Why The Benjamin is the Perfect Pied-a-Terre in New York

The historic Benjamin Hotel in Midtown Manhattan is the perfect pied-à-terre for a luxury family getaway in New York City.

For those travelling families interested in being close to the action of Times Square, the Broadway theatre scene, and in good proximity to many other New York attractions, a stay at The Benjamin Hotel is the perfect choice.

This historic hotel in Midtown Manhattan has been serving business and theatre-loving travellers since 1927. It’s very well situated on the Metro Subway Line #6. And just a ten-minute walk to Times Square and Broadway theatre district. For our one-week stay in New York, the Benjamin was the perfect pied-à-terre to discover the city. It was the perfect space to return to for rest and recuperation after our 14-hour days.

The historic Hotel Benjamin in Midtown Manhattan is the perfect pied-à-terre for a luxury family getaway in New York City.

The Benjamin Hotel Amenities

One Bedroom Deluxe Suite

For a one-week city holiday, one prefers to not have to live out of a suitcase. It was heavenly to tuck clothes into armoires and settle into our cosy home-away-from-home on the 24th floor. Our spacious suite faced westward, away from the busy intersection at Lexington and 50th. This orientation made for a surprisingly quiet night. Hard to accomplish in a city of constant sirens and horn-honking.

The historic Benjamin Hotel in Midtown Manhattan is the perfect pied-à-terre for a luxury family getaway in New York City.

The one-bedroom deluxe suite ranges from 550-820 square feet. These deluxe suites are on the top three floors of the hotel. They feature a king bed, large seating are with queen sleeper sofa, cosy kitchenette with full-sized fridge, sink and microwave. Our son had his own space, sleeper bed and television, while we enjoyed the one bedroom privacy and our comfortable king bed. A regular one-bedroom suite is still spacious at up to 550 sq ft, with many of the same amenities.

The suite and roomy marble-tiled bathroom were spotlessly clean and well-maintained. We had enough walk-in closet space for three people, including luggage storage. I appreciated that we could open windows for some fresh air when needed, though it was a bit chilly during our visit.

The historic Benjamin Hotel in Midtown Manhattan is the perfect pied-à-terre for a luxury family getaway in New York City.

Rest & Renew Menu

A visit to NYC is Go Go Go. Rest and rejuvenation is quite important to keep up the pace. The Benjamin has this covered with its Rest & Renew menu. This includes a Top Ten Pillow Menu – another huge win in my book. I’m very pillow-particular, and found my perfect match right off the bat. Guests can choose from pillows for back sleepers, memory-foam, anti-snore, water-filled, and even a lullaby pillow into which you can plug in your smartphone for soothing music or white noise. You may lose sleep just thinking about all the choices.

The Benjamin’s unique Rest & Renew Menu also includes choice of light Bedtime Bites from the Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s in-house restaurant, The National. Or the unique On-Demand Meditation program, including cushions and kits available through Housekeeping. You can literally dial up Meditation on your in-room phone and choose from two recorded, 10-minute meditation sessions.


For the Kids

The Winks’ Kidzzz Club pampers young guests from two to ten. Amenities include kid-sized bathrobes and pillows, and a choice of family bedtime books. Kids can even get their own Sleep Certificate upon check-out. American Girl fans can opt for the special American Girl Place sleepover package (extra charge). This includes special gifts for kids and their dolls. A milk and cookie turndown service, anyone? The store is just four blocks away from the hotel. I’m sure this service is a big hit, given how popular these dolls are.

The National Restaurant

The historic Hotel Benjamin in Midtown Manhattan is the perfect pied-à-terre for a luxury family getaway in New York City.

The Benjamin’s in-house hotel restaurant caters to guests and a great many business people who meet up for power breakfasts and dinners. Our stay included a daily breakfast credit, thanks to our fabulous travel agent Jolie of In the Know Experiences, and that menu was substantial. It offered everything from yoghurt, granola and berries, to smashed avocado toast with poached egg (my fave), oatmeal, French toast, huevos rancheros, and eggs Benedict. The pricing is definitely Midtown Manhattan, so a cheap breaking of the fast this isn’t. But the service and food quality were both excellent. We dined here each morning and it felt like a luxurious food holiday.

For a more affordable breakfast, the hotel is surrounded by bakeries and coffee shops. Check out excellent Irving Farm Coffee House or Pret-a-Manger.

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Spa + Fitness

The hotel has a 24-hour fitness facility on the third floor. It includes a steam room and change areas. You may not think of spa treatments as being a necessity on a city visit. But if your nails or hair need touch up or an up-do for night on the town, Federico Hair & Spa is just an elevator ride to the third floor. Or 24-hour call to your room. I had a chance to experience a rejuvenating spa massage with masseuse Theresa. After a week of 20,000-step days and very sore calf muscles, a massage was total heaven. Highly recommend.

The historic Benjamin Hotel in Midtown Manhattan is the perfect pied-à-terre for a luxury family getaway in New York City.

Helpful Concierge Services

We made use of the Benjamin’s concierge for some restaurant reservations after striking out ourselves. I haven’t used concierges nearly enough in my previous travels, and that’s going to change. Utilizing local expertise is just a no-brainer. Sarah, one of the Benjamin’s helpful concierges, was attentive to our last-minute needs. She made reservations for us at a fantastic restaurant for the final night of our stay and helped us celebrate in haute Greek style at Nerai.

A family stay at The Benjamin Hotel in midtown offers location, comfort, and touches of luxury that will make your New York stay an affair to remember.

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The historic Benjamin Hotel in Midtown Manhattan is the perfect pied-à-terre for a luxury family getaway in New York City.

Photo Credits: C. Laroye + Shutterstock

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26 Comments

  • Tamara says:

    I always hear great things about this hotel!

  • Sounds like you found the perfect stay. I am intrigued by the whole pillow thing and I know Ella would die if she knew they had an American Girl Place sleepover package. Pinning this so I can remember it for our next trip to the big apple.

    • Claudia says:

      Ella would love that American Girl sleepover, guaranteed! We really enjoyed the Benjamin, and loved our time in NYC!

  • danik says:

    This hotel looks like the perfect stay in New York city. Keeping this on the list on places to stay when I return to the city as it looks really chic. 🙂

    • Claudia says:

      I’m sure you’d like it Danik! It’s a great base for exploring the amazingness of New York.

  • Lesley Carter says:

    Athena, my daughter, loves when she gets her own robe. There’s something about it that makes her feel important.

    And I love when there is a separate sleeping area for her like the sleeper sofa here 😉

    • Claudia says:

      It’s great how the hotel caters to kids in ways that appeal to their own needs. Everyone should feel special on their vacation!

  • Looks like a great spot, I especially appreciate quiet rooms because as we all know, NYC can be quite loud!

  • I’m always looking for good places to stay when I go back to New York. I will have to try this next time – it looks amazing.

  • I have never been to New York but hopefully, soon. I would love to experience having that “Empire State of Mind” feeling and how people get along with the fast-paced city.

    • Claudia says:

      I hope you get to visit New York soon Trisha. It’s an incredible city unlike anywhere else in the world.

  • Jenna says:

    What a gorgeous hotel! The design is amazing and the location sounds fantastic. I love the pillow menu and Rest & Renew Menu–such a fun concept. The huge closet and windows that open are a nice perk, as well!

    • Claudia says:

      Yes, I admit we felt quite spoiled in our lovely one-bedroom! It was a great choice for our family and our needs. Thanks for your comments!

  • Mike Cotton says:

    I love NYC and the diverse accommodation on offer. This hotel looks fab, and that opening photograph is stunning. Was it taken from the hotel?

  • Guy Crotty says:

    Love love love NYC! The Benjamin sounds an amazing place to experience such an awesome city. Especially love the pillow menu. I’m with you, a good pillow is super key to a good nights sleep. Will have to consider a stay here on our next visit. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sara Broers says:

    What a gorgeous hotel and a great tip that it is near Metro Subway #6 and near the heart of a lot of things to see and do. And having oodles of pillows to choose from, would top the stay off in my book. I can’t stand those little square pillows that many hotels are now going to.

  • Micki says:

    This hotel looks great! I love love love New York. We usually stay in the UWS. I love your photo of the empire state building! I need to go back up there, because mine are taken with my cell phone. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sounds like a perfect perch for a go, go, go visit in NYC. Love the kids sized robes and treats for dolls! How fun for your family.

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