I stayed here for a long weekend with a friend. It's in a great location off Columbus Circle, across from Lincoln Center, and just to the west of Central Park. Overall, the stay was very nice and the hotel is comfortable. There are no significant negatives, but it just wouldn't rank as better than average.
Entering the hotel, you are greeted by the oh-so-trendy NYC dark lobby. It made me think of that scene at the end from Great Expectations, where you just want to tear down the enormous drapes and let some sunshine in. Coming from the UK, we got in about 1 pm, but had to wait over two hours for our room - and it wasn't even ready at check-in time of 3 pm. And we had to nag the front desk to get a move on. Oh, well, we enjoyed a drink or two on the roof terrace. It's a big area, albeit a small pool... and you will share it with local NYers. (Which made me think of the Sex in the City episode where the girls try to get into a hotel's rooftop deck on a sweltering day... and in that case, only hotel guests are allowed.)
The room wasn't tiny, but it's odd L-shape made it seem small. However, the bathroom was the type of tiny where you have to move out of the way to shut the door. NYC hotels are expensive, but this didn't seem worth it. And $7 for a small bottle of water in the room is a tad dear. Plus the in-room tea and coffee were not free (that's a first in my experience).
One hint: don't get a room on the 11th (top floor). Apparently there is a disco or function room up there. For two nights of our stay, we heard what sounded like furniture being dragged along the floor and music and conversation through our closed window - until about 2-3 a.m. one night.
In sum, great for location, comfortable enough, but look for better value-comfort elsewhere.
- 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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