Snuggled amid the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan is the Roger Smith Hotel, a family-owned property that fosters human connection in an often impersonal city.
New York City is always a magical place that’s a melting pot of culture and unique experiences.
Whether you’re visiting from within the U.S. or internationally, Roger Smith Hotel is among the hip and cool places to stay in the heart of this metropolis.
My friend and I were excited to spend a weekend at the hotel to enjoy the comfort of one of its suites and view the city through the lens of a local.
Guests at this art-inspired hotel are a leisurely stroll away from an abundance of household-name museums, internationally renowned restaurants and romantic landmarks.
Leisure guests enjoy the close proximity to the iconic shops on Fifth Avenue and the wealth of live entertainment throughout Manhattan.
The hotel sits at the crossroads of classic NYC destinations such as Grand Central Terminal, the Chrysler Building and the Museum of Modern Art.
The hotel is well situated for business travelers too – major corporations like Anheuser-Busch, JP Morgan and the United Nation’s are within arm’s reach.
When you’ve had your fill of the whirling bustle of the city, the hotel is a peaceful retreat in NYC.
We were lucky to stay in the spacious Premium Suite, which made us feel like a local in a large Manhattan apartment.
It had two bedrooms (one was a smaller ‘nanny room’), a living room and a kitchenette.
The suite was decked out with three TVs, a king bed in the master bedroom, a single bed in the nanny room and a sofa with a pull-out queen-size bed in the living area.
The kitchenette had dishware, a microwave, a coffeemaker and a mid-sized refrigerator. There was definitely enough space for anyone wanting to host a business meeting or simply gather around the dining table for a card game.
After two nights in the hotel, there was nothing better than opening a bottle of wine, kicking off our shoes and leaving the beautiful chaos of the day behind.
However, if you are looking for fun and drinks with a view, the best way to enjoy the color and creativity of the hotel and the surrounding skyscrapers was its rooftop bar called Henry’s.
Here you’ll find an intimate setting with stunning Midtown skyline views. It’s a special place to indulge in progressive cocktails.
It’s open to the public seasonally from May to October from 5 pm to 10 pm Monday through Saturday and 3 pm to 8 pm on Sundays.
For a change in scenery, head on down to the lobby and first-floor bar Lily’s – both spaces double as rotating gallery spaces.
Lily’s is a vibrant gathering spot for conversation and perfectly made cocktails.
One wall acts as a gallery, exhibiting pieces from important local artists; A floor-to-ceiling window overlooks the always-bustling Lexington Avenue.
This warm and inviting space serves as a public work and meeting area by day and a lounge by evening. The private back room turns this hotel bar in NYC into a perfect spot for readings, meetings, and other special events.
Finally, while on the topic of the lobby, guests are treated to complimentary Green Mountain Yogurt delivered straight from Vermont that’s set-up each morning on a serve yourself basis.
One reason we loved The Roger Smith Hotel was the fact it promotes social and environmental action with its seasoned Sustainability Program. The property strives to be proactive by addressing global issues concerning energy conservation as well as water and waste management.
The mission of The Roger Smith Hotel Sustainability Program is to reduce the hotel’s carbon footprint while working to inspire and educate everyone around us.
No matter which type of room at Roger Smith Hotel, each is designed with hand-picked furnishings and paintings from all over.
Another perk is each room has refreshing touches like live plants, locally-sourced bath products by Beekman 1802 and a collection of books that guests can take from and add to as they please.
Free and strong WiFi keeps all guests connected 24/7; mobile device docking stations allow you to score your own stay; and a strict non-smoking policy promotes health and environmental responsibility.
No two accommodations are alike—each is filled with hand-picked furnishings and fixtures—and all offer a larger than average space with homey aesthetics.
Aside from the Premium Suite, the hotel has a few different types of rooms: Superior One Bedroom Suite, One Bedroom Suite, Midtown Junior Suite Hotel, Midtown Classic Standard Hotel Room and the Midtown Classic Standard Hotel Room.
The Superior One Bedroom Suites are located on the building’s higher floors; each features a decorative fireplace and a distinct residential layout.
The living room in these suites have a queen sofa sleeper, sitting area and a writing desk. The kitchenette provides a sink, a microwave oven, a mini-fridge, a coffee maker and dishes. The master bedroom (with a queen- or king-size bed) is private and comfortable, with a Sealy Posturpedic mattress and high-quality linens.
For a hotel room with a residential feel, look no further than the One Bedroom Suites that have stand-alone living rooms, kitchenettes and walk-in foyers.
These suites can comfortably accommodate four adults, with a queen bed in the master bedroom and a sofa with a queen-size pull-out bed. These separate spaces allow guests to watch television while someone gets dressed, and another does work.
The kitchenette comes with dishware, a microwave, a coffeemaker and a mid-sized refrigerator.
The Midtown Junior Suites are equipped for families, small groups and solo travelers who enjoy some extra space.
These feature a king bed, queen bed or two double beds, plus a sofa with a queen-size pull-out bed. These suites come to life with dual-exposure corner windows, which allow plenty of natural light to pour over comfortable sitting areas.
Generous amenities like extra towels and toothbrushes tie the space together leaving guests everything they need for an easy stay.
The most affordable room type with elements of luxury is the Classic Standard.
It comes with a queen bed or two double beds, as well as hand-picked furnishings including a writing desk and live plants. These rooms offer a luxurious and homey retreat for guests to lay their heads after busy days in Manhattan.
The Roger Smith Hotel is located at 501 Lexington Avenue (at 47th Street), New York City, New York 10017.
For more information, visit www.rogersmith.com.