Hotel Dylan Hotel 3 star
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52 East 41st Street New York, United States of America -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

While the Dylan undeniably has a great central Manhattan location, spacious rooms and an interesting history, it's difficult to find that something special here that justifies its being chosen over another hotel in the area at a similar price point. It has modest facilities and the décor and design, while tasteful and inoffensive, is somewhat uninspiring. The well regarded and popular steak house attached to the hotel, Benjamin, is one ace up its sleeve, as might be the impressive alchemy suite, but that's a heavy price to pay in our opinion for a hotel such as the Dylan. Suitable for all types of travellers in any number, we feel that you could get better value elsewhere.

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      Dylan   -   © Dylan Hotel / Barcelo Hotel Group

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      Dylan   -   © Dylan Hotel / Barcelo Hotel Group

       
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    Location 8.88 /10

    The hotel is situated on East 41st Street, between Park and Madison Avenues. Whether your trip is for business or pleasure, you are perfectly placed, being on top of (figuratively speaking) Grand Central, meaning you can get anywhere you want in the city with ease. Also on your doorstep is Bryant Park, Times Square and New York Public Library, while a little further away yet still within walking distance is the world famous shopping along Firth and Madison Avenues, the theatres of Broadway, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and, for the more courageous, Central Park. JFK is 17 miles away, La Guardia 9 miles and Newark 17.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The 107 guestrooms at the Dylan are all decorated in exactly the same manner and share identical amenities. The differences come in how high up they are positioned in the building and their surface area, with the larger rooms having a separate seating area. The rooms are spacious and all have high ceilings which usually make for characteristic rooms - the only problem here is that the rooms are too empty leaving a hollow feeling. They are all upholstered with a grey-blue carpet and have matching curtains and bed plaids, while the armchairs and sofas are a light olive green colour. The floating bedside tables have a telephone and iPod docking station while other furniture includes a desk and chair and a drawer unit on top of which is a 27" flatscreen television. Every room has a feature wall painted in sky blue in contrast to the other three white-washed walls but sadly there is very little in the way of artwork, something that would help fill the void. Other amenities include a minibar and snack try (which also boasts such things as a first aid kit and intimacy kit, safe, robes, iron and ironing board and tea and coffee facilities. The bathrooms are fitted in black veined white Carrera marble and have large walk-in showers, toiletries and a hairdryer. In honour of the building's former occupants, the glasses at the sink are actually beakers and the soap dish is in fact a petri dish!

    By far and away the most impressive room is the alchemy suite. With stone walls, a beautiful vaulted ceiling and stained glass windows, it is unlike any other room in the city. Although not the biggest, it is the sole room in the hotel with any character and its bathroom, like all the suites, has both a walk-in shower and bathtub.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The façade of the Dylan hotel is worth a quick scan before you head in with its second floor balcony flanked by flags and entrance door, above which is marked 'Chemists' Club'. The lobby is pleasant enough with a non-descript reception desk on the left-hand side and a square seating bench just in front at whose centre is a tall vase of delicate yellow flowers. To the other side is another seating area with dull armchairs and couches surrounding a coffee table and its lone orchid. The rectangular lighting fixtures on the ceiling are probably the best feature of the hall while the interactive touch screen information point in the corner is a useful piece of kit for tourists (although we still think asking a concierge is the best means of obtaining information). To the back and left of the lobby is a lovely staircase up to the first floor while the hotel's two elevators are in the opposite corner.

    In terms of public space, that's really it, aside from the modest fitness centre which has a few cardio machines and free weights and has towels and water at guests' disposal. The corridors of the hotel are wide and easily negotiable and finding your room is simple with clear room number indications. There is complimentary wifi throughout the hotel, although if you don't have your own laptop, there is a PC available for use instead.

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    Arguably the biggest pull of the hotel is the restaurant attached to it, Benjamin Steak House. Opened in 2006 by two former employees at the celebrated Peter Luger restaurant, it boasts soaring ceilings, beautiful wood flooring and wall panelling, a 10ft fireplace and a balcony seating area. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a bar as well. In the morning guests can choose between a continental buffet and a hot option which includes classic egg dishes and, of course, hearty meat options such as lamb chops and steak. The lunch and dinner menus feature a range of salads, soups and seafood dishes while the main courses are all about meat, with some fish options available too. All the meat served at Benjamin is dry-aged for at least 28 days and should be eaten with the house sauce. It's not cheap here, but it has a big reputation and by all accounts it's worth splashing the cash!

    To know

    The 1903 Beaux Arts building housing the hotel was once the home of the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (from whence the name) as well as being the headquarters of the New York Pharmacists Club (from whence some nice little touches in the room, see 'Accommodation' below). Today the Dylan is part of the Spanish group of hotels Eurostars (no relation to the cross-Channel train) which has hotels in 12 countries across the globe.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access

      (3 rooms)

    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      keep fit, spa, Turkish bath

    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness, sports

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Central location
    • Spacious, high-ceilinged rooms
    • Restaurant
    • History
    • Alchemy suite

    disadvantages

    • Lack of character
    • No wellness facilities
    • Uninspiring room décor

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Dartique C. Dartique C.  
      4 Opinions
      • Package deals in juillet 2014 Posted on 2016-04-30 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        j'y ai séjourné pendant deux semaines durant un été, c'est un excellent hotel. A 2 min à pieds de grandcentral, la situation est idéal tout en ayant la tranquilité d'un quartier d'affaire.

      • Advantages

        Chambre spacieuse, situation idéal, calme, personnel très agréable

      • Disavantages

        manque de luminosité

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      • Overall Score 8.60/10
    • Dartique C. Dartique C.  
      4 Opinions
      • Package deals in juillet 2014 Posted on 2016-04-30 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        j'y ai séjourné pendant deux semaines durant un été, c'est un excellent hotel. A 2 min à pieds de grandcentral, la situation est idéal tout en ayant la tranquilité d'un quartier d'affaire.

      • Advantages

        Chambre spacieuse, situation idéal, calme, personnel très agréable

      • Disavantages

        manque de luminosité

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      • Overall Score 8.60/10
      • Package deals in avril 2014 Posted on 2014-05-21 En couple - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)

        Hotel bien placé a deux pas de time square si on aime marché un peu infrastructure parfaite Le restaurant de l'hôtel ce prénommant Steackhouse sert la meilleur viande de New york a tester.

      • Advantages

        Il y'a une salle de sport

      • Disavantages

        Je me suis fais voler mon tel portable donc un peu decu des femmes de ménage faite attention a vos affaire

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      • Overall Score 5.57/10
    • Dartique C. Dartique C.  
      4 Opinions
      • Package deals in juin 2011 Posted on 2013-11-24 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        Hotel idéal pour les budgets moyens. L'hotel est idéalement situé, moins de 10 min de Times Square en métro, dans un quartier animé pendant la journée et calme le soir.

      • Advantages

        Situation idéale 2min du métro et de Grand Central Chambre spacieuse Personnel agréable

      • Disavantages

        Chambres un peu sombre Petit déjeuner dans le restaurant attenant de l'hotel et bien trop onéreux

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      • Overall Score 9.00/10
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