The Benjamin Royal Sonesta New York

Midtown, New York

Virgin rating

The hotel

The Benjamin Royal Sonesta Hotel, a landmark hotel located in Midtown Manhattan with it’s classic décor and intimate boutique setting provides a sense of sophisticated glamour in New York City.  Located at 50th and Lexington Avenue, The Benjamin Royal Sonesta New York exudes old-world Manhattan with oversized rooms and suites (many with kitchenettes). The hotel offers quick access to the best luxury boutiques on 5th Avenue, Rockefeller Centre and St. Patrick’s Cathedral and array of fine dining options. Fitness Center located on the 3rd floor open 24 hours. Laundry and pressing services available. Complimentary newspapers available in the lobby. The Cupboard conveniently located in the lobby provides snacks, beverages and sundries for purchase without going far.

Amenities

  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Close to City Centre

Where is it

Situated on the corner of East 50th Street and Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan; close to Fifth Avenue, Grand Central Terminal, the Rockefeller Centre and Bloomingdales. Transfer time from John F. Kennedy International Airport: 40 minutes.

Hotel information

209 guest rooms and suites. All with air-conditioning, 42” HD flat-screen cable TV, iPod alarm clock, kitchenette, mini-fridge, bathrobes, WiFi access*. Guest Rooms are 250–275 sq ft and have 1 queen-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Deluxe Studios are 300–350 sq ft, and have 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

One Bedroom Suites are 450–550 sq ft with a separate living area with 1 queen-size sleeper sofa, and 1 queen-size or 1 king-size bed in the bedroom, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

The National Bar & Dining Rooms (classic NYC bistro dishes served for breakfast, lunch and dinner, temporarily closed). 

Winks’ Kidzzz Club. 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness room and steam room. 

Laundry/dry-cleaning services*. 24/7 reception team, concierge and shoe shine services. Complimentary WiFi in public areas. Room service* (temporarily unavailable).

This hotel has a facility fee of $39 plus tax, per room per day (payable locally, subject to change).

Fee includes: $15 daily credit to our Cupboard, complimentary Wi-Fi access, unlimited local/long distance calls (excluding international), complimentary use of the Fitness Center, a one-time $15 laundry credit for the stay. (inclusions are subject to availability and change).

One person must be aged 21 years and over in each room at check-in.

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*Denotes local charge.

Please note: due to the temporary closure of the hotel restaurant and room service, staff will provide detailed information at check-in of local dining options for breakfast, lunch and dinner (including order-in options). There is also a lobby market available for guests craving a quick snack, with items including chips/crisps, cookies, nuts, water, assorted soft drinks and juices, wine, beer, cider and spirits.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating What they do is very good

Aug 6, 2022 CityGent East Molesey, United Kingdom

The Benjamin has great rooms - spacious, very comfortable beds. We had a room with a terrace, which came with a small kitchen too, which was useful. The one letdown in the room is how noisy the air con units are. They come on and off, and when you're trying to get to sleep, it surprises you and jolts you awake if you're not quote asleep. The… Read more
The Benjamin has great rooms - spacious, very comfortable beds. We had a room with a terrace, which came with a small kitchen too, which was useful. The one letdown in the room is how noisy the air con units are. They come on and off, and when you're trying to get to sleep, it surprises you and jolts you awake if you're not quote asleep. The staff deserve a mention as they were all friendly and extremely helpful. The hotel is lovely, but lacking in a few facilities - no bar or restaurant, the gym is decent, but no pool, sauna or steam room. But what there is is very good. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Location / Great Hotel

Jul 30, 2022 Erin R St. Petersburg, Florida

Love, love, love The Benjamin! In NYC for a girls' weekend/birthday celebration and had a one bedroom suite king - VERY spacious for NYC with good sized bedroom and sitting area plus small kitchenette alcove - bathroom was typical NYC smaller size. Great location with SBUX and subway station near by - staff was very good, enjoyed the 'pick an… Read more
Love, love, love The Benjamin! In NYC for a girls' weekend/birthday celebration and had a one bedroom suite king - VERY spacious for NYC with good sized bedroom and sitting area plus small kitchenette alcove - bathroom was typical NYC smaller size. Great location with SBUX and subway station near by - staff was very good, enjoyed the 'pick an item' from the lobby minbar we got each night! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great proximity to Memorial Sloan Kettering. Room itself in poor repair, Unfriendly desk personnel, would not move us.

Jul 25, 2022 GwinnieW Port Orange, Florida

The Benjamin Royal Sonesta was recommended by other visiting patients of MSK, and we were excited to stay at this historical property. The location of this property is outstanding, and the Lobby welcoming. We were here for 8 nights for appointments at MSK. Upon entering our room we discovered the room worn, in poor repair (slanting floor… Read more
The Benjamin Royal Sonesta was recommended by other visiting patients of MSK, and we were excited to stay at this historical property. The location of this property is outstanding, and the Lobby welcoming. We were here for 8 nights for appointments at MSK. Upon entering our room we discovered the room worn, in poor repair (slanting floor between 2 areas of the room, entry door to room sagged and difficult to open). The room was dark. The property definitely did not live up to ratings. After realizing the condition of the room, we requested to be moved and were told by the unfriendly, rude front desk attendant this was not possible. Yet we learned the hotel was under capacity, so not sure why this request could not be accommodated.. The doormen are very hardworking, friendly and helpful. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Pretty nice room in a great location

Jul 22, 2022 Blottotravels Leeds, United Kingdom

Pros: - Large room for 2 people - comfortable double bed - $10 credit at the mini bar per day which can be used to obtain bottled water - small kitchenette (not used much except to store water, but it had a lot of utensils, storage and a microwave) - good air conditioning unit (but can be loud and noisy) - staff were friendly and helpful - great… Read more
Pros: - Large room for 2 people - comfortable double bed - $10 credit at the mini bar per day which can be used to obtain bottled water - small kitchenette (not used much except to store water, but it had a lot of utensils, storage and a microwave) - good air conditioning unit (but can be loud and noisy) - staff were friendly and helpful - great location, really near Rockefeller centre and Grand Central Terminal - clean bathroom and lots of towels provided Cons: - $100 additional charge per night is held on arrival which we weren’t told about in advance and returned to you once you have checked out - not much sound proofing, we could quite loudly hear other guests late at night - there was a mystery door when we first entered the room which we thought connected to another room so didn’t open it and only after calling reception did we find out that the door opened into a small walk in closet with an iron and safe. Great having this space but tell guests about it or leave the door open when they first enter - hand soap was missing from our bathroom but washing up liquid was provided instead, when mentioned to reception they instantly asked housekeeping to deliver to our room - for such a big room the bed was quite small actually (only a double) - no additional pillows provided - free water should be provided especially in summer rather than having to ‘buy’ it from the minibar - windows could clearly see into the office building across the road so we ended up keeping the curtains closed whenever we were in the room - shower in the bathroom could take a while to heat up and shower head can’t be moved - no airport transfers provided - no dining options in the hotel either and connected restaurant looked desserted Overall nice stay for a few days, but if I was to go back to New York I may book elsewhere to compare hotels. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing Hotel with Wonderful Staff

Jul 20, 2022 GC2027 Los Angeles, California

Meryll,Jose, Jonathan, Angelo, Elias and i apologize i forgot the names of other front office staff, your your customer service skills are great and really an asset for the Hotel. Housekeeping and Mr. Chapman are so friendly and treated us like family. Me and my daughter had an amazing stay and exceeded every aspect of our stay. We just found a… Read more
Meryll,Jose, Jonathan, Angelo, Elias and i apologize i forgot the names of other front office staff, your your customer service skills are great and really an asset for the Hotel. Housekeeping and Mr. Chapman are so friendly and treated us like family. Me and my daughter had an amazing stay and exceeded every aspect of our stay. We just found a home (in New York) away from home (Los Angeles) Read less