Classic and timeless, the two adjectives that best describe
Hotel Elysee don’t really do it justice. Built in the 1920’s and having all the accoutrements of that era in its look and feel, this hotel boasts much more. With only 100 rooms, the Hotel Elysée combines the charm and intimacy of a B&B with the comfort and service of a five-star luxury hotel.
Hotel Elysee is part of the
HK Hotels Group which welcomes all their guests with an exceptional complimentary amenity package that includes:
- A generous Continental breakfast including artisan bakery products, gorgeous fresh fruit bowl, cereals, boiled eggs, yogurt, fresh juices, coffee, tea, espresso and cappuccino.
- Daily issues of The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Herald Tribune, USA Today and the New York Post.
- Cookies, fresh fruit, coffees and teas available throughout the day served daily in the Club Room on the second floor.
- Evening reception including Prosecco, fine wines, cheeses and hors d’oeuvres each weekday from 5 to 8pm.
- Free wifi throughout the hotel.
- Daily passes to the New York Sports Club.
When you enter Hotel Elysee, a compact lobby leads you to the registration desk, with a hand painted mural of Paris in the background. To the right are a small elevator and stairway. If you head up the stairs, there’s another mural directly in front of you of a beautiful classical garden, with lemon trees on each side. By repeating the same floor tile pattern from the stairs, they make it appear as if you’re about to enter the garden yourself! It all feels so European, you’ll forget you’re in New York. The hotel is full of these whimsical and classic touches.
Our room with queen-sized bed was beautiful with antique reproduction furniture, crystal chandelier and full window drapes. The drapes covered the huge windows and door to the terrace, complete with flowering pots, table and chairs. We had a view of 54th Street with the windows of other buildings facing ours. A friendly neighbor waved to us while we were having coffee on the patio.
The second floor contains the Club Room and Library. The Club Room is the place for breakfast and the evening wine and cheese reception. Filled with cushy love seats, tables and chairs, it’s an opportunity to meet some of the other guests or to dine on your own in a comforting quiet zone. We thoroughly enjoyed our breakfasts and afternoon receptions, where the wine flows fast and the conversation is easy, even with the variety of accents of guests from around the world, who have also discovered the Hotel Elysee.
The second floor Library has a good collection of books and a computer for guests’ use. The hotel also has American Film Institute’s top 100 films of the 20th Century on DVD for guests to watch in their rooms.
On the way down the stairs from the Club Room, you’ll see some more hand-painted murals, including one of the
Monkey Bar, the legendary restaurant in the Hotel. Serving customers since the 1930’s, the Monkey Bar is well known for its eclectic patronage as well as its menu.
We love the way it feels each time we return to the hotel.
The Elysee takes its role as a shelter from the chaotic world outside its doors very seriously. Stay here and you’ll understand our unabashed fondness for this, and the other
HK Hotel properties. There are many excellent hotels in NYC, but few treat you to the amenities and service this group provides. You don’t have to take our word for it; check out
TripAdvisor.com. You’ll find
Hotel Elysee and their other 3 hotels at the top of the
TripAdvisor.com Top 20 list.
60 East 54th Street between Madison and Park Avenues
New York, NY 10022
NOTE: Hotel Elysée is part of the HK Hotels group that owns and operates 4 midtown hotels in the same value-generating and customer-appreciating mode. We are reviewing 3 of their 4 hotels in our fall 2010 visit to NYC. Each distinctively themed venue offers essentially the same HK Signature Style of Hospitality and Value in a different, but always excellent style. It is rare to find the clarity of purpose that the HK Hotels imbues in its properties and people. For more information go to www.hkhotels.com.