Arriving at Hotel Elysee after two days of exploring New York City on our mother daughter getaway, my feet felt similar to my days of marathon running. Stepping into one of best located hotels in New York City I believe I heard my feet breathe a sigh of relief.
Built in the 1920’s, Hotel Elysee has been home to artists, movie stars and writers. Located on East 54th Street between Park and Madison Avenue, it’s charming interior is an oasis in the midst of bustling Manhattan
What sets Hotel Elysee above other New York hotels?
Rated by Trip Advisor as #9 of 464 hotels in New York at the time of writing, great things are obviously happening in this romantic boutique hotel with it’s countryside inn like setting.
Although my daughter Robyn and I had obviously not come for the romance, we talked to several couples at Hotel Elysee celebrating special anniversaries. Trying to be somewhat mindful of the fact that talking to me might not be adding to the romance of their special time, I kept my inquiry brief.
“How are you liking the hotel?” was each time met with gushing replies of over the top service, upgraded rooms and of course the perfect location in New York City.
Set in Midtown Manhattan New York, the Hotel Elysee is one of four of the Library Hotel Collection hotels in the city. At the time of this post all four hotels are rated in the top 10 hotels of New York according to Trip Advisor.
Prime Manhattan location
Did I mention that my feet felt in dire need of spa treatment, or possible surgery, rather than any more exploring of the vastness of New York City? Traveling with my ‘keen to see everything in New York’, and I admit, much younger than I daughter, there would be no rest for the weary.
Within a 10 minute walk from Hotel Elysee we were able to discover some of New York’s best attractions such as Times Square, Central Park, the Theatre District and Rockefeller Center. Besides the thrill of all of these experiences the fact that my feet didn’t fall off was a particular bonus. My daughter seemed delighted with the decrease in motherly whining.
Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres reception
After missing the complimentary cheese and wine reception the previous days at the Hotel Giraffe, we were determined to take advantage of what in my travels is a most unique feature of a hotel chain.
Besides the delight of free snacks and refreshments included in our stay, our time in the Hotel Elysee’s Club Room kept my ‘on the move’ Daughter sitting for a few minutes while Mom refueled and recharged for more New York adventure.
Belgian Chocolate, Breakfast and Wifi – Yes it’s included
The staff at Hotel Elysee kept smiling from the moment we walked in until we left in the middle of the night for our early morning flight three days later. It would have been understandable should there have been an occasional eye roll with my endless questions. I am one of those travelers who insists on knowing every detail. I know I should work on my flexibility while traveling and I am not referring to yoga poses.
” The breakfast is complimentary?”
“The Belgian chocolate bar in my room too?”
“Is there a spot in this hotel you can’t get Wifi?” ( I was trying to stump them with that one)
They likely were thinking that this was my first excursion out of Smallsville in my lifetime. The truth is I have traveled a great deal. These are not typical inclusions in any hotel I have frequented. In my experience eating a chocolate bar found in one’s room tallies up to cost half a night’s stay not including taxes.
When Robyn asked if she could eat the chocolate I gave her the Mother hairy eyeball that had not been seen since her teenage years. You can imagine her smirk at me when we were informed it was included.
The Monkey Bar – You may run into the rich and famous
Hotel Elysee can boast to hosting one to the most renowned and hottest restaurants in NYC. Featured in both ‘Sex and the City’ as well as ‘Mad Men’ this Mom Daughter duo was on full watch for celebrity sightings. Of course I wouldn’t recognize a celebrity if he or she sat down on my table as main course. However that did not detract from the fun the two of us had eating delicious food and Robyn on full star alert.
Service with a smile at Hotel Elysee
It became a game for me to see if I might catch one of the staff somewhere in the hotel not smiling. Instead they answered my seemingly endless questions for restaurant suggestions, directions and history of the hotel.
They even indulged my endless photo taking. I won’t tell you how many guests were standing in line behind me while I got just the right angle on the image above. I could have been wrong but they may have not been smiling quite as much as the staff.
Disclosure: We were guests of Hotel Elysee however all opinions are my own.