I stayed here for 4 nights in August, before I signed up to tripadvisor, hence the late review. Guest rooms are well furnished but small. The bathroom was stocked with high end toiletries but it was really small. Forget 'showering with a friend', there was barely enough room for me (6' 180 lbs) to get in and out of the shower on my own!
In fact a friend of mine left her suitcases in the room after she checked out of her room and travelled upstate to Rochester. I agreed to store her 2 suitcases but had to perform some olympic grade gymnastic maneuvers that would make Mary Lou Retton proud just to get to the bed from the door as there's simply is no dedicated space for suitcases. Y'all remember Mary Lou, the West Virginian who won Olympic gold in LA in 1984.
I quizzed the front office staff - all uniformly polite and well groomed - about the shoebox sized room and was whispered that the ultra small rooms are given to folk who book through third party sites. Never do those who book with the hotel get such shoeboxes.
I thanked the pretty Englishwoman at the front desk for her candour. For all I know she was just regular front office staff or perhaps the Duty Manager or even several rungs higher up the corporate ladder. I have no idea, but she is certainly what I want in a hotel I sleep at. Very professional manner and very polished presentation.
Would I stay here again given the small room? Yes.
Is the location good? Pretty good. There is a lovely open air rooftop bar accessible through a separate elevator in the lobby, and being here is a nice (but not gruelling) 17 block walk to Zabar's on Broadway and West 80th, where I had b/fast. The coffee at Zabar's is also very good. Oh and there are plenty of grocers, cafes and diners nearby.
While wifi is pricey in the room, next door to the hotel is a Starbucks with free wifi (and they are open late).
And of course, if you love music, the joint is right opposite Lincoln Centre.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on our own private corner of West 63rd Street between two legendary New York City landmarks - Lincoln Center and Central Park - this boutique NYC hotel provides luxury accommodations overlooking the Broadway / Columbus Avenue - the gateway to the Upper West Side. Location is essential to the spirit of the Empire Hotel and the interior motif and design is inspired by the earth tones of Central Park and the stately modernism of Lincoln Center. 426 Deluxe guest rooms and suites, WiFi, Pool Deck open seasonally, Ed's Chowder House Restaurant, Rooftop Lounge, Lobby bar. Fun fact, The Empire Hotel was featured in Gossip Girl. Join us for a Chuck Bass cocktail in the Lobby Bar. ... more less
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