The Michelangelo Hotel
152 West 51st Street, New York City, New York, United States, 10019
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Mature travellers, Sightseeing, Special occasions
Expert review of The Michelangelo Hotel
If you never get to stay in a famous palazzo in Italy, the next best thing might be a visit to The Michelangelo Hotel. Named for the famous Renaissance painter and sculptor, the hotel takes its Italian roots seriously. Venetian, Florentine and Roman elements abound as does an attention to service, the old world way.
The Michelangelo is conveniently located near many Midtown landmarks such as Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall and Rockefeller Center. Famed restaurant Le Bernadin is just around the corner.
The 179 carpeted rooms and suites come in a variety of color palettes and sizes. Superior rooms, the smallest category, start at 350 square feet, and usually tend to skew towards pale blues and golds with dark wood accents. Executive rooms have plush orange bedding and furnishings. Suites are large, some with large marble foyers and bars. Pinks, greens and pale blues tend to be the colors of choice. Bathrooms have curved tubs and feature Italian marble and imported toiletries (if you're a VIP, you'll get treated to Bulgari products). Rooms could use a little more overhead lighting. I didn't feel as if there was enough light during the day, even with all the lamps situated around the space.
The hotel features a large marble lobby with a red velvet circular banquette and a crystal chandelier. The hotel's second floor offers meeting space for area businesses as well as out-of-towners. You can relax in the area overlooking the lobby or head to the private meeting room. Much of the furniture is Venetian in theme, with red striped couches echoing gondolier uniforms.
The hotel serves a light breakfast to guests at the red velvet area to the right of the lobby. Insieme, the hotel's high-end restaurant, features two distinctive Italian menus, one traditional, the other contemporary. Choose from the contemporary menus as it fits in with the restaurant's elegant, modern design. Bone-colored chairs, covered in natural fibers and featuring metal accents, surround white tables. The wine list offers carefully crafted new- and old-world wines.
The hotel also has a small fitness center. Unfortunately, it's down a long hallway and doesn't offer much light so you might not want to go there at night.
Service is attentive even though you might have to wait a bit during high season.
Business travelers, Italians and mature couples. It's definitely not for families as the decor and amenities are geared towards mature travelers.
Prices are lower during January and early February. Thanksgiving can be pricey but the parade route is just down the street so it might be worth the splurge.
More information on The Michelangelo Hotel:
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- 152 West 51st Street, New York City, New York, United States, 10019
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service
- Midtown West