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The Lucerne Hotel
Ranked #129 of 468 Hotels in New York City
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Reviewed August 28, 2005

The Lucerne is a nice, but unpretentious hotel in a great location on the upper west side. Rooms are small, but clean and nice( with a great bed). Staff are unusually helpful and friendly. We just stayed here again for the third time now and would return. I did notice the price is creeping up (we paid $235/night for rack room (before taxes) which is more than last year, and getting in a range where there are other good choices, so I hope to not see the Lucerne price themselves any higher.

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed August 18, 2005

We stayed at The Lucerne August 14-18, 2005. After deliberating about where to stay for our third trip to NYC, we decided on the UWS. We had previously stayed at The Muse in Times Square and at 60 Thompson in SOHO. This trip we were going to try to stretch our dollar as far as possible, so we opted for a more moderately priced place. Although The Lucerne doesn't have as "posh" of a reputation as the other two aforementioned hotels, it was every bit as nice. As a matter of fact, it beat the other two in spaciousness of the rooms, views, and friendliness of the staff. It was a tremendous find for us and we will return there for any future visits.

We requested a corner room on a high floor, which we received. We had a room with two nicely sized double beds. We could see the Hudson River from one of our two huge windows and the surrounding street areas from the other. The room was spotless and the beds were the most comfortable my family has ever encountered in a hotel. The marble bathroom had a frosted glass window in it as well, so we had superb lighting throughout the room. The hotel is steps from the 1 train subway station which will get you all over the city.

There are some wonderful restaurants suitable for families nearby: Sarabeth's. EJ's Luncheonette, Louie's, Zabars. You are within walking distance of Central Park and The Museum of Natural History. We loved being away from the hustle and bustle of midtown, and felt like we were "coming home" each night. I hope The Lucerne keeps up its standards because we will be returning as soon as we can!

  • Stayed August 2005
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Pacifica, CA
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Reviewed August 10, 2005

Our family of 4 enjoyed our stay 6 night stay recently at the Lucerne. At first I was a bit disappointed that the second room of our suite was so small, but the hotel soon grew on me and felt like home. This is definitely not a 5 star establishment but we weren't paying 5 star prices either!

Our room was pleasant, comfortable, quiet and clean. The kitchenette included a small refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, cupboards, and dishes and silverware for 4 people. The bathroom was small but well maintained. The lobby is lovely and the staff were friendly. We didn't use the services of the concierge.

We ate delicious breakfasts twice at the adjoining restaurant, Nice Matin, for which we received discount coupons from the hotel. Several other days we brought in bagels from H & H (yum!) We ate breakfast once at nearby Sarabeths which was also great.

The best thing about the hotel is its wonderful location. The UWS was so pleasant to stroll through with so many good restaurants and shops and lovely side streets. We were glad to get away from the crowds and noise of midtown and return to "our" neighborhood each night. The Duane Reade store right across the street was convenient as was the coin-operated laundromat half a block away. The subway was very convenient (one line is a block away and another two blocks away) and we never felt unsafe.

We hope to return to New York and the Lucerne someday!

Stayed July 2005
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Reviewed August 3, 2005

What a lovely surprise. We stayed at The Lucerne for three nights and it was a wonderful experience. The hotel is in a GREAT location, The Upper West Side. It is close to Central Park as well as a variety of restaurants and Zabar's...one of the best markets anywhere. The subway is only a block away on Broadway. If you are travelling with children (we were) the location is fantastic and very baby/kid friendly.
We arrived around twelve noon and did not expect to check into our room as check in is at 3pm. To our pleasant surprise we were given a room right away without any problems.
We were asked if we wanted a mini-fridge in our room and someone quickly brought us one. I was worried that the fridge would be dirty or smelly but it was clean.
The room was big, clean and the towels were soft. Our room had a small hallway, two full beds, a nightstand, armoire with television, a small desk with a chair and another comfy type chair. This should give you an idea on the size of the room...not your typical tiny NYC hotel room. Our corner room faced both Amsterdam and 79th Street (very busy)and I was worried about the noise. Amidst the chaos of NYC we never heard anything and our baby slept like, well, a baby.
Attached to the hotel is a really great restaurant - Nice Matin. We loved it and although it does get crowded we sat outside and felt less crowded. They are not affiliated with the hotel so you cannot charge anything to your room but it is definitely worth a visit.
Finally the service of the Lucerne was excellent. I found the staff to be available yet unobtrusive and very warm, kind and patient even if their guests included a crying baby.
A Great Hotel - The Lucerne is at the top of my list.

  • Stayed July 2005
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Reviewed August 2, 2005

My daughter and I stayed at the Lucerne the week of July 25th. We arrived on a Monday around noon, and we were able to check in immediately (instead of waiting until 4pm). Doormen and front desk staff were very friendly and nice - answering all of my questions. They offered to put a small refrigerator in our room, and I said okay, but they never delivered. Wasn't a big deal, but it's there if you'd like it. We were on the 6th floor, facing 79th street. Rooms are very clean, a little small (we had 2 double beds). I wouldn't want more than two people in the standard room - upgrade if you have more than 2 people. There was a hair dryer, ironing board & iron, and umbrella to use if needed. The location of the hotel is great. Subway with #1 train is right around the corner - can take you to Times Square and connect with many other lines. H&H Bagels, and Zabar's right there also. Duane Reed drugstore right across the street. Didn't try the cafe attached (Nice Matin), but have heard good things about it. They stored our luggage on departure day, as we didn't leave until 4:30 pm. Again, the staff was very nice, hotel was clean and great location. Would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed July 2005
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Reviewed July 28, 2005

We stayed here for 5 nights in mid -July through New York heat wave and found the hotel cool and comfortable. We asked for a change of room because of noisy late night bar opposite and that was no problem - the staff were very professional and helpful. I have to agree with all the other favourable reviews - impressed with staff, room size and cleanliness - for the price, this hotel is great value.
Location is fantastic for walking around safely - neighbourhood so interesting and 3 restaurants in a row - Nice Matin, Bello Sguardo and Bettolla - super food, reasonably priced, within 30 seconds of hotel doors. A couple who live in Upper Westside agreed with us that they're never tempted to eat elsewhere - met this couple at Nice Matin bar - Bobby mixes wonderful drinks for that drink at the end of a day's sightseeing and we popped in each day before going upstairs to prepare for the evening - good for people watching. Sarabeth's is good for breakfast.
Whether walking through to Central Park or to downtown, catching the subway, bus or taxi - the Lucerne was a good starting point and we would definitely recommend it - felt sorry for those tourists we passed going into standard NYC high rise hotels downtown!

  • Stayed July 2005
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2005

Very pleasant hotel in a superb location. Wonderful neighborhood and very close to the subways, Central Park, Museums, etc.
The hotel staff is very pleasant and they make a good effort of trying to keep the hotel safe in the evenings.
The entire hotel was very clean. The restaurant next door was so-so. I had to wait 20 minutes for a Bagel....I should of just went up the street.
The only thing I found inconvenient about the hotel, was no in-room safe. I had to use their safety deposit box, but if I had brought my lap top I wouldn't have been able to store it. :-(
Other then that, I would recommend this hotel especially for the price and location.

  • Stayed July 2005, traveled on business
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Property: The Lucerne Hotel
Address: 201 West 79th Street, New York City, NY 10024-6200
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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 ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#27 Spa Hotel in New York City
#46 Family Hotel in New York City
#61 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#96 Business Hotel in New York City
#105 Luxury Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Lucerne Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 202
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lucerne offers New York City visitors luxury accommodations in the heart of Manhattan's posh Upper West Side. The Lucerne's building is a treasured landmark built in 1904 that recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation. The result is European-inspired architectural charm combined with sophisticated and modern accommodations. The Lucerne's guestrooms and suites represent the ultimate in comfort. Featuring full-size work desks, plush bedding, this luxury Manhattan hotel caters to your every need. Business and leisure travelers will appreciate The Lucerne's complimentary high-speed WiFi and printing services. It's no wonder then that The New York Times' review of The Lucerne proclaimed: "Service unrivalled." Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the hotel's Nice Matin restaurant and sidewalk cafe, a popular destination beloved by both locals and tourists. Every Thursday evening, wind down with some wine during The Lucerne's complimentary wine hour, located in the hotel lobby. The Lucerne is just a short subway ride to Lincoln Center and walking distance of the American Museum of Natural History, The Children's Museum of Manhattan, Columbus Circle, Riverside Park, Central Park, and several fine restaurants, specialty boutiques, and cafes. ... more   less 
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