Standard, $200-$630; premier suite, $500-$2,000; suite of the stars, $3,500-$5,000
E, M at Fifth Ave.-53rd St.; F at 57th St.
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Opened by William Randolph Hearst in 1927, this serene, decorous hotel hardly reflects its founder’s excesses: the softly lit lobby and English-style rooms have a homey quality that provides a reprieve from midtown’s heightened energy. Guests may choose between rooms in the quiet inner core of the hotel and those overlooking midtown, insulated by double-paned windows. Some suites even have wraparound terraces. While mahogany armoires, European decorative prints and pedestal sinks set an Old World tone, a WiFi connection throughout the hotel keeps the accommodations up-to-date. The main restaurant was re-launched in March 2004 as the French-Mediterranean Murals on 54 and pairs the original, restored 1930s murals by Dean Cornwell with a light, crisp design. At Randolph’s Bar & Lounge, martinis, happy hour snacks, and views of its high-traffic corner are the specialties. As a clever touch, the bar’s carpeting bears an understated rose pattern—a reference to “Rosebud,” Hearst’s nickname for Marion Davies and the key word of the film Citizen Kane, modeled on Hearst’s life.Pros
At the center of midtown, the location is prime for business and seeing the sights—particularly art museums, Fifth Avenue boutiques and Broadway.
Its classic décor and midtown atmosphere may not pack enough punch for those seeking a glamorous atmosphere.
Claim to Fame
Cary Grant lived in the hotel for 12 years, and the Beatles were also frequent guests. Its façade was also featured in American Splendor.