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The Roger Smith Hotel

501 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10017 40.754749 -73.973584
at 47th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-755-1400 | 800-445-0277 | Fax: 212-319-9130 Send to Phone

  • Price Range: Expensive, Very Expensive
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  • Type of Hotel: Family-Friendly

Sample Room Rates

Standard, $249-$409; junior suite, $269-$429; standard suite, $349-$499; deluxe suite, $389-$619

Official Website

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 51st St.; E, M at Lexington Ave.-53rd St.


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

Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Room Availability

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

  • DVD Player
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kitchenette
  • Meeting/Conference Rooms
  • Minibar
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • TV
  • VCR
  • WiFi service


In 1988, artist James Knowles and his family took over this outpost of the salesman-favored chain and transformed it into a quirky boutique hotel. As artist-in-residence, Knowles makes himself visible immediately via bronze panels and busts that frame the cozy lobby and through enormous oil paintings that hang in the restaurant and the ballroom. By contrast, the 136 bright, spacious rooms and suites are more country house than artist’s loft, with Knowles’s wife and daughters hand-picking the sweet floral wallpapers and the antique desks, not to mention the paperbacks, biographies, and art tomes lining the shelves. Other than free Wi-Fi and local calls, the hotel is devoid of many high-tech amenities. TVs in standard rooms have outdated built-in VCRs, so for entertainment, you’re better off checking out the mezzanine-level screening room or the 70-seat second-floor space where open-to-the-public concerts, readings, and wine tastings take place.


Comfortable, familial atmosphere; spacious shabby-chic rooms; free Wi-Fi.

Seasonal prices run high considering low-tech amenities.