When you step inside an NYC hotel suite, it typically feels impersonal. But at The Benjamin, one of Midtown’s most prominent architectural landmarks, the focus is on creating a more residential experience. Entering a room at The Benjamin feels like coming home, and the many lengths to which the hotel goes to make you comfortable helps create that intimate personal experience.
The 22nd floor Benjamin Suite, a 1,620 square foot pied-à-terre, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and the pinnacle of the hotel’s approach to comfort. With two terraces—one overlooking bustling Midtown and the other, complete with outdoor couches, resting above city rooftops with their painted silos—there is plenty to occupy your attention as you wind down from your busy day walking through the city. You find your mind drifting to the comforts of the bed, and the hotel’s famed Rest & Renew pillow menu. But for now, it must wait, because your friends have just arrived for dinner downstairs.
The National restaurant on the first floor features a menu by celebrated Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian. The restaurant is dressed up nicely with old-school American class and just a hint of European café, with a spiral staircase and elegant black-and-white tiling. In the parloresque dining room, candlelight sets the mood for flirtation. Take a seat in a plush leather booth and begin with an appetizer so good it nearly upstages your entree. The steak tartare is filet mignon (you knew those tiny cubes were tender) topped with mustard and quail eggs that make it almost impossible to stop eating. Next, have a go at the braised lamb shank—right off the bone, right into tzatziki, and right in your mouth with gamey tenderness. You saved room for profiteroles, and the waiter swings by with three choices: chocolate, subtly sweet mint ice cream, and strawberry sorbet. You choose the mint ice cream, and savor the taste before farewelling your friends and heading back to the 22nd floor, your mind on an evening of relaxation.
Now it’s time for a mandatory soak in your enormous bath tub. Then, after drying off, you finally turn to The Benjamin’s Rest & Renew pillow menu. Divvied up for back, side, and stomach sleepers, here you’ll find 10 specially selected pillows to ensure you get a perfect night’s sleep. Sleep Consultant Rebecca Robbins and her Sleep Team are also available for custom sessions, and will guide you on the best pillow to choose for your sleep style. You pick the Sleep for Success Side Sleeper (it supports the neck to ensure good spinal positioning) and the Cloud 10—the hotel’s most requested pillow—with 10 million air beads for head support. It’s comfort à la carte. And as all the pros know, the best measure of a hotel is how rested you are in the morning.