I stayed at the Empire hotel for 5 nights for work and then another 5 nights with my husband on holidays. Our room for the entire stay was the Superior King Room and work paid for breakfast during the first 5 days. I have been to NY before and know rooms are small but I was still disappointed that our upgraded superior king room was so small especially the bathroom was extremely tiny! Breakfast is not worth the cost at the hotel. I ate there for the first 5 days as work had already paid for it but on the 5 days while staying for pleasure there are plenty of alternative options close by.
Another couple joined us holidaying and they upgraded their room to a suite. The suite was fantastic and if you can afford the extra $s and are staying in NY for a week then the extra room is definitely recommended. The suite had a separate lounge/dining area and a lot more storage/cupboard space as well.
Location is great – close to Lincoln Centre and Central Park. Only 10min walk into busy Times Square. Only 5mins walk or so to Tiffanys and shopping district of Midtown.
The Empire upstairs bar/club is great and atmosphere good.
The pool on the website looks big but when we went to check it out we laughed at the size of it - well done to the photographer in snapping the pool from a great angle. During the day the pool/lounge/bar area is really cool and spent a long afternoon with cocktails and friends after shopping and it was a fantastic afternoon and the service was excellent.
Beware what items of clothing you get dry-cleaned as two items of mine were shrunk and no longer wearable. I complained at reception and they refunded my dry cleaning but the items were ruined and cost a lot. Dry cleaning is very expensive with the hotel and I’d recommend doing it yourself at a local Laundromat.
Recommendations of restaurants/roof top bars in NY:
- Macelleria Restaurant: Fabulous Italian restaurant, good prices, and the best angel hair pasta I’ve ever eaten! Close to Christian Louboutin: 59 Horatio Street, NY http://www.macelleria.com/
- Empellon Restaurant: Check out in the West Village: Empellon - v cool new wave Mexican. I went with my friend from NYC and it was amazing! 230 West 4th and cross street: W 10th St http://empellon.com/
- The Hurricane Club: Fabulous dining experience… Tahiti style…great food, potent rum cocktails, excellent service. Park Ave @ 26th St http://thehurricaneclub.com/media/photos
- Gansevoort Park Rooftop and Lounge: After dining @ the Hurricane Club… walk a few minutes up the road and catch the lifts to the rooftop. Nestled sky-high, twenty stories above Manhattan in the Gansevoort Park Rooftop. This expansive rooftop - unobstructed views of the Empire State Building 420 Park Ave South http://gansevoortpark.com/rooftop-loft/index.cfm
- Buddakan – best dining experience! Very cool décor, great service and fab food. Best to go with a group if you can to share dishes. Book ahead to reserve the long table made famous from Sex & the City. 75 9th Avenue, between West 15th & 16th Street. http://www.buddakannyc.com/
- After dinner @ Buddakan, walk to: Plunge Bar & Lounge – rooftop bar inside Gansevoort Hotel. Cool rooftop bar and fab views. 18 Ninth Ave at 13th, 14th fl in Hotel Gansevoort. http://www.hotelgansevoort.com/restaurants-bars-lounges/index.cfm
- If you’re buying your broadway shows while in NY: there are two half price ticket booths: TKTS. Times Square booth is the main one however you could be in the queue for hours. Second booth is just off the hop on hop off bus line near South Street Seaport. The queue there was only 30mins in the morning.
This time we went to the Brooklyn TKTS booth and got there20mins b4 it opened and were only the 3rd person in the queue!!! You could catch a cab or train from Manhattan. We caught a cab there on Saturday morning and it wasn’t expensive. Best of the three options and then catch a cab or walk to Grimaldis pizza!
- Must go to Grimaldi Pizza: be warned it is very popular and you may have to line up. It’s worth it though! If you’re going on the weekend…well worth getting there 40mins b4 it opens. We went to the TKS half price booth in Brooklyn and then walked to Grimaldi’s and lined up for a short time b4 it opened. http://www.grimaldis.com/
- Brooklyn Bridge – walk over the bridge. After Grimaldi’s walk straight down the street 100m and you’re at the waters edge looking at the amazing Manhattan skyline… Then walk over the Brooklyn Bridge back into Manhattan!
- Bateaux dinner cruise – glass boat, elegant, 3 course dinner, live band. Great night out and amazing night time views over NYC. Chelsea Piers, Pier 61 along Westside Hwy at West 23rd Street. http://www.bateauxnewyork.com/New-York/dinner
- Salon De Ning - The Peninsula Hotel New York – roof top bar – great location and views but expensice cocktails… 700 Fifth Ave @ 55th Street http://www.peninsula.com/Peninsula_Hotels/en/default.aspx#/New_York/en/Dining/Salon_de_Ning/
- 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. ... more less
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