I stayed at the Empire Hotel for business. Terrific location & a hop-skip to the subway. Very key. The Empire Hotel was a bit of a flea bag the last time I was there. But that was over 10 years ago. The NEW Empire has had a makeover. The lobby is a little too dark for me. It felt more like the lobby of a nightclub -- not a hotel. But the staff was friendly & efficient.
The room was a good size. The mattress & the decor was above average. Overall, the room was solid. But beware of the bathroom. Besides being tiny (not a surprise), the sink isn't very deep & the faucet is just a few inches away. Not big deal right? Well, turn on the water & there's a good chance you'll create a little mess. But hey, it's just a lilttle water right? Well, how about if you're getting ready for an early morning shower...you turn on the water & the european shower head is strategically aimed at you! And you get blasted w/ice cold water! Not fun. The carpet in the room was soaked & I let out a pretty good scream until I finally turned off the water. The shower had a glass partition that reached half-way. So of course the water hit me. Ice Water at 7:00am. Rude awakening. Is it the hotel's fault? Of course not. But the bathroom design gets a minus from me. The hotel's hallways are very dark with real ugly wallpaper.
Sure I'm nitpicking. But that's why I review my hotel stays. Overall, the Empire has improved by leaps & bounds. You can't beat the location. But there are plenty of good hotels in NYC. Explore what's out there!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on our own private corner of West 63rd Street between two legendary New York City landmarks - Lincoln Center and Central Park - this boutique NYC hotel provides luxury accommodations overlooking the Broadway / Columbus Avenue - the gateway to the Upper West Side. Location is essential to the spirit of the Empire Hotel and the interior motif and design is inspired by the earth tones of Central Park and the stately modernism of Lincoln Center. 426 Deluxe guest rooms and suites, WiFi, Pool Deck open seasonally, Ed's Chowder House Restaurant, Rooftop Lounge, Lobby bar. ... more less
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