What We Love
- Convenient location steps from Central Park, Columbus Circle and Lincoln Center
- The rooftop bar, lounge and pool with killer views of the west side
- Four blocks from five subway lines
What To Know
- Not great for kids as the hotel is home to two happening bars and a rooftop lounge
- Sounds from the rooftop scene and city streets can carry through to rooms
- The rooftop pool is open from May to September
- Staff are happy to help but have a New York attitude
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The contemporary Empire Hotel, conveniently located just across from Lincoln Center, is a perfect pick for out-of-towners who want to stay Uptown but also get the buzzy vibe usually reserved for properties in lower Manhattan. The two-story Art Deco lobby, jazzed up with fierce but fashionable animal-print throw pillows and plush banquets in the busy bar, sets a sexy tone. The custom furnishings, fixtures and fabrics make all 422 rooms feel like sexy apartments (some of which are small for New York standards): woody wallpaper, ebony accents, and walnut floors pay homage to nearby Central Park, while soothing teak bathrooms and rainfall showers offset the otherwise dramatic décor. Keep an eye on the city that never sleeps even when you’re in your room via live video feeds of Columbus Circle and the Lincoln Center Fountain available on two channels on rooms’ flat screen TVs. The hotel’s 12th-floor rooftop bar, easily recognized by its iconic neon “Hotel Empire” sign, is a popular pick for visitors and locals alike thanks to stunning city views and well-mixed cocktails, while a seasonal pool deck offers hotel guests a respite from the bustle of the city. When hunger strikes, casual onsite eatery Ed’s Chowder House offers East Coast fare (lobster rolls, crab cakes, oysters) plus signature cocktails including the refreshing Upper West Aperitif with vodka, muddled orange, mint leaf, and ginger ale.
In the Area
Take your plastic on a walk to the Shops at Columbus Circle and browse big name stores like Williams-Sonoma and J.Crew, plus favorite neighborhood boutique Montmartre for stylish women’s wear from designers like Missoni and Trina Turk. Grab a coffee and a pastry at Bouchon Bakery and take them to go on a walk through Central Park. In the evening, you’ll find plenty to see just across the street from the hotel at Lincoln Center, home to the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera.
How to Get There
A good hotel convient to Lincoln Center events . Close to subway which is 1.5 blocks away.Good bell service (felt appreciated). Front desk helpful to resolve issues. Free coffee in room only for 1st day, afterwhich is $3 per day.
Tiny rooms, no big deal, it's NYC. Horrifically overpriced drinks, no big deal, it's NYC. No iron in the room, Maybe that's nyc? What sets this place apart from everyone else in a bad way is their service. The people who work here are rude, unhappy, and have no desire to help you.
A small example of my long list of issues: the in-room Keurig is nice, but we were given one decaf and one tea k-Kup. We asked the front desk seven times over three days, and they never brought us regular coffee. Never. They'd forward the front desk call to housekeeping who would not answer, send to other departments, who would not answer. It was increasingly frustrating.
Shall I talk about our broken toilet? Dirty towels? Okay, rant over
Great location for the Lincoln Centre and short walk before you hit Central Park.
Hotel staff (front of house as well as house keeping and staff at the entrance- point of arrival) were all great. Really was service with a smile.
Loved the bar on the ground floor created a good ambience for drinks following a day of viewing the city and then you have the roof top bar with such an amazing view - really a gem.
Breakfast rather pricey when there are so many other places to grab a good breakfast on your doorstep.
Not great view from bedroom window - all windows appear to look in on each other.
The wardrobe area and where the safe was located was too dark - needed another light. However, room and bathroom clean with a very comfy bed.
Would have been even better if.....
- The TV Link which I assumed would have told us more about the hotel facilities and local events worked;
- There was a concierge ( reception queue was always busy -understandably so).
However, having said all of that, because of the location and feeling of safety would certainly stay there again.
I am French, I knew this hotel from a series (you know what I mean) and I wasn't disappointed, it was magical. The hotel is very nice, very well located (one block from Central Park West) close to Times Square. This hotel is a good starting point to visit New York. At night we are not bothered by the noise.
I hope to return one day because I loved New York in part because of this lovely hotel. I recommend! xoxo
Spend a week at the Empire. Rooms were fine, not special. Minibar and small
Items in room. Small fitness room but good. Really Great to walk easily into Central Park. Also in Subway with 50 steps. Rooftop bar is very nice after a day walking through the city!