Hotel Elysee by Library Hotel Collection

60 E. 54th St. | New York, NY 10022-4642  [SEE MAP]New York, NY  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Renowned Monkey Bar is located at hotel; free breakfast and evening wine and cheese receptions
Hotel doesn't have a fitness center, but offers free passes to a nearby gym
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. While there is no on-site fitness center, the hotel does provide complimentary passes to a nearby gym. Previous visitors also praise the elegant accommodations, which feature extra touches like Gilchrist & Soames bath products, flat-screen TVs 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.
New York, NY
Hotel Class
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 103 rooms
Primary View
City center
Traditional, Opulent, Historic



  • 4.0Hotel Class


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Rooms have a classic European feel, with wooden headboards, rich carpeting underfoot and—in a few cases—fireplaces, tubs, and balconies. Hand-painted elevators opening onto stately wallpapered hallways lead in fact to rather formal furnishings.


All Old World charm and elegance, the 103-room, upscale Hotel Elysee is superbly located for the high-end department-store shopping of Midtown East and the Upper East Side, and has enough tales to keep history buffs entranced for an entire stay.



This is the famed hotel that was once a haunt for such artists as Tennessee Williams, Maria Callas, and Vladimir Horowitz (the piano he donated still sits in the Piano Suite). In it is the Monkey Bar, with its iconic murals still in place.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 4806 have reviewed the Hotel Elysee by Library Hotel Collection, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4806 reviews 4.5 (based on 4806 reviews)

Guest Rooms

With a French country B&B feel, the hotel's 103 rooms fall into seven categories, including suites, but there is little standardization in room design, which gives the property character. 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. Upgraded rooms feature balconies.
  • 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 a quaint library room from which guests can borrow books and DVDs
Nightly resort fee$25

Standard room size300 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

The Hotel 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 hotel 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
  • About 7 miles from LaGuardia Airport and 15 miles from John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking ($35 to $40)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle (with fee)
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

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


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 Hollywood icons like Richard Rogers and Fred Astaire.
  • Monkey Bar features American cuisine and a raw bar
  • The Monkey Bar appeared in shows like "Mad Men" and "Sex in the City"
  • Room service is available during breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary evening wine and cheese reception

Number of restaurants1

Cuisine TypesAmerican

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


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.
  • A short walk to Central Park; hotel is also situated just six blocks from FAO Schwartz and American Girl Place
  • Kids Club
  • Free Kids Club
  • Fee for Kids Club
  • Cribs
  • High Chairs


A 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 also offers a boardroom that can fit up to eight people. Staff can help arrange audiovisual equipment and lunch.
  • Boardroom has Wi-Fi, a speaker phone and a large window

Number of meeting rooms1

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

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