Where to stay in Manhattan Midtown? - Hotel Elysee Review
Updated: Mar 25, 2020
After our trip to the Dominican Republic it was time to return to the cityNew York to spend our last few days in the city. We decided to stay in Manhattan so we can spend as much time as possible exploring. On our inbound trip we stayed in Lower Manhattan and explored Soho and co. This time we wanted to stay in Midtown so we finish our trip with all the New York classics. We decided to stay at the Elysee Hotel a Library Collection Hotel.
This place is a New York classic, since 1926. The décor is pretty much the same like it was back then. Everything is decorated super classy and you can feel the nostalgia. I always wanted to stay in such a place in Manhattan. And wait for it, we were upgraded to one of the presidential suites. So we spent our last days on this trip like true royalty.
Let me start with the location. The hotel is on Madison Ave/ 54thStreet which is just one block away from the center of Fifth Avenue. Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Times Square, Grand Central Station and Bryant Park are all within less than 20 minutes walking distance. So right in the heart of Midtown I cannot imagine a better location to experience all of New Yorks major attractions.
So let’s talk about our Suite. The hotel has three presidential suites in total honoring different known artists and politicians who have actually stayed there. We were at the Presidential Suite honoring Vaclav Halev, former president of the Czech Republic.
The suite is huge (950 sq ft) consisting of a large living room equipped with various seating options, a fireplace, a piano (yes a piano!), TV, a big dining table and a work corner.
The adjacent bedroom is super cozy with a big king size bed, TV, a large closet and a marble bathroom where you have a walk-in shower as well as a bathtub.
Rather than a minibar the suite also comes with a full fledge kitchen, with a huge fridge, a coffeemaker, stove and microwave. The hotel has many different room types from Deluxe Queen Room tp Presidential Suite.
We usually don’t spend much time in hotel rooms while traveling but this time we decided to order in dinner, put on our bathrobes, pop open a bottle of wine and just enjoy the suite. Kind of felt like Kevin staying at the plaza in Home Alone 2.
The morning after we headed down for breakfast. It is served in the Club room, a cozy setup with tables and couches. The breakfast buffet was rather basic, with New York Bagels, spreads, cereals, fruits and yoghurts.
In the afternoon complimentary Hors d'oeuvres and wine is served in the Club room from 5-8pm. A great pre dinner activity if you ask me. Complimentary drinks are available throughout the day.
Just in case you need to burn off some of those calories, the hotel key gives you a complimentary access to a nearby fitness club.
For all these services, including complimentary WiFi across the hotel, a fix 25USD service fee is charged per room.
I really loved the experience we had here. It was a unique experience for us and something I will always associate with New York. The Library Collection also has different themed hotels across Manhattan. Make sure to check them out as well.
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