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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
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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

Great Hotel in Central Park area
bclemente2017

The Essex House is great. We only stayed two nights and didn't have any meals here but we did have drinks in the bar. Great atmosphere and plenty of seating. They offer complimentary coffee in the morning which was so convenient. The rooms are spacious and clean. Will definlty book here again.

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MeMaof08

We stayed for 3 nights in October with a Central Park view, which as noisy. We stayed on VISA and Marriott points so were not affected by the $800 per night rate. There was a $35/day food/beverage credit, which we used, and a spa credit, which we didn't use. The hotel was beautiful, spotless, friendly. The room was spacious, the restaurant good. My one complaint was a bit of nickel and diming. We were charged $24 for a (small) bottle of water. We didn't actually take it, so we were credited. Room service was $50 for coffee, 2 English muffins, fruit and "homemade" granola--which came in a Kellogg's box. This wasn't bad actually, nor was the 18% gratuity, but the $5 delivery fee was silly. Since it was room service, the gratuity is for the service. I'd recommend it for those not on a budget--or with a lot of points.

Excellent operation but gold status no longer has access to Executive Lounge
SPG_will_miss_you

This is a world class hotel that knows how to run a New York location. Away from the chaos of the Marriott Marquis, the Essex house is perfect location near central park.

Despite room service delivering items to our neighbors a few times at least we weren't charged for the robes that were sent there after it was straightened out.

Even though Gold status no longer has access to breakfast...all higher statuses can still access the first floor room for full breakfast and then dinner o'dourves. Can't wait until our next visit.