My stay at the Hotel Elysée was one of my favourite hotel stays of all time. We were so lucky to be given a complimentary stay in the Penthouse Suite and loved every second of it.
The journey from London to NYC ended up being much longer than expected. Our flight was delayed by 3 hours so by the time we got to the hotel we were ready to pass out! Luckily the front desk staff at Hotel Elyseé were super welcoming, checked us in quickly and showed us up to our room where we crashed out on the insanely comfy king size bed.
It was only when we woke up the next morning that we realised how amazing our suite was! With it’s beautiful vintage decor, it felt like you had stepped back into the early 20th century. The suite was very spacious, the living room has a baby grand piano, a fireplace and large dining table. Off the living room is a fully equipped kitchen which we used for a one of the nights when we wanted to stay in and appreciate the beauty of the space.
The bedroom was beautiful and had a terrace which looked out onto the hustle and bustle of 54th Street. The terrace made a perfect setting to read your newspaper with a cup of coffee in the morning or soak up the evening with a glass of wine.
The rest of the hotel was charming. There is a large common area where a buffet breakfast is served every morning. We were treated to an array of bagels, muffins, breads, hard-boiled eggs, cereals, yoghurt, fruit, coffees and juices. In the evenings wine and cheese is served from around 5pm which was right up my street.
Hotel Elysée was founded in 1926 as a European-style hotel, Mayer Quain, purchased the hotel out of bankruptcy in 1937. His children designed every room individually so that no two rooms were thesame. In lieu of traditional numbers, the rooms were named to reflect their personality, such as the “Sayonara” suite assigned to Marlon Brando after his starring role in Teahouse of the August Moon. Tennessee Williams lived in the hotel for fifteen years and died in the “Sunset” suite.
The location of the hotel was perfect as we were easily able to walk to a show on Broadway, Times Square, shopping on 5th Avenue, Central Park and much more.