I stayed here for a week because I was signed up for a conference nearby. My small room was clean, but there was no comfortable chair and the hot water in the bathroom was not hot. There was no fresh air and I woke up each morning with a headache. The public rooms are poor. Don't even think of using anything on the first floor. There is a gym on the second floor with new machines and no-one using them. There is a deserted business centre, with internet access. The breakfast room on level 2 is the most stylish room in the hotel and the breakfast is high quality - it includes fresh fruit salad, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs - what a pity the breakfast is served without any service - the operating staff are more interested in charging you and noisily chatting among themselves (in Russian?) than in what they are offering. The multitude of other staff and friends that visit for a freebie coffee and pastries to take out explain why the buffet is expensive for what it is - you're paying for their meal. And the library in the breakfast room - well you get a book that is put in your room once a week but don't try to sit here and chose one to read in the afternoon!
This is the Upper West Side so the attractions in the area are not abundant. The American Museum of Natural History is great and across the street. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is even greater and a ten minutes walk across Central Park, and the Frick Collection is a few minutes beyond. They're really good. The Sunday market on Columbus Ave nearby is interesting, the New York Historical Society likewise. That's it. For everything else, you travel.
There is a bar in the hotel which is unfriendly and noisy but good for people watching. Hours are limiting. There are some saving graces in this hotel: the food in the bar and the restaurant is great, with imaginative South American cuisine and flavours that I had not tried before. Stay somewhere else better (if there is somewhere nearby) and come here for dinner.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Excelsior Upper West Side NYC Hotel Located in the fashionable Upper West Side neighborhood between Central Park and Columbus Avenue, the Excelsior Hotel is a beautifully renovated hotel with an abundance of old world charm and comfort. This landmark hotel is characteristic of Manhattan's architectural beauty among the dramatic Central Park setting; thoroughly complimented by modern conveniences and luxuries. The Excelsior Hotel is located in one of New York City's trendiest neighborhoods, overlooking the American Museum of Natural History and the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Popular attractions such as Lincoln Center, the Beacon Theatre, and Columbia University are within walking distance to the Excelsior. A leisurely stroll across Central Park to the Upper East Side leads to the luxurious boutiques of Madison Avenue, an endless selection of restaurants, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim and Whitney Museums. If your plans include an evening at the theatre or site seeing among the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, famous attractions such as Times Square, the Empire State Building, and Rockefeller Center are a quick ride from the Excelsior Hotel by New York Taxi, Subway, or bus. Manhattan's Excelsior Hotel features an elegantly and comfortably appointed Lobby; inviting guests to feel at home upon their arrival. Its New York City hotel room accommodations are inspired with an Art Deco contemporary motif with countless amenities and services to make a stay at the Excelsior Hotel an experience for guests desiring more than a typical New York "tourist" hotel. ... more less
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