As an expatriate New Yorker, I return to the city frequently, always in search of a perfect hotel - away from Times Square tourism, and well-situated for visits to Central Park, museums, subway, local food places and friends. I look for something reasonable yet sophisticated, clean, comfortable and with attentive service. The Lucerne now tops my list. It is boutique in category, corner of 79th and Amsterdam, a block from the subway, nestled in the family friendly but sophisticated upper west side of Manhattan. The rate was reasonable, the room clean, quiet, of moderate size and well-appointed with a partial view of the Hudson. The service was attentive, including a pre-arrival call from the concierge to determine my needs. Elevators though small, were easily available, even at the height of use. This felt more like a European experience than an American, especially New York, one. Not being one for hotel restaurants, but meeting a friend with only the lunch hour free, we dined on a Friday at Nice Matin, the popular, relatively reasonable and tasty food restaurant of the Lucerne. Les moules et frites mariniere were particularly delectable. Walks to Zabar's and H & H Bagels on Broadway and 80th were easy and fun. Central Park and Riverside Park are only a few blocks away. My only less than stellar observations: it took 3 calls to get towels that on the third day the maid had forgotten to leave; a fax from my office never made it to me; and if only the light in the bathroom were not accompanied by a deafening fan, all would have been perfect.
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- Also Known As:
- Lucerne Hotel New York City