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“So Good Went Back a 2nd Time”
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The Lucerne Hotel
Ranked #129 of 466 Hotels in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Reston, Virginia
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12 reviews
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“So Good Went Back a 2nd Time”
Reviewed August 25, 2009

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).

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Reviewed August 23, 2009

I stayed here with my wife for five nights and we were very happy with our stay. This was our second visit to NYC and we wanted to stay away from midtown and closer to central park. There are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby. Also there is a subway station less than a five minute walk away. If you are looking to stay uptown for a reasonable price then this hotel is for you. Free wifi is also a bonus.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Central New York
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Reviewed August 21, 2009

Don't waste your time researching hotel after hotel in NYC, this is the place to stay! Very clean, spacious room, very friendly staff, offered us two double beds for the same price as the queen room that I had booked when they saw I was traveling with a friend. We loved the quiet street but felt close enough to the things we wanted to see (Central Park, museums). We also we able to check our bags at the hotel for no extra cost before the 4pm check in time. I would highly recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
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Alabama
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Reviewed August 16, 2009

We stayed at this hotel from August 11-15 for our anniversary and got a great AAA rate via the hotel’s website. This was my first trip to NYC and I picked this hotel solely based on Trip Advisor reviews. We were not disappointed! The hotel is located in a residential neighborhood and was much less crowded than midtown area. The area felt safe during the day and at night. The subway was steps away so we were anywhere we wanted to be in minutes. There were many great restaurants in the area (Kefi, Nice Matin, Shake Shack, Rosa Mexicano, Sara Beth’s). Central Park, Natural History Museum, Dakota building, and Lincoln Center were also very close. The free wireless internet was a little “spotty” but I was still able to log on. Our room was clean, quiet, and the air conditioner worked well. The bathroom was pretty small but that did not bother us. All staff members were courteous and helpful. We plan to stay at the Lucerne again in the future.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Issaquah, Wa
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Reviewed August 14, 2009

Four of us stayed here (moms and daughters trip). Our room was huge and easily accomodated the 4 of us. The room was clean and quiet (I did request a room on the quiet side of the hotel). The metro is a block or two away. There are lots of restaurants nearby. The area is quiet and a welcome break from Times Square. I would definitely stay here again.

Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 14, 2009

the hotel is not accessible. My son is in a wheelchair but can use crutches for a few steps. They directed us to a side entrance where we waited while they set up a homemade ramp. It was very steep and narrow and I knew I could not push him up so I made him get out of his wheelchair. Then he fell while trying to going up the ramp because it was too steep. Every time we wanted to go in the hotel, we would have to walk in the front door to get a bellhop to let us in the side door.

The room was ok except for the dirty socks (not ours) left under the dresser.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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United States
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Reviewed August 11, 2009

We stayed at this hotel based on reviews here, and weren't disappointed. The cost of the hotel seemed on par with others in NYC, maybe even cheaper (for those with own bathrooms, etc). We requested a room away from the street and had no problems with noise. Staff were very nice. Yes, the rooms are small but they're nice and you don't go to NYC to stay inside your hotel room. Wonderful location, the neighborhood is nice and very close to Central Park, etc. Perfect for someone who would rather have a neighborhood feel and doesn't want to stay in Times Square.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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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:
#28 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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