Fodor's Expert Review Iroquois New York

49 W 44th St., between 5th and 6th Aves., New York, NY 10036, USA See on Map

Once the home of James Dean (he lived here for two years in the 1950s), the Iroquois is a historic hotel that dates back to 1899. A traditional style remains, but renovations over the years have made the rooms fresh and comfortable. Oh, and there's also a semi-secretive cocktail bar tucked behind the lobby--and it's one of the best bars in the neighborhood.


Classic rooms are decorated with neutral tones, wood furniture, and softly glowing lamps. Desks with ergonomic chairs provide ample workspace. Service has lovely, traditional touches including turndown service (with chocolates).

Take advantage of this hotel’s complimentary nightly shoeshine service. That's right--this is a service that still exists.


Marble bathrooms are stocked with Frette towels and bathrobes.


The small lobby has a traditional feel with wood-paneled walls, marble floors, and a grandfather clock. Off the lobby, there’s a library space with book-lined shelves and comfy leather chairs.


Triomphe is a French restaurant with white tablecloths and cozy banquettes serving three meals a day. Chef-curated tasting menus are available or guests can order a la carte from dishes like foie gras and sunchoke terrine or classic French onion soup.


The hotel is home to a somewhat hidden cocktail parlor, Lantern’s Keep. Tucked off the lobby, this classic watering hole is a Midtown Manhattan cocktail destination.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Lantern’s Keep is a seated cocktail bar and fills quickly. To guarantee a seat, you may want to make reservations in advance--and by "may," we mean: make reservations.


Getting Around

Located on West 44th Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue, this hotel is convenient for guests that want to explore midtown Manhattan on foot. Bryant Park and the Theater District are both within easy walking distance. Subway access is nearby with the B, D, F, M, and 7 trains at 42nd Street/Bryant Park. Taxis and Uber are widely available in the area, but traffic congestion is a common problem.


Keep the historic theme going with a meal at Grand Central Oyster Bar (9-minute walk), a restaurant dating back to 1913 under Grand Central Terminal. Sit at the bar and watch the master oyster shuckers at work. For a casual meal, order some spicy cumin hand-pulled noodles at Xi’an Famous Foods (5-minute walk). Upscale food halls are popping up throughout New York City. One of the best is Urbanspace Vanderbilt (7-minute walk), with popular vendors including Roberta’s pizza, Red Hook Lobster Pound, and Mimi’s Hummus.


Maggie’s Place (7-minute walk) is a cozy Irish bar with a convivial atmosphere and lots of draft beers. Morrell Wine Bar (9-minute walk) serves more than 150 wines by the glass and has a seasonal outdoor patio.


The cocktail bar and book-lined library both provide cozy places to put your feet up in the heart of bustling midtown Manhattan. We love the thoughtful freebies, like complimentary nightly shoeshine and chocolates on your pillow.


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Phones: (212) 840-3080

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