Selecting a hotel from the over 100 spread across Manhattan can be difficult. Our experience with the Benjamin Hotel in Midtown Manhattan has shown it to be an ideal spot for families traveling to New York City.
We arrived late on a cold Friday evening, with two exhausted but excited children, and spent two nights at The Benjamin as part of a complimentary media stay. We waited just a few minutes to check in and before long we were riding up the rather small elevator to the 17th floor. Upon opening our room, we were greeted with a beautiful 1-bedroom suite, with tremendous space. The bellhop was helpful in arranging our luggage and providing tips on the hotel, nearby attractions and more.
Our one-bedroom suite included a king-sized bed, a pull-out couch, a few comfy chairs, a desk and a small kitchen area – quite spacious for NYC. The design was sleek. The Benjamin recently renovated its accommodations, redesigned by Lauren Rottet, namesake and founder of Rottet Studio. The hotel building itself dates back to the late 1920s and was the inspiration for artist Georgia O’Keeffe in her piece “New York—Night.”
Our suite was functional for a family. The outlets — typically tucked behind the nightstands and hard to reach — were on the top of the nightstand. The small kitchenette was perfect for our family of four. The fridge was ideal to store the half-gallon of milk I sent my husband Tom to go get at Duane Reade upon our arrival. It also housed leftovers and other snacks we picked up during the day. The kitchen — particularly the sink and fridge — were great additions to what a typical suite includes in NYC or anywhere for that matter.
The current room types & sizes at The Benjamin:
- 48 superior guestrooms – 250-275 square feet
- 64 deluxe studio suites (18 offer two queen beds) – 300-350 square feet
- 79 one-bedroom suites – 450-550 square feet
- 17 one-bedroom terrace suites – 550-820 square feet
- Premier Suite with two private terraces – 1,620 square-foot (debuting 2014)
Family Friendly Benjamin Hotel Highlights
Throughout our stay at The Benjamin, our family especially appreciated:
- The Location. Located in midtown, The Benjamin is a walk or subway ride away from most of the city. It’s not in the middle of it all – I would recommend a hotel closer to Times Square for that – but for families not wanting the hustle bustle that is certain parts of Manhattan, The Benjamin is ideal.
- Sleep Obsession. Yes, The Benjamin has an obsession with sleep, noted with their Sleep Program. They have a pillow menu listing nearly a dozen different pillows for guests. You pick the one that best meets your needs. I selected the Cloud 10 pillow, that’s great for those who enjoy a cool pillow. It was fantastic!
- Superb Service. The Benjamin is a luxury boutique hotel. The lobby is stunning but isn’t huge. There are just over 200 rooms, spread across 24 floors. With this boutique size, we would see the same employee faces regularly. From our bellhop to the lady who checked us in, we felt a connection with every hello and welcome back we would receive when we would walk back into the hotel. Every request was handled with the utmost professional attitude. They were eager to help us.
Our two-night stay at The Benjamin was full of fun, top-notch service, great food (we highly recommend The National, a Geoffrey Zakarian restaurant within the hotel) and of course a great night sleep! Our experience reminded us that a quality hotel is important when traveling, especially with kids.
The Benjamin Hotel
125 East 50th
Street at Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022