The Lucerne Hotel
What We Love
- The super-convenient location just two minutes’ walk from Central Park
- Getting a hot stone massage in-room rather than trekking to the spa
- The sidewalk seating at Nice Matin, the hotel’s French restaurant
- Complimentary wine hour every Thursday afternoon
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- The gym is small, with just six machines
- Guests receive a 15% discount at the restaurant
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The hotel’s distinctive pink stone façade has been a beacon on the Upper West Side since 1904, and the Old World elegance remains. This is a neighborhood hotel, not a chain, and the number of locals who stop in to Nice Matin, the onsite French-Mediterranean restaurant, for wine or dinner is solid evidence. Guest rooms are cozy and lavish, with varied bedding and decorative pillows and drapes that create a home-like feeling; rooms also come with full-size work desks and every granite bathroom has a tub stocked with Aveda amenities. Room sizes can vary, so ask to see a few before you check in. The location, minutes from Central Park and family-friendly museums, is especially good for those traveling with kids, and the hotel has a number of suites that can sleep four; some with pullout sofas, some with two beds.
In the Area
The hotel’s spot on the affluent Upper West Side means that it’s surrounded by high-end boutiques, gourmet food shops and some of the city’s best restaurants. Stock up on sandwiches and coffee at famed deli Zabar’s, pick up a delectable lobster roll from Luke’s Lobster, and have a romantic rendezvous at the The Tangled Vine, a candlelit wine bar – all are just two blocks away Less than half a mile from the Hudson River on the west side (lunch at the Boat Basin Café, an alfresco restaurant open during warmer months, comes with great river views), the hotel is also just minutes from Central Park and the American Museum of Natural History, the largest of its kind in the world and home to some of the most spectacular dinosaur skeletons ever found. The park’s other attractions, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Central Park Zoo, are all within walking distance. The nearest subway stop is a block away.
How to Get There
Very quaint, vintage look lobby. Attached restaurant. Very friendly staff, nice rooms but small. They have drivers to take you to the airport for a fee. Lots of very close restaurants and delis. A bit expensive but was worth being close to my meeting area. Safe neighborhood. Quick ride to times square.
I have been staying at the Lucerne for quite a few years and I continue to thoroughly enjoy my stay each time. The location is awesome. It is close to #1 Subway and there are many restaurants close by to choose from. The hotel is within walking distance of The National History Museum and Central Park. Quite a few of the staff have worked there for many years. I always feel welcome when I walk through the doors.
We almost always stay at the Lucerne. Love the neighborhood. Rooms are roomy and quiet if you stay in an inside room. I wish they would rethink or forget about the music they have playing though. It’s awful and detracts from the ambience.
This was my second stay and the room I received was much larger than on my first stay. Furnishings, carpet, bathrooms, etc. all in good shape. Comfortable mattress and pillows. Plenty of places to eat nearby - both quick eats and sit down. Convenient to subway if you want to head downtown, and a 10-min walk to Central Park. Would stay here again.
We have stayed here many times. On this trip we arrived a day late and not only did they waive our fee for the night we missed but we were upgraded and not charged. They staff is attentive and the rooms are clean.