The Blakely New York

136 W. 55th St., between 6th and 7th Aves., New York, New York, 10019, USA

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It may be a tried-and-true design motif, but it’s hard to resist the English gentleman’s club--when it’s done right, that is. The Blakely plays it up, with chesterfield couches and wood paneling in the lobby. Free continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, a 24/7 fitness center, and free New York Times delivered daily add extra appeal.

room

Traditionally decorated rooms have large work desks, Frette robes, and pillow-top beds. Full kitchenettes with a sink, mini-refrigerator, microwave, and coffeemaker are convenient, especially for longer-term guests.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Rooms facing 54th Street can be noisy and some rooms have little natural light.

Blakely New York Studio Suite
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Blakely New York Deluxe with two Double Beds
Photo: Blakely New York Deluxe with two Double Beds
Blakely New York Superior Room
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Blakely New York Guest Room
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bathroom

Marble bathrooms have Penhaligon bath products, shower/tub combos, spacious vanities, and large mirrors.

Some suites have deep soaking tubs and marble rain showers; ask about these options when booking.

Blakely New York Guest Room
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lobby

The stately lobby resembles an aristocrat’s library, with wood-paneled walls, deep sofas and chairs, and book-lined shelves. Softly glowing lamps and Persian rugs complete the relaxing scene.

Blakely New York Lobby
Photo: Blakely New York Lobby / Outlier PR
Blakely New York Lobby Detail
Photo: Blakely New York Lobby Detail / Outlier PR
Blakely New York Lobby
Photo: Blakely New York Lobby / Outlier PR

dining

Black Tap is the midtown outpost of a downtown restaurant known for its burgers, fries, and over-the-top milkshakes. Burgers are made with several meats, including beef, bison, lamb, turkey, and chorizo (there’s also a falafel burger).

Blakely New York Continental Breakfast
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Black Tap Shakes at Blakely New York
Photo: Black Tap Shakes at Blakely New York
Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer at Blakely New York
Photo: Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer at Blakely New York

drinking

Beyond burgers and shakes, Black Tap also serves a range of drinks including cocktails like a spicy margarita in mason jars. More than a dozen craft beers are available on tap.

Blakely New York Penhalagons Amenities
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Blakely New York Mini Kitchenette
Photo: Blakely New York Mini Kitchenette
Blakely New York Penthouse Boardroom
Photo: Blakely New York Penthouse Boardroom

LOCATION

Getting Around

Located on West 55th Street between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue, this hotel is in a prime location for exploring midtown Manhattan. The Theater District is within easy walking distance. Subway service is excellent, with E, B, and D trains at 7th Avenue/53rd Street and the N, Q, R, and W trains at 57th Street/7th Avenue. Taxis and Uber are widely available in the neighborhood, but traffic congestion can be a problem.

Restaurants

For a taste of Greece in Manhattan, grab a table at the breezy Souvlaki GR Midtown (2-minute walk); try classics like spanakopita (spinach pie) and charcoal grilled octopus. An Italian restaurant set in a renovated townhouse, Il Gattopardo (5-minute walk) delivers a white tablecloth, refined dining experience. The no-frills Joe’s Shanghai (5-minute walk) is a beloved institution for soup dumplings.

Bars

Aldo Sohm Wine Bar (4-minute walk) is a polished wine bar from Le Bernardin’s master sommelier. Kingside (3-minute walk) is an American restaurant with a buzzing bar scene; try the barrel-aged cocktails.

WHY WE LIKE IT

Unashamedly old school, this hotel reminds guests of the pleasures of comfy tufted couches and library-like lobbies. We love the convenience of kitchenettes in the rooms, generous freebies (breakfast, Wi-Fi, newspapers), and the addictive burgers and shakes from Black Tap.

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Business, Family
Sophisticated
Central
Practical Base

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 212-245–1800;800-735–0710

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