TRAVEL & LGBT
LGBT Friendly Hotel Review: Hotel Elysée New York City
Last month, Lindsay and I took a trip home to New York City for our friends’ wedding in Brooklyn. Usually when we’re in town we stay at our friends’ apartments but I was excited to use this opportunity to check out Hotel Elysée from the Library Hotel Collection. Tons of other bloggers I know and respect have visited the property. They described it as having the vibes of a “romantic country inn” and having a “timeless vibe” with “an Old New York Brat Pack” style ambiance. That’s pretty impressive for New York City.
While researching for this article I found out that The Hotel Elysée was recognized as one of the World’s Best Hotels by the Travel & Leisure Magazine and #14 Most Romantic Hotel in New York City by Business Insider in 2015. There isn’t much left that has a romantic and cozy vibe in the city of sleek but cold modern design. I was pumped to check it out, and trust me - it didn’t disappoint.
Photograph by Lindsay Cale
We were upgraded to The Presidential Suite when we checked in. It was outrageously large. I’m talking double the size of our apartment in Washington DC. It was complete with dining room, living room, walk-in closet, kitchenette, and bathroom. It’s easily big enough for a family or two couples to share. It’s THAT large. The ambiance was very comfortable and homey. It was a nice relaxing reprieve after our adventures exploring the city.
“Honestly, you couldn’t ask for a better location for most visitors to New York.”
Honestly, you couldn’t ask for a better location for most visitors to New York. It’s right in Midtown East, just steps from Central Park and about a 15 minute walk across town to Time Square, Rockefeller Center, and Grand Central Station. You’re steps away from public transportation, or you can have the doorman hail you a cab. Lyft and Uber are also convenient options while in New York. Lindsay and I ventured out and stumbled on one of the best brunches we’ve ever had at JAMS around the corner. It was the definition of #BrunchGoals. The next morning we opted for the quick [and complimentary!] continental breakfast at Hotel Elysee and it was delicious. They had a wide selection of fruit, breads, cereals and juices to choose from.
We felt nothing but respected and cared for while we were staying at Hotel Elysee. New York City is one of the most accepting places in the world for LGBT people. The hotel staff was great and didn’t bat an eyelash to have two women checking in and asking for a double bed.
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