During my two night stay at this property (invited by a New-York company so I will not comment prices), I suffered from the noise coming from corridors. Room doors are very old, and there is a free space between the bottom of the door and the floor, making all the noise freely flow from corridor to room, or the other way. Room doors also make a lot of noise when guests close them. Although check-out time is noon, housekeeper knocked at my door at 8 am on departure day to see whether she could handle my room. I should have placed the "do not disturb" sign on the door but... such sign was missing in my room. Also a lot of noise coming from outside (AC and so on). To sum up, I have found it difficult to rest and have privacy in my room.
Otherwise, the bathroom was rather small and the shower lacked pressure while water temperature kept changing . Breakfast buffet was pretty basic. Elevators were working but as I was on the 10th floor I had to wait long to get one. Bedding was very good.
I was surprised to see as the hotel tries to charge for everything, but I guess it is usual in NYC... 7$ for a very small bottle of water in the room? Electric adaptators that are usually lent for free at other properties have to be bought here (and of course, there is no non US plugs in the room even for an electric shave in the bathroom). I bought WiFi access in the room but notice that free Wi-Fi is available in the hall.
To sum up, I doubt I would come back to this hotel especially should I pay for it.
- 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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