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"Appealingly old-fashioned" with "impeccable service" says Condé Nast Traveller, of the Hotel Elysée. This diminutive red-brick hotel is sandwiched between swanky Park Avenue and the shops on Madison Avenue, a 10-minute walk from Central Park, Rockefeller Center and Bloomingdale's. The hotel dates back to the 1920s and over the years has hosted the likes of Tennessee Williams, Marlon Brando and Maria Callas. The nearest subway station (5th Avenue-53rd Street) is only a block and a half away.
There's no restaurant on site, but the historic hand-painted Monkey Bar, which dates back to the Great Depression and has appeared in 'Sex and the City' and 'Mad Men', is in the same building and offers a simple but tasty menu. Cookies, fresh fruit and drinks in the cosy 2nd-floor club room are free for guests all day, and there's a daily evening reception including hors d’oeuvres, cheese and wine. There's no gym, but free day passes for local sports clubs are available at the front desk.
The rooms feature French antique-style furniture and quirky period features, such as fireplaces and solariums (four even have terraces). For a quieter night's sleep, request a room overlooking a side street. Unusually for a city-centre hotel, all have windows that open and the bathrooms have full-size bath tubs.There are a range of in-room goodies, including free water and a welcome bar of chocolate, and mini fridges are available on request.
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