My old friend Roger Williams now goes only by his first name like Madonna, but given his new look, I understand. A hotel that is hip without self-consciously trying too hard like the W chain. It's a comfortable place with many different kinds of seating in the lobby- now with cocktail bar! Not that anything was wrong with the old decor, other than to say it was not what one would have expected in New York. I would call this a proactive remodel before things were notably out of date.
The staff is friendly and will make every effort to call you by name. I really felt the smiles and welcome were genuine. Rooms are not overly large, but big enough. Comfy beds and linens. Flat screen on the wall to save space. My room did not face the street and was unbelievably quiet. Bathroom is small and mine only had the strange glass shower stall, but it sufficed. Not a lot of room for your stuff around the sink. Bigelow bath products if that means anything to you.
Breakfast food quality is excellent. Wish they had bacon in addition to the sausage and more variety in the pastry selection, but the quality of the baked goods is top notch as one would expect in New York. Staff at breakfast also very helpful. Watch out when you get the check as tip will be added in for you. It is not inexpensive, but I have spent almost as much on take out food as I eat a full breakfast.
Roger delivers in a great neighborhood without the tourist craziness of some areas in New York. Whatever he calls himself, I keep coming back. Quality does not cost, it pays.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This June, The Roger is unveiling a sophisticated new look after extensive renovations of its public spaces and guest rooms. Standing at the crossroads of uptown and downtown off Madison Park, the new Roger is a marriage of chic design and old world comfort, while continuing an unyielding commitment to superior service. The fresh aesthetic of the Roger’s public spaces is curated by hospitality guru Steven Kamali and designed by the notable Anna Busta. A collaboration of renowned talent has distinguished a transitional hotel that caters to the demands of the modern traveler and local tastemakers alike. The vaulted lobby lounge provides an ideal space for any time of day or occasion, from morning business meetings to lunch with family, or catching up over cocktails with friends.To update the spacious guest rooms, the Roger tapped Annette Jaffe of MSM, whose timeless original design has kept travelers returning year after year. Jaffe’s new rooms are characterized by lush custom pieces and applied moldings to naturally compliment the historic building’s unique rooms and inviting terraces. Whether for only a night or a weeks long stay, the Roger is the savvy traveler’s home away from home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Roger Williams
- Roger Williams Hotel
- Roger Williams New York City