Hotel The Benjamin Hotel 0 star
Easyexperts
125 East 50th Street, New York, United States of America -
See the map
Amy Adejokun Section editor

Although coming up to its eleventh anniversary as The Benjamin, this 1927 building now has an interior to match its Art Deco origins. During this past decade no renovation has been undertaken and it is true to say that this is starting to show. However this does not take away from the quality of the product or from the service which remains top notch. Just like the other properties in the Denihan Hospitality Group (notably the Affinias), the rooms are spacious and the hotel is ideal if you're looking for a traditional, more classic style of base from which to uncover the city. Recommended for tourists (couples, friends or families) and for business travellers wanting a comfortable space in which to work.

+
  • Family
  • International Standard
  • Well located
  • Charm
  • Flight
    Compare all the prices

    Price per night - Find at 1 partner(s)
    • - Cancelon - View prices
    Show more offers

    Location 8.31 /10

    The hotel is located on the corner of East 50th Street and Lexington Avenue in the Midtown East district of Manhattan. Both Madison and Fifth Avenues are a couple of blocks away from the property as is the Rockefeller Centre, with Times Square and Bryant Park a tad further. In terms of getting around by public transport, Lexington Avenue-53rd Street is very close by and Grand Central can be reached on foot in just a few minutes. JFK airport is 17 miles away, La Guardia 9 miles and Newark 16.

    Accommodation 8.95 /10

    The Benjamin is essentially a suite hotel, although of the 209 rooms, 48 are regular guestrooms. All rooms are decorated in a similar way with just the shape and size changing as the category ascends. The standard room is a tad dull in terms of colour with tan wallpaper and deep brown furniture and after over a decade could probably do with a revision. The custom made beds are a delight to sleep in, made all the more inviting by the high quality 500 thread count linen dressing them. For those on a business trip, a desk in the room means you can work in the peace and quiet of your sound-proofed room. You'll also find I the room a flatscreen television, iron and ironing board, umbrella, bathrobes, tea and coffee facilities and a minibar and snacks. The bathrooms are fitted out in white marble and feature branded toiletries, hairdryer and bathtub. The Deluxe Studio is a larger version of the standard Guest Room, while the One Bedroom Suite and its deluxe version offer greater comfort in the form of a separate living area with (dated) furniture, a hi-fi system, second television and extra storage space, with the deluxe rooms boasting a balcony. Both thee rooms also have fully-equipped kitchenettes with microwave, ridge-freezer and crockery. The VIP suite includes a dining area in addition.

    Overview 8.45 /10

    You won't miss The Benjamin being as it is on the corner of one of New York's most famous roads and due to the enormous flags flapping outside. The lobby, which is slightly eerie in its emptiness, is nonetheless a faithful representation of the dominant style at the time of the building's construction. Immediately to the right of the entrance is the concierge desk which is manned by cheery staff and is where we spotted The Rt Hon David Lammy MP on his way out to dinner one evening. Three mirrors dominate the right wall, the middle one being partly obscured by a pretty flower arrangement. The reception desk itself, at the back of the hall, has a moulded golden front illuminated from under the surface. A portrait of Benjamin J. Denihan presides over the reception. One floor up from the reception is a wonderful take on an Art Deco lounge, complete with typical seating, lamps and objets such as the Wild and Wolf style telephone. Fancy tinkling the ivories? A grand piano adds the finishing touch to the extremely civilized space. The hotel has both a gym and a wellness centre, Rejuvenate. The former has a range of fitness machines with individual screens on the cardio apparatus while the latter offers several skin care treatments, massages and body wraps(also available in-room) as well as day treatments a steam room in each locker room. As you'd expect from a hotel of this standing, the staff are extremely professional yet down to earth and the upkeep of the hotel is faultless.

    Food and drink 7.45 /10

    The dining facilities at The Benjamin are a little disappointing considering the standing of the hotel. There is a small private restaurant, The Wine Room, available for hire for up to 12 people, however this not the type of place where you can just walk in and have a meal. Open from 4.30pm until midnight everyday though is The Emery Bar, named after the hotel's architect. The mural of a New York cityscape captures some of Roth's other masterpieces such as The Beresford and The Eldorado. The bar is a lively hangout with a mix of locals and tourists and plenty of after work business coming for drinks and cocktails. The décor is simple but ambient with blue lighting hovering above the bar and comfortable seating around the bar, while the staff is cheery and east to talk to. Simple food is available too with appetizers such as chicken wings, empanadas and crisps and dips. There is a modest selection of salads and sandwiches however for something more substantial it would be better to head out the hotel to a nearby restaurant of which there is a good selection.

    To know

    The Benjamin hotel, named after the founder of the group that owns the property, was formerly the Hotel Beverly and is housed in a 1920s building designed by the renowned New York architect Emery Roth, responsible for so many of the city's Art Deco hotels and apartment blocks, including the Warwick Hotel. The Benjamin takes sleep very seriously and guarantees that you will get the perfect night's sleep. There is a choice of 12 pillows to choose from, including the 'Snore-No-More' and the 'Lullaby' into which you can plug your MP3 player. The Sleep Concierge is at your service to help you choose your pillow and arrange anything that will help you sleep peacefully.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      keep fit, spa, Turkish bath

    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness

    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms

    advantage

    • Location
    • Spacious rooms
    • 1930s lounge

    disadvantages

    • Size of restaurant

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score nc/10
    Hotels near to New York
    • Waldorf Astoria Waldorf Astoria Waldorf Astoria
      • Easyopinions nc
      • Value for money 7.44
      • Location 8.5

      As a true legend, the Waldorf Astoria has spanned the XXth century without a wrinkle. Classified in the New York City register of historical monuments since 1993, the most emblematic hotel of the American metropolis always offers a luxury environment and amenities in relation to its 5* ranking

      From
      See the offer
    • San Carlos San Carlos San Carlos
      • Easyopinions nc
      • Value for money 6.97
      • Location 8.23

      Right opposite the Kimberly on East 50th Street, the San Carlos is a solid mid-range hotel very much in the New York vain with generously proportioned rooms, classic, non-offensive décor and practical features such as the kitchenette. While the rooms are certainly highly functional and indubitably comfortable with some unique touches, spectacular they are not, catering more to those looking for a reliable Midtown base for either work or play. While the hotel does have a modest fitness centre there are no wellness facilities on site although the complimentary business centre is a bonus, as is the free continental breakfast (as long as you are not looking for anything fancy).

      From
      See the offer
    • Affinia 50 Affinia 50 Affinia 50
      • Easyopinions nc
      • Value for money 6.86
      • Location 8.2

      If you're looking for a decent, modest and practical hotel from which to discover New York, then you can't go far wrong with the Affinia 50. It is not at all along the lines of many of New York's new, design-orientated, exclusive properties, but is geared towards the tourist or business person more concerned about location and efficient service. The larger rooms in the hotel are perfect for families with several children and even the basic rooms enjoy that all-too-elusive asset in the city: space.

      From
      See the offer
    • The Kimberly The Kimberly The Kimberly
      • Easyopinions nc
      • Value for money 7.34
      • Location 8.12

      This is one for the traditionalists. A stalwart of the New York hotel scene, the Kimberly is primarily a suite hotel, 19th century European in style, whose grandeur has made it a favourite among foreign dignitaries and businessmen in the city for long periods. The hotel mixes old and new in several ways, including with the addition in the rooms of modern amenities to the traditional (dated) décor. It has a great location, spacious rooms and a hot nightspot in the form of Niki. This really is a hotel suited to everyone, not only in terms of the accommodations it offers, but also on a price level. If you don't want to risk trying out a new trendy hotel which often compromises space or service, the Kimberly's hotel for you.

      From
      See the offer
    • The New York Palace The New York Palace The New York Palace
      • Easyopinions nc
      • Value for money 7.42
      • Location 8.54

      The name says it all. If any hotel in New York has the right to stick the word 'palace' to the end if its name, it's this one. As soon as you walk in the door you sense you're in for something special. The rooms are some of the plushest we saw, the views are incredible, it has a Michelin-starred restaurant and a top quality spa and fitness centre, not to mention a fascinating history. We'd recommend highly this fabulously located, lavish property for all types of traveller, no matter what their motive for travel. And if you don't believe us, ask anyone who has stayed; we didn't hear a bad word!

      From
      See the offer
    • Roger Smith Roger Smith Roger Smith
      • Easyopinions nc
      • Value for money 8.34
      • Location 8.46

      Unlike any other hotel in the city, the Roger Smith is one of the most personable and homely properties in New York. It may not be as fashionable or 'bling' as many of the island's hotels, but guests coming here are not looking for that anyway. The real interest is the comfortable, familiar accommodation, the convenient location, friendly service, historical interiors and original artwork (more about that in 'To Know'). Perfect for all types of traveller of any age, you'll be sure to get a warm welcome and enjoy a memorable stay at this unique property.

      From
      See the offer
    • The Pod The Pod The Pod
      • Easyopinions nc
      • Value for money 6.94
      • Location 7.4

      The Pod is a one-of-a-kind property which is best described as a funky, luxury hostel. Popular with young visitors to the city, it offers fantastic value for money considering its location and amenities. It's true that the rooms are on the small side and some don't have private bathrooms, but they are all comfortable and clean and functional. The fact too that the hotel doesn't have wellness or fitness facilities or a restaurant is of no concern to its guests who are simply looking to get the most for their money and explore the city to its full potential. The hotel is suitable for all types of young traveller whether they be couples, friends or even families. We found this to be a practical option for those on a budget but who still demand a certain level of accommodation.

      From
      See the offer
    • Hyatt 48 Lex Hyatt 48 Lex Hyatt 48 Lex
      • Easyopinions nc
      • Value for money 7.27
      • Location 8.47

      If you've read some other of our New York hotel reviews then you'll be familiar with our view of chain hotels: the one huge advantage is that, wherever you are in the world, you know exactly what to expect. With Hyatt, expectations run relatively high and the newest addition to the group's New York portfolio will certainly go a long way to justifying that attitude. The hotel has some of the largest standard rooms in the city which are superbly appointed, it has a unique public lounge, sleek design and a buzzing restaurant serving good, honest fare. The property is perfect for any type of traveller and party size and has a great central Manhattan location. Very difficult to fault.

      From
      See the offer
    Top Hotels New York
    • The Peninsula The Peninsula The Peninsula
      • Easyopinions nc
      • Value for money 8.94
      • Location 8.13

      Let's not mince our words; The Peninsula is quite simply one of the finest hotels in New York, even more so now it is the other side of a renovation. From the very first moment you enter the hotel you'll have no doubt about the quality of experience that awaits you. There is very little to pick holes at here where excellence comes as standard: the large rooms are finely furnished, the restaurants of the highest caliber, the spa one of the most beautiful and complete in the city and the service faultless. Like all top class hotels this all comes at a certain price, however if there was ever one hotel which could justify the cost it would be this one.

      From
      See the offer
    • Trump Soho Trump Soho Trump Soho
      • Easyopinions nc
      • Value for money 7.47
      • Location 3.0

      We were quite simply blown away by this hotel. Rare are the occasions where there is nothing to fault, but staying here was one of those - it just couldn't put a foot wrong. Generously proportioned, impressively appointed rooms are complemented by a relaxed yet top class Italian restaurant, while the spa is a sight to behold. You'll have a tough job finding a property where the service is paralleled and don't even get us started on the views! A magnificent, modern and memorable hotel, we recommend the Trump Soho to all kinds of traveller, newcomers or old hands, couples or families. A huge thumbs up.

      From
      See the offer
    • The Mark New York The Mark New York The Mark New York
      • Easyopinions 8.00
      • Value for money 7.47
      • Location 4.26

      Q. What do you get when you take $150 million and put them into the hands of one of the world's greatest architect/designers? A. The Mark. Be under no illusions, what Jacques Grange and co have conceived in the leafy surroundings of the Upper Eastside is now the yardstick against which all other hotels will now have to measure themselves. After over two years under renovation with some of the most sought after names in the creative fields working on the project, The Mark has transformed itself from a decent hotel to a hotel of superlatives. Everything is top draw from the design to the staff, from the food to the wellness centre. This all, of course, comes with the price tag that its quality demands, however rest assured that no other hotel can come close to what The Mark has to offer.

      From
      See the offer
    • Setai Fifth Avenue Setai Fifth Avenue Setai Fifth Avenue
      • Easyopinions nc
      • Value for money 7.47
      • Location 9.22

      We're going to stick our necks out here and say that of all the hotels we have stayed at in this city, the Setai probably takes top spot. Of course there are many different types of hotel in the city and not everyone is looking for what the Setai has to offer, but as on overall experience, it can't, in our opinion, be bettered. The rooms are not only some of the biggest in the city, but they are likely to be the best appointed in terms of amenities too. The stunning, contemporary spa is as luxurious as it is spacious and in its restaurant the hotel has one of most memorable dining experiences to be had. But what impressed us most, and where the hotel rises above it competitors, is the consistent attention to detail and impeccable service the likes of which we've never seen. Although new (November 2010 opening), this is right up there with the old masters and the best thing is that it can only get better!

      From
      See the offer
    • The Carlyle The Carlyle The Carlyle
      • Easyopinions nc
      • Value for money 7.45
      • Location 4.32

      This mythical New York hotel has seen its fair share of changes, both within in its walls and outside, however one thing remains constant: The Carlyle is one of the swankiest, smartest, seductive hotels in the city. The very few flaws of the hotel (for example the size of some bathrooms) can be excused by its age; otherwise there are very few hotels of this genre which can claim to offer a similar experience. Not only does it offer top notch service and facilities, but its location and commanding views are also something spectacular. Throw in a rich history, fine dining and exquisite décor and you get a hotel (literally) fit for kings. If you've got the cash, don't even ask yourself the question?

      From
      See the offer
    • The Pierre The Pierre The Pierre
      • Easyopinions nc
      • Value for money 7.45
      • Location 6.24

      The Pierre has always been a landmark hotel in New York City?and we are glad to report that after its latest $100 million renovation following its takeover by Taj Hotels, it is still very much one of the hotels by which others must judge themselves. It is true to say that it may not have some of the facilities of some of the other top hotels (no spa, smaller rooms), but when it comes to service, style and sophistication, not to mention history, it is untouchable. With a location that would make most hotels weep with envy, fabulously appointed rooms with an Asian touch and a new, top quality restaurant, The Pierre is back on top of its game and ready to welcome once again all types of traveller, no matter their motive for visiting the city. All this comes, of course, at a price, but if you had to choose a place to spend your hard earned cash, this has got to be near the summit of your shortlist.

      From
      See the offer
    • Plaza Athénée Plaza Athénée Plaza Athénée
      • Easyopinions nc
      • Value for money 7.45
      • Location 3.0

      Although no longer associated with its Parisian namesake, the Plaza Athénée New York continues to offer one of the most refined hotel experiences in the city. Its style may not be as subtle as some of its competitors and thus some many find it a little overwhelming, but there is no getting away from the fact the hotel is a class act from top to bottom. It boasts capacious, well-appointed and recently renovated rooms (January 2010), a fine wellness centre, a celebrated restaurant and bar and an impeccable service from a smart, professional staff. If you're after that classic European opulence the other side of the Atlantic then the well-located Plaza Athénée is one to consider.

      From
      See the offer
    • The Chatwal The Chatwal The Chatwal
      • Easyopinions nc
      • Value for money 7.45
      • Location 9.8

      Take a step back in time (through a passage lined with suede and leather, of course) to the golden age of travel and the magnificent new Art Deco hotel The Chatwal. Opened recently in August of 2011, it has quickly become one of the places to stay in New York and to be honest, it isn't difficult to see why: a dream location in the heart of Manhattan, superbly appointed, world ?class accommodations, a luxury spa and a fine restaurant. Marrying both old world glamour and modern day luxury, this 'baby grand' hotel will appeal to those looking for good old fashioned service in a romantic setting with everything that makes this a great city within reach.

      From
      See the offer