$169 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Jul 13, 2014 Check-out: Jul 15, 2014

The Roger Smith

3 stars
501 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10017
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.9
out of 5
82 reviews
Lovely boutique style hotel

The room was very comfortable and clean, the staff attentive and friendly. Although I am a West... See full review

  • Skidmore parent
  • Jun 30, 2014
A hidden gem!

I spent the longest time searching for an affordable hotel in Manhattan for my family's visit.... See full review

  • Stoneyend77
  • Apr 20, 2013
Quaint New England boutique off Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan

New England-style coziness has a home in the city at The Roger Smith. Guest rooms and suites offer a breath of fresh air with creamy-colored palettes, a soft atmosphere and homey touches such as a collection of books for bedside reading. Thought-provoking artwork and potted plants create easy comfort throughout the hotel. Yet the boutique Roger Smith is in the heart of Manhattan, only a block from Park Avenue and within walking distance to Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Broadway shows and Central Park. 

Highlights

  • Seasonal rooftop bar with a stellar city view
  • Home-style New England comfort in the city with light and fresh guest rooms and suites
  • Walk to the most famous Manhattan sights, including Times Square, Central Park and Rockefeller Center, from the convenient location

Location

Located only a block from tony Park Avenue in midtown east Manhattan, The Roger Smith is more than convenient. Walk to Grand Central Terminal, Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center, all nearby. A subway station is several blocks north.

Rooms

Feel at home in the 130 lovely guest rooms and suites at Roger Smith, with a fresh, light and airy atmosphere and a touch of elegant New-England-farmhouse charm. Enjoy a collection of books in every room, plus free Wi-Fi access, free local calls, a cable TV, a mini refrigerator, a coffee-maker, an iron/ironing board and a hair-dryer. Junior, one-bedroom and deluxe (with two bedrooms) suites add plenty of extra space -- including a living room, a dining room table and a full kitchenette in the bedroom suites.

Features

The Roger Smith features Lily's Bar and Restaurant, serving breakfast, brunch (weekends), lunch and dinner and known for its fresh American cuisine and seasonal daily specials. Henry's Rooftop Bar (open seasonally) turns evening into an affair to remember, with Manhattan skyscraper views. 

Transportation

  • Grand Central Terminal (0.3 mi/0.4 km)
  • Penn Station (1.4 mi/2.3 km)
  • Statue Cruises, Battery Park (Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island ferry) (5.3 mi/8.5 km)
  • LaGuardia Airport (11.1 mi/17.9 km)
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (15.5 mi/24.9 km)
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (17 mi/28.5 km)

Attractions

  • Rockefeller Center (0.5 mi/0.8 km)
  • Museum of Modern Art (0.7 mi/1.2 km)
  • Times Square (0.9 mi/1.4 km)
  • Empire State Building (1 mi/1.6 km)
  • Central Park (1 mi/1.6 km)
  • Madison Square Garden (1.4 mi/2.3 km)
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (1.9 mi/3 km)

Business

  • Free in-room Wi-Fi access
  • Five event-space venues, including Lily's Restaurant, the Starlight Loft and the 16th floor penthouse suite (fees apply)

The Roger Smith Rooms

Standard Room
Rooms features with 2 double beds or 1 king bed with the following amenities: Complimentary wireless Internet Access, Telephones with private voicemail, (free local/800 calls!!), Coffee maker, Mini-refrigerator, Iron/ironing board, Kitcheonettes with Mini-bar (suites only), Book collections, TV/VCR, Full cable access, and Hair dryer.

Amenities

  • WiFi
General
Concierge
Pet friendly
Dining
Restaurant
Room service
Internet
WiFi
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

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Hotel Map

40.7548 -73.9736
Area served
New York City
Nearby airports
John F. Kennedy 17.9 Miles ETA: 45 min , Newark 17.4 miles ETA: 45 min , and La Guardia 8.7 miles
Area description
Centrally located in East Midtown Manhattan, on 47th Street and Lexington Avenue, the Roger Smith Hotel is conveniently located in short walking distance of the following landmarks and attractions: Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal, MOMA (Museum of Modern Art), Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and the United Nations Building East just to name a few.

Nearby points of interest

  • Ford Foundation Building: 0.2 mi
  • Chrysler Building: 0.2 mi
  • MetLife Building: 0.2 mi
  • Grand Central Station: 0.2 mi
  • Saks Fifth Avenue: 0.3 mi
  • Cathedral of St. Patrick: 0.3 mi
  • Citicorp Center: 0.3 mi
  • Japan Society Gallery: 0.3 mi
  • Lever House: 0.3 mi
  • International Building: 0.3 mi
  • Daily News Building: 0.4 mi
  • Rockefeller Center: 0.4 mi
  • Nintendo World Store New Yok: 0.4 mi
  • NBC Studios: 0.4 mi
  • Paley Park: 0.4 mi
  • Ford Foundation Building: 0.2 mi
  • Chrysler Building: 0.2 mi
  • MetLife Building: 0.2 mi
  • Grand Central Station: 0.2 mi
  • Saks Fifth Avenue: 0.3 mi
  • Cathedral of St. Patrick: 0.3 mi
  • Citicorp Center: 0.3 mi
  • Japan Society Gallery: 0.3 mi
  • Lever House: 0.3 mi
  • International Building: 0.3 mi
  • Daily News Building: 0.4 mi
  • Rockefeller Center: 0.4 mi
  • Nintendo World Store New Yok: 0.4 mi
  • NBC Studios: 0.4 mi
  • Paley Park: 0.4 mi
  • East Side: 0.4 mi
  • Diamond District: 0.4 mi
  • GE Building: 0.4 mi
  • Ralph Bunche Park: 0.4 mi
  • Museum of Modern Art (MOMA): 0.4 mi
  • Radio City Music Hall: 0.4 mi
  • NY Public Library: 0.5 mi
  • Sony Building: 0.5 mi
  • Museum of Television and Radio: 0.5 mi
  • United Nations Headquarters: 0.5 mi
  • Sony Wonder Technology Lab: 0.5 mi
  • University Club: 0.5 mi
  • Robert Moses Playground: 0.5 mi
  • CBS Building: 0.5 mi
  • Henri Bendel: 0.5 mi
  • Museum of American Folk Art: 0.5 mi
  • American Craft Museum: 0.5 mi
  • Belasco Theatre: 0.5 mi
  • Paine Webber Art Gallery: 0.5 mi
  • Trump Tower: 0.5 mi
  • Lord & Taylor: 0.5 mi
  • Bryant Park: 0.6 mi
  • Bank of America Tower: 0.6 mi
  • Taipei Gallery: 0.6 mi
  • New Amsterdam Theater: 0.6 mi
  • Murray Hill: 0.6 mi
  • Bloomberg Tower: 0.6 mi
  • Cort Theatre: 0.6 mi
  • Town Hall: 0.6 mi
  • Pierpont Morgan Library: 0.6 mi

Dining

Lily's: The Art of Food:
Floor-to-ceiling murals, sculpted bronze statues, and glass etchings are just a few of the bold and imaginative examples of decorative art to flourish in Lily’s, providing the perfect stage for the gourmet talents of Food and Beverage Director Ulrika Bengtsson and Chef de Cuisine Daniel Mowles. Lily’s features live entertainment and a menu of contemporary American cuisine making this a colorful, casual spot for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (82)

Ratings and reviews for The Roger Smith

Overall score

3.9 / 5
5.01.0
82 out of 82
Amenities:
3.5
Room cleanliness:
4.2
Hotel staff:
4.3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4.7
Value:
4

88% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of The Roger Smith

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
TTFrog
China
Mar 18, 2012

Amazing Location

Walking distance to Tima Square, 5th Ave, Madison Ave, Grand Central Terminal... Everywhere!!! The location is so amazing! And they still keep the nice affordable room rates! All the big hotel groups have their branch there. So glad that I found this hotel!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Actually Dining, Shopping, Night Life... Everything is close to this place!

Review of The Roger Smith

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
southerntravels
Charlotte, NC, USA
Feb 5, 2012

good for the money

Good place to stay with a great location. An older hotel but clean and a good value for the price!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of The Roger Smith

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
sporty girl
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Jan 2, 2012

Good Stay

Went for a quick last minute end of year trip to NYC and found the Roger Smith! We loved the location as we could walk to American Girl Store, Rockefeller Center, St. Patricks Cathedral, Times Square and ice skating at Bryant Park! There was nothing overly special about the room but nothing wrong either. Everything was clean and neat and the price was right. We didn't stay in the room very long and but it served our purposes perfectly at the right price!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of The Roger Smith

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Sue Cris
St Louis, MO, USA
Dec 31, 2011

Loved the Roger Smith

The rooms were charming, old-fashioned (in a good way) and comfortable, with everything you expect. Plants and books were a nice touch, as was the doily under glass on the dresser. Best of all, each employee I encountered was thoughtful, intelligent, smiling and helpful. Kind, even. Much, much more interesting than a chain hotel. There's also a very good cheap pizza place right across the street, and a drugstore next door. Handy.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Pizza place across the street is cheap and fantastic, with nice employees. Also has breakfast food. In-house restaurant overpriced.

Review of The Roger Smith

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
mrmri
Business
Florida
Dec 15, 2011

Quick Trip

Location was fine, close to work site. Good choice of restaurants in the area.. Needs a comfortable armchair in room.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Starbucks just steps away from Hotel.

Review of The Roger Smith

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Indy VT
Charlotte, VT, USA
Nov 21, 2011

Rough around the edges

The room is no frills but we we OK with that with a "more affordable" rate. Free WIFI was a nice perk. However, the room temp couldn't be easily moderated and we were very uncomfortably hot during the night Also, the mattress wasn't up to conventional/high-end standards. We didn't eat at the hotel so we can't comment on that aspect, but to cap off a less than stellar stay the front desk never answered the phone on 3 separate occasions: once to get our car from valet parking, once to inquire about an extended checkout (no was the answer), and to report there was no hot water (problem was at the street, to be repaired by Con Ed). In summary, I'm going to Marriott next.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
3
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Best breakfast option is Madison Restaurant on 53rd and 1st.

Review of The Roger Smith

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
lroys
Washington, DC, USA
Oct 8, 2011

Centrally located classic hotel

Great location that was close to subway, times square and a lot of the tourist sights. Parking was around the corner as was some great places for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The staff was very helpful with great recommendations . A few Mac computers in the lobby were great for looking and researching last minute adventures...

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Review of The Roger Smith

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
lroys
Washington, DC, USA
Oct 8, 2011

Centrally located classic hotel

Great location that was close to subway, times square and a lot of the tourist sights. Parking was around the corner as was some great places for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The staff was very helpful with great recommendations . A few Mac computers in the lobby were great for looking and researching last minute adventures...

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Review of The Roger Smith

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
asip
Business
Stanford,CA
Oct 2, 2011

pretty good

the hotel situated in a good place and is convenient to the major place in New york. The service is good.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of The Roger Smith

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
asip
Business
Stanford,CA
Oct 2, 2011

pretty good

the hotel situated in a good place and is convenient to the major place in New york. The service is good.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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