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Excelsior Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   45 West 81st Street, New York City, NY 10024 (Upper West Side)   |  
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Tucson, Arizona
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17 reviews
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“A find”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Since we needed to be in that area of Manhattan we searched for nearby lodging and found a really nice hotel.
Located near the Museum of Natural History in the upper west side of Manhattan, it proved to be a well run, clean , neat and quiet hotel which met virtually all our needs.We would not hesitate to return.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

We stayed in this hotel for a week. It was quiet,clean and comfortable. We had 2 double beds and a small lounge. There was no view from our room which didn't worry us but we missed not having a fridge. Free wi fi was availiable in the foyer and business centre.
There were plenty of places to eat handy as well as a bank, market and cleaners. The subway entrance was on the same block and there was a bus stop across the road. Central Park was 200 feet away and the museum of Natural History was across the road. Bus stop for the hop on hop off bus was opposite the museum.
It was a great hotel to stay at and the surrounding area was very pleasant with every thing you needed within walking distance. Next time we are in New York we will be staying there again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Jan D
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

If you like the West Side (restaurants, shops, parks, residences, quiet neighborhoods), this is one of the best hotels in the area. Friendly staff, clean and comfortable rooms, bright-white bathrooms, Old World ambience, great restaurant (Calle Ocho) right off the lobby. Small but decent gym; lovely breakfast room with good food. A pleasant walk down Columbus, Amsterdam, or Broadway to Lincoln Center and the theaters around Times Square. Also a nice walk across Central Park to the Met, the Whitney, the Neue Galerie, and the Guggenheim. Drawbacks: no free wi-fi; pillows way too big and too firm (beware of neck-aches) -- the hotel should offer a choice of sizes. Best rooms are the junior suites facing south.

Room Tip: Request a room that's on an upper floor -- five or higher -- and that faces south (faces the Mus...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Maria A
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Winnipeg
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

We arrived on a hot and sunny New York day, June 30th, 2013. Stayed for one week.
Two bedrooms, each with two double beds - just like we were promised.

Located in the Upper East Side. Across the street from the Natural History Museum and about a 4 minute walk from the main subway, which took us everywhere! Tons, and I mean TONS of restaurants in walking distance all of great value. And a coffee shop at every turn. This is the best location in my view, as it lends to a nice quiet evening after being enthralled in the busy downtown all day. Super safe, no issues in the neighborhood. Went for midnight walks!

Upon checkin, we were greeted by a friendly front desk staff person, and there were no issues checking in. Received our keys and a pass for a free sangria in the lounge!

The rooms were amazing. 6th floor. Bright and clean. White starchy sheets and the pillows were to die for! TV, amazingly clean bathroom, lots of hair and body products and fresh towels each day.

Free internet on the 2nd floor, which is a nice space with a sofa/chairs, lego table for the kids, the business centre, and the restaurant.

Air conditioned rooms, which was a joy to arrive back to at the end of walking for 11 hours in the city - very hot days!

We had drinks at the Calle Ocho (Hotel Restaurant and Bar), which was amazing. Best Sangria I've ever had!

Pleasant and attentive service the entire time we were there.

I recommend this hotel without hesitation! I stayed with a family of six.....four adults and two small children (ages 5 and 8). We had no issues and the kids had a great time. They loved it!

Room Tip: No issues with our rooms on the 6th floor at all. One suite had a view of the park across the street...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Jane L
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Herndon, Virginia
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55 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

I just stayed for a week in a room with 2 queen beds. The room was small, but not cramped. Small bathroom also, but again, not cramped for 2 people to share. The staff is not overflowing with smiles, and might seem unfriendly at first, but I found them to be very responsive and helpful. At one point the vending machine which accepted credit cards was broken. I was merely inquiring if there was another machine in the building that accepted cards, and the bellman hustled away and came back with a free soda for me. My reservation had been made in a confusing way, but the clerk was on my side in resolving the situation, and it was all cleared up quickly. The hotel is directly across the street from the Museum of Natural History. Our rooms were on the opposite side, so no view, but very quiet, and the lights at night made it lovely. The beds were very comfortable, even with my two herniated discs. I slept well every night. This may seem an odd thing to note, but I notice, so maybe you'll care too - the bathroom noise didn't carry into the room. I actually felt I had more privacy than in most hotel rooms. My biggest complaint was no refrigerator. I kept my drinks cold on the air conditioning vent, but what I would have given to store some leftovers of the wonderful food we were getting all around! Some of the best was from the restaurant on site - Calle Ocho. Delicious! Central Park is just a 1/2 block east of the hotel. If you walk in "straight" line across the park you'll see the Swedish cottage, the castle, Turtle Pond, and end up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the east side of the park. (Which is now open on Mondays - YAY!) The subway is close by as well. I would definitely stay in this hotel again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank dszym
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

The staff at this hotel, particularly the bell staff, are down right rude. The front desk staff are not that much better. Would it kill them to be polite??? The bellman could not be bothered to help you whatsoever -- at checkin, departure or any other time. We stayed on the top floor, the 16th floor, and had a double room overlooking the museum. The room was clean but small and dated, and we were shocked to find the room had a window A/C. (I've never stayed at a hotel in Manhattan that did before!) The bathroom was tiny but clean (well, other than a toilet seat that should have been replaced long ago and gross shower controls). The only thing that made the room worthwhile was it's view. We stayed here over 4th of July weekend and were pleasantly surprised to find that we had a partial view of the Macy's fireworks display over the Hudson. We didn't have an issue with noise, as mentioned in other reviews. The hotel is in a great location but there are other more recently renovated hotels at similar price points that I'd rather stay at in future. The location alone does not make this hotel worth the stay.

Room Tip: Be sure to ask for a room with a museum view -- it's worth the extra $$$
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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3 Thank DC_Mom_on_the_Go
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Valley Stream
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

The hotel was nice and clean, bed was very comfy, queen size room was the size of our bedroom at home, Amazing VIEW, breakfast offered in the morning for $17 per person, easy check in and out, only negative no room service at ALL. My husband and I would stay here again and Hotwire price was amazing!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Address: 45 West 81st Street, New York City, NY 10024
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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:
#152 Business Hotel in New York City
#208 Family Hotel in New York City
#221 Romantic Hotel in New York City
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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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