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
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
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
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