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“A Classic: In All The Right Ways”

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Hotel Elysee by Library Hotel Collection
Ranked #10 of 467 Hotels in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Boston, Massachusetts
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“A Classic: In All The Right Ways”
Reviewed 8 May 2012

For many years, when I visited Manhattan, I stayed with my grandmother on the Upper East Side. She lived in a full floor, pre-war cooperative that was as elegant and gracious as it was comfortable and welcoming. She had a staff who managed her home, and doormen who knew every one of the relatives by name. And yes, I knew that I was spoiled. Eventually she sold her apartment and once that happened, I wondered if I could ever come close to recreating any piece of that experience.

I've stayed in dozens of hotels in the city since then, but never found exactly the right spot (at the right price) until now. The Hotel Elysee is it -- a hidden gem tucked into the heart of the city. The warm and personable staff; gracious and well appointed rooms; and thoughtful amenities all combine to create a special experience that mirrors that of my grandmother’s home.

Bedrooms are very well appointed and immaculate, with triple sheeted beds and fluffy comforters. The small touches, like complimentary Belgian chocolate bars and bottled water, full-sized ironing boards and irons, and free Internet are just some of the niceties. (By the way, the number of amenities that are included in the price of the room is staggering and easily saves you $100 in additional costs over a two-night stay.)

There are wonderful nooks and crannies throughout the building, but we especially liked the library, with its overstuffed, comfortable couches and clubby atmosphere. This is the heart and soul of the hotel, where guests gather throughout the day to either enjoy the bountiful breakfast, dig into the bowl of fresh fruit, or sample the wine (red, white, and sparkling) that is accompanied by platters of cheese, veggies, and bowls of nuts. We were so full one evening after our wine and cheese tasting that we didn’t even bother to go out for dinner. However, if we had wanted to, we could have just slipped downstairs to the famous Monkey Bar or across the street to Cellini, a local favorite that serves great Italian food.

Finally, while we liked the classic, understated, and elegant feeling of the building and its spaces, it was the staff who really made the difference. They recognize what goes into creating a great client experience and deliver in all categories. Because of this, The Hotel Elysee is now the only place that we’ll consider staying at when visiting Manhattan.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 May 2012

We stayed here for 2 weeks with our three teenage children and found it ideal. What a great location. We had adjoining rooms with a lovely lounge room (with a sofa bed) between the 2 bedrooms. The rooms are tastefully furnished, comfy beds, plenty of storage and an added benefit of being able to open the window for fresh air! Being a small hotel is part of its charm and the staff were all so friendly and helpful that we really felt so much at home. We loved the all inclusive breakfast and the all day complimentary tea/coffee and cookies, followed by the complimentary drinks (wine, champagne) from 5pm. What a bonus! If we ever return to New York we would definitely stay at the Élysée again.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 May 2012

We visited the Hotel Elysee on our trip to New York beginning of May. It is lovely! The rooms are spacious and well furnished. It looks like a grand hotel. One of the best thing: Free breakfast and free wine and cheese reception in the late afternoon. Great location, many sightseeings in walking distance. Absolutely perfect service and very nice and handsome staff.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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Stayed here for a long weekend to celebrate getting my masters degree. I told the hotel ahead of time that we were celebrating and there was complimentary champagne and chocolates waiting for us. Complimentary breakfast each morning included fresh fruit, yogurt,, cereal, pastries, bagels, and hard boiled eggs. Coffee, tea, fruit and cookies were available around the clock. Convenient location and great staff. Will stay here again.

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Reviewed 6 May 2012

My wife and I stay at Elysee 2-3 times a year for a 24 hour battery charger. The staff and service set this hotel apart from every other hotel in New York. Yes, it's small but that's its charm. Sure, there's some noise but I've never experienced a quiet hotel in NYC. Location is perfect. We love the morning breakfast made special by the service staff. Wine and cheese in the evenings is very enjoyable. Good wines are served. Only negative is that the complimentary breakfasts and wine and cheese offerings are very popular and sometimes you have to wait for a table. We'll be back.

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Additional Information about Hotel Elysee by Library Hotel Collection

Property: Hotel Elysee by Library Hotel Collection
Address: 60 E. 54th St., New York City, NY 10022-4642
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Region: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in New York City
#8 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#9 Luxury Hotel in New York City
#15 Business Hotel in New York City
Price range (per night): ₹ 16,965 - ₹ 39,329
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Elysee by Library Hotel Collection 4*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the Hotel Elysée, you will find the warmth and charm of a countryside inn right here in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Like some of the most distinctive bed and breakfasts in the world, the Hotel Elysée offers its guests so much more than is ever expected from a luxury hotel – all included in the nightly rate. At Hotel Elysee, guests are welcome to unwind in the clubroom with complimentary refreshments serviced throughout the day, including the Library Hotel Collection’s signature Continental Breakfast Buffet each morning, wine and cheese receptions each evening from 5PM-8PM, and coffee, tea, cookies and fresh fruits are served all day. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and bottled water is provided upon check-in. ... more   less 
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