The Benjamin Hotel

, New York City, United States
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The Benjamin Hotel

, New York City
4 star

Rooms: 209

125 East 50th Street - New York City - New York - 10022 - United States Hotel Website | | 212 715 2500
891 Traveller

Reviews - The Benjamin Hotel

10/10
Extraordinary people
Submitted by: Brodeur Pierre in 07/12/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Well located and appointed venue and although it is not a low budget destination, it is well worth the money. The moment you step out of your car, you are treated as someone that matters. Everyone, from the doorman to the maids and the reception desk is friendly, attentive and caring. You truly feel looked after and the entire staff is attentive, responsive and very warm. The concierge has been extraordinary in getting us on short notice into three very "hard to get" restaurants. I used to stay at the Plaza (being renovated) the Peninsula or the Palace (both fuul) which explained our detour to the Benjamin. I will keep returning there for the people, and the unbelievable service
9/10
Luxury, location and friendly
Submitted by: Frank Basile in 29/06/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
My wife and I discovered the Benjamin when staying at the nearby W the year before. There is no comparison. The Benjamin preserves the Art Deco classic style of the midtown location, but the room was fitted with all the modern amenities of home: good stereo, bose clock radio, fax, dsl. Our room was ugraded so it was much larger than we ever would have expected from a city hotel...and it even had a balcony! On top of all of this...the people from the concierge, to the desk were really nice. You felt like you made friends with the staff. Best value in midtown, hope it stays this way. (one ot two tiny, minor critiques: the bar could be upgraded a little, the food at the bar was so, so..and there is a great space on the second floor that is totally underutilized. There should be an open wet bar for guests on that second floor lounge space, TV etc.)
9/10
Elegant with a perfect location
Submitted by: Beth Sperber in 05/05/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
The Benjamin treats people well. The suites are roomy with all the amenities one would desire. Do not book through Hotels.com because they are inept. Book through the hotel directly for a reservation!

Historical Traveller Reviews of The Benjamin Hotel

Very Disappointed After the Great Reviews...

from A TripAdvisor Member
What in the world does everyone see in this hotel? Firstly we were given a smoke filled TINY room when we had requested nonsmoking. We were then changed to a nonsmoking room that had huge black stains on the carpet in the bedroom and a very old and worn out look and feel. We were finally placed in an adequate room without stains on the carpet. The room service food in nothing to speak of as far as quality and OUTRAGEOUSLY EXPENSIVE AS WELL. There were no amenities to speak of and well what else can I say, for this price pick another hotel or be disappointed.

Forget the Waldorf!

from A TripAdvisor Member
All I can say is classy, classy, classy! The Benjamin is excellent!!! I did a weekend getway at the Benjamin and I was extremely happy. The reservationist only had one word in her vocabulary... "Yes". Everything I requested for my room was there upon arrival (DVD player, CD Stereo system, full size fridge, BOSE CD in bedroom, extra bath robes). The minute I walked into the hotel I knew this was the place to be... Venus Williams was sitting in the lobby!!! (Supposedly she and Serena stay there all the time when in NY). My deluxe suite was huge (tip... if you are not noise sensative, request a room on a lower floor, the rooms are slightly smaller on the higher floors due to the shape of the building). The bathrooms are very small, but extremely clean and fully stocked. The pillow menu was excellent... I tried my luck and requested every pillow on the menu and once again the staff was more than happy to oblige (I recommend the "Swedish Memory"). The free incoming fax service (each room equipped w/fax machine) came in handy when we needed menu's faxed to us from the restaurants recommended by the concierge.
Breakfast at Terrance Brennan's was delicious and the service was great also. I can't say enough about this place... The Benjamin is our new home away from home... who needs the Waldorf!

Great Service, great accomodations

from VTNRBLD
The reviews on Trip Advisor were right on. Outstanding accomodations. Staff and concierge all knowledgeable and helpful. I thought that this type of service had become a thing of the past. Thanks Benjamin team to proving that wrong! The location is very convenient. Yes we'll definitely stay here again! Only downside the in room menu while it has good variety it is pricey....

excellent hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I spent our anniversary in New York at the Benjamin the weekend of 10/31/2003. I cannot rave enough about the room and service we received the entire stay. I made my reservations months in advance and mentioned that it was our anniversary. They gave us an upper story room (more quiet) and upon arriving back at the hotel after dinner, we were presented with a beautiful anniversary cake compliments of the concierge. The bellmen are extremely helpful, especially in hailing cabs. The rooms are large, the bathrooms are elegant and large, and the kitchenette is convenient. Ask for a noisemaker from the front desk as the NYC cabs like to honk their horns at all hours of the night. Also, bring plenty of money because this area of the city is very expensive.
We will definitely stay at The Benjamin again.

Exceptional Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
Awesome Hotel!! After months of researching (I'm very fussy), reading several reviews & calling several 4+ star hotels with downright rude reservation clerks, I called The Benjamin & spoke with Avis who would guarantee me a high floor suite with a terrace unlike the other hotels I called. When we arrived she called me to make certain everything was alright. It was more than alright! The view was spectacular, room service was prompt & delicious but a bit pricey, so the kitchen came in handy with a refrigerator to store our food and a microwave to cook it, double-paned windows provided a quiet room in spite of the outside noise, when we returned after our hectic days the turn-down service was exceptional with scented dried herbs, soft music from the Bose radio, a pillow menu, great mattress and linens for a heavenly sleep, an office desk area with ample room to work, 2 large TV's so no one fought over what to watch, spacious rooms even with the sofa bed pulled out & closet space galore. The Benjamin is centrally located so you can walk to most major sites or take a taxi for about $5.00. Last but not least, every employee we met (and we met quite a few during our stay) had smiles and were very courteous and helpful. We never did take advantage of the Spa, but there is always next time. Now we know first hand why The Benjamin is rated #1 on several of the hotel review websites. It is the best!!!!

Great stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
As a former New Yorker, getting a great rate and great hotel in one is quite a find. Travel to NYC about twice a year and stay at decent hotels( Righa, Chambers,etc). I took my family here before Labor Day, and had a great stay. The one bedroom suite was spacious, with a refrigerator and microwave. Enough room to invite friends over and have drinks in the room. Refrigerator comes in handy with the young ones who constantly want something to drink/eat -- and you know how expensive hotel food can be. Will likely stay here again. Great central location.

Disappointing...

from A TripAdvisor Member
We were disappointed with our stay at the Benjamin. When we originally made the reservation, they guaranteed us a King which was not honored upon check-in. The carpet had many stains and overall the room did not feel clean. The woman at the front desk bordered on rude when we mentioned our concerns. The Benjamin seemed overrated to us.

Outstanding!

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Benjamin Hotel is by far the friendliest, most elegant and best appointed hotel I have stayed in in thirty years of business and pleasure travel. This includes suites at some pretty big name hotels, and some of the world's best resorts. Don't get me wrong, it's not a beach resort, but for staying in NYC this hotel is it! A "Big Apple" on check-in, perhaps one of the most beautfully docrated rooms I have ever stayed in, a comfortable bed, and a choice of pillows. The pullout bed in the sitting room was judged by my 17 year old as "one of the coolest" he has ever slept in. The staff is exceptional. The benjamin becomes one of our top ten ever hotels, and our home in NYC from now on.

Pillow menu rules !!

from WangChung
I've stayed at many trendy Hotels in NYC, but this one by far takes the cake with nice size rooms and a selection of 10 different pillows to choose from. You can have one of each if you want !! Highly recommended

Michelangelo was better

from A TripAdvisor Member
I recently visited NYC for a wedding and after many hours of reading reviews online and looking through a great NYC book I have which lists the size of every room in NYC, I decided to split my stay between the Michelangelo and the Benjamin. Don't get me wrong, the Benjamin was nice, everyone was friendly (except for the woman concierge, she was not nice), and the rooms had a kitchenette. Who uses a kitchenette in NYC?? I go for the food!! We were not even offered the pillow menu and because I had read so many reviews I couldn't remember if The Benjamin had a pillow menu or not. I was given a complimentary massage on check in at the hotel's spa because I had booked online through Quik book which was nice, but I didn't have time to use it. Ok what was bad - the bathroom was really small although it was nice. I could really hear the noise on the streets outside (at the Michelangelo in the middle of Times Square I didn't hear nearly as much) and the blockout curtains still let light in all around the edges of the curtains. Why is the Michelangelo better, the rooms are twice as big, so were the bathrooms and the closets. I didn't hear anything while I was sleeping at the M and I didn't have to wait forever to get in the elevators to go up to my room at the M. All in all the Benj wasn't bad at all in fact it was nice - but why stay there when I have found a better one, that is cheaper too.

Top Local Tips for New York City

Transport from airport We took a taxi from Newark to our hotel in Manhattan- fixed price plus tolls and tips- I think it was about $60 to $70 ex tip. That was great as we were first timers. On return to the airport we walked the short distance to Grand Central and got the airport bus one street away- it was $14 each.

Lots of breakfast choices In midtown Manhattan, most hotels charge an arm and a leg for simple breakfasts. But it seems that every block has a small cafe which has a great hot food line and plenty of takeout. We had full breakfasts in one every day on Lexington for a total of $13 to $15 dollars for both of us.

Go the Good Restaraunt Its dear to eat everywhere, so might as well eat somewhere nice!

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  • Address: 125 East 50th Street - New York City - New York - 10022 - United States
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