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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

This is a well known hotel in a wonderful location--on south side of Central Park
1234texas

This is a flagship hotel for Marriott. The location is about as good as it get in NYC--on the park, close to many venues and restaurants of interest and many of the GREAT museums. The traffic in front of it can be very heavy and it messes up the cabs and Lyft drivers--they can't seem to figure out how to get the car pointed in the right direction to drop you off at the front door! I had the Lyft drive drop me off at the park side and waked to the light to cross--as did a number of people I talked to. To Jay walk here is to have a death wish!

The lobby is nice, but not a great one. The front desk is efficient and does the hotel proud--no stupid mistakes. Checking bags is a piece of cake--the bellmen are alert. The elevators are conveniently located and there is a guard to make certain you are staying in the hotel--it makes you feel safe!

The coffee shop/restaurant on the first floor is a good one--very expensive, but attractive and has good food & service. If you can get to eat in the Gold Member lounge, do it if you know someone staying at the hotel. The breakfast food there is really good!

The rooms are "standard" but nice. Very quiet for being in a major city. The decorations are very good. The prices are over the top expensive and the "add on's" are killers! The taxes have to be the highest in the world!

This is a great hotel if you are on an expense account. For what we were doing--meeting a lot of people one on one and in small groups--this was THE perfect hotel. We had no complaints. I am not certain I would use it for person travel--it is nice, but at that price.....

Not worth the money
110ronw

The room was fair at best, looking out a 3 walls all for only 875.00 a night. I am a gold member with Marriott and asked for something better and she basically laughed at me. We are totally full sir. Will spend the extra and move up.

Save Your Money and Your Patience
236jayl

Recently got back from a stay at this overpriced and underwhelming hotel. We stayed at the JW in London which was exceptional so thought we would give NYC a try. BIG MISTAKE. As a titanium elite member we were given access to the Club Lounge- not only is it closed in the afternoons on Friday and Saturday which just seems absurd in a tourist haven- but when they do decide to allow you in- the offerings include such classics as yogurt, rotting fruit and a few random pieces of cheese. Complete waste of time- just close it down all together if that’s the quality you are providing your guests. By comparison, JW Grosvenor offered multiple hot items including pastas, chicken and beef, a full charcuterie spread, complimentary champagne and great coffee and tea selection all alongside fantastic customer service (at a fraction of the price). Then on to the room- we stayed four overpriced nights in a room that looked directly at a brick wall (see picture). With our status we usually get an upgrade but despite showing upgraded rooms on their website, we were told no upgrades were available. As a make good, they offered to send us champagne for our loyalty- the champagne never arrived. We called three times and no one seemed to have a record it. Eventually a $13 bottle of Prosecco arrived. Thanks for that. And quite possibly the best part of our stay- we needed some toiletries as we hadn’t had our room serviced that day- so we put a request for some towels, toiletries and a few extra pillows through their app where it says “need anything, we would be happy to assist.” 5 minute later a MANAGER calls our room inquiring about our request and if we really needed towels and soap and pillows because those are already in the room. When we explained that we hadn’t had housekeeping come during the day he grumbled and hung up the phone. Needless to say, the pillows, towels and toiletries never arrived. Lovely.

On the other hand- the bar/restaurant staff was exceptional. So stop in for a drink and a meal- just don’t check in for a stay!