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“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”
– Ibn Battuta
I love how I’ve finally lost count of the number of times I’ve visited NYC (specifically Manhattan). Roaming between comedy shows in the West Village, to shopping in Nolita and late-night basketball games across from Chinatown gives off this priceless energy. There’s an endless sea of things to see, eat, and experience in this buzzing city, and though I get to witness a little more with each trip, you can live here for years and still not see it all.
I’ve loved traveling since I was a baby (my parents claim I would never even cry when traveling)! Because of this, I’ve stayed in countless hotels from Mexico to Hawaii to Colorado, ranging from the exquisite to the lackluster. Hotel Elysee definitely falls into the former category – read on to see why!
Hotel Elysee – Manhattan, New York City
Hotel Elysee is part of the Library Hotel Collection, which is a boutique luxury hotel brand that has won a myriad of awards for it’s customer-centric service. In fact, for the past 2 years it has been recognized by the Luxury Brand Report as the hotel brand with the highest guest satisfaction rating in the entire world! Its 4 NYC hotels have been ranked in TripAdvisor’s top 10 for more than a decade, and at one point they all had the top four spots in the super competitive NYC market – which has never been achieved by another company to date. As someone whose biggest pet peeve is poor customer service, this is definitely the kind of place I want (dare I say need) to stay at!
Each of the Library Collection Hotels has its own theme, and Hotel Elysee’s is known for being an oasis for artists, actors and writers. Built in the roaring 20’s just off of Central Park, it has an incredible Midtown Manhattan location on East 54th between Madison Ave and Park Ave, which is walking distance to some of the best museums and restaurants in the city. Stepping into its walls means that you’re sharing a moment of history with the greats like Marlon Brando, Tennessee Williams, Ava Gardner, Sidney Poitier and Joe DiMaggio.
Two of my favorite stories of the hotel include how one guest who was staying in a room next to playwright Tennessee Williams (who actually lived in the Hotel Elysee for 15 years), complained of “someone typing too loudly all night.” They of course had to move them to another room since they weren’t about to tell Tennessee Williams to stop playwright-ing! Another great story is of how actress Tallulah Bankhead threw an epic party for 5 days and 5 nights to celebrate President Harry S. Truman’s stunning victory over Thomas E. Dewey. Needless to say, there is so much history here, and it’s incredible to be able to be immersed in that space.
Walking from Central Park into the elegant room at Hotel Elysee, I could practically hear classical music, and I instantly felt cozy and at home here. The room had refined details such as a mini chandelier, vintage art donning the walls, a glamorous antique workstation and chairs, romantic curtains, and even a private brick patio deck! The ambiance was that of a French country inn, the perfect oasis from the hustle and bustle of the big city below.
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I was torn because part of me wanted to go out and explore NYC, but the other half just wanted to live in this room forever and soak in its adorable “Old New York” aesthetic! I also never EVER wanted to leave that perfect terrace overlooking Park Avenue.
This is the ultimate spot to sleep in! The staff was entirely professional and courteous as well. I called down for amenities and they were at the door in no time flat.
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The Private Patio Balcony
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It’s no secret that we live in an always-logged-on society. While it’s nice to get away from the screens while on vacation, it’s not always possible 100% of the time. For those moments, Hotel Elysee has a glamorous workstation for checking emails or blogging if needed during your NYC stay.
Everything was magical about our stay at the refined Hotel Elysee, from the history, to the darling room, epic terrace, impeccable service and central Manhattan location. I feel like I got to experience an incredible piece of Old New York history! I cannot recommend a stay here enough, and I can’t wait to check out the other hotels from the Library Hotel Collection!
Be sure to check out my post on the Bookmarks Rooftop Bar, situated inside the Library Hotel!
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