Built in the 1920's, the Hotel Elysee is named for one of the finest French Restaurants of that era. Once a playground for the rich and eccentric, it has been home to movie stars, artists, writers and intellectuals. Luxurious yet intimate, it is an oasis of elegance and peace close to the vibrant heart of New York City.
On the ground floor the hotel houses the Monkey Bar
, a legendary New York night spot, that has been featured on both "Sex in the City" as well as "Man Men." Manhattan's Hotel Elysée has been home to the Monkey Bar NYC since it opened in the depths of the Great Depression, The Monkey Bar New York became known as “the place to go” especially for those who enjoyed off-color jokes and double-entendre songs spun by such performers as Johnny Payne (1934-1944) and Mel Martin (1945-1983). Starting out as just another dimly lit hotel piano bar with mirrored paneling, patrons started to mimic one another (“monkey see, monkey do”). The tiny room was formally named The monkey Bar in the early 1950’s when the mirrors came down and were replaced by wrap-around hand-painted murals of monkeys by caricaturist Charlie Wala. The old murals depicted monkeys with decidedly human features performing stunts such as elephant riding, monkeys crouching under a Christmas tree, monkeys mixing up banana daiquiris for tough looking monkey-like customers, etc. In successive years, other artists have added to the tableau, keeping the Monkey Bar New York as polished as it always was in days gone by.
All of The New York Hotel Elysée’s guest rooms (87 rooms, 3 junior suites, 7 suites, 3 Premiere Suites) feature hair dryers, in-room safes, mini bars, complimentary high speed wireless Internet access, accommodating writing desk, two-line phones, iHome MP3 Dock / Alarm Clock Radio, voice mail, flat panel LCD televisions, plush cotton robes and a variety of Gilchrist and Soames bath amenities in our luxurious marble bathrooms. Each guest room has windows that open and individual air temperature control. Some rooms have unique features such as terraces, kitchenettes or solariums. All rooms are non-smoking. Mattresses tend to be firm, however guests are welcome to request a featherbed upon making their reservation, and will be provided based on availability.
Street Side Superior Rooms
All luxurious Street Side Superior Rooms are located on low floors and most often face the street. Spacious in comparison to most New York accommodations, Hotel Elysee guestrooms are approximately 300 square feet and include either a King or Queen sized bed. Street Side Superior rooms offer sunny views of 54th Street and are perfect for heavier sleepers or people used to regular city noise.
The Elysée features many beautifully appointed Deluxe Rooms with either a King or Queen bed and approximately 300 square feet in size. All luxurious Deluxe Rooms have windows that can open, marble bathrooms, writing desks, in-room safes, hanging closets and a sitting chair. Deluxe Rooms are located throughout the hotel in both the front and back of the building so if you have a preference to be street side for a view or enjoy a quieter room facing the back, just let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
The Hotel Elysée features three very special Junior Suites. These rooms each have a King sized bed and a separate sitting area which includes a Queen-sized and pull out sofa bed. All junior suites have non-working fireplaces which add to the luxurious decor of the room. Junior Suites are approximately 425 square feet and are located on the higher floors in the hotel.
The Hotel Elysée offers many elegant one bedroom suites. Each of the beautifully appointed Suites feature a bedroom with King sized bed, desk and sitting chairs, a separate living room with a sitting area, an armoire and a queen-size pull out sofa. Some Suites have a small dining area and kitchenette. Suites are approximately 600 square feet and are located on both the front and back of the hotel.
The Royal Suite boasts a spacious living room with a baby grand piano, a non-working fireplace and a round dining table able to accommodate six people. The fully equipped kitchen off the living room has a full size refrigerator, microwave, and a stove with four burners, large sink and sufficient counter space. The bedroom has a king size bed and an adjoining large marble bathroom, consisting of a separate shower and oversized bath tub. The Royal Suite is approximately 950 square feet and can be adjoined to the Deluxe Double room next door for additional sleeping space.
Like the Royal Suite, the Presidential Suite has a spacious living room with a baby grand piano, a non-working fireplace and fully equipped kitchen. The Presidential suite has a large dining table that can accommodate up to eight people. The bedroom has a king size bed and a flat panel LCD television. Off the bedroom is a terrace that looks out onto 54th Street. The Presidential Suite is approximately 950 square feet and can be adjoined to the Deluxe Double room next door for additional sleeping space. The Presidential Suite also has a spacious living room with a baby grand piano, a non-working fireplace and fully equipped kitchen.
The Parlor Suite has a spacious living room with a pull-out sofa and a fully equipped kitchen. The large dining table can seat up to six people. The Parlor Suite has a non working fireplace with a wall mounted flat panel LCD television. The elegant bedroom has a king size bed, a flat panel LCD television and a walk-in closet. The Parlor suite is approximately 900 square feet.