Travel Blogs from New York City
We slept in until 10.30am, then took our time watching a kids movie on TV called Monsters v Aliens. Not a bad movie. We then headed out to see Times Square one last time. We caught the subway across town to save some time. Times Square was still pretty busy with people….some we don't think had left since the night before……those …
Hard for us to believe we are in NYC for NYE! Expecting massive crowds to increase over the course of the day so we were up and out of the hotel by 10.30am. Jumping on the subway uptown 10 blocks we all felt like New Yorkers…..this place really does grow on you and before long you think you know it all when really you have just scratched the …
We all slept in this morning and then there were lots of trips between Level 18 and 21 organising the packing of suitcases with a number of rearrangements to ensure all suitcases were under the weight limit. Finally by 1pm everyone was organised…even Tony who had been struggling with a cold for a few days. Tony has been multiple visits to the …
After getting over our meltdown, we decided to embrace the remaining time in NYC, and caught the subway downtown to Little Italy and Soho. Once we arrived, we noticed how much more difficult it was to get around the footpaths….it looked like the snow ploughs hadn't reached this area yet.
Little Italy is a bit like a mini Lygon Street …
OK, today was Meltdown day, not only for the snow piled up on the footpaths of NYC but also for us! After minimal sleep from trying to find a way to get to Los Angeles to catch our connecting flight home, we (that's us, not the kids - who were angels today thank goodness) were cranky….big time! The airline confirmed again that our flight was …
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Benjamin New York City
The stay was fantastic. The rooms were spacious and comfortable, and the staff was incredible. It's not cheap, but worth every penny.
The Benjamin is the best!
The Benjamin has done it right! Very nice rooms, great amenities, extremely comfortable beds and a pillow menu to top it off. If you want a nice place to stay, the Benjamin is it. Printer and fax machine in each room, with hi-speed internet. I'll never stay at another hotel in Manhattan. Wish I would have found it months ago before wasting four weeks at the grand hyatt.
I stayed at the Benjamin over the 4th of July and it was fabulous.
Cannot say enough about the staff - they were wonderful. The rooms were nice, clean, large and centrally located (midtown). The staff was superb! Will stay again, no question!
Best kept secret in New York.
This hotel has everything from amazingly friendly staff who just couldn't do enough for us, to the most comfortable beds and pillows I've ever slept in. Nothing was too much trouble, from going out and buying us coffee filters for our in room coffee machine, to lending us a laptop for 20 minutes (FREE) so we could look up a few websites on things to do in New York. The rooms were extremely spacious and spotlessly clean and coming home from a "hard days shopping" to find our room where the beds turned down, the lighting dimmed and soft music playing, was fabulous. Wouldn't stay anywhere else in New York again.
Not so impressed
I enjoy taking a vacation from my apartment and trying different new york hotels. This hotel was just ok. It was nice and the rooms were nice, but I had some problems with staff. There are other hotels I prefer.
Stayed here last weekend...everything was perfect! If you're looking for a quiet, very clean hotel at a great price...this is it. The one bedroom suite was wonderful.
Request upper floor room
Very comfortable friendly hotel. The decor was lovely and the bed was great. They are very family friendly and provided us with a free crib and high chair. My only comment is that we had a corner king studio room on the 8th floor and we got quite a bit of street noise.
Definitely request upper floor room.
I was a little skeptical about the great reviews I was reading, but no more. This business hotel may be the most romantic place to stay in New York. There are lots of other hotels that measure romance in numbers of pleats, patterns and ruffles. But in the tastefully restrained Benjamin you will find what is truly the most romantic thing a hotel can offer -- the most comfortable bed on the planet. The specially made mattress, the awesome linens, and the selection of 10 pillows (including a body pillow for pregnant women, but I recommend the jelly-neck pillow -- the insert is cool against your neck, or you can take it out and heat in the room's microwave). And it inspires not only romance, but one of the best sleeps you have ever had in a hotel, which will make the rest of your trip more energetic and fun. The rooms are big for NYC. The bathrooms are also great, with all marble tiling, and little aromatheraphy soaps and lotions and a makeup mirror. Try to get one of the 16th floor rooms facing the street with the little balconies. I'm not sure, but I swear our view was of the building Edward Steichen and Georgia O'keefe lived in.Because this is supposed to be a business hotel, you get neat things like web and email access on your television ($9.95/24 hours).They just do everything right here. For instance, the gym is open 24 hours. The spa has regular, pregnancy and foot massages. Finally, you have to mention the staff. They are attentive, professional and incredibly nice. We got a call every day of our stay just to make sure everything was going well, then they sent us a thank you note when we got home. I have obviously already said too much, but I really can't say enough. We have stayed just about everywhere in NYC, but from now on will never stay anywhere else.
Everything was Fabulous
This has to be one of the best hotels. Amenities were fabulous from the Bose CD/Radio's to the finest linens on the beds it was great. Staff was exceptional. Could not do enough for you. Would definately go back. Loved it.
It's all about the Benjamin... [sorry, cheesy, couldn't resist]
This was a very nice hotel in midtown-- quite convenient to Broadway. The rooms have Bose clock radios and really nice amenities (including a choice of wacky kinds of pillows, e.g., "Swedish Gel"-- sadly, that one was not available when I tried to investigate). I'd stay there again and recommend it!