We had reservations for Essex King room ($379 per night) and when we arrived at 10 am we were allowed to check in early and even opted to upgrade to a room with view of Central Park (on 3rd floor) for $25 extra per night. The noise was very loud coming from street below. I'm not sure it would be much different unless you are very high up and those rooms are suites and cost $200-300 more per night. The rooms away from the street (w/o view) might also be quieter. Luckily for us, we did not travel to NYC to sleep all day so by 7 am each morning we were wide awake and ready to hit the city. We did enjoy afternoon tea service in the lobby with different pots of tea and tons of yummy finger sandwiches and sweets (my first time) - it was lovely and surprisingly refreshing! Everyone at the hotel was very friendly and super nice. The location was also convenient to the subway and close to 5th avenue.