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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

4.0 Very Good 2132 Reviews
Worse Marriott brand hotel. Will never stay here again.
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is the by far the worse Marriott hotel I’ve stayed at. The mini fridge was broke and wouldn’t open and I reported almost every night to have it serviced but no one even came up. The bathtub drains very slowly. I reported a bug bite and they took months to came back to me to tell me they found nothing. So disappointed that a historic hotel like this is such horrible service. Will never stay here again.

Business trip
Reviewed 4 days ago

I enjoyed my stay. My room was clean and ready on time. The staff was professional and friendly. The meeting space was efficient and the lunch meal was very good. Proximity to Central Park was an added bonus.

Excellent value for Central Park hotel
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here for a NYC weekend. The hotel’s location is wonderful! Walking distance to innumerable activities. We are Bonvoy platinum. We used two of our suite nights, and we were upgraded to a Manhattan suite. It was quite nice and spacious. The food and beverage options at the hotel were good. It’s good that the activity fee goes toward that. Staff were friendly and helpful.

Average hotel, great location
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was very underwhelmed with our stay here. The customer service was subpar for a higher end Marriott chain. There were no staff members who were looking to go out of their way for an exceptional experience. Definitely not the Ritz. It wasn’t bad just didn’t really notice it. The only negative experience I had was when a bellman tried to steal a taxi that my wife and daughter had just flagged down for another guest. The guest saw it all occur and gave it back to us. Thank you!
We stayed in a Manhattan suite during our stay. The room was nice and spacious. The bathroom was a little small and dated for a suite. If you are just looking for a place to stay at a decent rate in a great location this is a great place for that. Just don’t expect anything above and beyond.

Beautiful hotel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hotel looks directly across the street from Central Park & we took a carriage ride through on our way to the metropolitan museum. It was cold outside but the blankets warmed us while we rode past runners and dogs in their warm outfits.