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Hotel Elysee

60 East 54th Street | New York, NY 10022 [See Map]
#52 in Best New York City Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Moderate Guest Rating
Property Type Boutique hotel with 103 rooms, 15 floors
Primary View(s) City center
Style Traditional
Best For Business travelers, Couples
AMENITIES Room Service, Internet Access, Dining See all amenities

U.S. News Review

At first glance, you might miss the Hotel Elysée amid the graceful, towering buildings that surround it. But this 1920s-era boutique hotel done up in French-country design is not to be missed. For decades this fashionable boutique has served as the place to see-and-be-seen, playing host to legendary artists, such as playwright Tennessee Williams and soprano Maria Callas. Many modern-day guests have positive things to say, too, highlighting the Elysée's convenient midtown location and its quaint atmosphere — from complimentary continental breakfast in the mornings to free wine and cheese in the afternoons. Previous visitors also praise the elegant accommodations, which feature extra touches like Gilchrist & Soames bath products, plush cotton bathrobes and free Wi-Fi. Some recent visitors go as far as to say the hotel feels like a slice of Paris — without the jetlag. Another crowd-pleaser: the hotel's trendy Monkey Bar, as well as the sophisticated Club Room.

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Critic Reviews

Fodor's

“This intimate hotel is a favorite for travelers looking for good value in a desirable midtown location.”

Oyster.com

“During the Great Depression, the Monkey Bar was the go-to place for A-list eccentrics.”

Frommer's

“Rooms will vary greatly on to the next; some have fireplaces, others have kitchens or solariums.”
Award: Frommer's Very Highly Recommended

Let's Go

“[The Elysée is] for the traveler who wants a personalized experience that only a boutique hotel can offer… there’s only 103 rooms in this hotel, so its very small, intimate and very charming.”

Lonely Planet

“Impeccably refined and lavished with antiques and classic detailing, this intimate hotel has been bedding the famous and fabulous since 1926.”

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor.com. A total of 1418 guests have reviewed the Hotel Elysee, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

Guest Ratings: 4.5 (based on 1418 reviews)

Guest Reviews: Read most recent guest reviews

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Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Dining
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center

Location & Parking

The Elysée’s tiny stature, when compared to the surrounding cityscape of its Park and Madison Avenue location, has led more than one reviewer to call this boutique hotel Midtown East's hidden gem. Just a few blocks from the designer shopping of Fifth and Madison avenues, the hotel's central location is one of its best features. The Elysée also books and provides set-rate luxury cars to the airport (not including tip).

  • Four blocks to St. Patrick's Cathedral and six blocks to Rockefeller Center; seven blocks south of Central Park
  • Access to multiple subway and bus lines within a five-block radius
  • 24-hour valet parking ($30)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Guest Rooms

With a French country B&B feel, the Elysée's 103 rooms fall into five categories and three suites, but there is little standardization in room design, which gives the property character. Upgraded rooms feature balconies. Every room includes an Italian marble bathroom with a shower and full bathtub combo — the presence of the tub feels befitting of the B&B vibe.

  • All rooms come with free bottled water, a complimentary bar of Belgian chocolate, and high-speed Wi-Fi
  • All guests can enjoy complimentary cookies and fruit throughout the day, an included (and much lauded) continental breakfast with pastries, boiled eggs and bagels, as well as an evening wine and cheese reception. There is also a quaint library room from which guests can borrow books and DVDs
  • Some guests complain of dated features like hair dryers and shower heads

Standard room size:

300 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Dining

All-day snacks and the complimentary breakfast are served in the second floor Club Room. The co-located Monkey Bar serves up lunch, dinner, wine and desserts in a fine-dining setting. The walls of the restaurant are covered with a mural of 60 jazz age icons like Richard Rogers and Fred Astaire.

  • Monkey Bar features American cuisine and a raw bar

Number of restaurants:

1

Cuisine types:

American
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast

Pool

Spa

The Skin Boutique Spa located across the street offers a 10 percent discount on services booked through the hotel. If you book at the full-service spa while making your reservations you also receive a $25 gift card toward additional services of your choice.

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna

Kids

The hotel does not specifically bill itself as a family-friendly property, though it does afford some family-friendly features. Families that notify the hotel in advance that they'll be traveling with kids will receive a stuffed animal monkey (in honor of the co-located Monkey Bar), as well as coloring books and crayons. The complimentary snacks (including all-day cookies) will delight kids.

  • The hotel works with the Baby Sitters' Guild and the concierge can book baby-sitters
  • A short walk to Central Park; hotel is also situated just six blocks from FAO Schwartz and American Girl Place
  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs

Fitness

Business

A single computer is located in the library for guest use, complimentary Wi-Fi streams throughout the hotel and five popular newspapers are offered every morning. The hotel does provide a small conference room that can seat up to eight people.

  • Staff can arrange for audiovisual equipment needs and light refreshments

Number of meeting rooms:

1
  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available

Pets

Golf

Wedding

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Hotel Elysee

60 East 54th Street | New York, NY 10022 [See Full Map]