A business trip brought me to New York. The beautiful, elegant and comfortable hotel Benjamin makes me want to stay. I am a television producer and media consultant by trade when I am not writing for Examiner.com and various national magazines. I found myself here on business, and was delightfully surprised to find that this wonderful boutique hotel - which feels more like an apartment than a hotel room is also...green!
According to their website, “The Benjamin was eco-friendly before being green became the new standard. The Benjamin is one of only five hotels in the United States that has earned the ECOTEL® Five-Globe certification. ECOTEL-Certified properties lead the hospitality industry in environmental protection and preservation. It is an honored distinction.”
“The Benjamin, like all ECOTELS, is committed to reducing waste and increasing energy efficiency. In fact, The Benjamin was the first—and for decades, the only—environmentally friendly hotel in New York City. Our commitment to environmental responsibility includes:
Energy-efficient light switches
Water conservation program
Recycle bins in all guest rooms
Linens and towels program
Hotel cuisine sourced from local farms
The Benjamin is also proud to partner with Clean the World, an organization that provides recycled soap products and educational materials to impoverished families around the globe. The Benjamin donates its used solid and liquid soap amenities to this innovative program.”
My husband has joined me so he can enjoy art galleries and all that New York has to offer by day, and we can enjoy each other at night. I love having a tiny kitchen! It means that we can collect organic goodies: coffee, wine, chocolate (all the essentials) and snuggle up in the evening to share our days’ adventures over sumptous Chinese takeout; just like in the rom/com movies of “couples in love” living the “The City.”
Like many understated green hotels (the Kimpton, the Ambrose in LA) the Benjamin has all the wellness and sustainable amenities woven into the fabric of the experience here. No need to shout “green.”
On the ground floor of the Benjamin is the James Beard award-winning restaurant The National by Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian.
Zakarian is joined in the kitchen by Executive Chef Paul Corsentino and Executive Pastry Chef Marisa Croce. The all-star team produces all-occasion offerings that surpass expectations.
The New York Times recently touted,“It is the sort of restaurant where it is nice to be. And the food, which hews close to Mr. Zakarian’s new-American aesthetic, is to match. It is simple but not really, a menu of standards put through the reinvention machine, followed by wise and often wonderful desserts from Marisa Croce, the restaurant’s pastry chef.”
When Zakarian is not helming the kitchen or competing of Iron Chef America, he continues his never-ending global quest for new ingredients, techniques and challenges to enhance the all-occasion dining experience at The National. The National is an all-occasion grand cafe that is not to be missed during any travels to New York City. Best of all for weary travelers, the National menu is what is offered for in-room dining. The roasted chicken was so delicious, I actually enjoyed my after work task of writing a detailed report of the days accomplishments.
One of my favorite amenities, the Benjamin has gone to extraordinary lengths to back up the guarantee of a good night’s sleep. More than 10 years ago, they added the first and only Sleep Concierge to the staff, who ensures that you get everything you need to sleep peacefully.
Not only does the Sleep Concierge assess your sleep habits in order to recommend the perfect pillow from their 12-Choice Pillow Menu for you, but she can also arrange a bedtime snack or a sleep-inducing massage at Federico Hair & Spa located on the 3rd floor.
And to top it all, making this wonderful place on NY’s midtown Eastside feel like home, the Benjamin offers special amenities for extended stays of thirty days or more, as well as unique programs for children and dogs.
It’s beautiful, it’s green, and I sleep like a baby here. I must stay!