$10 million refurb for NYC's The Benjamin

George Sell By George Sell
12 August 2013 | Updated 25 October 2013

US: Midtown Manhattan boutique hotel The Benjamin has concluded the final phase of its $10 million refurbishment.

The three-year project, under the guidance of designer Lauren Rottet, of Rottet Studio, has included the redesign of guest rooms and suites, and the addition of The National Bar & Dining Rooms by Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian.

Rottet is a frequent guest of the hotel,  and said of the property: "In this part of New York City, you want to feel as though you are coming home to your own pied-à-terre rather than a hotel room. It's more personal."
The Benjamin was built in 1927, and first opened in its current incarnation in 1999 following a $30 million renovation that transformed the hotel into the first luxury property for Denihan Hospitality Group.  The rooms redesign is the finishing piece of the project which also included the renovation of the second floor with five residentially-styled rooms for events and meetings, and an intimate Benjamin Guest Lounge and a new lobby.
Of working with Denihan, Rottet said: "They give you the idea they are going after, provide the parameters, then encourage you to do what you think is right and best to create something unique at each property."


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