136 West 55th Street, Google Maps
Telephone 212 245-1800
Trip Advisor review of The Blakely New York
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What to expect: Reopened in May 2004 under new ownership and a new name after a complete, $10-million renovation, the hotel attracts an international clientele of leisure travelers, business travelers, and performing artists who wish to avoid large, crowded hotels.
Amenity highlights: Guests enter through a mirror-lined, marble-floored outer lobby beneath a 1920s Baccarat crystal chandelier to a mahogany-paneled inner lobby with book shelves, an original English-hunting-scene oil painting, Oriental rugs on a pale marble floor, brown-leather chairs, fresh flowers, and jazz vocals playing softly in the background. A laptop computer on a lobby table provides complimentary wireless Internet access.
Insider tip: A hundred feet from the hotel, a block-wide plaza containing benches, dining tables, greenery, and a fountain offers a tranquil, warm-weather site for people-watching and enjoying gelati from a nearby street-side stand.