Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Hotel Elysee by Library Collection Review

When you see the hotel right off Madison Avenue, it screams classic New York

They really try to make your stay as comfortable as possible 

The bed was a good size and pretty comfortable 

A nice little sitting area was a welcome touch 

The bathroom was small but I have seen smaller.

That door leads to the bathroom, and you have to go up a step. Unique design.

Free bottles of water and Leonidas dark chocolate were great touches to the room

Right across the street from the hotel is a lovely little park, great to relax after a long day in the city! 

The free breakfast in the morning was quite a variety, with healthy and not healthy available.

I loved this staircase's elegance! Here is some history about the hotel:

Hotel Elysée was founded in 1926 as a European-style hotel for the carriage trade by Swiss-born Max Haering. New York's leading hatcheck concessionaire, Mayer Quain, purchased the hotel out of bankruptcy in 1937. After the War, his children eclectically designed every room so that no two rooms were alike. In lieu of traditional numbers, the rooms were named to reflect their personality, such as the "Sayonara" suite assigned to Marlon Brando after his starring role in Teahouse of the

August Moon. Tennessee Williams lived in the hotel for fifteen years and died in the "Sunset" suite.

Columnist Jimmy Breslin, who regards the Elysée as "a great hotel, a genuine New York landmark," succeeded Ruark as the hotel's unofficial chronicler. Upon Tennessee Williams's death at the Elysée in February 1983, Breslin recalled the story of a transient guest who called the front desk at 5:00 am complaining that someone in the next suite was keeping her awake by typing all night. "They knew right away who the culprit was, but they couldn't very well ask Mr. Williams to stop playwriting,     so we simply moved the guest to another room."

In November 1948, Tallulah Bankhead celebrated President Harry S. Truman's stunning victory over Thomas E. Dewey by throwing a noisy party at the hotel that ran non-stop for five days and nights.

The Hotel Elysee in New York City was sold for $55 million, or $533,980 per room. The 103-room hotel was sold to its

current operators Richard Born, Ira Rukier and Henry Kallan

You do feel like you are on a set of Mad Men, no ? 

Lovely sitting area, where the computer room is, to relax and just unwind

Could you see Don Draper on that couch? I could very easily!

Champagne, wine and cheese were served in the evening 

  • Old world New York feel in decor and furnishings   
  • Free Continental Breakfast  
  • Right off Madison Avenue, near major shopping and attractions    
  •  Wine and cheese reception evenings from 5pm to 8pm 
  • Beautiful lobby 
  • A historic property in New York City since 1926 
  • Customer service driven staff 
  • Room service from The Monkey Bar restaurant 
  • Free bottled water, chocolate and turn down service 
  • Business center with internet access 
  • $25.00 daily Resort Fee (as of 06/25/19) 
  • Only 1 elevator     
  • No coffee maker in the room, but can be requested 
  • Rooms may be considered small 
60 East 54th Street  
New York, NY 10022

4 star hotel
Old New York Boutique Hotel
Location: Midtown East     
103 guestrooms  
Laundry Service Available 
Room Service Available 24/7
Paid Parking 
No Fitness Center but passes to NY Sports Club Provided  
Free High Speed WiFi
Guests of the Hotel Elysée are also welcome to enjoy complimentary library of movies, music and books
Monkey Bar Restaurant Attached to Hotel      
Trip Advisor Ranking 6 of 480 (as of 8/26/18)
Trivago Rating  9 out of 10 (as of 8/26/18)
Price Range $259 - $544 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)

Hotel prices are at their lowest in the months of January and February; their highest September and October. Sunday nights are the lowest prices for hotel rooms, in most cases. My go to places for checking prices for hotels are TrivagoTrip and Travelzoo. Always remember to check the hotel's website itself, they are really trying to have you   
book direct and sometimes offer specials or a discount with AAA that is cheaper than the websites I mentioned above. 
I am also finding that if you book on your mobile device, you can save some money as well. I actually got a better rate via 
my mobile phone than using my AAA discount online direct at the hotel. You should really do some research on your price 
for hotel a few different ways, and ALWAYS book a room that you can cancel, you never know what may happen 
in the future. 

Remember to take into account for your total cost the NYC Hotel tax of 14.75% plus Daily $2.00 per room occupancy fee.

Would I reserve a night at the Hotel Elysée again? I believe I would, for the right price. I enjoyed my stay, the hotel is very elegant and feels like old New York. Everything is done very well as are all Library Collection Hotels. I am beginning to find staying in so many hotels in the last year, I prefer a more modern design. The location is fabulous, you can really walk everywhere and not really need the subway or cab. There are lots of restaurants in the location, as well as shops and MOMA. 
To stay right off of Madison Avenue is pretty fantastic. I would recommend this hotel to friends and my readers. If you are 
more into a modern type of hotel, this would not be the choice. The free breakfast was nice, and the wine hour in the 
evening was a fun, relaxing touch. 

 My rating for this hotel, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being perfect in every way, is a 7. 

Disclosure: This stay was paid for by me. I will always state at the end of each review whether my stay was paid for by 
myself or if I was hosted by the hotel. I will honestly tell you about my experience at this hotel, not being swayed in any way by complimentary services. I know you value my opinion, and it is important to me to be as honest as possible. All opinions are 
my own. Thank you so much.

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