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A basic but modern boutique hotel with a prime location across from 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.
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.
Clean, modern rooms, some with kitchenettes or balconies
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.
Access to the members-only Terrace Club next door
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.
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.