The Jewel facing Rockefeller Center Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Midtown West, Manhattan, New York City

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Pros

Cons

  • Fitness center does not have treadmills
  • Self-parking is 3.5 blocks away

Bottom Line

The Jewel, opened in 2009, is a no-frills, 135-room boutique hotel boasting a prime Midtown location across from Rockefeller Center. Rooms feature contemporary decor, flat-screen TVs, and iPod docks; some have kitchenettes and pull-out sofas. Floor-to-ceiling windows capture city views, and the “Club Rooms” on the 11th floor have private balconies overlooking St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Radio City Music Hall. Views can also be enjoyed from the private Terrace Club restaurant next door, which guests can access for free. The fitness center lacks treadmills, but free Wi-Fi and stations with free bottled water add value.

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 Scene

A basic but modern boutique hotel with a prime location across from Rockefeller Center

Lobby at the Jewel facing Rockefeller Center
Lobby at the Jewel facing Rockefeller Center

This hotel just off of Fifth Avenue attracts business travelers and tourists looking for easy access to offices and major sights in the area. It takes up a narrow building on 51st Street, and the small lobby has a 24-hour front desk and self-service check-in stations. (Service is limited, so this property is best suited for self-sufficient guests.) The space is small, so guests looking to lounge should head to the Living Room -- an extended lobby area on the second floor that contains cushy seating, free all-day coffee and tea, newspapers, and computer stations. Rockefeller Center is right across the street, so guests can enjoy its outdoor seating areas in nice weather or head to the ice skating rink in winter.

 Location

An ideal Midtown location near Fifth Avenue and top tourist sights

The Jewel has an ideal location near popular tourist sights -- most notably NBC Studios and Rockefeller Center, just across the street. The location on 51st Street feels more peaceful than bustling Fifth Avenue, a short walk away. Other nearby attractions include Saks Fifth Avenue, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Radio City Music Hall. Central Park and the MoMA are also within easy walking distance. There is easy access most train lines in Manhattan.

  • Across the street from Rockefeller Center and NBC Studios
  • A block from Fifth Avenue for shopping
  • A block from the N, Q, R lines
  • 5-minute walk to the 1,2 subway lines; 10-minute walk to the B, D, F, M subway lines; 10-minute walk to the 4, 6, N, Q lines
  • 5-minute walk to the Museum of Modern Art
  • 9-minute walk to Times Square and the Theater District
  • 10-minute walk to Central Park
  • 15-minute walk to Columbus Circle
  • 12 minutes by subway to the American Museum of Natural History
  • 12 minutes by subway to Penn Station
  • 16 minutes by bus to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • 27 minutes by subway to South Street Seaport, a waterfront shop and restaurant hub in the Financial District
  • 31 minutes by subway to Battery Park, where the ferry terminal to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island is located

 Rooms

Clean, modern rooms, some with kitchenettes or balconies

Kitchenette in the Two-Bedroom Suite
Kitchenette in the Two-Bedroom Suite

Rooms at The Jewel feature light wood furnishings similar to what you'd find at Ikea, and colorful duvets with blue, green, black, white, and red stripes. Bathrooms have limited counter space, but Hansgrohe fixtures, Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, and eco-friendly low-flush toilets.

The main difference between the room types is space -- rooms get larger as you go up in category, though a more expensive room doesn't guarantee a better view. Superior Rooms have empty mini-fridges and microwaves, and some have pull-out sofas; the suites come with kitchenettes. The 11th Floor Club Rooms have private balconies.

  • Flat-screen TVs with multimedia connectivity
  • iPod docks
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows (in most)
  • Modern lighting with dimmers
  • Work desks and ergonomic chairs
  • Numerous power outlets, both at desk and by the bed
  • Big walk-in showers and bath products by Gilchrist & Soames
  • Eco-friendly low-flush toilets
  • Coffeemakers
  • Reading lights attached to headboards
  • New York City guides and books
  • Some rooms have pull-out sofas, and suites have kitchenettes.
  • Rollaway beds and cribs available
  • Extended stays available

 Features

Stations with chilled bottled water on every floor, and a small fitness center with no treadmills

Business Center
Business Center
  • Stations with chilled bottled water on every floor
  • A comfortable Living Room area with free coffee, tea, and newspapers
  • Computer stations with free printer
  • A small but modern fitness center with bottled water and towels, but no treadmills. Fitness center equipment delivered to rooms upon request.
  • Lobby has self-service check-in stations, but staff is also present.
  • Late check-out times are available on Sundays.
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Discounts available for nearby attractions including NBC Studios, Top of the Rock, and MoMA
  • Self-parking garage three-and-a-half blocks away. Validation is available at the hotel.
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 Food

Access to the members-only Terrace Club next door

The Terrace Club restaurant
The Terrace Club restaurant

The Terrace Club, located at the neighboring Manhattan Centre, is a private restaurant with fabulous city views of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Radio City Music Hall. Guests have access to the restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or can take in the views over a quick cappuccino or cocktail. The terrace is uncovered in the warmer months and enclosed in glass in the winter; the phenomenal views can be enjoyed year-round.

 Bottom Line

The Jewel, opened in 2009, is a no-frills, 135-room boutique hotel boasting a prime Midtown location across from Rockefeller Center. Rooms feature contemporary decor, flat-screen TVs, and iPod docks; some have kitchenettes and pull-out sofas. Floor-to-ceiling windows capture city views, and the “Club Rooms” on the 11th floor have private balconies overlooking St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Radio City Music Hall. Views can also be enjoyed from the private Terrace Club restaurant next door, which guests can access for free. The fitness center lacks treadmills, but free Wi-Fi and stations with free bottled water add value.

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Address

  • 11 West 51 Street, New York, New York 10019

Room Types

  • One Room Suite
  • Single Room
  • Single Room with a View
  • Standard Room
  • Standard Room with a View
  • Superior Room
  • Superior Room with a View
  • Two-Bedroom Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 135
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Midtown West, Manhattan
Address: 11 West 51 Street, New York, New York 10019
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