Hotel Elysee, Manhattan Digest
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When we live in such a modern world that we do with all the technology available at a moment’s notice, sometimes it is good to just stick with the classics.  So when you are looking into a nice hotel to stay in, why not one that boasts the stay of legends like Marlon Brando, James Caan and Tennessee Williams?  This is of course, The Hotel Elysee.  This legendary establishment, which has been around for almost 100 years, is located in the heart of midtown and is surrounded by beautiful scenery, restaurants and so much more.  I got the opportunity to stay one night over the weekend and had a wonderful time.

Manhattan Digest, Hotel Elysee
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The room itself was gigantic.  Like mind-blowingly huge! But it was filled with so many beautiful items.  The grand piano (which actually worked) was magnificent and really added such a nice touch to the entire experience.  I loved all of the beautiful portraits that was on the walls and coffee tables, as well as the incredible furniture that covered most of the room.  The bedroom itself was super comfortable, and included my very own terrace!

As an avid television watcher, I was happy to see that there were two separate ones in the bedroom and the living room.  This space is large enough to entertain multiple guests, so I would recommend that instead of going out for the night why not stay in at the Hotel Elysee and host your guests?  Overall, with the hospitality and the amazing room it was a fantastic stay that I hope to experience again.

Manhattan Digest, Hotel Elysee
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While I was there, I got to interview Cheryl Golde, Director of Sales & Marketing, about the Hotel Elysee and what makes it so unique and awesome.

When was the Hotel Elysee founded? 

It was founded in 1926.

What does your hotel pride itself upon? 

Our customer service and our staff for sure 🙂

I got a very classic, old fashioned type feel in my particular hotel stay.  Is this what guests should expect upon their stay?

Yes, we are absolutely “old world, old New York”

What restaurants or places do you recommend people check out that are nearby to Hotel Elysee? 

We definitely recommend the Monkey Bar located in the hotel as well as Cellini, just across the street.

What are some of the awesome amenities that your hotel provides?

Complimentary continental breakfast, complimentary nightly wine & hors d’oeuvres reception from 5-8pm, complimentary wifi, complimentary passes to NYSC, 2 complimentary bottles of water upon arrival and a Belgian chocolate bar.

Is this the only Hotel Elysee in the world or are there more? 

There are other Hotel Elysee’s, however they are not affiliated us.

Do your rooms have particular themes like some others in the Library Hotel Collections?

Each of our Presidential Suites is themed after an individual.  We have the Presidential Suite honoring Vladimir Horowitz (which houses his piano), the Presidential Suite honoring Tennessee Williams and the Presidential Suite honoring Vaclav Havel.

What else can you tell my readers about your fabulous hotel?  

The Hotel Elysee is on East 54th Street between Park and Madison Avenues and is walking distance from the world’s best shopping such as Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York and Bergdorf Goodman, just to name a few. The Hotel Elysee has been home to movie stars such as Marlon Brando, Ava Gardner, Sidney Poitier, John Barrymore and James Caan as well as to artists such as Maria Callas and Vladimir Horowitz, whose personal piano still stands in the Hotel’s Piano Suite. In addition, famed writers such as Tennessee Williams, Harold Robins and James Clavell and legends such as Joe DiMaggio and Tallulah Bankhead have called the Elysée home over the years. The original concept of the European-style hotel was to offer “discreet and uncompromising” personalized service, which it continues to do each and every day.  The Hotel Elysee has been home to the Monkey Bar since it opened.  Today, Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair and owner of the Waverly Inn is the new owner with his partners Hotelier Jeff Klein and Jeremy King.

Hotel Elysee, Manhattan Digest
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Hotel Elysee

60 E 54th St

(212) 753-1066

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