyfriend at the hotel for two nights in February. It has an old but comfortable feel to it, a small cute bar and is located close to grand central and Times Square. The room I had was a standard queen but was spacious and very clean. I'm originally from New York so the noise was kind of my lullaby but if your not used to that sort of thing ask for a room not facing the street. They have excellent staff and their bartender Megan was super friendly. Overall I had an extremely great stay even though the city was crazy with all it's Super Bowl extravaganzas. I gave it a four because I really wish they had a microwave in the room.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Roger Smith Hotel
Address: 501 Lexington Avenue, New York City, NY 10017-2008
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Region: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#53 Green Hotel in New York City
#180 Family Hotel in New York City
#180 Business Hotel in New York City
#185 Romantic Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Roger Smith Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 130
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Classic 1930's New York skyscraper - Midtown location on east side, 3 blocks to Grand Central Station. Home away from home. People. Art. Stories. Ideas. ... more   less 
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