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What We Love

  • Staying at a New York icon with views across Central Park and the city
  • Deep soaking tubs in every room and chocolates with turn-down service
  • On-site South Gate’s swanky bar, great for people watching
  • READ MORE: Where to eat, play and shop in NY

What To Know

  • Most recently the Jumeirah Essex House, the hotel became a JW Marriott in September 2012
  • The neighborhood is all hustle and bustle during the day, but it’s quiet and residential at night
  • Construction on JW Marriott’s signature Executive Lounge begins in March 2013

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

Art Deco icon and the first JW Marriott in NYC, with gilded interiors and sensational Central Park views

The Look

A fixture since 1931 (and a common sight in postcards, with its six-story rooftop sign), the Essex House offers a classic stay in the heart of Old New York. Channeling the gilded glamour of a bygone age, the emerald marble lobby resembles the great hall of another New York icon, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but enormous arrangements of fresh flowers and clusters of chairs keep things cozy. The landmark building’s Art Deco roots have been beautifully preserved in the ornate elevators, the second-floor ballroom and the heavy chandeliers, and echoed in the always gracious service.

Bed & Bath

Showing more restraint than the historic public spaces, all 509 guestrooms have built-in desks and cupboards, flat-screen TVs and a neutral beige palette with sherbet-orange splashes. Furnishings give a subtle nod to the hotel’s Art Deco roots, from black ceramic lamps and framed art prints to glass-top coffee tables and steam trunk–style suitcase stands. Bathrooms are simply done, with tile floors and deep tubs or showers, and have luxe Cornelia Essentials amenities.

Beyond

The South Gate restaurant serves a popular American menu and an impressive selection of wines in an ultramodern setting, and a steel and glass bar that has views of Central Park — a favorite of the after-work crowd. Elsewhere there’s a well-equipped 24-hour fitness center and a four-room spa; the sodashi scalp treatment or contouring marine wrap are both must-try treatments.

In the Area

Encompassing 843 acres, {link} is New York City’s back yard and a mecca for urban outdoor adventures. The grassy knolls, picturesque bridges and gurgling fountains are just right for a picnic, and the southern border of the park is literally across the street from the hotel. For a more cultural diversion, the Museum of Modern Art is just a few blocks from the hotel; it houses more than 150,000 photographs, sculptures, drawings and prints — and, for movie buffs, a robust film collection. And besides the hotel’s restaurant, South Gate, the upscale gastronomical opportunities in this area are outstanding: Per Se, Jean Georges and Marea are all within a couple of blocks.

How to Get There

JW Marriott Essex House New York
160 Central Park S
New York, NY 10019 United States

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 2177 Reviews
So glad JW is managing the Essex House
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were delighted with our stay at the Essex House now managed by JW Marriott! Excellent location right across from Central Park and walking distance to plays, restaurants and shopping. The Staff is exceptional and as you would expect at a JW...Melvin (front desk reception) is by far one of the best Marriott employees I have encountered (and I am Lifetime Platinum). Highly recommend and we will be back here for our next NYC visit.

Valet parking rate excessive
Reviewed 2 days ago

My wife and I stayed at the Marriott Essex House in New York recently. We arrived at 10:30am on Saturday and departed at 1:45pm on Sunday. I just opened my American Express bill and saw we were charged $190. I will never use their valet again and actually may stay elsewhere in the future. Travelers beware!!

Beautiful property, great location, service is lacking
Reviewed 3 days ago

I had reserved a small suite with park view and they did upgrade us to a larger space (extra bath), but it was on the 3rd floor so we had all the street noise & scaffolding to look out at with a smattering of trees above that. I really was hoping for a better view (and thought that is why I was paying a premium). As for the property itself it is very nice, with real walls and nice touches. I do think they should take out the mini fridge full of items & put in a usable mini fridge and coffee pot. You'll pay $20+ in the morning to order a small pot of coffee from room service. Finally, instead of guarding the property like prison wardens perhaps a better use of the doorman would be to put them by the doors & have them open the doors when people are obviously arriving with their suitcases. The location is central park south, which is great. But I never give a 5-star review for a nice building, it has to have the service to go along with it & this hotel is sorely lacking in that department.

Pure Luxury in Historic Hotel
Reviewed 7 days ago

I can't imagine where the bad reviewers actually stayed. My daughter and I recently spent 5 nights at this hotel (May 21-26) and enjoyed every minute! We had a Manhattan Suite that included an extra half bath which made getting ready in the morning a breeze for two ladies. The city and partial central park views were lovely. A request for a microwave and mini-fridge (complimentary) was handled within minutes. The meals we had in the Executive Lounge were great. Ceasar at the front desk went above and beyond. As did the attendants who stood "guard" near the banks of elevators - and always returned my greeting. Fabulous conceirge group who told us to take water whenever needed and had a fun map of Central Park. As most of NYC has scaffolding, the extra touch of fake grass around their scaffolding made us smile! Grand hotel, grand location.

Shockingly bad
Reviewed 1 week ago

I joined trip advisor six years ago and have found it to be a useful research tool but always agreed with the reviews but on this occasion I feel passionate enough to write a review so other travellers are aware of what awaits them with this hotel. I stayed in this property with my Family for 2 nights.

First, I simply cannot understand how and why this is considered a five star hotel, it is simply not! check in was slow, the rooms did not meet five star standards, the room dining menu was abysmal. The location and the willingness of the staff to assist was enough to mitigate the disappointment we felt as a family, what I found utterly disgraceful was the fact that our cards were charged TWICE! My husband spoke to the hotel they agreed to reverse the transactions but here we are 10 days from the day the “ erroneous “ transactions where posted this is still to happen. My bank advises that if the hotel has indeed reversed the transaction as promised my account would reflect it within 24 hours, we are still waiting... I am honestly disappointed and would think twice about staying in another JW Marriott property and would certainly never stay in this one nor recommend it. It’s just disgraceful not good enough!