Hotel Elysee in NYC: Review by Robin Gorman Newman
Built in the 1920’s, the Hotel Elysée, part of The Library Hotel Collection. is named for one of the finest French Restaurants of that era. Once the playground for the rich and famous, Hotel Elysée has been home to movie stars, artists, writers and intellectuals. Luxurious yet intimate, the Hotel Elysée is located on East 54th Street between Park and Madison Avenues.
This hotel is a European style charmer…..and a “keeper” in my travel book.
The staff is hugely accommodating and aims to readily please. I found the bed on the firmer side, which some may love, but my preference is a more cushy slumber. Upon request, the hotel jumped into action to provide not one, but two, feather bed toppers, which did the bedtime trick. We requested a quiet room, and outside noise was never an issue.
In each room, they provide a list of items that may be requested — everything from a fleece blanket to sewing kit to toothbrush, etc., etc. So, you don’t have to worry about forgetting something. Our room, with two doubles beds, was a good size, and elegantly furnished.
Boasting an old worldly air of sophistication, yet a family friendly vibe, the hotel is comfortable whether you are vacationing with children, your partner, or a girlfriend or two — for a restorative moms get away. It has a European sensibility, which I enjoyed, including referring to the elevator as a Lift.
The inviting second floor Club Room lounge, open daily til midnight, provides comfort and a socializing opportunity, infused with lively jazz music on Sirius. My 11 year old son, who often got a head start on breakfast before me, met some lovely people in the lounge who engaged him in conversation. They were from all over, including some like us who opted for a staycation, taking advantage of all that the Big Apple has to offer.
The location is super convenient — a stones throw from Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue stores, the Bloomingdale’s shopping area, etc. But, frankly, Hotel Elysee was so comfortable, that we spent a good chunk of time chilling in the lounge…me — catching up on reading and tea drinking…..him – playing on his computer. It’s a great refuge on blustery winter days, and the perfect place to wind down after a day of Manhattan adventures.
Connected to the hotel is Monkey Bar….a lively, upscale restaurant/bar destination, though we didn’t eat there. There are several restaurants right across the street and just a bit further East is a Hale and Hearty — if you want something quick — soup, salads, etc.
- The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, etc. are made available each morning
- Continental breakfast including pastries, bagels, muffins, fresh fruit, cold and hot cereals, yogurt, juices, freshly brewed coffee, tea, espresso and cappuccino served daily in the Club Room on the second floor. Til 10:30am weekdays; 11:00am weekends
- Pepperidge Farm cookies, fresh fruit, an array of tea and coffee available throughout the day
- Evening reception including Prosecco, fine wines, imported and domestic cheeses, olives and other munchies offered daily from 5 to 8pm
- Wireless High Speed Internet access throughout the hotel, with a computer for guest use in the Library on the second floor
- Daily passes to the nearby New York Sports Club
- Complimentary library of books, and DVD’s to enjoy during your stay