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“Large rooms and convenient location” 3 of 5 stars
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Roger Smith Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   501 Lexington Avenue, New York City, NY 10017 (Manhattan)   |  
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Stockholm, Sweden
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23 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Large rooms and convenient location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

The Roger Smith hotel is conveniently located a few blocks from Grand Central station and from Fifth Avenue. It is a good spot for exploring the city and I especially recommend it for first time visitors. The rooms are large but need renovation. They are individually decorated and that gives you the feeling that you are not really staying in an hotel but in someone´s home which is nice. Beds are good but the sofa beds really need new matresses. The heating system makes the rooms too hot in spring and fall when the temperatures are higher outside and the heating is set for winter. It is a pity that they closed the restaurant. Now you have to get breakfast elsewhere but the fact that the rooms are equipped with a small kitchenette also gives you the option to eat in the room. I just wished they had a water boiler and a toaster to make breakfast easier to prepare. The hotel is also near to the UN and some people have stayed for a longer period attending meetings at the UN.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Marlenny P, Manager at Roger Smith Hotel, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Dear Annikika,

We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed our décor. Our new england décor is something we deeply pride ourselves on individually creating for each room. We are currently renovating several rooms while trying to keep the work small enough no to cause any disturbance for our guests, making the process somewhat prolonged. Since we decided not to keep our restaurant open we do have a list of restaurants, hand picked by our front desk/concierge available at the front desk upon request.

Please do contact me directly to discuss additional comments regarding your room. If you should have specific requests for your retuning visit feel free to communicate with me and we will do our very best to accommodate you.

We hope to see you with us again soon!

Best regards,

Marlenny Paredes
wecare@rogersmith.com
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Five of our adult family stayed here and loved the hotel. Great location meant that we could walk to most Manhattan attractions.Convenient to Grand Central Station. Staff very courteous, helpful and patient.Booked our stay months in advance requesting accommodation appropriate to our needs but needed to chop and change bedrooms a few times on first two days. We ended up on two different floors and one of us had to sleep on a pullout sofa for our week's stay! Think a bit better forward planning by hotel reservations could have come up with better arrangements? Rooms clean and very warm. Wore earplugs at night because of previous reviews and it was fine.Will stay there again if in NYC.Good value.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marlenny P, Manager at Roger Smith Hotel, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Dear Westie,

Thank you dearly for your kind words, they do mean a lot to us! We are sorry to hear that you experience some difficulties with your rooms. What you have described is not consistent with the service we aim to provide and the reservations department will be notified. We do hope that you’ll return to us so that we may have the opportunity to prove that this was a single occurance and that we aim to provide the best possible service at all times.

If you have additional feedback regarding your stay, please feel free to reach out to me to further discuss.

Best regards,

Marlenny Paredes
wecare@rogersmith.com
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

I stayed at the Roger Smith on October 2012, although very nice and cozy, it was missing things that a hotel at that price should have I.e. room service and restaurant. I went for work and when I arrived at 11 pm from work, no food possibilities were available, just a couple of nearby restaurant menus WHICH WERE CLOSED. I had to go to sleep hungry. On the good side, the attention impeccable, very friendly people worked there.

Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Greenville, North Carolina, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

I recently stayed at the Roger Smith for 3 nights. The location is in walking distance of Park Ave, Madison Square Garden, Times Square, and everything else. There are several local restaurants around the corner when you don't want to walk so much. The staff was great. Extremely accommodating and personable. A++

The room was spacious and came with a mini fridge. You have free wifi access. I only had two major concerns with the hotel
1. You could not control the heat or air in the room. So one night I was extremely hot and the next kinda cold.
2. No fitness center

I don't think I would stay there again; I did not feel the cost added up to the amenities...but it is NY, so everything costs a little more.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Found this little gem on the internet and loved it! Walked into the lobby filled with lovely art and employees with smiles on their faces anxious to welcome us. When we checked in we got the surprise of an upgrade...beautiful suite, great bed and a warmth and charm that can't be beat. In a wonderful part of of the city, close to everything...I will always go back to Roger!
Donna in Oshkosh

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marlenny P, Manager at Roger Smith Hotel, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Dear Donna,

I cannot help but smile when reading your review! This is the exact reaction we hope to inspire when we offer a warm welcome in our artsy family hotel.

We hope to welcome you again and again, at the Roger Smith Hotel.

See you soon.

Best regards,

Marlenny Paredes
wecare@rogersmith.com
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013 via mobile

The hotel was a really good hotel to stay in, it is a very nice hotel inside with each of the hotel rooms feeling homely with their decor. Also the hotel is very nice and clean and the staff were excellent always willing to help with directions etc and phoning taxis. The hotel is in a great location as it is almost impossible to be near every attraction in the city, however this hotel is a walkable distance from the majority of locations there is also subway stations near the hotel. I would definitely stay at this hotel again! :-)

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

The big pluses with the Roger Smith are the mid-town location (Grand Central just a 2 minute walk!) and the affordable rooms (I got mine for just $100 per night). The front staff were also very helpful and the room was well equipped with AC, a nice bed, a clean bathroom and free wi-fi. On the town side, well, no breakfast room, the interior of the property is a bit dated (but I'd say that gives it character) and the funky art looks out of place. Would I stay again?... you bet.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 501 Lexington Avenue, New York City, NY 10017
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Manhattan , Midtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#188 Business Hotel in New York City
#197 Family Hotel in New York City
#241 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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