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After a $180 million, 20-month renovation, this 1926 hotel has emerged as a glamorous destination that embraces its past without getting stuck in it. Located in Manhattan’s East Side, it’s easy walking distance from Rockefeller Center, Times Square, and shops such as Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Location

Situated in the heart of midtown Manhattan’s East Side, this historic hotel is easy walking distance from Rockefeller Center, Times Square, and shopping destinations such as Saks Fifth Avenue. It’s also steps from Grand Central Terminal.

Address: 111 E 48th St, New York City, New York 10017, United States.

Style & character

This 1926 hotel has emerged as a glamorous destination that embraces its past without getting stuck in it. In the glittering lobby, you’d never guess the grand staircase wasn’t around in the days when Harold Stirling Vanderbilt and Ernest Hemingway considered the place their temporary home. The new Gin Parlour, located off the lobby, has the feel of a Jazz Age hangout, but the cocktail presentations — such as serving drinks over aromatised cracked ice and botanicals — is decidedly modern.

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Service & facilities

Whether you need tickets to a Broadway show or suggestions for an affordable breakfast spot, the concierge staff are knowledgeable and happy to help. Some employees have worked here for decades, further tying the renovated hotel to its storied past.  A small but updated fitness centre houses cardio machines and free weights, and a 24-hour business centre features internet-connected computers, printers and scanners.

  • Bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Laundry
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

All of the hotel’s 702 guestrooms bear an eagle medallion doorplate, same as they have since the hotel opened. Rooms are decorated with Hudson River School landscapes from the early 19th century depicting nearby destinations like the Catskill Mountains. Even the bathroom amenities are rooted in history: The hotel once housed Caswell-Massey, and the famed apothecary developed products specifically for the hotel’s guestrooms. Modern amenities include 42-inch LED flat-screen televisions and access to thousands of publications through PressReader, a digital news library.

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Food & drink

The Gin Parlour serves as both bar and restaurant, offering a well-rounded breakfast buffet each morning and late-night bites in the wee hours. Many items are sourced locally, down to the honey used to make the popular ‘Hive’ cocktail. Speaking of cocktails, you’ll find a wide variety on the menu, plus a selection of 88 premium gins. Nothing is inexpensive — the full breakfast buffet alone is $44 (£35) — but it’s hard to beat the convenience.

Access for guests with disabilities?

Yes.

Family-friendly?

Yes. Babysitting services are available for a fee.

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