Not a bad hotel, but there were some problems. We stayed here one busy Friday night, which was enough. I think we stayed on what was a pretty busy weekend for them.
The hotel lobby was very stylish, and featured a trendy bar. Hotel was located right across from the Met, so it's a good location if that is of interest. My favorite part of the hotel was the pool bar that was on the roof. I had heard that the rooftop bar (separate from the pool bar, but just one floor down and easily visible from the pool bar/patio) had a dress requirement (no t-shirts/sneakers) but we saw lots of people in t-shirts, shorts and flip-flops who got in anyway.
By far the worst part of the stay was the door slams in the morning. Granted this happens with every hotel, but there is something with their doors that that causes them slam automatically. I tried to shut our door quietly, but it slams shut inevitably. They really should address this. We checked out around 12 (after a late night out), but beginning around 7:30 a.m. we continually heard loud door slamming from departing guests what seemed like every 10 - 15 minutes until about 11 am.
Our room was stylish, but beginning to see signs of wear. The furniture was badly scratched in some area. The bed was hard, but we slept well on it (at least until the slamming started in the morning.) Additionally, there was an ice bucket that was left outside of our room from the last guest and was never replaced. The ice bucket was there from the time we checked in (around 4pm) until the time we left the next day at Noon.
Also, we were just getting ready to leave the room (it was 12 Noon on the dot), and the maid opens the door without knocking to ask us if we were checking out soon - granted it was check out time, but it was 12:00 exactly, and she opened the door despite the "do not disturb" sign on the door.
We weren't lucky enough to have an "outside" room, so our room looked out onto the inside exhaust system of the hotel. However the room was fairly large for NYC standards.
It would have been a much nicer stay except for the door slams - I can't recomend staying at this hotel for that problem alone.
- 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. ... more less
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