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
The hotel is beautiful but the front desk is awful and there is always hidden fees to your room.When I spoke to the manager she was so rude. I recommend to go anywhere else because in NYC there is so many beautiful hotels.
Great service made this hotel stay highly enjoyable. Loved the location. Easy to get to the theater district and within walking distance of whole foods. The mattress was excellent, and the room was very clean. I didn’t get a chance to check out the swimming pool or rooftop deck, but looking forward to taking advantage next trip. I will definitely return.
Nice location, literally across the street from Lincoln Center. Lobby is very cool. Nice staff. Bring extra gold for the tab on the Rooftop. I would definately stay here again. Staff was very nice and helpful.