Opened since 1900, The Iroquois New York has seen more than its fair share of guests, but one in particular stands out: James Dean. The actor spent two years living at the luxury hotel in the 1950s, and that’s why you’ll find a suite there named after him.
But Hollywood cred isn’t the only reason to stay at the New York City hotel. What’s even more of a draw is its convenient location. Perfectly positioned on 44th Street in the city’s Midtown Manhattan neighborhood, The Iroquois puts you right near Times Square, Grand Central Station, the Theater District, Fifth Avenue and Bryant Park.
Despite its busy locale, the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel provides peaceful spot after the business meeting or sightseeing-filled day ends. Find immediate respite just off the lobby to the hotel’s library. It’s outfitted with dark leather furniture, daily newspapers and shelves stocked with books about New York, as well as several neighborhood guides for your perusal. Then retreat to your simple but stylish room to discover wood paneling, crisp white Frette linens and Molton Brown bath amenities. While New York offers an abundance of eateries, try a meal at the onsite Triomphe restaurant, a cozy spot dedicated to French fare such as seared foie gras and duck confit or braised lamb shank with a cocoa and cabernet demi-glace. Don’t miss Lantern’s Keep, a dark, intimate bar that serves exotic cocktails. Sit at a marble-topped table and sip a Jungle Bird (blackstrap rum, Campari, pineapple and lime) in front of the fireplace. It will make you understand why Dean made The Iroquois his home.