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52 E. 41st St., nr. Park Ave. (Midtown East)
New York, NY
(1) 212-338-0500 | www.dylanhotel.com
FOODBenjamin Steakhouse - clubby steakhouse; room service - available until 11:00pm
DRINKLobby Lounge - on mezzanine level
ROOMSLofty ceilings, understated decor, and some period detailing; oversized desks; flat-screen TVs; white marble baths, some with soaking tubs
PRICE (LUXURY QUEEN)USD 180
# OF ROOMS107
CONNECTIVITYYes - Wi-Fi available
SUBWAYGrand Central-42nd St. (4, 5, 6, 7, S)
An interesting mix of chic modernity and Beaux-Arts flamboyance by designer Jeffery Beers. The building, which dates from 1903, originally housed an elite chemistry club (complete with a medieval-style vaulted garret for apothecary work), and Beers integrated many of those nifty original features into his updated design. (That said, The Alchemy Suite is the only room left that preserves the signature Gothic columns, stained glass windows, and vaulted ceilings. The rest of the rooms are strictly 21st century and, though refreshingly high-ceilinged, border on the small side). Still, despite some dimness and virtually no views to speak of, they manage to delight with details like Petri-dish soap dishes and graduated beaker drinking glasses that drive home the historic connection.
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WHY WE LIKE IT
The swank onsite steakhouse and well-appointed meeting facilities make this a great spot for business travelers looking to entertain or host events. The location is really convenient, too, (it’s close to a slew of subway lines as well as Grand Central Terminal).
AMENITY WE LOVE
Benjamin Steakhouse is great–delish food and swish but not stuffy ambiance. For steak enthusiasts: this restaurant is the vision of house chef Arturo McLeod, who, for 20 years, worked under the great chefs of Brooklyn’s Peter Luger steakhouse.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The historic elements are still cool, but the “hip” additions are starting to look dated. Also, the eerie lighting in the hallways is creepy, the fitness center is puny, and the “business services” are a far, far cry from a “business center.”
GOOD TO KNOW
The original building was constructed in 1903 as a meeting house for the Chemist’s Club of New York. Another one for the (more recent) history books: the Benjamin Steakhouse is where Britney Spears’ short-lived NYLA restaurant was once located. All rooms are non-smoking. Valet parking and meeting facilities for groups of up to 50 people are both available. No pets allowed.
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