Just spent 4 nights at this hotel. First impressions very positive with an attractive reception and bar area and very welcoming staff. We were told on check in that we had been upgraded to a king room which was good to hear. The room itself though was quite small but I guess that's probably in line with most city hotels but did make us pleased we'd got the upgrade. Disappointingly though the room was very very dark, overlooking what looked like an apartment block so definitely no view to speak of. However we were there to explore so only really used the hotel as a base.
We didn't eat in the hotel at all so can't comment on the food or service, bar tariff was quite high but again in line with other big cities we have visited (though beware the mini bar prices - ouch!).
We were celebrating our wedding anniversary on the trip and came back to our room one evening to find a complementary bottle of champagne waiting nicely chilled, thank you!
Overall the rooms and bathrooms would benefit from some attention, looking a little tired in areas and on the accommodation alone I would be giving 3 stars however the reception staff were great so bumping up to 4. That said, it's ideally placed for Central Park and jumping onto the subway for uptown or downtown exploring, even walkable to Broadway if you like a good stretch.
- 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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