Omni Berkshire Place
21 E 52nd St
New York, NY 10022

Omni Berkshire Place Hotel History

Omni Berkshire Place
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Omni Hotels believes in allowing a property to speak for itself. Each of their hotels and resorts stand alone in design and history. Omni believes in merely augmenting that tradition, with renovation if necessary, but mostly with a standard of comfort and service that compliments an already time-tested property’s reputation. When Omni took over The Berkshire Place Hotel, it was taking over a piece of Manhattan hotel royalty.

Warren & Wetmore built this historic landmark hotel in 1926 as part of their “Terminal City” vision. When they received their most famous commission—The Grand Central Station Terminal—part of the plan was to then develop residences and hotels in the blocks surrounding the new beaux-arts terminal to continue the aesthetic out into the neighborhood and more naturally integrate the transit-hub with the rest of the city. Originally the Berkshire Place Hotel, the building was held-up as a shining example of the Classic-Revival movement sweeping cosmopolitan centers. 
 
Artists and socialites were known to make their permanent addresses here because the rooms and suites were exceptionally large for New York and provided them a residential experience with all the services and amenities of a five-star hotel. In 1942, America’s single greatest writing team, Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein, met and began collaborating on the play that changed Broadway and American musical theater forever, Oklahoma!. The hotel's presidential suite is named the Rodgers & Hammerstein Suite in their honor.

The Dunfeys Hotel Corporation (which included Omni Hotels and Dunfey Hotels groups) purchased the hotel in May 1978 and, a year later, gave the property a $9.5 million face-lift. In 1988, Hong Kong-based Wharf Holdings purchased the Omni Hotels chain and in 1995, Omni Berkshire Place underwent a complete historic restoration of more than $70 million. TRT Holdings, Inc. purchased the Omni Hotels chain in 1996. 

The Breakfast Room

Start your day off right with a delicious and unique breakfast experience.

Berk's Bar

Berk’s Bar offers a lively atmosphere, over-sized cocktails, and a warm décor overlooking 52nd Street.

Times Square New York

Times Square

Located within walking distance of Times Square, Omni Berkshire Place invites you to explore the vibrant sights and sounds of the city.