This elegant boutique hotel is the kind of property you might walk by every day, always wondering what it’s like and who stays there. Its presence on Madison Avenue in New York City’s Murray Hill section exudes sophistication with its striped awnings; tall, black, entry doors; and floor-to-ceiling windows that say, quite simply, ROGER, above a tiny black bowtie. Sleek.
Formerly the Roger Williams Hotel, this new Roger opened in June 2012 after extensive renovations under the vision of interior designer Annette Jaffe.
The Roger’s lobby is as grand as its street appeal, with a high-ceilinged library/bar area and attentive staff who get to know your name almost immediately, and your every preference soon after. After all, there are just 194 rooms, so they can truly get to know you.
The rooms are as gracious as the staff, some with private terraces, all with flat-screen plasma TVs, Egyptian cotton linens, complimentary Wi-Fi, and all the amenities you would expect. For small groups, there is a conference suite that seats 12 and a fabulous rooftop terrace, the Veranda 411, ideal for cocktails or functions for up to 75 people.
Don’t forget, you’re standing on some of Manhattan’s priciest real estate. Step outside and you are just a short walk from the Empire State Building, Madison Square Park, and all of New York City’s Midtown attractions.