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One of the first “lifestyle” boutique hotels to open in this mid-town Manhattan locale in 2011, just a few blocks from Grand Central Station, the Hotel 48LEX was touted as a design-forward, customer-oriented establishment on the cusp of a growing demand for this kind of lodging. After 8 years and newly refreshed rooms, Hotel 48Lex hasn’t lost its mojo – offering handsomely furnished rooms, breakfast with room, and a complimentary wine and cheese hour to guests every afternoon. Best of all, off-season weekends see room rates as low as $135 per night – practically unheard of for an upscale NYC room and with all the attendant perks .
First Impressions of Hotel 48LEX
Walk through the nondescript entrance of Hotel 48LEX into a long slim foyer fashioned with elements of Mother Nature: one wall of up-lit roughly chiseled New York schist opposite orange leather benches and spindly plants.
When first opened, reception was on the 2nd floor, in the Lexicon Lounge. Now, however, check-in is situated in a small area on street level where friendly staff usher you quickly through the process and into your room.
Rooms at Hotel 48LEX
Guest rooms are crisply posh and modern with a certain masculine cachet; charcoal pinstripe carpeting and floor-to-ceiling windows presenting dioramas of midtown commerce framed by grey curtains.
Bathrooms gleam with white subway tile and large glass showers – and, thankfully, plenty of lighting.
Lexicon Lounge at Hotel 48LEX
Every early evening, guests can enjoy a glass of wine and nibble on cheese and other small bites in the George-Jetson-modern Lexicon Lounge on the 2nd floor – with, again, floor to ceiling windows overlooking several iconic NYC buildings.
Morning brings a complimentary “European-style” breakfast – always a refreshing bonus in the typical “nickel-and-dime-the-guests” universe of other upscale hotels. Laid out as a buffet in the Lexicon Lounge, fresh delectables range from cured meats and cheeses to cereals, granola, fresh fruit and pastries.
In the basement, fitness areas are divided into two rooms – one for treadmills, elliptical, and other machines, and a second for weights and balls.
Just the Facts
Stay weekends offseason for the best rates. Winter weekend rates start at $135 (winter mid-week at $250) and include complimentary wi-fi, European-style breakfast and early evening wine and cheese hour.