“The Grand Dame of Madison Avenue”
When you enter the lobby of The Roosevelt Hotel, you don’t know where to look first, but I was especially drawn to the beautiful chandeliers. There’s so much historic grandeur. It’s like walking through the doors transports you back in time to The Roaring Twenties. I can only image what it would have been like to witness the Jazz and Big Band greats, like Guy Lombardo or Lawrence Welk, especially on New Year’s Eve!
The other thing that I really liked about this hotel is that it has been the backdrop of many movies, including The Boiler Room, Wall Street, Presumed Innocent, The French Connection, Maid in Manhattan, and more. It is also the hotel featured in one of my favorite movies, 1408, although I didn’t stay in that room! There’s something really cool and invigorating knowing that I’m standing or sitting in the same place as some of Hollywood’s greatest actors.
The Roosevelt Hotel opened in 1924, and was named for our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt. The exterior facade of the hotel is lined with shops and boutiques that sell everything from shoes, clothes, and jewelry to souvenirs, body care products and travel items. There are restaurants and bars within the hotel. The Roosevelt Grill offers a breakfast buffet and serves Starbucks (Yeah!), and The Madison Club offers lunch and dinner courses. Two of the bars, the Vander Bar and the Madison Club Lounge are more “classic” in their settings, but the third, mad46, is a more modern rooftop bar. You can also find ornate entertainment/meeting areas there. It’s more like it’s own world than a hotel!
Of course, I didn’t want to spend all my time in New York City hanging out in a hotel, no matter how luxurious it is. So, another reason I wanted to stay at The Roosevelt Hotel was due to it’s convenient location. Being in midtown Manhattan means that it’s near many New York City attractions like Times Square, Central Park, the Empire State Building, Carnegie Hall, the Museum of Modern Art, and of course, Grand Central Station.
Though it maintains it’s historic Renaissance Revival architecture and many elements of it’s Art Deco design, The Roosevelt Hotel has also changed with the times. It now has a business center and a fitness center. Each room includes anticipated amenities such as TVs, cable, and wifi. However, it doesn’t stop there. Each room also has a clock radio with iPod/Mp3 ports and a dual-line phone that has voicemail. The room we stayed in was very cozy. It had premium bedding and plush chairs. The toiletries available were high quality, and the hotel even offers valet laundry!
Staying at The Roosevelt Hotel was a magical experience, and it’s one I highly recommend! Check out their website, www.theroosevelthotel.com, for even more information.