I found the hotel to be very noisy - our first night was Saturday, and as has been experienced by other users it was door slamming all night. The room itself was neat, and well turned but with 2 double beds in the room the cat was unableto be swung. The bathroom had obviously been flooded before and the had employed 'Barney the Bodger' to reseal all areas. If he had just used one colour of sealant it would have been a bad job, but where the 'touch ups' had been completed with another colour made it look very shoddy. They expereinced extreme lift reliability issues during our short stay - of the 4 residents lifts, 3 were out of service for most of one day. You had the option for using the service lift, but was cumbersome coming back down when you could easility get lost.
The fridge and the room table were filled with stuff for you 'enjoy' but everyhting was chargeable, and none was good value. Paying for coffee is your room was a first for me - that is just wrong!
We chose the hotel for the rooftop pool....and they did not declare on the website that it was not opening until Memorial day (bit niave on our part...)
Foyer and bar is act deco and a bit dingy and grubby - service was OK.
They charged us about $450 dollars for the Suturday and I felt I had been ripped off.
- 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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