Hotel Spotlight

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 sister hotel to Ian Schrager's iconic 44th-street property, the posh see-and-be-seen vibe is alive and well with a bright and colorful lobby, exclusive event spaces, and a year-round rooftop bar and heated pool with dramatic views of the Empire State Building. Ditch the corporate bore and pitch the Royalton Park Avenue as your next company offsite.

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Park Lounge bar.
King room.
Royalton Suite.
Suite living room.
Park Lounge seating.

At a Glance

The Vibe: Downtown edge with uptown sophistication. 

Standout Detail: The lobby is the right amount of over-the-top everything with black-and-white chevron floor tiles, magenta-pink Murano chandeliers, a glittery sequin wall, red sateen-tufted couches, and a roaring granite fireplace.

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.

Rooms: The downtown-meets-uptown vibe keeps the hotel feeling intimate, yet the twenty-story building of 249 rooms and suites are available in a variety of sizes (and budgets), making it accessible for every type of traveler. All are spacious with lofty high ceilings, cozy reading chairs, plush mattresses with 400-thread count Egyptian-cotton sheets, L'Occitane bath products, and signature "Royalton Pink" magenta and brown decor. Large suites include Juliet balconies overlooking Park Avenue South and cityscape views of Midtown. Upon request, in-room mini bars can be upgraded to a more substantial bar set-up with quality ingredients for mixology enthusiasts.

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, inheriting a trendy party vibe from its previous life as the Gansevoort Hotel, with live DJs spinning on the weekends and a popular summer Friday crowd. Two private event spaces, The Ivy and Park Lounge, are available to rent for meetings or private cocktail parties, and are both located within a tri-level penthouse suite with chic, moody leather seating, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an outdoor fireplace.

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: The tri-level rooftop restaurant opens at 7 a.m. for healthy breakfasts, and continues to an all-day menu of American-comfort classics with burgers, pastas, and shareable plates. Happy-hour specials start early in the afternoon with bar snacks and a full bar.

Rooftop lounge and bar.
Ivy Lounge outdoor fireplace.

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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