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“Good Upper West Side Location”
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Excelsior Hotel
Ranked #246 of 468 Hotels in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 8, 2012

If your visit to NYC calls for any time to be spent on the upper West Side, consider the Excelsior Hotel on W. 81st Street just off Central Park West. It is a small hotel, tastefully decorated and features an attentive staff. Local transportation is nearby while the Museum of Natural History and Haydn Planetarium are just across the street. Local restaurants cater to any culinary whim while other shops transform a walk into a delightful experience.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

Had a nice suite at a great price for three nights over Christmas. The garage is self park, and right across the street. The people are helpful.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 3, 2012

Beautiful hotel, room is very clean. The only downfall was the distance from times square. But if youre looking for something quieter, this is your place to stay!

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

The Excelsior is a solid Upper West Side hotel with a fantastic location. The staff is very professional. However the rooms, for the price, are a bit hit or miss. They are well appointed, and while some are well sized, the one we stayed at this time was very small, and located at the end of the elevator lobby. The room was also like a sauna, and when we turned on the A/C to cool things down, more heat came out of the HVAC unit. We ended up sleeping with the window open all night, and it was still uncomfortably hot.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the front of the hotel.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 30, 2011

A smart hotel indeed, though the rooms we had were rather bijou. And we'd rather have been in Times Square, but maybe that's just us.

But wanting a cup of tea in the afternoon, I enquired about this, and was directed to the deli a half-block down and a block over. In the rain.

We were far from impressed - in the UK, a hotel that did this wouldn't ever get even one star.

But I went out in the rain, and got two cups of tea, and brought them back, and they were really excellent cups of tea.

I should be reviewing the deli, really, as it deserves its customers more than this hotel does.

Room Tip: Other hotels may be better
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

I received a complimentary upgrade to a larger suite and it was lovely. Great location for walking to museums, reasonably priced for that location, and helpful staff. I would stay there again.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

We stayed here for 3 nights. The location is excellent! A minute walk to Central Park and the 81st street station (A, B, C). The 79th street station (1, 2) is also close. Plenty of nice restaurants within easy walking distance. The neighborhood feel of this hotel and the surrounding area is a nice break from the more touristy parts of the city. We stayed in the Excelsior Deluxe room (upgrade) which was huge, comfy, and quiet. The price was reasonable for NYC and the museum view is really pretty. It would be nice if they included free internet.

Room Tip: Museum view is lovely!
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Excelsior Hotel

Address: 45 W 81st St, New York City, NY 10024-6025
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Upper West Side , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#147 Business Hotel in New York City
#201 Family Hotel in New York City
#215 Romantic Hotel in New York City
Price Range: $149 - $491 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Excelsior Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Excelsior Upper West Side NYC Hotel Located in the fashionable Upper West Side neighborhood between Central Park and Columbus Avenue, the Excelsior Hotel is a beautifully renovated hotel with an abundance of old world charm and comfort. This landmark hotel is characteristic of Manhattan's architectural beauty among the dramatic Central Park setting; thoroughly complimented by modern conveniences and luxuries. The Excelsior Hotel is located in one of New York City's trendiest neighborhoods, overlooking the American Museum of Natural History and the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Popular attractions such as Lincoln Center, the Beacon Theatre, and Columbia University are within walking distance to the Excelsior. A leisurely stroll across Central Park to the Upper East Side leads to the luxurious boutiques of Madison Avenue, an endless selection of restaurants, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim and Whitney Museums. If your plans include an evening at the theatre or site seeing among the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, famous attractions such as Times Square, the Empire State Building, and Rockefeller Center are a quick ride from the Excelsior Hotel by New York Taxi, Subway, or bus. Manhattan's Excelsior Hotel features an elegantly and comfortably appointed Lobby; inviting guests to feel at home upon their arrival. Its New York City hotel room accommodations are inspired with an Art Deco contemporary motif with countless amenities and services to make a stay at the Excelsior Hotel an experience for guests desiring more than a typical New York "tourist" hotel. ... more   less 
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