Palace Hotel


Member Rating 2 out of 5 by Hornerjerr on October 5, 2000

The Palace, on Madison between 51st and 52nd, is the kind of place for people who like gold (colored) bathroom fixtures and dining at le Cirque, which is in the hotel building. So if you loathe Donald Trump and dig a downtown vibe, this is definitely not the place for you.

Dripping with Napoleonesque, The Palace is close to midtown shopping at places like Crate and Barrel, Bloomingdales, and Saks. The style of the hotel is what could be called maximalist: carpets are studded with imperial motifs, the furniture is heavy, dark and rich, and the marble lobby looks like the designer just couldn’t decide between about a dozen colors of marble. Minimalist chic is miles away, and the luxurious appointments of the rooms make it easy to relax and unwind. The rooms are large, often with nice views of various skyscrapers in the area, and the bed was appointed with fabulous linen. But for a place that charges five bucks for a tiny bottle of Coke from the room fridge, certain details were disappointing. The bathrooms are small and dull, despite the gold fixtures, and the weekend I was there, the in-room movie service didn’t work.

The New York Palace
455 MADISON AVENUE AT 50TH ST
New York, New York, 10022
212 888 7000

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