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The huge, stunning lobby of this historic hotel is elegant and charming.
Built in 1924, the 1,015-room Roosevelt Hotel boasts a stunning lobby and 30,000 square feet of meeting space. Entering the hotel and walking up a half flight of stairs to the lobby, one is immediately struck by the grandness of it all -- the two-story ceilings, the huge chandelier, the gleaming , the surrounding balconies. One guest said the lobby reminded her of the Waldorf Astoria, where the rooms tend to cost twice as much.
From 1995 to 1997, the Roosevelt closed for a massive, $65 million renovation. Today the lobby remains spectacular, and a 2012 renovation updated guestrooms to match. The Madison Club Lounge spills out into the lobby and is a popular place for drinks for guests as well as middle-aged locals who work in the area.
A number of major films have shot at the Roosevelt, including Wall Street, Quiz Show, and Maid In Manhattan. It's also been mentioned on the television series Mad Men, with the show's fictional 1960s characters drinking there or spending the night after fighting with the wife.
With a strong emphasis on corporate clients and large-scale events, service for normal guests is basic
Right next to Grand Central Station, the huge hotel occupies an entire block in the commercial center of the city.
During the day the area is busy as commuting office workers fill the surrounding high-rise buildings. The energy is high but focused. Everyone is trying to get somewhere, be it work, lunch, or an errand, quickly. This is the business, not the pleasure, side of the city. For the most part, it's lacking in the bright lights and tourist groups of Times Square or the colorful characters of downtown.
At night, it closes up. The worker bees head to Grand Central, perhaps grabbing a drink first, and then hop a train or subway home.
The hotel's main entrance on 45th Street is open 24 hours, while another entrance on 44th Street.
The ground floor is occupied with shop tenants ranging from wireless phone store. Beyond the hotel's ground floor, additional upscale shops -- including a Lindt chocolate store and a luggage store -- occupy a "shopping promenade" below the lobby., a fancy men's grooming club, to a not-so-fancy
Guests leaving the hotel can simply cross 45th Street and enter Grand Central through a small (and not clearly marked) entrance. There's also aacross the street and a popular place to grab a cheap breakfast or lunch called Blake & Todd.
All 1,015 room were renovated in a massive overhaul in 2012
The hotel completing a massive, multi-million dollar renovation in 2012, updating all 1,015 guest rooms and corridors. Rooms were redesigned to add modern enhancements to classic accommodations with a darker color palette of red and beige walls with gold accents. Decor is classic with historic art work of the hotel's past, and all furniture has been replaced.
With a business focus and smallish rooms, there's not much for kids once you get past the Gund teddy bears wearing Roosevelt sweaters at check-in.
Though the hotel staff says they welcome kids, the businessy atmosphere and grand, somewhat austere lobby don't feel all that family friendly. But cribs are available at no extra charge, and roll-away beds are available for a nightly fee. A Deluxe room or bigger is needed to accommodate roll-aways, though. Adjoining rooms are also available and can be requested when reserving, but there are no guarantees until arrival.
For guests needing a baby sitter, the concierge provides the number for the Babysitter's Guild, a child-care agency that specializes in out-of-town visitors. At the agency's suggestion, the concierge asks that guests call the Babysitter's Guild directly to schedule service, address any questions, and make sure all are comfortable with the arrangements.
About 30 to 90 minutes from three airports
New York has three nearby airports: JFK, La Guardia, and Newark (in New Jersey). Flying into JFK or La Guardia is typically easiest and the least time consuming. From JFK, it's a flat-rate $45 (one-hour) taxi to anywhere in Manhattan. From La Guardia, it's about a $40 (30-minute) metered cab ride to midtown Manhattan. Rides from Newark cost at least $40 (plus tolls) and can take over one-and-a-half hours. Don't forget to tip your driver 15 to 25 percent.
To save some cash, group shuttles are available at all three airports for about $14 per person. For more information on the shuttles, go to Super Shuttle or New York Airport Service. You can also take public transit from any of the airports for as little as $7 per person, but travel times can take up to two hours and involve a lot of lugging bags up and down stairs. For mass-transit directions right to the hotel, check out HopStop.com.
Located one block from Grand Central Station, in the heart of New York's corporate skyscrapers (and not much nightlife), the Roosevelt is a 1,015-room classic. The service is far from doting and the on-site food isn't worth it, but the high-quality fitness center and central location make it a fair bet, for the price.