I planned a weekend of activities on the upper west side with my young son and this was the perfect place to stay. We arrived Saturday and left Monday, on a weekend that we expected wouldn't be very busy. The front desk attendant was friendly, cheerfully upgraded our room when I asked, and spent a few minutes giving me recommendations about where we could find quick and easy food. The room was very clean, and very pretty. If you're new to NYC, you might find it small, but by NYC standards, it was a good size. Our view of the museum and skyline was beautiful. It would have been worth paying for, as we spent a fair amount of time enjoying the view. That said, the windows are old, and the street noises are loud. If you're not used to street noises, bring earplugs. I was on the 14th floor. It was still loud.
The breakfast buffet was nice. The attendant was lovely. The food was decent, convenient, and speedy, but there are other options nearby if you would rather get out and enjoy the city. There is a deli nearby that serves breakfast and delivers...the cheapest option. Andy's Deli, I think. It's on Columbus Ave, one short block South, on the other side of the street. Monday morning, we ate a few blocks up at Good Enough to Eat. It was delish, but not cheaper.
The location of this hotel is wonderful. It's right across the street from the Natural History Museum. Walk down the block, cross into Central Park, and you'll find a playground right there for younger kids. My son loved it. The diner is super handy, there is food everywhere, and there is shopping nearby. The subway runs right to the museum, so that's easily accessible, too. We took the train into the city, then the subway right up to the hotel.
Easy, beautiful, convenient. We'll be back. Thanks for a great stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Excelsior Upper West Side NYC Hotel Located in the fashionable Upper West Side neighborhood between Central Park and Columbus Avenue, the Excelsior Hotel is a beautifully renovated hotel with an abundance of old world charm and comfort. This landmark hotel is characteristic of Manhattan's architectural beauty among the dramatic Central Park setting; thoroughly complimented by modern conveniences and luxuries. The Excelsior Hotel is located in one of New York City's trendiest neighborhoods, overlooking the American Museum of Natural History and the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Popular attractions such as Lincoln Center, the Beacon Theatre, and Columbia University are within walking distance to the Excelsior. A leisurely stroll across Central Park to the Upper East Side leads to the luxurious boutiques of Madison Avenue, an endless selection of restaurants, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim and Whitney Museums. If your plans include an evening at the theatre or site seeing among the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, famous attractions such as Times Square, the Empire State Building, and Rockefeller Center are a quick ride from the Excelsior Hotel by New York Taxi, Subway, or bus. Manhattan's Excelsior Hotel features an elegantly and comfortably appointed Lobby; inviting guests to feel at home upon their arrival. Its New York City hotel room accommodations are inspired with an Art Deco contemporary motif with countless amenities and services to make a stay at the Excelsior Hotel an experience for guests desiring more than a typical New York "tourist" hotel. ... more less
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