New York Marriott East Side

525 Lexington Avenue at 49th Street | New York, NY 10017  [SEE MAP]New York, NY  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Downtown location with friendly staff
Recent guests said that the elevators can be slow
Some recent visitors said this Midtown East Marriott, just about a mile walk from Central Park, gets the proverbial job done – it's a pleasant place to hang your hat, but it doesn't offer anything too exciting. Still, most report a satisfactory stay overall thanks to the hotel's versatile amenities, including a 24-hour fitness center and the lively 525LEX Restaurant & Lounge. Previous visitors also praise the clean, spacious accommodations, which feature flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, Thann toiletries and city views. One common complaint among recent travelers, though, was that the elevators were incredibly slow. Guests participating in Marriott's rewards program can earn and use additional privileges for choosing to stay here. Plus, the property is just as gorgeous on the outside with its neo-Romanesque style and stone gargoyles. And here's a a fun fact: Georgia O'Keeffe and her husband actually lived here in the 1920s back when it was called the Shelton Hotel.
New York, NY
Hotel Class
Property Type
Hotel, 655 rooms
Primary View
City center
Traditional, Historic



  • 4.0Hotel Class


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Critic Reviews


Located in quiet but central Midtown East, this Marriott has what you'd expect from the big chain (comfy, clean rooms, friendly staff, mediocre food), plus more -- a location with some history, freshly renovated rooms, great electronics, and a fancy top-floor gym with great views of the city.

New York Magazine


Built by Jackie O's grandfather and opened in 1924 as the Shelton Towers, this 35-story, 646-room hotel may now be a Marriott, but it retains a decidedly historic feel.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 2595 have reviewed the New York Marriott East Side, giving it a rating of 4, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2595 reviews 4.0 (based on 2595 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The standard rooms at the Marriott East Side are on the smaller side, but include modern amenities in a classic early 19th century building. Rooms include feather bedding and an oversized chair along with a work desk and ergonomic chair.
  • Plug-in panels connect computers, games and MP3 players to 32-inch flat-screen TVs
  • Marble bathrooms with Bath & Body Works amenities
  • Minifridge and coffee/tea makers in-room
  • Standard Wi-Fi access available for $16.95 per day; $19.95 per day for enhanced Wi-Fi

Standard room size215 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

Built and opened in 1924 (and called the Shelton Hotel), before the Empire State Building or the Chrysler Building, the historic hotel was once considered the tallest skyscraper in the city. Today, the hotel is located in midtown Manhattan, within walking distance of several major attractions, restaurants and shops.
  • Grand Central Terminal located a half-mile south; multiple subway lines within five block radius
  • Nearby attractions include Rockefeller Center, Central Park, the United Nations headquarters, Broadway and the Museum of Modern Art
  • Four blocks from Fifth Avenue shopping
  • 24-hour valet parking ($75)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

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


The on-site dining at the Marriott East Side, the recently revamped 525LEX Restaurant & Lounge, features a burger bar, small plate entrees for sharing and hand-crafted cocktails. 525LEX is open for dinner, and the on-site Illy Café is open for breakfast.
  • There's no room service and a "Grab-n-Go" breakfast starts at $10; the hotel does allow delivery from local restaurants
  • The second floor, The M Lounge, is free to Marriott Rewards members and features a hydration station, bar and snacks with a separate staff

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


There are no specific childrens amenities, but cribs are free of charge and rollaway beds are also available for $40 a night.
    • Kids Club
    • Free Kids Club
    • Fee for Kids Club
    • Cribs
    • High Chairs


    The fitness center at the New York Marriott East Side is located on the 35th floor with 24-hour key card access. Gym features individual TVs at workout stations and headphones for use, free of charge.
    • Skyline views
    • Cardiovascular equipment includes ellipticals and treadmills
    • Weight equipment
    • Cardio equipment
    • Yoga mats
    • Free fitness classes
    • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


    The Marriott East Side is primarily a business hotel, so it offers a range of meeting spaces and a full-service business center. Recently renovated, the property now has more than 18,000 square feet of flexible meeting space that can accommodate up to 400 guests.
    • Full range of business services, including videoconferencing, audiovisual equipment, translators, administrative assistance, shipping and notary public
    • On-site event technology department and certified event planners on staff
    • Business center has printing, copying and faxing capabilities

    Number of meeting rooms20

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


    Although primarily a business hotel, the Marriott East Side can host and help plan weddings with up to 400 guests in customizable event spaces with Marriott-certified wedding planners on hand.
    • Full staff can customize catering menus, offering kosher and international cuisine upon request
    • Five blocks north of Grand Central Terminal, convenient for traveling wedding guests

    Maximum wedding guest capacity400

    • Hotel hosts weddings
    • Outdoor space for weddings
    • Wedding planners available

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