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The New York Helmsley Hotel

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212 E. 42nd St., New York, NY 10017 40.75061 -73.97417
nr. Third Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-490-8900 | 800-221-4982 | Fax: 212-490-8909 Send to Phone

  • Price Range: Expensive, Very Expensive
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  • Type of Hotel: Good for Business Travelers, Luxury Hotel

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Sample Room Rates

Standard rooms, $345-$415; one-bedrooms suites, $499-$750; presidential suite, $900-$1,500

Official Website

helmsleyhotels.com

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.

Parking

  • Valet Parking
  • Nearby Parking Lots
  • Nearby Parking Lots - Validated

Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Room Availability

Hotel Amenities

  • Babysitting
  • Concierge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Express Checkout
  • Fax Services
  • Gym
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Hotel Bar/Lounge
  • Hotel Restaurant
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Room Service
  • Valet Parking
  • WiFi Service

Room Amenities

  • Bathrobe
  • Fax Services
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Internet Access
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • TV
  • WiFi service

Profile

One of the more modest branches of the luxury chain once owned by the Queen of Mean, this midtown hotel remains true to its late-eighties heyday, when red carpets and marbled walls were de rigueur. But with the passing of Leona Helmsley (rumored to have had a hand in daily operations right up until her death, in August 2007), management should now consider updating the one-bedroom suites by reupholstering anything with leopard prints. For the moment, most suites equipped with kitchenettes have no utensils, glasses, or even a bottle opener. But what this 775-room behemoth lacks in silverware, it makes up for in rapid service and, for its business clientele, nine meeting rooms. (Those in the north-facing upper-floor rooms are further afforded dazzling views of the Chrysler building.) Occupancy rates plunge over the weekend, making it a relative bargain.

Pros

Located within walking distance of the U.N., Grand Central, and most midtown businesses; efficient service; plush bath towels.

Cons
The outdated décor is hard to get past. A lack of amenities don’t help, either.

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