Looking for the best hotels near Rockefeller Center? Nice choice! Staying close to this Midtown epicenter puts you at one of the best New York attractions. Known best for its holiday season theatrics, Rockefeller Center is home to the world-renowned enormous Rockefeller Christmas Tree, which towers over the outdoor ice rink. But unbeknownst to many, this Manhattan venue was designed to be more than purely a tourist attraction for NYC events. Envisioned by financier and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr., this site was originally supposed to house the Metropolitan Opera. However, the stock market crash in 1929 nixed that idea. So instead Rockefeller went with a Plan B: he completely funded the entire project himself. This commercial complex holds 19 original buildings, various shops and eateries, all of which operate around 30 Rockefeller Plaza, home to NBC Studios. Stop inside for a behind-the-scenes tour or attend a show taping. Don’t miss the Rainbow Room or the Top of the Rock Observation Deck, and a performance at Radio City Music Hall.
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Designed by architect Emery Roth, this Beaux-Arts gem has recently redesigned accommodations by Lauren Rottet to complement its thoughtful services and amenities, such as restful solutions by sleep expert, Dr. Rebecca Robbins, and Winks’ Kidzzz Club for families. Room types range from guestrooms with kitchenettes to one-bedroom terrace suites. Noted as “one of the 50 favorite restaurants” by The New York Times, The National by Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is housed on the first floor and showcases modern bistro cuisine in a chic, grand café, reminiscent of something you’d find on the Left Bank. Stylist Federico Calce, known for the coiffing of celeb tresses, also presents his eponymous Federico Hair & Spa at The Benjamin.
Following a $180 million, top-to-bottom renovation, The InterContinental New York Barclay reopened in 2016 with more than 420,000 square feet of redesigned interiors. Established in 1926 as one of the original “railroad” hotels, the revitalized property now features a more open and inviting lobby, leading to a new Carrara marble grand staircase; 704 spacious guestrooms and suites reminiscent of a classic Park Avenue home; and a Gin Parlour, offering 88 premium gins alongside preferred wines and spirits and a locally sourced menu. Artwork reflects the hotel’s 1920’s legacy, as well, with antique maps and early 19th century Hudson River School landscapes featured throughout public spaces and guestrooms.
A refined jewel on 6th Avenue, the Warwick New York was designed to serve those doing business as well as those seeking leisure and romance. Originally commissioned by William Randolph Hearst in 1926 for Marion Davies, the European-style hotel was built opposite the Ziegfeld Theater to host their Hollywood friends. Over time, this property has had its share of “who’s who” guests, like resident Cary Grant, and incorporates modern-day amenities catering to any visitor. All of their 426 guestrooms and 67 suites offer marble bathrooms, large working desks, LCD TVs, a minibar and 24-hour in-room dining. Their On the Avenue Suites are located on the corner of 54th Street and 6th Avenue, with views of New York City that make guests feel like they’re truly arrived. As for dining, start off the day with breakfast at Murals on 54, which is paired with a backdrop of several historical top-to-floor murals ordered by Hearst and created by the highly respected illustrator and muralist, Dean Cornwell. Randolph’s Bar and Lounge is the setting for drinks, dinner, and late night snacks, plus an extensive and refined wine list.
Inside the Women’s National Republican Club building, which is housed on the National Register of Historic Places, this event space and boutique hotel gives off an Old New York feeling with its historic elegance while being located right across from happening Fifth Avenue. This quaint property has 27 non-smoking guest rooms, including two spacious suites. Each room is simple and comfortable, consisting of either one king, or one queen or two twin-sized beds. All of them are equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, walk-in closets, flat screen TV, and private baths. The 3 West Club’s Pub/Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday; but be sure to dress appropriately and skip the jeans or shorts.
The Sanctuary Hotel offers personalized service and European-inspired hospitality curated by native New Yorkers. This boutique hotel has 113 guest rooms and suites. Guest rooms are richly detailed with chocolate leather headboards, crystal chandeliers, glass-walled showers, marble countertops, fireplaces, and leather-printed wall tiles. Accents of brown glass, honey onyx, and brushed brass create a vibrant and chic mood. Room types include superior queen rooms, deluxe queen and king rooms with additional space for a rollaway bed, double rooms, and a one bedroom Sweet Suite. The hotel also offers two unique dining experiences: The Haven Rooftop restaurant and lounge serving a French-inspired menu, and Tender Steak & Sushi featuring Modern American and an impressive sushi selection.
W New York’s 696 rooms and suites are equipped with W-standard amenities, such as a W Mixbar, minibar, 24-hour in-room dining, and Bliss bath products. For fans of Bliss, the property contains Bliss 49 Spa, which is stretched over two floors and offers perks like mani/pedi stations with personal headsets, movie-while-you-mani services, and a spa snack buffet. Its Heartbeat Restaurant puts its spin on classic American dishes by giving them a cuisine with breakfast, lunch, and dinner servings in a casual setting. For a pre-dinner drink, Whiskey Blue provides a candlelit atmosphere and a small bites menu with its swanky cocktail lounge vibe, while The Living Room Lounge allows for some good people watching. Open 24/7, the W New York’s FIT Gym sports a wide array of fitness and cardio machines and has available personal training services.
With 67 guestrooms and suites, The Gotham Hotel exudes urban luxury, with a flair for the dramatic. Soaring 25 stories above the bustling streets of Manhattan are expansive accommodations with floor-to-ceiling windows that lead to private balconies with views of the city below. Guestrooms feature lavish amenities such as Molton Brown apothecaries, Dean & Deluca delectables, and Nespresso coffee/espresso stations. Tucked away from the hotel’s modern lobby furnishings is Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, where guests can enjoy an intimate restaurant setting with seating for 50. Complementary services include high-speed wireless internet and accessibility to the property’s business center, as well as access to Equinox Gym at 5th Avenue/43rd Street, and five public balconies located on the 19th-23rd floors.
Lotte New York Palace has a rich architectural past, originally built in the 19th century as a mansion for financier Henry Villard. Over the next century, this property became offices to the Archdiocese of New York, and then a hotel built to correspond with the Villard Houses opened in 1980 and underwent a multi-million dollar restoration and refurbishment program. Presently, Lotte New York Palace contains approximately 909 luxurious rooms and spacious residential-style suites. The Towers, the five star portion of the hotel has extravagant suites, starting on floors 41-54 with views of St. Patrick’s Cathedral or the city skyline. Guests of the Towers also have access to butler service, an exclusive private lobby and dedicated concierge. The property’s signature restaurant, VILLARD, encompasses two dining rooms – The Gold Room and Bar and Gallery Room. Its New American menu is comprised of “farmhouse” breakfast fare. There’s also Trouble’s Trust, a cocktail bar built under the Lobby Grand Staircase; a colorful bakery called Pomme Palais; and a spa and fitness center.
Just three blocks from Rockefeller Center, this luxury property is designed to feel like you’re staying in an Upper East Side residence, whether it’s for business or pleasure.The property’s 398 guestrooms are refined with Italian marble bathrooms, fine linens, and English Sycamore furnishings. There’s also a modern-day perk—a bedside table with accessible outlets and pullout laptop extension. Eight rooms and suites also are graced with balconies and terraces. They also have various sizes and features, ranging from deluxe guest rooms to the Rodgers & Hammerstein Suite, where the legendary composers collaborated on “Oklahoma!” In-room dining is available from morning to late-night. As for dining, Bob’s Steak & Chop House serves prime cuts of beef, including the prestigious prime filet, while also offering breakfast, lunch, Sunday brunch, and dinner with a full bar. On the second floor, there’s a self-service business center.
The Waldorf Astoria New York is an Art Deco masterpiece, with impressive public spaces. Compromising an entire city block, this New York City landmark could use a bit of a facelift and a freshening up, but is no less of a Manhattan icon. It offers refined cuisine at the Bull & Bear Prime steakhouse, pampering therapy at the Waldorf Astoria Spa, and the renowned hospitality of Peacock Alley, a fine dining, Contemporary American restaurant. It contains 1,235 single and double rooms, including 208 one-bedroom suites. Occupying the top 14 floors, the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York hold residential-style suite apartments with an exclusive entrance steps off of Park Avenue.