Landing into JFK airport at 10pm on New Year’s Eve is not the most sensible thing I have ever done. Although the airport was fairly quiet and the usually long queue for customs non-existent an unexpected snow storm was on the horizon. So it was with much relief when I emerged from the Manhattan subway into the warm arms of the Hotel Elysée. The hotel is perfectly situated between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue in the heart of Midtown. I was staying in one of the hotel’s three presidential suites which includes a large living room and kitchen as well as a bedroom and en-suite bathroom. With the beautiful antique French furniture you could imagine yourself in Paris that is until you step out onto the charming corner balcony and find yourself looking up at the many New York skyscrapers.
The snow had really started to settle so I decided to bunker down in the hotel’s excellent club room which has lots of comfortable sofas and a constant supply of tea, coffee and snacks throughout the day. In the same room from 5pm-8pm Monday through to Saturday the hotel offers a complimentary cheese and wine reception which was delightful. The atmosphere amongst the guests was truly relaxed and I could sense that we all felt looked after by our hosts. If you book the hotel for your Executive I honestly think they will be pretty happy with a complimentary glass of vino after a long day spent in meetings.
After a great night’s sleep I grabbed my free pass to the local New York Sports Club gym and hit the treadmill before returning to the hotel for breakfast which is served between 7am-10.30am. I would say that if your Executive enjoys a hearty breakfast the food on offer at the Hotel Elysée might be a little light. Although the breakfast does come with a nice variety of cereals, fruit, yoghurts and pastries the most substantial food is a cream cheese bagel. Don’t get me wrong I love bagels but I know some of my Executives want a hot cooked breakfast before heading into the office.
Later than morning I decided to brave the cold and took a brisk walk around Central Park before returning to the luxury of Hotel Elysée. The suite really is excellent and incredibly comfortable and I did feel very spoiled! All of the hotel rooms come with:
- Complimentary high speed wireless Internet access
- Self-controlled air conditioning
- Working desk
- 2 line speaker phone with voicemail
- DVD player
- Flat screen television including premium cable channels
- Luxurious amenities in each bathroom including Gilchrist & Soames products
- Bath robes
- Hair dryer
There are 100 rooms in the hotel giving it a nice homely feel. The suite I stayed in had a large dining table and a sofa area which would be ideal if your Executive wanted to hold a meeting in the room. The Wi-Fi is faultless so I was able to get lots of work done and emails answered during my stay.
I really liked the overall feel of the Hotel Elysée with its mixture of French furniture, Art Deco design and country club style. The hotel certainly offers a little luxury in the heart of Manhattan. I don’t often spend much time in a hotel when I am on a city break but due to the snow storm attacking Manhattan I was so pleased to have the Hotel Elysée keeping me warm and content. It is so far removed from the often identical business hotels that I usually book for my Executive in NYC that I would recommend it for its laid back and friendly atmosphere alone. I love that everything is included in the price of the room, there are no hidden extras and you don’t feel like you have to sell your first born to get access to the advertised amenities.
Why book the Hotel Elysée for your boss? It is a good value luxury hideaway in the heart of Midtown which offers your Executive something a little different from the usual business hotels.
Hotel Elysée: 60 E 54th St, New York
Practically Perfect PA received complimentary accommodation at the Hotel Elysée. Opinions are entirely our own. Advertised minimum rate per night $208 (January 2014).