Superior room, $299-$499; deluxe studio, $339-$539; one-bedroom suite, $419-$589; one-bedroom deluxe, $459-$629; VIP suite, $1,500
6 at 51st St.; E, M at Lexington Ave.-53rd St.
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Among midtown’s hotel giants, the relatively smaller Benjamin holds its own with the business and leisure crowds. Built in 1927 by acclaimed architect Emery Roth as The Hotel Beverly, the property was bought by family-owned, New York-based Affinia Hospitality in 1997 and re-named in honor of the company’s patriarch. A renovation project restored many of Roth’s signature features (including Romanesque arcades and Gothic-style rose windows) while incorporating modern touches. The upgraded guest rooms now boast galley kitchens, microwaves, coffee makers, dishware and cooking utensils, plus Internet access, private fax machines, Bose radios, dozens of on-command movies, ergonomic chairs and Frette robes. Comfortable and understated, the larger-than-average chambers are decorated in warm stone, taupe and sage tones, with silver and gold accents; clean, modern bathrooms feature nice extras like magnifying mirrors in the shower. The efficient staff is quick to help with any request, noting guests’ preferences for future visits and leaving treats for those celebrating birthdays or special occasions. The “Sleep Concierge” program offers twelve different types of pillows—including 5-foot body cushions, Swedish memory, anti-snore and hypo-allergenic—plus milk and cookies, use of a white-noise machine and in-room massages (through the full-service spa) to help ensure a restful night.Pros
The comfy, custom-made Serta Benjamin Bed, eleven types of pillows, an in-house spa, and an understated vibe offer respite in the middle of frenetic midtown.
Despite double-paned windows, rooms facing Lexington on the lower floors may suffer from the sounds of rush hour traffic.
Claim to Fame
Many of the U.S. Open players, including the Williams sisters, stay here during the tournament.
This tiny midtown spa will arrange for brides and their attendants to get massages in hotel suites. Its signature massage (from $145)—which uses acupressure and shiatsu—is a popular choice.