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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


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
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Modern sleep steps from Lincoln Center, with a seasonal pool and sceney rooftop bar

The Lowdown

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

Empire Hotel
44 W 63rd St
New York, NY 10023 United States


3.5 Average 7910 Reviews
Great customer service!

Great customer service. All the staff was very friendly and courteous. The rooms were clean and was able to get a good size room for a New York City hotel. The location is great as well as the food. It was also nice to be able to spend time at the rooftop bar. Our group enjoyed the outdoor rooftop but then we were able to come in when it got too hot. It also rained but the staff was patient with our large group and catered to our every need! Thanks Anjan!!

Deceptive pricing and rude front desk ruined an otherwise okay stay

I stayed at this hotel for a conference and initially was quite pleased with the rooftop bar. There definitely were some drawbacks: the "pool" is more like a narrow wading track, my room was tiny (and the hall smelled like ganga the first night), and my bed was very hard with lumpy pillows, but for the price and location I thought I had gotten what my company had paid for. The real problem came at checkout. I was confronted with a bill for $91 for "residency fees" of over $22 a night. I had not been informed of this fee when I checked in. I was told, very rudely, that I had signed something to this effect but when I looked at what I signed, it essentially seemed like I was signing for incidentals, which I was careful not to rack up while I was there, and the "fee" was completely buried in fine print that I only saw once I knew to look for it. I was also told "incidentals" when I was checking in--no indication that this was a fee I was going to have to pay no matter what. I've since been doing some reading on SmarterTravel and apparently this is a racket many hotels are using to list at low rates on places like Expedia and then get back to their real rates with hidden fees. It was bad enough to have to deal with these deceptive practices, but the gentleman behind the counter was so rude and dismissive that I was shaking by the time I had finished the encounter. And apparently this is his usual mode of operation when any trouble arises, because he was equally rude to the poor German tourist after me who had not thought to book the airport shuttle 24 hours ahead (who would have?) and was brusquely told he should have known and he was basically out of luck. So yeah, not going back to this hotel again.

I'm engaged!

We booked the room for the weekend to celebrate my girlfriend's birthday and during our stay she became my fiancee. because of the special occasion management gave us a nice upgrade. Unfortunately we experinced a brief blackout {the whole neighborhood} but the hotel was up and running quickly.