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Excelsior Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   45 West 81st Street, New York City, NY 10024 (Upper West Side)   |  
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Ranked #276 of 464 Hotels in New York City
Brandon, Florida
1 review
“Excellent hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

Everything about this hotel is top notch. Great location, beatiful lobby, clean rooms. Just an all around excellent hotel! The bed was great also!
We didn't order room service or eat in the restaurant so cannot comment on that.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

Despite their good location their star rating was inaccurate . Staff were not friendly or helpful. There are no minibars or coffee machines in the rooms and the promise of overnight shoe cleaning failed to materialise.
Should you return to the hotel during the day you will find that there is no heating in the rooms.also room not made up at three in the afternoon.

Beds comfortable, breakfast buffet at $17 reasonable.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Whitefish, Montana
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Pleasant room, with nice view. Hotel reception staff were all lovely, full of information and rear sense of humour too. Very helpful, would stay here again. Great location as we were able to walk into Central Park and the zoo, and then also all the way to the Rockefeller centre.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

My husband, our 2.5 year old, and I stayed here for four nights last week on my birthday trip to NYC. I picked this hotel mainly because of its proximity to Central Park and its location in the UWS (Upper West Side). The location was ideal for our family at this stage. Though I am no stranger to NYC, this was our first time staying in Manhattan with our toddler. I would highly recommend this hotel for families with young children. I would also recommend it to just about anyone wanting to stay in Manhattan, but not in the craziness that is Times Square. Although we did have a little issue with the heater/thermostat (it would get very warm in the room), the hotel staff was very prompt in fixing the problem.

The hotel is located close to 81st and Columbus and it is in very easy walking distance to great restaurants/cafes/delis, the B/C train station, shopping (including a toy store or two), as well as right across the street from the American Museum of Natural History. Only two things would have catapulted our stay to a level beyond excellent: 1) free mini-refrigerator and 2) free Wi-Fi. Even without those things, our hotel stay was lovely.

I've stayed in different parts of the City--from Chinatown to the UWS (on different occasions)--this was a great, clean hotel in one of the best neighborhoods in Manhattan (IMO). I can't wait for our next trip to NYC--we would LOVE to stay here again!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

We stayed here on our first trip to New York, the location was superb and after a long flight , trying to stay up with the time difference we went to the natural history museum just across the road. The hotel was lovely, the room was a bit small but was very comfortable. The only thing that was missing was a coffee making facility . I would recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Topsfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Stayed at the Excelsior again this year for 4 nights. Great location across the street from the Museum of Natural History. Very quiet location (10th floor) Three Starbucks within 3 blocks. Room very clean. A/C a little eon the noisy side but certainly tolerable. Free WiFi on first and second floors otherwise they charge for WiFi in the rooms.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winter Park, Florida
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013 via mobile

Loved everything about this hotel. Half block from subway, Central Park, right across the street from Museum and Planetarium. Lots of dogs and babies, great residential neighborhood, tons of restaurants (expensive, but it's New York). We felt extremely safe (lived on Upper West Side in 1950s when it was dangerous and scary but beautifully gentrified today). Beautiful, spacious bedroom and sitting room, lots of storage space, every possible amenity, helpful front desk. Even an umbrella in the closet! Reasonable price for what you get.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Excelsior Hotel

Address: 45 West 81st Street, New York City, NY 10024
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Upper West Side , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#212 Family Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Excelsior Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 200
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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