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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 2206 Reviews
Lily
WalkingtonLM

We just had the amazing stay at JW Marriot Essex House for five nights. We were well looked after by the staffs. A big thank you to the manager on duty Terence and all lounge staffs, friendly and efficient. The hotel is also located in a superb area with easy access to anywhere. We will definitely come back as a family!

Amazing Stay
jonpisky

Recently stayed here while traveling for a concert, the service at this location is amazing! The lobby, as soon as you walk in, is beautiful and there are many employees that are waiting to greet you. The room was nice, however with the family connector, there is not really a "common area", just two rooms that have a shared entry way. This was not a problem for us though.

Very convenient location, right next to Columbus Circle and right across from Central Park which was nice for a morning walk.

Will return and would recommend this hotel!

Nickel and Dime JW
bryantnyc

If you stay at this JW property, be prepared to be nickel and dimed for everything. After the ridiculous $35 daily resort fee, you will still find yourself paying for extraneous things with a sub-par room. If they give you "executive lounge" access for your Marriott status, don't be thrilled. It's nothing more than a sub-standard hotel breakfast that would almost match a Residence Inn. They don't even have an espresso machine to make espresso, lattes, or cappuccinos. And if you ask for one, they have to charge you. Only American, dirty water coffee is available. What sort of "executive-ness" is this? Additionally, in the evening, their appetizer offerings are barely edible and they have an "Honor Bar" where you are required to PAY for your drinks. I just came back from staying at a REGULAR Marriott where I was given access to their M-Club Lounge, and all drinks, wine, beer, liquor were complimentary. And now here at the JW in NYC they make you pay for them...I believe it was $12 for a glass of wine. I was appalled.

Additionally, when I checked in, the lady told me that my "request" for a high-floor room was honored by putting me on the 15th floor. Honey, the building goes up to 40-something floors and this isn't even half way up the building. Furthermore, I was in a tiny room that faced the back - to 58th street. No upgrade or mention of anything as I am a platinum elite member of Marriott Bonvoy.

OH! And if you need to print something in the business center, YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR THAT AS WELL. They charge you per sheet if you need to print something other than a boarding pass. I'm sorry, I thought this was the JW Marriott, not a Motel 6.......You pay more than $500 a night, and they charge you for a glass of wine in the lounge AND if you have to print something at the business center. What a rip off.

This JW Marriott is a fraud, and I won't be staying there ever again. You shouldn't either.

PS - dont use the hotel Valet parking service because it is something ridiculous like $80 per day. You can park yourself a block away on 59th Street for half the price.