There's no denying that the hotel is nice. The location is great too - between Park and Madison Ave, and near Central Park. The doorman was attentive and met our car immediately for valet parking - parking was an additional $30 for 24 hours. The lobby was very clean, and the front desk staff were efficient and pleasant. The room charge for the night was almost $600, so I was expecting some pretty luxurious accomodations. The room was nice enough, nothing spectacular or fancy - though were were treated to a complimentary bottle of wine and a box of four chocolates. My biggest problem was that the bed was less than comfortable. It was very stiff and I kind of felt like I was sleeping on cardboard. Not at all what I would have expected. Positives: clean room, free wifi, nice clean bathroom, complimentary wine, quiet room, robes, nice products (soaps and shampoos). Negatives: ugly rooftop/alley view, overpriced, crappy bed, kind of worn furniture, small tv, poor water pressure in the shower, small bathroom (I had to put my toiletries on the toilet tank as there was barely any room on the sinktop), stuffy and warm - even with air conditioner on. The "turn down service" was basically someone who came in and pulled down the shades (which, incidentally, I couldn't get to go back up the next day, so I had a dark room the entire time!). The beds were not turned down, there was no little piece of chocolate on the pillow. Sheesh. I wanted that little piece of chocolate. I really enjoyed the complimentary wine/appetizer reception though - which was offered from 5-8 pm. The wine, cheese and crackers were good and plentiful - with a very nice selection, it was a good spot to lounge with friends and was comfortable. This same area doubled as the space where the complimentary continental breakfast was held. The breakfast was average - hard boiled eggs, cereals, bagels and yogurts, coffee and teas. Again, I kind of expected more based on their description. Oh, another big negative - there is only one elevator (the elevator was really nice inside though!), and it was always busy - a bit of a wait. We didn't mind taking the stairs, but we were on the 5th floor - this might not be the best for those on higher floors. There was an attached restaurant (The Monkey Bar) - which looked really cool, nice vibe, good lighting, but unfortunately, it was also overpriced and the food was bland. Shoot, I enjoyed my stay at the Hilton Time Square so much better, and it was less than half the price!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the Hotel Elysée, you will find the warmth and charm of a countryside inn right here in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Like some of the most distinctive bed and breakfasts in the world, the Hotel Elysée offers its guests so much more than is ever expected from a luxury hotel – all included in the nightly rate. At Hotel Elysee, guests are welcome to unwind in the clubroom with complimentary refreshments serviced throughout the day, including the Library Hotel Collection’s signature Continental Breakfast Buffet each morning, wine and cheese receptions each evening from 5PM-8PM, and coffee, tea, cookies and fresh fruits are served all day. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and bottled water is provided upon check-in. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elysee Hotel New York City
- Elysee New York City