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In Manhattan, a Life of Bleisure and a Year-Round Rooftop Pool

by California Chaney
Royalton Swim with this view all year round (the pool is heated!). All photos courtesy of the Royalton Park Avenue.

Royalton Park Avenue
New York City, NY
Modern, $$

Craving a healthy dose of business and pleasure on your next work trip? Look no further than the Royalton Park Avenue in Manhattan's NoMad neighborhood, where new restaurants, fitness studios, co-working spaces, and matcha latte-bars are constantly popping up. A posh see-and-be-seen vibe is alive and well in the bright and colorful lobby, exclusive event spaces, and at the year-round rooftop bar and heated pool — and not only because of those dramatic views of the Empire State Building. Ditch the corporate bore and pitch this as the spot for your next company offsite, or just for your next trip to the city.

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Colorful lobby.
The lobby.
Rooftop Lounge.
Ivy Lounge.

At a Glance

The Vibe: Downtown edge with uptown sophistication. 

Standout Detail: The lobby is the right amount of over-the-top everything with rainbow-colored sofas, lush greenery, and a roaring granite fireplace. (That sofa is the Mah Jong from Roche Bobois, in case you're inspired to get a few sections for your home.)

This Place Is Perfect For: Business-meets-leisure travelers who come for the work week and stay for a weekend to lounge by the pool.

Park Avenue Suite.
Deluxe King room.
Superior Double room.

Rooms: The downtown-meets-uptown vibe keeps the hotel feeling intimate despite its considerable capacity: 249 rooms and suites in a variety of sizes, configurations, and budgets. All are spacious — at lest 350 square feet, which is not something all Manhattan apartments can boast — with lofty high ceilings, reading chairs, plush mattresses with 400-thread count Egyptian-cotton sheets, L'Occitane bath products, and decorative accents in Royalton Pink magenta. Large suites include Juliet balconies overlooking Park Avenue South and cityscape views of Midtown. Mixology enthusiasts can request that in-room mini bars be upgraded to a more substantial bar set-up with quality ingredients.

On Site: Make time to post up on the twentieth-floor lounge where a 40-foot, heated indoor/outdoor pool — exclusive to hotel guests — is open year round for late-night dips and stargazing at the Empire State Building. The surrounding 1,000 square-foot pool deck is outfitted with lounge chairs, poolside food and drink service, and a lifeguard on duty. While the pool is reserved for hotel guests, the outdoor lounge and bar is open to the public, a carryover of the trendy party vibe from its previous life as the Gansevoort Hotel. DJs spin on the weekends, attracting a big summer Friday crowd. 

Park Lounge, available for private events, has flexible seating, floor-to-ceiling windows with Park Avenue views, and an outdoor terrace.

For the wellness crowd, a Flywheel spinning studio with daily classes is adjacent to the hotel lobby, and a fully-equipped gym is located on the third-floor with free and unlimited audio-guided Aaptiv fitness classes for running, HIIT workouts, yoga, and meditation. A hotel partnership with Roula, a bike delivery and tour company, will take guests out for guided biking tours around the city.

Food + Drink: Rooftop Restaurant and Bar opens at 7 a.m. for healthy breakfasts, and serves an all-day room service menu of American comfort classics like burgers, tacos, and salads. Happy-hour specials start early (3:30 on weekdays) with bar snacks and a full bar. The Ivy piano bar and lounge is an indoor-outdoor space with a fireplace, open Tuesday through Saturday evenings for cocktails and light eats. 

What to Do Nearby

The hotel's position at the heart of Manhattan's NoMad neighborhood is as central as central gets in the Big Apple. Upscale food and drink take center stage at the Michelin-star Eleven Madison Park blocks away, as well as sleek and modern Mexican spot Cosme, and creative Mediterranean Ilili. For drinks, Parisian-chic Vin Sur Vingt is great for a glass (or two) of wine and light bites. Raines Law Room has a make-your-own Old Fashioned menu. If a week full of business meetings has kept you indoors, take a stroll to nearby Madison Square Park and pick up picnic-fare (Italian cheeses and charcuterie) at Eataly and find a spot to lounge in the open green space across from the Flatiron Building.

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This article was originally published in 2019 and was updated in 2023.

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