OK it was the height of summer when we stayed, but the pokey little room was like an oven. A little more familiarity with New York would have meant that I would have spotted that as the place is built right where Broadway narrows into Columbus Ave and that this was unlikely to be the most tranquil spot. But it was noisy noisy noisy!!! We had the option of being deafened by the air con (1950s style window mounted tractor engine powered contraption) and gently roasting, or turning off the A/C and boiling to death and being deafened anyway by the equally loud incessant traffic just below the window. The first, awful night we also had parties of what sounded like dozens of loud, Spanish speaking (shouting, rather) people careering up and down the corridor, pausing periodically only to beat on our bedroom door. Our best purchases in NYC were the earplugs bought on the second day.
We were also ripped off by the Concierge recommended airport shuttle (an incredibly rude bandit) and had an item "go mysteriously missing" when in the left luggage room (hard to prove anything, but we know that that was the only possible place it could have gone).
- 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. Fun fact, The Empire Hotel was featured in Gossip Girl. Join us for a Chuck Bass cocktail in the Lobby Bar. ... more less
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