Royalton Hotel New York City

, New York City, United States
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Royalton Hotel New York City

5 star

Rooms: 205

44 West 44th Street - New York City - New York - 10036 - United States Hotel Website | | 212 869 4400
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Great small luxury hotel

from PortugalKika
Very well located, you can walk everywhere from here, the rooms are very confortable and fashion, the service is friendly. Expensive, but luxury.

Royalton Hotel - Perfection, Location, Great Staff!

from saintba
This was my 2nd stay at the Royalton. I came for a brief stay in late 2007 for business and a bit of shopping. I was coming to New York for one meeting but mostly vacation as my fiancé had never been to the USA before so definitely NYC is a must! I have been to New York City many times and stayed in many different hotels but I really enjoyed my last stay here and I wanted a memorable trip so I booked a suite for a 5 day trip.

We were REALLY tired as we flew from Buenos Aires to Chicago then to New York City. All the first class seats were sold on the flight from Buenos Aires to JFK and I didn’t want to travel in coach so we flew to Chicago then to New York. Wrong decision as there was a snow storm and our flight was delayed. Luckily our flight still left as many were cancelled. We arrived really tired and it was really great at the entrance the doorman asked for my name and then he said, “Welcome Back to the Royalton Mr. SaintBA”.

They must train their staff to let them know the guests that have stayed before. I only came before 4 days before and it was a short stay but the front staff also said “welcome back”. The manager also said it later in our trip. I thought that was great that the management trains their staff to greet past guests this way. Also, something nice was there was a doorman that always greeted me by name. Something that I found classy and done at really high end hotels like the Four Seasons in Paris where I stayed last year. It’s a nice touch so Kudos to the management on doing this. It’s a nice touch.

The location is perfect. It’s in Mid-town Manhattan so it’s close to everything. We came to do a lot of shopping and also to see several shows on Broadway so it’s close to the shopping on Fifth Avenue and just a few blocks to Time Square. It’s located on West 44th Street between 5th and 6th.

We booked a bit bigger suite and the room was very nice and spacious. It had a nice big 42’ LCD TV that came off from the wall so you could view it in bed or the sitting area where there was a sofa. Last year I booked a smaller room with no sofa. This room also had a sitting area in the closet between the bathroom and the bedroom. The bathroom was also big and nice with a huge rainfall from the ceiling shower head. Strong water pressure and the room was very modern which I prefer.

The room was really quiet and had great black out blinds. The lobby area is nice and romantic at night as they have a fireplace that stays lit during the day/night. Trendy bar area and they have a restaurant as well. We didn’t eat in the restaurant but we did have room service some mornings with breakfast in bed and the food was very good.

The staff throughout the stay was excellent and I mentioned above how courteous everyone was. My finance was really impressed with the hotel, the staff and she loved the location.

Wi-fi internet access was $10 per day and it worked very well. I didn’t use it so much but downloaded work emails a few times. The room with tax was about $500 per night. They have smaller rooms for around $300/night but this one was really great as it was oversized. I booked directly online at their website and it was fast and easy. Their availability calendar is updated and always will show the rooms. Check-out was a breeze. We left very early as we were flying to Dallas this morning and had an early flight. They called a town-car for us and it was there waiting when we were leaving. It was $65 plus tip to JFK. I took the same service last time and it was really a nice car and very friendly.

I highly recommend this hotel to anyone. I can’t say enough good things about the location and the staff. We were so worn out from shopping everyday, walking around and sightseeing but we were so happy at the end of each day to come back to the hotel. The bed was also very comfortable. There are so many great hotels in New York but after another great stay I’ll probably return to this hotel for the excellent location and friendly staff.

Anniversary at the Royalton

from Dave_Hants
My wife and I recently visited New York to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. The Royalton was one of the hotels that Virgin were doing package deals for from the UK and we booked it on the strength of the reviews on tripadvisor. I can safely say that we weren't disappointed with our stay. The hotel is certainly hip, so much so that it almost seems embarrassed to be a hotel. We jumped out of airport shuttle on arrival and walked right past the entrance! The lobby is very swish, with a very popular bar area. We ate in the restaurant once and the food was good, although it was a bit fussy for our tastes. Our room was nice, clean and quiet. Our view was a bit disappointing but didn't really matter to us. The top of the Rock and Empire State made up for that!The only negatives really to our standard room was that there was very little storage space for clothes. There are wardrobes but no empty drawers. The lack of a bath tub may bother some people but not us, especially with the shower being so great. We found all of the staff to be very helpful and friendly throughout the hotel and the hotel location was perfect, with time square only a five minute walk away. We would certainly consider staying at the Royalton again if we return to New York.

Beautiful Sleek Hotel

from statement96
smooth friendly check-in, comfy, very quiet, well-appointed room, large clean bathroom, delicious 33 brassiere restuarant tucked in the back of the first floor, perfect romantic treat for midtown...Highly recommended, especially for theatre shows....


from LeighGWales
We stayed at The Royalton for 3 nights recently and couldn't fault the hotel. I am very picky when it comes to hotels, but I had no issues with the Royalton at all. The corridors are dimly lit, but not to the point where you can't find your room. Even if it were that dark all the doors have lighted plaques with the room number clearly identified. The bed was heavenly, so comfortable and luxurious and it was huge - I didn't want to get out. Another great feature was the rain shower - great pressure and always boiling hot - huge shower head which meant a real rain shower, not just sprinkle as in some hotels.

Some reviews have complained about lack of space in the bathroom for toiletries - I had no problem with this - there was plenty of room for both mine and my husband's washbags and toiletries by the sink and there was a separate make up table also. We also had plenty of cupboard space but could have done with a few more hangers.

The room was incredibily quiet, no noise from the street or other rooms. Nice touches such as candles, great toiletries, warm throw and fresh flowers. We didn't order any room service or have anything from the mini bar as prices were over the top as were the prices in the downstairs bar, but great atmosphere and the renovation is really stylish. Location is fantastic and I'd definitely recommend this hotel.

Mixed Feelings

from AnywhereUSA310
I last stayed at this hotel 15 years ago, when I was young and impressionable, and, at that time, I thought the Royalton was just about the hippest, most chic place I had ever seen. Ah, what a difference 15 years makes. I'm not sure that the hotel has changed, as opposed to the fact that I am now middle-aged and cranky and want comfort, not hip.

Anyway, I was staying across the street at the Sofitel, extending my stay day- to-day because I was too sick to fly home, when the Sofitel yanked their rates so high that I decided to decamp to the Royalton for a more reasonable rate that I found on Expedia.

Because the standard rooms at the Royalton are much smaller than at the Sofitel, I booked a deluxe room rather than opting for the least expensive room offered on Expedia. Upon arrival, I was upgraded to a penthouse suite (Room 1616).

As someone else mentioned, the hallways at the Royalton are really, really dim. It's actually hard to find your room number. I didn't remember that from 15 years ago. The hallways are either dimmer than they were in the past, or it is my aged eyes. I didn't find the darkness chic or hip - just annoying.

The hallways also reeked of cigarette smoke, although thankfully when I got into my suite, I could not smell any smoke.

Room 1616 consists of a living room, outdoor dining terrace with table and chairs (unfortunately, it was February and too cold to use it) and separate bedroom. There is an alcove off the bedroom with a small desk (too small to be practical if you really needed to work in your room). There was a large bar in the living room, with fridge, snacks, wines and wine glasses. There was a second smaller minibar in the bedroom. The living room had a working fireplace, flatscreen television, dining table, couch (not super comfortable) and four chairs (two of which were so uncomfortable, you could not sit in them). There was a second flatscreen television in the bedroom.

As spacious as the suite was, the closets were small and there was no place to put your luggage, so the bellhop commandeered one of the side tables in the living room and turned it into a makeshift luggage rack.

The whole suite was fairly dark, which I found annoying in the late afternoon. I liked the room much better after sunset, when I lit the various candles that were all around and suddenly the room became moody and romantic, rather than just dark. I had room service dinner for both nights at the hotel, and it was really lovely dining at the table in the living room with candles lit all around. In warmer weather, I'm sure the terrace also would have been delightful.

The room was very, very quiet - no street noise or noise from the other rooms.

But there were several downsides to the room. First, even though it was a suite, there was only a queen bed. It was fine since I was alone, but if I were there for a romantic getaway, I would have preferred a king bed. The linens were attractive, but not as soft as the linens at the Sofitel.

As mentioned, the tiny desk in the alcove off the bedroom was too small to be practical. Also annoying for business travelers who travel with laptops was that there was no place to plug the laptop in by the bed. As a result, you could work, surf the Internet or watch DVDs in bed only so long as the battery on your laptop lasted.

The bathroom had beautiful slate floors and walls, but was extremely impractical. There was a tiny sink with a tiny bit of glass on each side of the sink - only enough room to stick a toothbrush and some toothpaste. If you wanted to lay out makeup or toiletries, forget it. The blowdryer was hanging in a cotton bag on the wall since there was no place for it by the sink. Instead of a separate stall shower and tub, there was a combo tub/shower. The tub was long, but very narrow. I'm a bath person, but the tub was just too narrow to enjoy a bath in. (The only person I could imagine feeling comfortable in the tub would be, say, Nicole Richie or some other 90 pound waif). Given that the tub was useless, I would have preferred a large stall shower.

The prices for room service were obscene, even by New York hotel standards, and room service does not operate 24 hours a day. The room service menu is also very limited, although when the hotel restaurant is open, you can go down, look at the full menu, and then go back to your room and order from the regular menu rather than the room service menu. But as stated, the prices are obscene. One night, with tax, service fee, delivery fee, etc, it came to close to $80 for one small piece of fish with a spoonful of vegetables, one order of rice pudding and a large bottle of sparkling water (and to top it off, they forgot to bring a spoon, so I had to eat the rice pudding with a fork). The previous night when I had ordered an entree and a salad, they forgot the salad. I called for it and it was brought up, but I had already finished my entree by the time it arrived.

Eating downstairs in the restaurant is no cheaper. Lox and bagel for breakfast, which is $18 at the Sofitel, is $30 at the Royalton! The "American" breakfast (coffee or tea, orange juice, two eggs, sausage, potatoes and bread), which is $20 at the Sofitel is $30 at the Royalton (and the service is better at the Sofitel).

With the exception of the restaurant staff who seemed disinterested, the entire staff at the Royalton were friendly and gracious.

All in all, I think the younger you are, the happier you will be at the Royalton.

It would not be my first choice for a return visit, although the location is convenient and I would consider it if I could get a good rate vis a vis neighboring hotels such as the Sofitel.

Will not find better

from cblackeyes
Recently refurbished in great style this could not be bettered as a city hotel. Lovely room, great bed and shower. Very helpful staff.Position 'the best'. We loved the understated lobby and lack of tradtional reception desk. We have stayed in many 5star NYC properties, none better. Big room with sitting area. Only minor observation is of a lack of shelf space in the bathroom.


from j33per
We combined business with pleasure for a weekend in the Big Apple and decided on the Royalton based on Tripadvisor reviews.

The first thing that hit us was the dim lighting and trendy atmosphere. After a while the dimness becomes annoying but that may have to do with our advancing years (we're both 47). The corridors to the rooms are even darker.

The room was superb (904) with working fireplace but best of all; a Bose iDock for my iPod. Superb! 904 is a large room and has a pleasant decor with a few very nice pieces of furniture. Again, the lighting was just about adequate. Nice flatscreen which we didn't use.

The bed linen is superb and the duvet of good quality. Light switches are a tad confusing. Wardrobe space is too small and awkward to get to. There's also a flat screen in the bedroom we did use.

The bath is great. It is a five foot round tub. Excellent! Water pressure supeb. The sink arrangement is less than practical. Lighting again is an issue here.

The staff at the hotel are young, good looking and very friendly.

The location is great too and we managed to walk to most places we wanted to visit.

Overall, we loved our trip and liked the hotel. Would we stay there again? Possibly but we are likely to try somewhere else next time.

Beautiful hotel and great service

from quentin_16
This hotel really made our trip to NY amazing. A discreet entrance leads to a fantastically luxurious lobby and the check in staff were really helpful.

The room we were in was really plush and the shower was huge and just what was needed after a long day shopping.

We used the concierge service to get us reservations at a great restaurant (we had tried ourselves but couldn't get a table!) I overheard the concierge being used a few times when we were in the bar and they were always suggesting places to go and really tailoring things for people - definitely worth using if you need inspiration.

The hotel has a great location - between 5th and 6th avenue within easy reach of the shops, central park, MoMA, Rockerfeller... and there is a subway station just 2 block down on 6th making the downtown easy to get to as well.

The bar seemed to get very busy weekday evenings with an after work crowd so we tended to either have an afternoon drink or one before bed when it was quieter.

When I come back I will definitely be staying here!

Prize for the best lobby

from AntHeywood
I was recommended the Royalton by a friend who regularly visits New York and has tried a lot of the greats.

Location was perfect for my trip - just a few blocks across from Times Square but far enough to be quiet. The lobby has recently been renovated and well, I gotta say - a pat on the back to the Royalton. It has to be one of the most cosy inviting lobbies I've seen in a hotel. It was pretty cold over Xmas and the fireplace in the lobby was the perfect thing to sit by to drink and be merry with friends. I am curious however as to how the lobby will feel in the heat of summer. But for now I don;t care as it was great.

I had a superior room with fireplace and 5ft round tub. Can you tell I like fires ;-) Although now quite up to the standard of the new lobby - it was still an inviting place.

Service was pertty good too. On the whole I give the Royalton a big thumbs up

Top Local Tips for New York City

Empire State Building We got there for 9am on Saturday morning and there were no queues.

Top of the Rock I recommend the observation deck Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. The queues are much quicker than The Empire State Building (I got to the top in 10 minutes) and the views are unobstructed (the Empire State Building has a wire fence) so taking photos is much better. Visit in the day or at night for equally good views.

Take a trip up the Rockafeller Centre Less queuing, better uptown views than Empire State


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  • Address: 44 West 44th Street - New York City - New York - 10036 - United States
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