Manhattan’s midtown has long been labelled the engine room of New York. After all, this is where the heart of the business district meets Broadway, clearly a marriage of convenience. In midtown you are never far from an iconic skyscraper such as the Empire State or the Chrysler Building and a great show off Times Square.
When the Royalton Hotel opened in 1988, designed by the renowned Phillipe Starke as New York’s first boutique hotel, it was dubbed ‘the hippest hotel in Manhattan’ and effectively began the boutique movement in the Big Apple.
Its larger-than-life lobby forged its reputation as a meeting place to see and to be seen in, beginning the art of ‘lobby socialising’, a trend that still exists today, albeit in a much more understated way here, since the Royalton’s multi- million dollar refit. The legendary lobby still stands proud but now has an updated members’ club atmosphere, with its floor-to-ceiling bronze fireplace, hand-upholstered leather walls and dark wood surrounds.
Upstairs, the 249 luxury rooms and suites, most with lofty ceilings, Juliet balconies, retain Phillipe Starke’s original vision of space and comfort, with built-in banquettes, king beds with crisp 400-thread-count cotton linens, smart sofas and slate and mirrored tiled bathrooms.
All in all, the Royalton is a unique piece of Manhattan history which has reinvented itself.
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