N.Y.'s Benjamin set to reopen April 19


NEW YORK -- And then there were 10.

That's how many properties Manhattan East Suite Hotels will operate with the debut of the 209-room Benjamin, officially set for April 19.

Formerly the Hotel Beverly, the Benjamin underwent a $30 million, top-to-bottom refurbishment that restored the hotel's art-deco "wedding cake" look while adding modern conveniences for captains of industry.

Located at 125 E. 50th St., on the corner of Lexington Avenue, Manhattan East is positioning the Benjamin as an "executive suite hotel," which means it will cost more to stay there than at the company's other properties.

Rack rates at the Benjamin start at $320 for a standard room, $420 for a one-bedroom suite and $775 for the sole two-bedroom suite. By comparison, Manhattan East's next-most expensive hotel, the Beekman Tower, charges $209 for a studio.

All rooms at the 30-story Benjamin are equipped with large work desks with ergonomic chairs, two-line telephones with voice mail, dataports, a separate connection for a combination fax-printer-copy machine and Internet access.

All rooms also feature sitting areas and fully equipped galleys with a refrigerator, a microwave oven, a coffeemaker (with complimentary coffee and tea), dishes and utensils and an honor bar.

Upscale amenities include Bose Wave radios; Frette robes, cotton sheets and down-filled duvets, and Judith Jackson bath products. The hotel also boasts a 24-hour gym and the Woodstock Spa and Wellness Center, which can provide a therapist for an in-room massage.

In early summer, the award-winning An American Place restaurant will move to new digs at the Benjamin.

The Benjamin, Phone: (888) 4-BENJAMIN, Web: www.thebenjamin.com

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