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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
I was in NY for work and really had no idea where to stay. This is a great hotel. The hotel is very very quiet even though it is on a busy street. The room was super clean and the bed was very comfortable. The shower was hot and the water pressure was outstanding. The restaurant next door was very good as well. The hotel is very convenient to the subway even though I never used it. I actually spent the day and walked down to the action at Rockefeller and then back and came through Central Park. It was a bit of a hike but not bad and a great way to see NY if you have never been there.
I would definitely stay at this hotel again. Slept like a rock.
The Lucerne is a comforting hotel where I, and sometimes, my granddaughters are "at home" in New York. The lobby is small, inviting. This is not some huge hotel.
My most recent visit saw the hotel covered in scaffolding (this is an historic landmark hotel). The views from our windows inside were still very good.
Many times there are several doormen at the hotel entrance and in the lobby. They add wonderful "class." The hotel floors are a small "L" shape. The housekeepers are marvelous. There is a sense of privacy here.
I often ask people in the elevator is they are first-timers, or returnees. Many, many of the latter. A testimony to this lovely hotel.
The location of the hotel is just great.
We stayed as a family for 7 nights in this hotel. We found the rooms to be spacious for a city hotel and the beds very comfortable. Decor in the room was a bit dated but well maintained. It was spotlessly clean, in fact we did slip over a few times on the bathroom floor as it was so shiny so take care!
We had a road facing room which had a bit of street noise but not too much compared to other areas. It was a shame that the hotel is currently covered in scaffolding with netting over it otherwise it would have been an interesting view of the street.
The staff were polite and professional but not particularly chatty. We enjoyed the complimentary afternoon wine. Unfortunately we didn’t get to try Nice Matin as we thought it overpriced and we didn’t really fancy French food in New York but it did look nice.
The area is the main selling point of this hotel, we felt like locals walking to Central Park for an early morning stroll and hopping on the tube at the end of the street- a direct line to Times Square, World Trade Centre and South Ferry. If you are not in a hurry it is a nice and not too long walk to Midtown via the park or Broadway. There were a number of restaurants and delis within the immediate vicinity. Many charming residential streets nearby.
Would definitely stay again.