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Very Good 1988 Reviews
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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 1988 Reviews
Beautiful hotel
Reviewed 4 days ago

We stayed here in June after spotting it near the park a few years ago and it being Essex House (we are from Essex!).

It didn't disappoint when we arrived, beautiful hotel, think very 1920s, absolutely stunning inside. There was scaffolding outside which kind of meant you couldn't see the full front facing on to the park but there is scaffolding everywhere in NYC so you get used to it! Superb location facing the park.

We had a few niggles on our first night which I wont put on here other than to say certain members of staff including Michael at the Concierge desk were very helpful and sorted things out for us, we also got some complimentary wine and snacks for our trouble and $200 off the bill when we left.

Only negative was the room we were in (we had a double bed room) on the 7th floor the view was terrible with hardly any light coming in. When we have stayed in NYC before we have been much higher meaning the view was still buildings say but where you are higher up it doesn't matter so much as you can still see sky - we couldn't even see the sky unless we leant round and looked right up so was hard to see what the weather was doing and the room felt dark.

Other than that fab stay, you get what you pay for plus it is one great location opposite that stunning Central Park! Right near all the shops and easy to get pretty much everywhere.

We hope to be back.

You know what to expect at JW!
Reviewed 5 days ago

Not easy to visit New York and expect much in the way of discounts. And the JW, directly across from Central Park, is no exception. However this hotel is a great example of ‘you know what you’re getting’ kind of place. Quality staff, lovely & comfortable rooms that didn’t feel at all like closets, plentiful club level lounge, they hit all the marks. As we traveled with friends on this trip, we went with their hotel preference and weren’t disappointed. No hub-bub of Times Square to deal with, yet a terrific walk back to the hotel after 2 nights on Broadway.

Sometimes it can be hard to choose with hundreds of hotel options in NYC, but if you’re a fan of JW/Marriott, this classic spot will fit the (pricey) bill just right!

Holiday visit
Reviewed 6 days ago

My room was very comfortable, huge bathroom and writing desk. Only downside was the view - it was of the middle of the building and I had to keep the shades down all the time. I was a t a conference held at the hotel so it was very convenient. Loved walking across the street to Central Park.

Great location, some details for the manager to work on
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed for 5 nights in this hotel. Been in NYC many times and in different hotels. From FS, Ritz, Park Hyatt but also Hilton etc. We found the hotel nice, great location, nice entrance and the rooms were nice but we struggled with some management details.

At check in we were give other rooms than booked with a discount and the promise to move the next day to a better room. First time I got that treatment as loyal Marriott member.... took us 30 min to settle on a deal. Not sure why this is so hard. Guess the room we wanted was available in the end. Manager had to come done, lots of wasted energy and not the way to start a stay. As said, once solved, we enjoyed the rooms. Sound of neighbors is an issue but the building is old so not a big surprise.

Then there is the luggage room. Wanted to leave one (1) piece of luggage as we would come back at this hotel before traveling home. Big speech that it needed manager special approval, got it all arranged after several conversations at front desk and still at check out got the same speech from a bell boy how difficult this is and if I got the manager approval ?! Not suitable for a hotel of this standing.

Lounge as others indicated has a good breakfast but is far from appealing as a room. The evening buffet is not worth the visit - and certainly compared to other hotel lounges one of worst I have seen in a while. We did enjoy most of the serving staff, managers in the lounge seemed uninterested in their guests.

Okay visit but not our choice next time, Ritz is much better but also more expensive.

Arrive A Day
Reviewed 1 week ago

If possible to avoid getting stressed arrive at your hotel one day early. Check-out time for guests is 11am, your room will not be ready until 3 or 4pm. Plan evening activities for your first day in NYC. Also watch out for the Destination Fee at checkout, it is a charge so that two people can visit the Central Park Zoo or get coffee in your room. I questioned it and the clerk gave me credit. The benefit of staying at JW Marriott’s Essex House is the location. It’s near everything, Broadway, 5th Avenue shopping, major museums (The Met and the MOMA, restaurants, churches (St. Patrick’s), and if you like jazz or classical music and opera there’s Lincoln Center a few blocks away. Oh I almost forgot Rockefeller Center which is great at Christmas.