The rooms and bathrooms in this botique hotel are TINY. First off, the good stuff... The AC worked great. Although we did not take advantage of the honor bar, it had a number of non-food items that were "interesting". The linens and towels were clean and the lobby was pretty. The location is ideal and is right outside the Lincoln Center and about two blocks from Central Park.
The only parking at the hotel is a $60 per day valet. EEK! There a numerous parking garages nearby, but they run about $40 a night (plus tips). If you are patient, and start well before the Lincoln Center Crowd starts parking around 6:30, you can find an on-street spot if you are willing to walk quite a few blocks. Be careful though... Make sure that the street sweeper will not be cleaning in the morning where you park. If you park somewhere and do not move cars when there is a street sweeper coming, you will endup paying about $187 to get your car out of the impound lot... That's a pretty expensive night of parking.
The room was tiny. I think the bed was a queen and there was about 18 inches on either side. Across from the foot of the bed was a long shallow desk which is about half covered with the honor bar. The closet is behind a curtain and is about 2 feet wide. Inside the closet is the honor bar fridge and a safe. There is also a reasonably large flat screened TV. The decor in the room was nice... kind of trendy, but some of the decor was falling apart. For instance there is a brown border that runs around the room and it's molding. It was coming off a bit in some places. The lower walls were scuffed. The bed was quite firm.
The extra tiny bathroom had a frosted door which, when open, had a direct view of the rest of the room from a large mirror across from the bed. The toliet is squeezed in between a wall and the sink which hug you when you sit. The shower is half enclosed with a glass wall, but there was no door... The rain shower head was nice and there was also a hand held shower head. The soap, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner were a lovely plant-based lemon verbena.
The room was cleaned each day quickly. If you sleep in and they pass you by they will come in and clean if you call them. I had to call down to the desk for an iron and ironing board and it took them more than 30 minutes to have it brought up. We couldn't get to the pool or find the fitness center. We went to the floor where the fitness center was supposed to be, saw a sign for it in the middle of the wall, but couldn't find the entrance. We did discover a permanent residence when we were exploring.
We were told by some ladies in the elevator that they loved the seafood place and in the evenings there was always a line in front of the elevator for the upstairs restaurant/bar.
If you are looking for a cute place to stay and want to be near Central Park and the Lincoln Center, but don't mind a lack of space, this would be a good place to stay, IF you get a deal. We paid $120 something through hotwire. Any more and I would have felt seriously ripped off. If you like to spend time in your hotel room and appreciate room to walk around, this is not the place for you.
- 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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