There are hundreds, maybe thousands of hotels in NYC and making a choice of hotels and neighborhoods is difficult, at best. The Lucerne Hotel has the kind of qualities that makes one want to return.
We stayed with one teenage son over the 4th of July weekend, and then returned in August with both of our teenage sons. Got the "corner room" which is large enough for four without each of us tripping over one another. Only advice about rooms is ask for a higher floor if you can get it. as there are very pretty views higher up which we were treated to on our first stay, but not our second stay on the third floor.
While the hotel offers a discount on breakfast at the restaurant connected to it, we found that a bagel shop 1 1/2 blocks south on the west side of Ansterdam Avenue provided just the perfect combination of fresh bagels with cream cheese and orange juice to take back up to the room. There is a newstand on the corner that has just about every east coast daily newspaper desired (we got the Washington Post there each day of our stay). The hotel also delivers the NY Times or USA Today to the room on a compimentary basis. The restaurant connected to it is very nice for a late night glass of wine.
Parking in NYC is expensive, but the hotel offers a $29 daily rate at a garage four blocks away ($29 for 24 hours), or they will valet park the car for you for $47. The second time we visited I took advantage of the park-it-myself option for $29. As long as you have the time, it is a nice way to save $18/day.
About two blocks away on West 77th Street is the Vai Restaurant. It is small and it can be noisy but we enjoyed excellent food and service for both visits (again, it was so good we went back a 2nd time -- be sure to make reservations in advance -- www.opentable.com is good for this).
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Lucerne Hotel New York City