Back in the 1990s, the Royalton's lobby bar was one of the prime meeting spots for local A-listers and a redesign now attracts a new generation of movers and shakers—so be prepared to run the gauntlet of the buzzing lounge before reaching your room—but the helpful staff ensures the process goes smoothly. Updated guest rooms, designed by Charlotte Macaux, are comfortably sleek and elegantly outfitted with atmospheric lighting, fresh flowers, and candles changed daily.
Some rooms have working fireplaces; there are plasma-screen TVs and iPads in every room. Luxe bathrooms have huge circular Roman soaking tubs and rainfall showers. The restaurant Forty Four is a solid locale for a quick bite, with a menu of global small plates and fancy cocktails.
Jan 8, 2006
I spend three nights (regretted it) there in December '05. The Royalton has DEFINATELY seen better days! REALLY worn around the edges, some my find the catwalk/bar entry and LOUD music hip or trendy, but it's tired, VERY tired now. Please gut it and redecorate! Great location, stay across the street at the Algonquin... a "traditional" hotel but at least you get your money's worth.
Feb 12, 2004
didn't experience any problems as early statements! loved it! chic and cool!
Oct 21, 2003
Don't let the nice website fool you. Having read reviews here after making resevations - I thought it best to phone ahead for research. Brad from Sales assured me that management had changed and printed horror stories would not be repeated. I was assured that my quick birthday trip would be worry free. A car was to be sent to JFK and I would be in my room by noon to get ready for a matinee at 3:00p, and a late checkout the next day would allow
me to enjoy the extra special room I reserved. The morning hotel desk clerk promised me 10a.m. check in. This didn't happen, and at 1p it didn't look as if 3:00 pm check-in was possible. While speaking with the manager on duty, she essentially called the others liars and that they should never have confirmed such business dealings. She stated the hotel stays sold out most all times, and people never get in to rooms early (yet the Ian Schraeger website clearly offers early in and late out). She wanted to offer me a big downgrade in room (and only adjust the price down $20) - and the timing may or may not allow us to get ready for the theater. While listening to this poorly orchestrated bit of hot air (attempted to be blown you know where) - using my mobile phone, I secured a suite at the Marquis, and was in the shower for a LOT less money in less than 1 hour. We left the Royalton bumbling with other unhappy guests. By the way, I still had to pay for the car service........$130 one way.....just ask them at the desk to explain how they justify charging that price........they are entertaining while explaining that.