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The Lombardy in New York, NY

The Lombardy in New York, NY

Specialties

Offering very spacious apartment style rooms and suites most with kitchenettes. Free WIFI, a complimentary coffee and pastry at Ninth Street Espresso, free access to 24/7 business and fitness centers and exceptionally clean accommodations. Individually decorated with high-end luxury furnishings. Home to Harlow restaurant and lounge and Nico Salon.

Our lobby underwent a total renovation in 2012, as did the fitness center and as mentioned the new Harlow restaurant and the new Nico Salon.

History

Established in 1957.

Built in 1926, the building was once owned by William Randolph Hearst who purchased it for his mistress actress Marion Davies. The ballroom, where Richie Notar's Harlow restaurant now occupies, was used by the actress to hold her lavish parties. Since then, The Lombardy has been home to stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Richard Rodgers.

 

Company Info:

Rating: 4.25

Address: 111 E 56th St, New York, NY, 10022
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Comments (16):

1. David W.
great place for the money... i keep going back. ... maybe 5 times now,

11/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. Audrey J.
Does my room REALLY contain a king size bed, two night stands, a three seater sofa, desk, dining table, nine drawer dresser, and TV? Yes? Really really?

Does the kitchenette really have a mini fridge, microwave, sink, silverware and flatware, and an assortment of small appliances? Yes? REALLY really?

Is the bed niiiiiiice and firm? Do the housekeepers reeeeally give you extra chocolates?  Is there reeeeeally free Ethernet??

Sure, the hotel itself is a little bit old. There IS kind of that "old hotel" smell when you enter the lobby. Sure, they didn't REALLY listen to my booking "request" and ended up giving me a smoking room (which, thankfully, does not smell smoky, and if it weren't for the ashtrays, I wouldn't know better). Sure, the furnishings are a little spartan, but at least everything's clean and well-kept. And, sure, the room service Kobe burger with fries really DID cost me $28.

But REALLY...how often do you get a room in Midtown Manhattan for $245/night  that is ridiculously gigantor and could probably fit six king-sized beds just in the living space?

I know that people come to NY and don't expect to be in their hotel rooms much, but this hotel gets 3.5 stars because, for a couple days of being holed up in a hotel room, studying for the bar in the city that never sleeps, the Lombardy Hotel delivered much appreciated peace and quiet.

25/07/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. Leslie G.
Very disappointed.  We have stayed here many times over the last several years. The rooms are big, but  bathrooms and kitchens are small and  need updating,
Room serving continental breakfast was dirty and the breakfast was disappointing.  Left our room at 10 and returned at 5 to discover room had not been serviced. Head of housekeeping was not apologetic and had attitude.  We'll be searching for other accommodations next time.

11/12/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
4. Harold F.
What a conundrum.  Overall, we had a mostly positive experience, but this place is certainly quirky!  Will we stay there again?  Probably, if the price is right.  Will we go in with a somewhat cautious approach?  Probably!

First of all, the positives.  The rooms were huge by NY standards.  We had a two bedroom suite that even had a small balcony.  In addition to the very large bedrooms there was a cavernous living room/common area, two decently sized bathrooms, lots of closets (we kept finding more), and a tiny kitchenette with a fridge, microwave, dishes and plates, and a portable electric set of burners that could be set up countertop.  The location is convenient to various stores and restaurants, cabs were easy to come by and the subway is close.  This was definitely a much better deal than had we gotten two tiny adjoining rooms in some Midtown hotel.  The staff was helpful, and attentive.  There is room service via a nearby restaurant.  There are computers available off the lobby for internet and printing.  

Now the more quirky elements. Have you ever stayed at an elderly relative's home,where nothing has been updated in decades, and there is a smell you can't quite place?  Well, that's the Lombardy.  The closer you looked, the more you noticed the nicked up furniture, cracks in the ceiling, outdated plumbing fixtures, peeling wallpaper, fading paint, etc.  it was a bit like some early Jack Nicholson movie.  Not bad - just a bit off.  We never felt comfortable with the white gloved, stoic elevator operator (on just one of the two elevators - we always tried for the other one!).  The shower door did not close properly and the floor got wet.  The toilets didn't always cooperate when flushing.  One side of the King sized bed had a depression in it where I almost lost my wife.  The furniture and decorations made us think that someone lived there 20 years ago, died, and they have been renting the rooms out untouched since then!  That said, there were novels that were relatively newer on the shelf!  The free in room Internet was a bust however.

Overall, I give it a thumbs up.  It rained heavily and we were trapped in the rooms, and the space and features made that very comfortable.  Stay there, but expect the luxury to be a bit out of date!

21/07/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
5. Charles R.
Stayed again at The Lombardy twice this year: March and also April '13 and was AGAIN DELIGHTED with the experience at this hotel. I really like staying in an upscale boutique hotel that is only steps away from everywhere in midtown East NYC. The place is intimate, friendly, personal and just all-around superb. Also BONUS: There is now a hip & happening restaurant and bar inside the hotel called Harlow where the scene is happening & food excellent. I like to stay on a low floor - the lower the better - and was happy that there was no street noise in my extra large 400 sq ft over-sized studio.

09/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Brian G.
Dang!!!  Why can't more places be like the Lombardy?  Frankly, I'm tired of NYC hotel rooms that are the size of your walk-in closet, but priced as if you were staying in a penthouse suite.  Sure, the scene might be trendier and there might be a cool bar or restaurant downstairs, but after your first few stays you crave more arm room and a quiet space to retreat to when you're done battling your way through NYC streets.

Lombardy is old school charm.  It was clear when I checked in and checked out that I was one of the youngest guests staying at the hotel.  While I wasn't going to be picking up any honeys at the hotel bar, it did mean I was going to have quiet neighbors.  The Lombardy is QUIET!!!  I couldn't believe how quiet it was in my room and I've lived all over Manhattan and Brooklyn.  

And finally to my favorite part - the incredible rooms.  I was upgraded from a one room suite to a two room suite and we were blown away.  The apartment measured over 1,000 sq feet easy.  One room had two double beds while the other had a giant king.  Two gorgeously redone full size bathrooms the size of most other NYC hotel rooms on opposite sides of the apartment.  We had a full size living room with two couches, two chairs, and an ottoman - enough to seat 12 people.  A refinished kitchenette with silverware and everything else you'd need short of cooking dinner was provided.  Beds were comfy, rooms were very clean, and we were greeted at night to turn down service and chocolates.  All this for $299+ tax for two people???  

Lombardy is well situated between Park and Lex and is close to the 59th St subway stops.  If you're looking for a trendy getaway, Lombardy won't fit the bill.  But if you're in the market for a wonderfully peaceful retreat where you can actually stretch out for a reasonable rate, Lombardy should be on your short list of places to stay in NYC.

04/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Peter I.
How do you not love a hotel that has elevator attendants?

What this place lacks in pristine newness, it makes up for in service and space.
Giant rooms, great attitude and overall just a find. Hate to even write this.

I will be back, I hope it never changes.

13/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. Dana R.
I would give this hotel 4 stars despite it's rundown hallways and lobby due to the size and the state of our newly redone room were it not for the absolutely pathetic wireless Internet service. We are on a working vacation so reliable and fast connectivity is important. We are on the 14th floor and the connection is extremely slow and I constantly get kicked off the network. I've asked a couple of times and they've said they will reboot the router for my floor, assuring me that will take care of the problem ... it doesn't.

The staff is very nice. The room is very large, well decorated and very clean. We have used the kitchenette to make breakfast -- there is an induction cooktop and a microwave. No venting or fan ... thought that would be a code requirement for a cooktop. Inadequate basic kitchen utensils -- no knives, no cutting block, no spatula. No dishwasher; but the housekeepers will clean the used dishes if you leave them in the sink.

Only had one snafu with housekeeping -- they told us they would come clean the room during the 1 hour we were out (I had been sick, so spending most of the day in the room). When we returned, the room hadn't been serviced. The housekeeper didn't apologize and merely said she had been busy.

New King bed is incredibly soft (we are used to sleeping on firm mattresses) and only had one set of King pillows which resulted in back and neck aches the next morning. They delivered 2 more sleeping pillows (there ample decorative pillows) upon request and that solved the problem.

Very quiet; particularly with the air conditioning running. We have found the cooling system to be uneven - the bedroom cold and dry and the living room/kitchen area literally sticky with humidity. No fan in the bathroom either. The hallways are old, musty and dense with humidity -- made me worried as we were initially going to our room.

This certainly is not a hip or fancy place. It is tired and in need of an upgrade. However, for the price, if you get a renovated room, it's worth it.

We will likely stay here again -- but bring our own wifi hotspots.

28/09/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
9. Jayna P.
We booked this hotel for a 5 day stay in the city. We were contemplating between the Waldorf/W and then came across this one. It was a gamble but we decided to see what it was about. The photos/reviews I read before going to this hotel did not do it justice.

Upon arrival we were checked into our room which was an APARTMENT. So much more amazing then the closet of a room we would have gotten at the W. We had a large living room, kitchen, walk in closets. Everything was clean and perfect. Although the air condition was a little outdated looking but who cares? Also I think its important that I note that I am a very picky person and hard to please and this place did not disappoint in the least.

The location of this hotel is also perfect. Walking distance to central park/ upper east side and close to a major subway line. All the reviews about the lobby are ridiculous it was a gorgeous lobby with a doorman and elevator man each time. Sully was one of the friendliest elevator attendants. I don't know why people said this place lacks "newness" It was very new and updated from everything we saw. I've stayed in posh hotels in Vegas before and this one definitely is up to par. But I also see that these are apartments that have been turned into hotels so it just depends on which one you get I guess we lucked out. Would def stay there again!

26/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. Alexandra R.
great hotel, friendly service, beautiful room. off the beaten touristy path - great location, quick walk to 5th ave, central park & great restaurants everywhere. highly recommend....will be staying there again!

20/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. Jonathan Q.
Have been staying here again. Updated. New lobby coffee bar and a nice restaurant on site. I love this hotel. Wish I could (afford to) live here. Many rooms updated, no longer Aunt's hotel, looks like your cousin, with money, has invested and is bringing the place to the future.

14/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. Jessica L.
We stayed at the Lombardy during our week-long stay in NY.  My parents stayed here last year, and absolutely loved it, so they booked it as well for our stay in August 2014.

This place was FANTASTIC. It is away from the hustle and bustle of Time Square, and is super residential and not touristy.  It is right on the outskirts of the tourism areas, which is great because you get a true New Yorker kind of feel.  Also, for the money, you get A LOT of hotel room.  Some of the units are condos rented out, and some are zoned as hotels. Most of the rooms come with a kitchenette with a sink, dishes/drinkware, full refrigerator, microwave, and toaster oven.  Also, a bottle opener was mounted to the kitchenette door.  This really came in handy, because we stocked up on tons of snacks, drinks, and breakfast items so we barely had to spend any money on breakfast every morning.  Each room also came with a coffee maker, so we bought coffee from the local Whole Foods as well, and had free coffee each morning.

The rooms were spacious and super clean, and it functioned as great home base for our long stay in NY. The air conditioner worked AMAZING and our room was nice and cold.  (It was 90 degrees during our stay!) We had an awful view of the alley and other buildings alley ways with trash, but you don't go to NY for a view, now do you?

The hotel is connected to a restaurant and coffee shop.  Harlow is the restaurant, and it is a nice place to grab cocktails on the way back to the hotel if you're not ready to call it quits just yet.

My one complaint is that the bellmen were not very attentive.  They would stand there, and watch us open doors with bags at times. The staff was very friendly, I just think if there is a doorman that should be helping us, we should be getting assistance.

I would recommend this place to anybody who wants to experience NY from a more local point of view. I honestly felt like I lived there, it was great.  I would definitely stay there again.

29/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
13. Jennifer M.
Stayed here NYE.  It is a beautiful hotel in a great location.  It was rather quiet for being in the city.  The room was better than I imagined.  The staff was very friendly and accommodating. I absolutely recommend it.

04/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. Joy S.
At first I wasn't going to write a review for this hotel.  Yes, I was going to be selfish and try to keep this gem of a hotel to myself.  But now that our NY office has moved to Miami, I'll go ahead and give the lowdown on my secret NY hotel.

Whenever anyone from our Charleston office had to go visit our NY office, this would be our go-to hotel.  We've stayed at other hotels in the area (mainly Renaissance Hotel 57 & Chambers Hotel) but we much prefer this hotel.  Let's do a little pros and cons and pros and cons and proooooosss (Jimmy Fallon, anyone?).

PROS
- Best bang for your buck.  These rooms/suites are HUGE by most standards.  By NY standards, they're ginormous.  For this part of midtown, it's impossible to find a bigger room for the same cost.  Guaranteed.

- They're quick to upgrade you.  There have been several times that we've booked a standard room and got upgraded to suites.

- Most or all of the rooms/suites are individually owned and then contracted with the Lombardy to be booked out as hotel rooms.  There are several different floor plans and each one is decorated differently.  Even though we stayed here a bunch, we never knew what our rooms would look like.  So it was a tradition for me and my co-workers to go check out each others rooms as soon as we checked in to see who got the best one.

- It's quiet.  I've always had a peaceful night's sleep here.  The same can not be said for Hotel 57.

- The staff for the most part, has all been really friendly.  We heard a rumor/joke about it being run by the Russian mofia.  And if you book here, you'll see what I mean.  However, we've always found everyone to be super nice and accommodating.

- I've always found the rooms to be nice and clean.

- I'm not sure if all of them have kitchens but all of the rooms we stayed in did.

- They have their own car service.  Not necessarily an unusual thing, and though it's a lot pricier than taking a taxi, it's nice to have the option to not try to flag down a taxi at 5pm on a Friday (I've tried, it's no fun).

- When the bar that was attached was open, they offered a free continental breakfast.  Not sure if they still do since the bar was being renovated for the majority of my trips there (I hear the bar is now open again so hopefully it's better than the pub-type atmosphere it used to have).

CONS
- It's a bit outdated.  I personally think the lobby is rather nice, in an over-the-top, gaudy sort of way.  It's not very modern.  The same goes for the rooms.  If you like trendy and modern, this is not the place for you.  Chambers Hotel might be more your speed.

- Keeping with the outdated aspect, they're old school and have an elevator attendant.  They're sort of creepy and pretty pointless.  I would rather push my own button to my floor, thankyouverymuch.  

- Not a whole lot of amenities.  They did just recently add a gym, though.  Just don't expect everything you normally would from a hotel, think of it more as a rental.  For example, the first night of our stay, we'll always stop by Duane Reade to pick up bottled water because they don't offer those in the rooms.

This is a case of what matters more to you when you book a hotel.  If you're a no frills type of person that would enjoy coming back to a quiet room that you could really spread out in and enjoy, this is probably for you  If you want to be wowed and pampered by a hotel, definitely look elsewhere.

TIP:  My favorite suite by far is #605.  

Another TIP:  Try the pizza place across the street.  Cheap and tasty!

06/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
15. Nick B.
I must have come on an off weekend, because I was underwhelmed. The location and price of the hotel were good.  The suite we stayed in felt tired. Every surface was dirty - think dirty light switches. Carpets and couches were stained. The bed skirt looked like someone had a sudden release of their bowels. The bathrooms were decent, but again not as maintained as I would have hoped. If you have fondness of marble and floor to ceiling mirrors then this is your place. There is nothing like being able to see yourself from every angle. The unit had a nice balcony and the hotel was dead quiet on the weekend.

I found the staff to be generally unhelpful. Not in an overtly rude way, but not the go out of your way let me help you, that you expect when staying at a decent hotel. I had to convince them to practically convince them to valet my car. They came up with every alternative and work around to avoid taking it. Seemed weird.

15/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
16. Marina F.
I can't compliment this hotel enough. I came here for business.  It's a beautiful hotel in a beautiful area.  They have a business center, a gym, a coffee shop and a restaurant.  

I am here alone.  The staff just couldn't be nicer.  They are so warm, helpful, almost paternal.  They suggested where I should walk, go to eat.  They brought ice to my room.  I even needed help opening my vitamin water and they did it and didn't laugh at me.

09/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0