44 W 44th St, New York City, NY, United States, 10036
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- Business travellers, Culture vultures, Shopping
Expert review of Royalton
When it opened back in 1988, the hotel ushered in a new era of City hotels - sexy, hip and almost unbearably stylish. But by 2005, the very things that had made the property such a magnet was working against it, a case of now dated style over substance and a staff that was far from welcoming. Now after another design revamp, the installation of a great new GM who makes the place much more inviting, and better room rates that reflect the new recession economy, the Royalton is definitely worth another look.
On 44th Street, a block with nice restaurants and not as hectic as 42nd Street but still close to Times Square, Bryant Park, and the theater district.
Clean, compact and stylish units in a palette of whites and creams (with touches of taupe and beige). The staff are generous with upgrades.
One of the city's most happening lobby scenes, connected to Bar 44, with locals and out of towners convening for a cocktail. Lots of sofas to sit on but there is always a wait for one of the better spots. Luckily hotel guests get priority and I love the fireplaces during the winter season.
Unfortunately I think that the restaurant isn’t up to snuff; it was one of the old parts of the property that actually functioned well but now the over designed, almost nautical feel makes it feel like an oversight instead of a real attraction.
A small but perfectly good gym.
The staff have gone from too cool for school types to ones who are thoughtful like making sure that guests get first dibs on tables and sweet new receptionists who make checking in and out a pleasure.
Stylish media types and businessmen who want a trendy vibe. Also Brit tourists who have made the Royalton a favorite.
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- 44 W 44th St, New York City, NY, United States, 10036
- Business Centre, Room Service, High-Speed Internet, Fitness Centre, Restaurant, Parking, Pets Allowed
- Times Square