Fodor's Expert Review The New York EDITION
5 Madison Ave at 24th Street New York, NY 10010, USA See on Map
Opulence, baby! Ian Schrager, this time for Marriott hotels, envisioned the utmost in luxury for the new monied 57th street of Madison Square Park. Next to the investment banks and across from recently canonized Madison Square Park (it is starchitect Norman Foster’s place in the city), the Edition is refined and elegant with a point-of-view with interiors from Yabu Pushelberg. Based around the “hotel as a private home,” this is the sort of house you hope to get invited to dinner. Tasteful and visually engaging, the Edition is as unique as its name suggests.
Just because it’s beige, doesn’t mean it’s boring—these rooms are heavy on the luxury. Fur blankets. Yes, that’s right. Sharply cut lines that render lamps and desks nearly invisible in these seamless rooms. Forget renting a hotel for the night, can we rent whomever’s life is like this? Seamless, spacious and sophisticated. These rooms are lush.
YOU SHOULD KNOW This is a concierge who can procure all sorts of requests, outside of booking restaurants and sending up an extra cot.
These glass and stone standing showers have a sculptural quality to them. Architectural lines are at work here, in full force. Plenty of vanity and storage space, warm lit lighting to shave off years from the face. This is a bathroom to remember.
Fluid and architectural, the lobby is a study contrasts. The glowing of the lobby bar against the monochromatic beige seating. The gold finishes against the white walls. Square-shaped with the bar occupying most of the real estate, the reception is as little obscured. A central social space for the hotel, there’s nary a slow hour around here.
Everyone needs a massage, so luckily this 39th floor spa has a series of styles suited to the desire.
The sorts of people who stay here have fit bodies, and the state-of-the-art gym with Peloton bikes and other high-tech machines to ensure they stay that way.
Michelin-star British chef Jonathan Atherton runs the kitchen around here, his first US venture in fact, and the Edition sees two settings for his seasonal fare. The Lobby sends small plates and savory bites out for a packed lunch crowd, while the Clocktower is where Atherton shows off his rethinking of classic British tavern food. Someone has to! Clocktower’s dining room is a salon-style showing of iconic fashion photographs, and sumptuous indeed.
The 6 train at 23rd Street is right around the corner, or the R/W at 23rd Street is just across the park.
A mere two blocks down is Park Avenue (2-minute walk) which changes its menu and name entirely for its current season. Don’t forget Marta (8-minute walk), hand-thrown pizzas and snazzy cocktails in the Redbury Hotel. Try the sumptuous Upland (2-minute walk), where Tuscany meets California from an Il Buco alum.
Though the secret’s very out, 230 Fifth (4-minute walk), the name and location, is quite an expansive rooftop bar. If you’re looking something cultural, kitsch and cheap, the bar at the Museum of Sex (3-minute walk) has drinks at ‘70s prices under the original disco ball from Studio 54. For a more casual situation, try the Churchill Tavern (4-minute walk), a nostalgic homage to the classic British pub that’s quite charming.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It’s hard to resist the temptation of The Edition, but when the experience is this sumptuous, why refrain?
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