About Roger Smith Hotel
Midtown hotels can feel as uniformly anonymous as the skyscrapers that surround them. But the colorful Roger Smith Hotel stands out among its neighbors for its eclectic flavor. From the sculptures that flank the entrance to the cozy rooftop bar, the Roger Smith is never short on character. The interior design plays on a New England cottage theme, and every warmly decorated room has its own book collection, inviting guests to curl up and read. Still, the gadgets and amenities are 21st Century, with free Wi-Fi, complimentary local calls and flatscreen TVs.
When the weather’s warm, head to the charming rooftop bar, where you can sip cocktails and nibble on a changing menu of hors d’oeuvres under the starry sky, surrounded by stately skyscrapers.
But what really sets the hotel apart is its enthusiastic celebration of the arts. The hotel hosts the Lab Gallery in a nearby converted storefront which features thought-provoking exhibits, from performance art to massive installations, on view for the thousands of pedestrian who pass by daily. As the hotel explains, the Lab Gallery is designed to “throw a moment of uncertainty into the predictable monotony of the Midtown shuffle.” Additionally, the hotel’s RS Pop, a fashion-focused pop-up shop next door, showcases art exhibits in its lobby. The Roger Smith is one of the city’s most social-media-savvy hotels, with a popular blog and Twitter feed so you can keep up with all its activities.
Did you know?
The Roger Smith has a furry mascot named Henry, a Boston terrier who’s the hotel’s most popular resident.
The Roger Smith Hotel is ideal for visitors who appreciate the arts and want to be in the thick of things. The hotel is in Midtown, just a few blocks from Grand Central Terminal, but it offers a unique, personal and creative experience that feels more downtown.
Roger Smith Hotel Location Information:
501 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10017
4, 5, 6, S to Grand Central/42 St.; E, M to Lexington Ave./53rd St.
Henry’s Rooftop Bar
This breezy rooftop, open seasonally, serves cocktails and tasty snacks.
No room service, but the hotel supplies each room with takeout restaurant menus so you can order in.