Priceline is my friend. That's how I was able to get a decent rate for a few nights at this historic property just a few blocks from Grand Central Station. This 1000 room hotel was opened in 1924, and was considered very swank at the time of its opening. For many years in the 1940s, Governor Dewey used this as his base in Manhattan. The rooms are pleasantly maintained, though perhaps a little small - and the public areas of the hotel are truly gorgeous.
The noted firm of George B. Post and Sons was responsible for its design. Which Roosevelt does this hotel honor? Well, there's a bronze relief sculpture of Teddy Roosevelt in the lobby.
The piece is the work of noted American "heroic" sculptor James Earle Fraser (1876-1953), who worked in an unabashedly dramatic style for more than 50 years. The relief is based upon a famous cartoon of the Roughrider by J. N. Darling.
The photographs on the web-site are the work of a creative genius, this is a sad and tired old lady of a hotel. We stayed for four nights, the room was long overdue for a complete over-haul. You could see through the towels and they were gray. The sheets had holes in them, the safe did not work. The carpet was stained and the wall-paper peeling. We were upgraded from the queen we booked to a king on a smoking floor because they messed up the reservation. It smelled really bad but the possibility of staying in anything even smaller did not seem humanly possible for four nights. The concierge was completely dis-interested in anything we asked about. No pay per view , no internet, no going back !
Stayed in Dec 2009 for a few days and loved this Hotel. It was very clean and the room was very spacious compared to reviews we got.
Only negative was the air conditioning was very noisy in the room, but it was bearable after a while.
Unique Quality: Very Clean
Directions: Midtown...Very close to everything including Grand Central Station and Rockefeller Centre.
From the pictures on the site you're made to believe you get far more than you do, yes the lobby is beautiful, BUT the room was pants and the staff are miserable aside from the door staff who look at you like you're scum if they dont get a tip. The safe in the room didn't work and the towels weren't changed despite being left down to be, and i was charged for damages to them after my girlfriend stained them with hair dye (i wash it out all the time at home) i was also charged $75 for staying late even though i'd prearranged a late check-out with them.
I would not recommend this hotel at all, and i'm gutted now i didn't go with my first choice of the Marriott in Times Square, it didn't ruin my first trip to NY but it could have made it better.
Unique Quality: Roof top bar is great and so is the lobby, good location too but overall it blows.
We have just returned from New York having been married in the Empire State Building great city pity about the Roosevelt hotel what a disapoinment.The reception staff were very rude and unhelpful,Having paid for our wedding package before we left for the US they decided to take our card number and help themselves to over £1000 as they were adament it had not been paid and the reception staff told one of our party guest to leave. Lack of comunication with staff was the cause, ruined our stay and would never stay there again, However if you do decide to stay and do have problems which im sure u will contact the duty manager shaun who is the only one who helped us
Unique Quality: Rooms very small for a 4 star hotel, after years of traveling around the world i now consider the staff at the roosevelt hotel are the rudiest i have ever met in my life.
Problems with Roosevelt Hotel in New York City: At 2:20 am the front desk calls & says they had a complaint that our TV was too loud. I told the woman that they were mistaken because our TV was not on and we had been asleep for hours. as my sis and I are 62 & 64 yrs. old.She then said I am warning you that if this happens again security will be called to knock on your door. I explained again that she was mistaken but she was very rude and continued to threaten me. I went down to the lobby and she was the only one there and I asked for the manager and a man came to me with a phone in his hand.I made a complaint with the night manager and then again with the day manager the next day.I was told that they would get back to me but no one ever did. We were not able to go back to sleep that night and because we were so tired we missed the Broadway Show that we had paid for.We were there for several more days and no one ever contacted us. When we left on 3/01 we both filled out a comment card and explained the incident. We have not heard anything from them at all-from the Hotel. They woke us us in the middle of the night for something we did not do, then threatened us.We were awake the rest of the night.It was a terrible and costly experience. The room was fine but the "view" they said we had the the inside lower roof of the hotel with the air conditioners and the others wall of the hotel. The TV was good..
Unique Quality: nice pool.
Our window viewed the air conditioner units and the other wall of the hotel
I knew the moment I arrived that staying at The Roosevelt would be a mistake. The service staff were rude and unhelpful, throwing my room key at me. I didn't see a single bell boy or concierge offer to help anyone with their luggage either. The opulent hotel lobby is misleading, just wait until you see the actual rooms before you hand over your credit card. The hallways were filthy and old, the room's decor clearly hadn't been updated for 20 years or more, the bathroom was tiny and the tv had terrible reception. Checking out was as much as an ordeal as checking in, and the reception staff, who had clearly never been on a customer service training course, couldn't even summon up a smile or have a nice day as again I had my room key snatched off me and replaced with an extortionate bill. I hope staff members at The Roosevelt get to read this - as this customer who you couldn't be bothered with is in fact a travel writer who reviews such places for a living! Let's just say, The Roosevelt Hotel won't get a favourable review from me and I hope any potential visitor asks to see the room first before they hand over their credit card. Be warned!
Unique Quality: Apart from the decent location, I have nothing good to say about this hotel.
Directions: Madison Avenue at East 45th Street.
Roosevelt Hotel is a historic property located five blocks from Rockefeller Center and approximately nine miles from LaGuardia International Airport. This location is also one block from Fifth Avenue (shopping), two blocks from Grand Central Terminal, three blocks from Broadway theaters, eight blocks from Saint Patrick's Cathedral and Radio City Music Hall, 16 miles from JFK International Airport, and 18 miles from Newark Liberty International Airport.
Hotel amenities include the 24-hour fitness center, hair salon, gift shop, luggage shop, Bostonian Shoes, Ferraras Cafe, Madison Club Bar & Lounge, and Teddy's Table Restaurant. The hotel also offers room service, valet laundry, self and valet parking, a business center, tour assistance, a concierge, safety deposit, and wireless high-speed Internet access.
All rooms feature dual-line telephones, voicemail, dataports, desk lamps with Internet and DC plugs, Sony Playstation video games, safes, climate control, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, ergonomic desk chairs, cable TV, in-room movies, and high-speed Internet access.
Directions: On the corner of Madison Avenue and East 45th Street.
The Roosevelt Hotel was named from Theodore Roosevelt. the 26th President of the US, in office 1901 – 1909. The hotel opened in 1924.
I myself have stayed here several times and everything was all right. The only issue is the elevators. It could take a lot of time to get an elevator that isn’t full of guests and luggage.
Unique Quality: Right in the heart of midtown. The location is great, a few minutes from grand central station and Times Square.
Phone Reservations: 888-TEDDY-NY
Directions: 45 East 45th Street & Corner of Madison Avenue
Stayed 2 X 2 nites in late July this year. Hotel staff were courteous and helpful. I was given an upgrade to king-size bed and larger room without having to request for one. On our return for the second of two nights, the receptionist immediately recognised us and acknowledged us and promise to give us the same if not better room.
Location is very good with buses just round the corner on Madison Ave heading northwards. Fifth Ave just one block across and Grand Central Terminal is an easy walk through MetLife Building which is just opposite the hotel's main entrance. We even walk to Times Square! Lots of restaurants (all price range) within walking distance from the hotel's main entrance. Just steps away are Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Indian restaurants. Grand Cafe just round the corner is excellent for breakfast.
Lobby was luxuriously appointed and rooms were comfortable with good mattress (not too soft) and plenty of pillows for two persons. Closet provided sufficient space for storage which is important since we travelled 3 weeks.
Air con worked well, water pressure was good and bathrooms were clean albeit a little old. Fresh supplies of towels and toiletries every day.
Would definitely stay here again when I next visit NYC.
Directions: Exactly at the corner of East 45th Street and Madison Avenue
We stayed at the Roosevelt from 8th -13th march 07, The hotel foyer had a"historic" atmosphere but spoilt by the fact that you can,t keep your room after 12-00 check out, so foyer is generally full of people waiting to leave and their luggage, reception was efficient to the point of being clinical, Doorman always willing to assist on arrival for a perceived tip, but found it near impossible to hail a cab, probably more to do with the main entrance to the Hotel being in a cross town street than on a main street, Concierge was generally bright and cheerful but when asked could she confirm our pick up to Newark she told us she couldn,t possibly, as we were using a competitor!!!!gee thanks, Rooms were clean reasonably sized with comfy beds, lounge bar was always busy, more to do with size than prices but I would most definately recommend the location not least for its proximity to Grand Central Station, all in all the plusses outweighed the minuses so would recommend to others. Just a note about Supershuttle from Newark to the city, there ain,t nothing super about this shuttle, 45 minute wait at airport for pick up, general confusion at the desk, and a Drive like the "wacky races" in both directions, hire a recognised cab or limo.....
Unique Quality: Lingering historical quality
Directions: Midtown 2 minutes from Grand Central
The Roosevelt was great for us. Everyone was so nice and helpful. I would recommend the hotel to anyone. The heater did make a funny gurgeling noise when it came on, and the room was small, we had two double beds, but those inconveniences did not ruin our stay. We even got snowed in and they gave us back our room, at a higher rate understandably, but still it was good to be stuck in New York for 2 days longer than we planned, at the Roosevelt. Stay at the Roosevelt, you won't be disappointed.
Unique Quality: Great location, beautiful hotel, freindly staff (even the girls that worked the Starbucks in the bar in the morning, were polite and there were alot of people there), concierge was so helpful, beds were comfortable, clean and fun. Rates are reasonable for Manhattan, and we felt safe. Deli's, good restaurants, Starbucks close by. Thanks Roosevelt for making our first trip great!
There are not enough praises that I could give this hotel. Our stay there was perfect! The rooms were spacious (for New York) and clean. The staff was friendly and helpful. The location could not have been more central to all of the sites.
Unique Quality: Only a few blocks from Grand Central Terminal-so easy to catch a subway. Not on a highly busy street so some what quieter than other touristy hotels nearby. Within walking distance to Central Park, Shopping, Time Square, and Empire State Building. One thing I really appreciated was the offer of a car by the hotel when it was time to leave for the airport.
Directions: 45th and Madison. Near Grand Central Terminal.
Loved the Roosevelt, walked into the lobby and felt like was walking into a 5 star hotel. Very Grand Dame style. Rooms were spacious and are apparently about to be refurbished. The beds were fabulous.
Would happily recommend this hotel to anyone, the location was unbeatable, minutes walk from Grand Central & 5th Avenue.
We choose this hotel because at the time we booked this was among the cheapest and decent hotels recommended by the agency. Then we heard a few stories about its good and bad qualities but it turned out to be pretty good.
The location is fine, as it is one step from central station, the metro and the 5thav.
The hall is great and the room they gave us was not big but clean and with a pretty good taste.
Just one small point down: I do not know about the other hotels but this one, with 4 or five lifts available, it seemed only one or two were properly working and they were always full and it took ages to get one during rush-tourist hours....
Anyway...at the end we were quite happy we did not choose the Milford as it happened to be so close to that zoo that Time square is...:)
Unique Quality: Very close to central station;
very nice and elegant hall;
on the 2nd floor there is a business center with fitness point and internet point
Directions: If you arrive on Central station take the exit on the 45th, then turn right, the hotel is just there
Has any stayed in a superior room at the Roosevelt Hotel? I'm going this New Year and just wondered what I was in for...
I just got back from staying at the Roosevelt Hotel with my wife and daughter. I read some really bad reviews prior to leaving and was expecting the worst. But the room that I stayed in was great. I had no complaints. The staff was great and even allowed us to check in early (11:00am) at no extra charge.
Don't worry about it.
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