[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hile I was planning my trip from North Carolina to Rhode Island, I decided to make at least one pit stop for the night. I stayed in the lovely Hotel Elysée in New York City, so I could have one more chance to visit Manhattan and meet up with some friends.
Built in the 1920s, Hotel Elysée is absolutely brimming with charm and comfort. It’s tucked away right in Midtown and feels like a small getaway. The hotel is a part of the Library Collection, renowned for their growing luxury hotels properties the world. Their goal with Hotel Elysée is to make it feel like a countryside manor, and they accomplish this in spades. Whether it’s the genuine hosts or the cozy yet glamorous decor, you’ll forget you’re in the heart of bustling Manhattan the minute you settle in. Read below for a more comprehensive review.
Hotel Elysée in New York City
The bed is absolutely amazing. I personally prefer fluffier/sturdier pillows vs. thinner/flatter ones, and I like my mattresses to feel like a cloud instead of being super firm. You can make yourself a little nest in this one, and it was perfect for when I passed out after 12+ hour of driving from North Carolina!
The bathroom has this beautiful marble tiling. Mine also had a bathtub, so if you need to unwind, pick up one of those bath bombs at LUSH or Bath & Body works while you’re out and enjoy.
In the room, Hotel Elysée offers the normal amenities — hairdryer, shampoo, conditioner, soap, and other shower supplies. My room had two nice chairs and a desk as well. There are robes in the closet as well as an ironing board, and you have a television and minibar. Be warned! The minibar is tracked with sensor motion, so if you remove something from it, your card is automatically charged.
The best part of Hotel Elysée has to be their club room. It’s a beautiful area to relax, and in their library, you can find books, DVDs, newspapers, and more.
Each evening they have wine and cheese time. Yep, you read that right. Every day, between 5 and 8 p.m., you can mosey on down to the 2nd floor and find a wine and cheese set-up. I mean, if you want to fill up on cheese and fruits for dinner, I won’t judge ;).
In the morning, they have a small breakfast, starting at 7:00 a.m. This is pretty simple – croissants, cereals, coffees, teas, and more. For $5 you can have it sent to your room. I meant to do this as a little treat yo self, but I forgot to ask at the front desk.
Throughout the day, they always have their fruit and cookie section as well as their coffee and tea section.
While the hotel doesn’t haven’t its own gym, it has complimentary sports passes to the nearby New York Sports Club.
If you’re hungry, you can access the famous Monkey Bar, right from the lobby.
Hotel Elysée is in a great spot right in Midtown Manhattan. Its nearest subway entrance is only a 5-minute walk, and there’s a parking garage for about $23/night next door if you’re brave enough to drive.
The hosts were absolutely lovely, and they even remember who you are. I think this adds such a nice touch to hotels, especially somewhere as big as New York City.
Check in is 3:00 p.m. and check out is 1:00 p.m. Of course, you can leave your suitcase with them before and after if you’re planning on exploring the city. And if you have some time to kill before your train or bus comes, you’re also welcome to relax in the club room.
Prices vary depending on room type and date. Check them out here.
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Disclosure: I received a one night stay at Hotel Elysée in New York City in exchange for my review. However, all opinions are my own.