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
- 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.
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Great Stay. The staff was friendly, the room was comfortable and the bath was luxurious. The lobby was welcoming and comfortable. The bar was active with many people meeting in that area. The hotel was busy with customers, but the staff remained attentive and friendly.
The Empire Hotel was recommended to me by a work colleague and I was very pleased with my experience there. I was very happy with the location, the quality and cleanliness of the room, the helpfulness of the staff and my overall experience at the hotel. Certainly , the hotel had competitive pricing compared with other hotels in the vicinity. I would definitely stay at the Empire again and to recommend it to friends.
We came to NYC for a particular performance at the Met and were delighted to find that the Empire was only about 100 yards away. It is beautifully placed for the Lincoln Centre and Central Park (one block away). Staff could not have been more welcoming and helpful. Room a bit tired but bed large and comfortable. The heating/aircon made the sort of noises you'd expect from a film cartoon of a Heath Robinson machine, but it did heat the room fast (zero outside, so important). Internet access for airlines free and quick. We skipped their breakfast as it was a bit expensive and instead went to Fiorello's across the street (look right out of the main door). All in all, a wonderful trip. No idea of value as booked as a package by Trailfinders.
Horrific check-in procedure, dated rooms with little to no amenities at an outrageous rate even for NYC. Have to call front desk even for ice. One vending machine on first floor only takes dollar bills and front desk didn't have any ones they could spare (or didn't want to, hard to tell).
Room standard lower than expectedFirst room really low standard and was able to change room after compleiningService/facilities moderate for the priceNo breakfast included in room priceGood location near Central Park and metro.