This is the second time I have stayed in The Roger Smith Hotel. A small, but perfectly formed family owned hotel in Midtown Manhattan and I just love it. It’s a tiny jewel in the busy city – just a few minutes walk away from Grand Central Station and around a 15 minute walk to the Rockefeller Centre and Saks on 5th Avenue.

It’s intimate and private (I know it’s where a few interesting celebrities stay for example) and quirky. The owners are big into art and they rotate fascinating pieces regularly, so there’s always something new to see. There is a 30 year history of championing the arts, which I’m reliably informed is fundamental to the soul and identity of the Roger Smith. Exhibitions are mounted on a regular basis in various public spaces around the hotel and a variety of cultural events take place regularly.

It almost feels like you’ve been invited into their private home. As you are welcomed into the lobby you are invited to help yourself to a green shiny apple or to some yoghurt or muesli.

This is the lobby area:-

The pretty lifts:-

They also have a ground-floor bar, Lily’s as well as a room at the top of the building where you can relax with a glass of wine and some cheese. There’s also a terrace with stunning views of the city that’s open in the summer.

The terrace space has gorgeous views of the city:-

The hotel suites are unusually spacious for the location and inexpensive for what they offer.  The one we stayed in had one large double room a small single and this sitting room to chill in or work:-


All the rooms at the Roger Smith Hotel come fully stocked with the following:-

In-room coffee and tea
A mini fridge
A flat-screen TV with full cable and HBO access
A USB alarm clock
An iron and ironing board
Hair dryer
Hyper-local bath products by Beekman 1802
A writing desk

No two of the individually-designed rooms at the Roger Smith Hotel are the same and the beds are super comfortable.



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