Fodor's Expert Review The Roosevelt Hotel
45 E. 45th St., at Madison Ave., New York, New York 10017, USA See on Map
Named after Teddy, not Franklin, this Midtown icon is just steps from Grand Central and has an ornate lobby with cushy couches and an old-school bar detailed in heavy wood that makes the place feel like it’s from another time--well, probably because it is from another time. The property dates back to 1924. While charming historic touches remain, the hotel also has a modern side with its sleek seasonal rooftop lounge.
Gold and rust red dominate the traditional rooms, each with wood furniture, a work desk, and framed black-and-white photographs.
If you're looking for an extended stay, some suites have refrigerators, microwaves, and coffeemakers.
Big bathrooms have spacious vanities and stall showers.
Grand and remarkably spacious, the lobby harks back to another era in New York hotel hospitality. There’s plenty of room for meeting friends, reading the newspaper, or kicking back with a drink in the Madison Club Lounge.
This grand hotel has several dining spaces, including the Roosevelt Grill where a generous breakfast buffet is served. The wood-paneled Madison Club Lounge is one of Manhattan’s best examples of a classic hotel bar, with stained glass windows, big plush chairs, and an extensive cocktail list. The Vander Bar has a more contemporary feel and is very popular at happy hour. A seasonal rooftop lounge, Mad46, features cocktails and snacks against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.
YOU SHOULD KNOW While this property has several options for food and drink, the restaurants and bars are quite expensive.
Located on East 45th Street and Madison Avenue, this hotel is in a prime spot for exploring midtown Manhattan landmarks on foot. Fifth Avenue shopping, the theater district, and Times Square are all within an easy stroll. Subway access is nearby with the 4, 5, 6, 7, and S trains at Grand Central Terminal plus the B, D, F, and M trains at 42nd Street/Bryant Park. Taxis and Uber are widely available, but depending on the time of day traffic congestion can be a problem.
Since 1966 Sparks Steak House (7-minute walk) has been serving shrimp cocktail, filet mignon, and lobster in an elegant dining room with wood-paneled walls and white tablecloths. The flavors of Venice are showcased at Osteria al Doge (9-minute walk), a charming restaurant with checkered tablecloths and balcony seating. For a traditional sushi experience, take a seat at the counter of Sushi Yasuda (8-minute walk) where ingredients are flown in from Japan and a meal kind of feels like a small ceremony.
Retreat from midtown’s crowded streets into the cozy Lantern’s Keep (6-minute walk), a small cocktail bar tucked into the back of the Iroquois Hotel that has a well-earned reputation among the city’s drinks aficionados. Communal tables fill the convivial Hofbrau Bierhaus (6-minute walk), a German-inspired beer hall with pretzels, sausages, and seasonal beers on tap.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This roaring 1920s landmark retains much of the original glamor of that era. We love the billiards room, the classic wood-paneled bar, and the rooftop lounge with gorgeous skyline views.
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