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Graduate Roosevelt Island, New York

by Anne Roderique-Jones
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Roosevelt Island has always been one of NYC’s best-kept secrets. The small and sleepy island feels almost like a small town (but is easily accessible by tram, subway, ferry, or car). There’s a school, a post office, a handful of restaurants — and lots of green space. But the secret’s out since the opening of the Graduate Roosevelt Island. Located on the Cornell Tech campus, the property is the island’s very first hotel and makes a fantastic first impression with a funky academic theme and incomparable views. 

What You Need to Know 

The Look of Graduate Roosevelt Island 

It's All in the Details

The Graduate Roosevelt Island not only has magnificent views, but the interior is equally impressive. The hotel bills itself as a “scholastic retreat” in the middle of the East River. Guests walk into the lobby and are greeted by a 13-foot statue of Hebru Brandley’s iconic Flyboy. This stands alongside floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and black and white photos of the Roosevelt family. The educational theme runs throughout the hotel, mingling historic touches with high-tech innovation. 

The Vibe at Graduate Roosevelt Island 

You’ll find guests of all types staying at the hotel: those getting work done or sipping coffee at one of the communal lobby tables; couples and families enjoy a meal at the downstairs restaurant, Anything at All (get the fish); and lots of young, hip things (and even not-so-young hip things) snapping pics at the ultra-stylish Panorama Room. 

Who Will Love Graduate Roosevelt Island 

Pretty much anyone who appreciates a design-forward hotel that provides respite in an otherwise chaotic city will love this property. It’s ideal for couples, group getaways, and even families with older children. Plus, it’s the perfect staycation for New Yorkers.  

Who Might Not Love Graduate Roosevelt Island 

For those who want to be right in the action of Manhattan, you will not get the buzziness of Times Square or Midtown. 

Best Amenity at Graduate Roosevelt Island 

The best amenity is the hotel’s 18th-floor Panorama Room, which offers 360-degree views of three boroughs. The glass-enclosed rooftop venue boasts a long red bar, ample seating, and a wraparound deck for all of those selfies. 

Money Matters 

What’s Included at Graduate Roosevelt Island 

Guests at the property enjoy free wifi and Malin + Goetz amenities. 

Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About at Graduate Roosevelt Island 

Typical hotel fees and taxes should be expected here. 

How to Get a Deal at Graduate Roosevelt Island 

Check the hotel’s Special Offers tab on the website, where you'll find seasonal promotions and packages, like the Rise and Dine or the Island Lovin’, or the Pup Package. 

Getting There

In the Neighborhood of Graduate Roosevelt Island 

This Graduate hotel property is located on a convenient part of the island — steps away from the public transportation you’ll likely take to get there. While it’s on a campus, the green spaces around the island are lovely for a picnic or a walk. You’ll find a Starbucks, a few local restaurants, and — most fascinating — the ruins of the old Smallpox Hospital, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  

Nearest Airport to Graduate Roosevelt Island 

Visitors can fly into LGA or JFK for the nearest airport option.  

The Bottom Line

Graduate Roosevelt Island offers a hip oasis that’s just a tram or subway ride away from Midtown Manhattan (and that’s a good thing.) 

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