This Design-Centric Boutique Hotel Captures the Essence of Midtown NYC’s Theater District

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For those planning a trip to NYC and desiring accommodation that embodies the vibrant hustle and bustle of the city, we’ve found the perfect place steps away from iconic tourist hubs like Broadway and Times Square. Located in Midtown’s Theater District, the Civilian Hotel mirrors the essence of this energetic area, celebrating innovation and creativity in every architectural detail. 

Crafted by David Rockwell, this bare yet bold structure flaunts an industrial-chic style elevated by framed photographs that focus on the rich history of Broadway. Its charismatic lobby design is enriched by brick wallcoverings and sophisticated concrete floors as overhead twinkling lights create an atmosphere reminiscent of walking backstage, adding to the theatrical aura.

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The distinctive theme gracefully continues into the 203 guestrooms and suites, designed to recreate the intimate ambiance of theater dressing rooms. Dramatic maroon-red and navy-blue hues, complemented by golden velvet window blinds and brass light fixtures, inject a burst of color into these modern living quarters. Vintage archival photographs, platform four-poster beds adorned with drapery panels, and closets inspired by costume trunks contribute to the overall theatrical experience. Simultaneously, floor-to-ceiling windows open to expansive cityscape views, allowing guests to feel like they live in the heart of Manhattan.

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At the Civilian Hotel, visitors can explore a variety of dining choices, beginning with the Rosevale Kitchen on the ground floor, which transforms into a retro nighttime diner serving contemporary American cuisine. (Imagine a Center Cut Filet Mignon accompanied by delectable Sweet Potato fries and a refreshing Greens salad.)

Ascending the grand wrap-around staircase adorned with a large red show curtain takes you to the second-floor Rosevale Cocktail Room. This refined space divides into a front bar area and a private lounge called the Blue Room, adorned with Broadway ephemera from past and present blockbusters. Indulge in bar food snacks like Caviar and Chips, and explore the extensive vermouth selection boasting over 150 labels—the largest in America—for a delightful evening of imbibing. Not to mention, it’s a coveted celeb spot where stars discreetly come and go.

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As twilight approaches, guests can head to the 27th-floor rooftop lounge called Starchild, inspired by the myth of star children (famous rock icons who allegedly die before the age of 27), for a nightcap or two. Sipping on one of their espresso martini offerings, such as The Jolt—featuring Diplomatico Rum, Mr. Black Coffee Liqueur, Licor 43, and espresso—or The Avalanche—crafted with Grey Goose Vodka, cold brew, cream, and peppermint—feels particularly fitting.

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Choosing to stay at the Civilian Hotel promises an enhanced insight into Manhattan’s creative milieu, where a diverse blend of art, music, and theater intertwines.

Top Takeaways

Location: Hell’s Kitchen (Theatre District), New York City

Address: 305 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

Rating: Four-Star

The vibe: A hidden gem in Hell’s Kitchen’s Theatre District that embraces its Broadway environs and star-studded reputation.

Food + Drink: Rosevale Kitchen, a charming ground-level eatery with nostalgic diner aesthetics, features an American cuisine menu with soup and salad combinations, steaks, and french fries as a delightful side dish. On the other hand, Rosevale Cocktail Room immerses guests in an era of theatrical glamour and proudly boasts the largest vermouth selection in the US.

Our Favorite Part of the Hotel: We loved the Blue Room, tucked away from the Rosevale Cocktail Room, with its quiet seating corners and historic Broadway decor.

Amenities: Indoor swimming pool; Fitness center; Free WiFi; Breakfast; Restaurant; Bar

What’s nearby? Broadway; Times Square; Radio City Music Hall; Rockefeller Center; Bryant Park; Central Park; Madison Square Garden

Any personal neighborhood recs? Apart from catching a Broadway show and exploring Times Square for classic New York experiences, we suggest going to the Edge at Hudson Yards for breathtaking views of Manhattan. If you’re craving a tasty meal, Ippudo offers delightful Tonkotsu ramen, while Iris specializes in upscale Mediterranean cuisine.

Rooms: 203

Pricing: Rates start at $259/night.

Closest Airport: LaGuardia Airport (LGA) or Newark Liberty Intl. Airport (EWR)

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