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Hotel Elysee
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   60 E. 54th St., New York City, NY 10022 (Manhattan)   |  
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Historic New York”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We love historic hotels and Élysée did not disappoint. Built in 1926, once the stomping ground of Tennessee Williams, who dubbed it "The Easy Lay." Home to the iconic Monkey Bar, which we took advantage of more than once; this is a charming, though tiny hotel. Small rooms, beautifully decorated in heavy curtains, mahogany, and Gallic furniture. We celebrated our anniversary and the desk cheerfully gave us a room with a balcony and a bottle of champagne upon arrival. Every room is different and if you want a sitting area, larger bathroom, or balcony just ask. You just might get it. The service is impeccable, friendly, and helpful. Pricey, we paid nearly $500 (including all taxes) a night during a Busy week (Tony's and Belmont Stakes) but a delicious breakfast of fresh fruit, juices, delicious NY bagels (toasted) yogurts, and made to order cappuccinos probably saves 30-50 bucks a day for breakfast. In fact, our entire group loved the second floor sitting area. We tended to regroup there with breakfast in am, tea and cookies in afternoon, and complimentary wine in early evening. Great location, near Central Park, Broadway, and Fifth Avenue window shopping. A quiet, friendly, oasis in a busy, concrete jumble.

Room Tip: We liked the balcony. Only four in the hotel. We got one by simply asking nicely.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Unicoi, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

What a place. We arrived early & enjoyed a juicy burger & cold beer at the Monkey Bar while waiting for our room to be prepared. Our 14th floor room included a terrace with unforgettable views of midtown Manhattan, which added a whole new dimension to our experience of New York City. The staff could not have been more accomodating, truly making us feel like honored guests, even acknowledging our special occasion with a nice gift. One wonderful amenity was the chocolate bar from Leonidas, very delicious. The many amenities offered were part of our decision to choose Hotel Elysee & we were not disappointed; the continental breakfast selections were varied & abundant and we especially enjoyed the coffee. The location was perfect for our planned activities and the small size made it feel cozy, warm & welcoming. What more could you ask for?

Room Tip: Try to book a room with a terrace, what an amazing way to see NYC!
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

A great stay in a beautiful historic Hotel. Very kind staff. Very nice furniture. For NYC, we felt the room was pretty large with comfortable beds and high class bed linen. Good Continental breakfast which was included in the room price. Great "Apero" in the later afternoon in the Club room with wine and snacks. I informed Reservation about the upcoming birthday of my wife and the Hotel gave us some small extras which was much appreciated. This also showed that the individual comments written at the day of the booking are actually getting noticed by the Hotel reservation team which is very positive.
A bit of a downside is the fact that - just as in so many other (historic) US Hotel - the quality of the windows is pretty poor. Overlooking a courtyard and Park Av. it sometimes felt as if a police car would drive across the bed. What is so difficult about installing soundproof windows? However I admit this is NYC and you get used to it - and so did we - but this in my mind no excuse for not investing money in something as important as decent windows.
However and overall it was a great stay and I would definitely go to the "Elysée" again.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Having researched New York hotels on TA prior to booking, and having been recommended the Library hotel group by friends, we decided on the Elysee because the standard rooms were larger than other hotels in the group. We were not disappointed. From arrival the staff were friendly and helpful and the room was well appointed, spotless and very comfortable. The hotel has a great atmosphere, it has history and charm and the interior is beautifully presented. The buffet breakfasts and wine evenings were a real treat and the staff serving both could not do enough to help. The Elysee exceeded our expectations and we would certainly return, and we highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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North Port, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I just returned from my first trip to New York and stayed at the Hotel Elysee. I just loved that place. It was so quaint and cozy and you felt like it was home away from home. I loved everything about it, the staff, room, and my favorite, the club room. I will definitely be going back there on my next visit.

  • Stayed June 2014, 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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

it is nice to find a hotel in New York that is at a human scale and nice & central to the Shopping and Central part of Manhattan. We stayed for 3 nights and liked the 2nd floor club room/lounge it was a nice place to pause & have a coffee & Biscuit before moving on to the next activity.
Rooms are not huge but certainly comfy The noise of the A/C unit and poor TV reception are why I stuck to 4* rather than 5. Would certainly stay again, this is not a modern feel hotel, the elevator has a chandelier! but an individual place we really enjoyed

Room Tip: try to be as high as poss the street (it is New York!!) can be noisy
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I will start by saying that I would give 4 and half stars if I could, and I hope I can explain my reasoning for that rating adequately.

My wife and I first stayed here in 2008 and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We returned over Memorial Day weekend this year (with my 62-year old mother, who was in a separate room) to find that it was just as charming and accomodating as before.

The location is beyond perfect if you want to be in Midtown - it's on a quiet block of East 54th between Madison (to the west) and Park Avenue (to the east). Visible from the sidewalk in front of the hotel is a large bodega called Smilers at 54th and Madison which sells food, fruit, newspapers and the like. A 24-hour CVS is a few blocks away at 53rd/Lexington, and a Duane Reade is just around the corner at 55th/Park. The 53rd/Fifth Avenue stop of the E and M subway lines is also about two blocks away, with all the Lexington Avenue lines (4 5 6) just a little further walk away to the east. Rockefeller Center is mere blocks to the west, and all the shopping you can handle is just nearby on Fifth Avenue. And the southeast corner of Central Park is probably a five-minute walk. Long story short, you cannot beat the location.

The first thing that greets you is the courtesy and efficiency of both the doormen and the front desk staff. When our hired car pulled up in front of the hotel at just after 12:00 noon on the day we checked in, the doorman swooped in to grab all of our luggage practically before we were out of the car. Even though we were three hours ahead of check-in time, the front desk was able to find two rooms that had been cleaned to put us in.

My wife and I had a king room on the third floor that faced 54th. The bed was somewhat too firm for our liking but the pillows were comfy. There was an iPod docking alarm clock, but that was about as high-tech as the room got. The TV, though barely turned on, was not very big and the picture quality was poor. I understand that expecting HD channels in all hotels is probably unreasonable, but the whole TV situation could be improved. However, wireless internet is free and worked throughout the hotel.

The bathroom was well-lit with a high showerhead (always important for this 6'4" traveler) in the bathtub and good water pressure. Plenty of toiletries abounded, with the usual suspects of shampoo and conditioner along with a sewing kit and a shoe polisher. The towels, though plentiful, were a bit on the thin and scratchy side. Interestingly, when my wife was blow drying her hair with the dryer she always brings when we travel, the lights in the bathroom went out twice but came back on their own after a few minutes each time. Somewhat odd, but not trip-altering in any way.

One of the highlights of the hotel is the club room on the second floor where breakfast is served in the morning and coffee, tea, and cookies are available the rest of the day. The breakfast is a good spread of juices, coffee, tea, croissants, muffins, cold cereal, bagels, and the like. Newspapers and books are also in this room available to be perused at all hours.

Why not five stars then? The building and rooms are starting to show their age, for one. There is only one elevator (at least that I'm aware of) and it's not the fastest you'll ever see. I don't mind taking stairs, and we were only on the third floor, but if you're near the top it might get old waiting for the elevator. The room didn't quite get as dark as I would've liked, despite the fact that there were only two windows. These are minor quibbles in addition to what I've already noted, but they come at the cost of half a star.

Overall, one word that might be used to describe the hotel is "quaint". This would mostly be used to differentiate it from more modern hotels like The Peninsula, or even the Hilton that's a few blocks away. The location is flat-out unbeatable. The staff, from front desk to door to housekeeping, are friendly and efficient. Minor faults should not take away from the entire experience, which was one of comfort and hospitality. The bottom line is that this hotel is European in style, character, and sensibility. If this interests you, look no further, because you will likely do no better in all of New York City, especially for the price. And even if it doesn't, give it a chance anyway, as you might end up being as pleased with your stay as me, my wife, and my mother were.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 60 E. 54th St., New York City, NY 10022
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Manhattan , Midtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in New York City
#7 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#9 Family Hotel in New York City
#12 Business Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Elysee 4*
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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