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The Benjamin Has Finished Up Its Three-Year-Long Renovation

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August 21, 2013 at 1:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yet another New York City hotel has gotten an upgrade.

With the unveiling of the hotel's 209 Lauren Rottet- (of Rottet Studios) designed guest rooms and suites, The Benjamin's three-year, $10 million renovation is just about complete -- and we got a chance to peek at the changes.

The rooms' redesign is the final part of a project that also included the renovation of the second floor meeting rooms and guest lounge, the opening of Geoffery Zakarian's The National restaurant, and a lobby redesign. Still in the works are a fitness center renovation set for fall (in a partnership with an, as yet, unannounced company), and a 22nd-floor one-bedroom Premier Suite that will be unveiled in early 2014.

Rottet (who has also worked with The Surrey and The James) has reinvented the rooms in a palette of whites, silvers, mink and golds, and, by utilizing mirror-meets-mural art pieces over the beds and mirrored coffee tables in suites, accentuated the rooms' spaciousness. The bathroom mirrors are some of the biggest and brightest we've seen. Pointing out that nobody really works at their desk anymore, Rottet has also shrunk the desks and added square-armed lounge chairs, so that guests can work and watch TV at the same time.

Our favorites were the 18 Terrace Suites: look at that view!

The Benjamin's well-known sleep program, designed by Rebecca Robbins, author of "Sleep for Success", remains an important feature with heavy drapes, black-out curtains, and analog bedside clocks to help guests get some quality shut eye.

Equally well-known (the hotel is competing in USA Today's 'Best Pet Program' contest) is The Benjamin's pet-friendly services, and they are rolling out a brand new partnership with Barkbox next month. A one-time $50 pet fee gets you a Barkbox package including a doggy bowl and charm collar with the hotel's address inscribed on it should your pup decide to try to explore the city without you.

All rooms have kitchenettes but in-room WiFi costs $14.95 a day (it's free in the lobby). In case you want a haircut at two o'clock in the morning, The Benjamin's celeb stylist-led Federico hair salon offers in-room services 24 hours a day...for the "princesses" explained our guide.

Weekday August nightly rates start at $269.

[Photos: The Benjamin Hotel].

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