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
We stayed two nights at the Lucerne in December and had a great experience. The hotel allowed us to check in early and upgraded our room! Great location! We will stay at the Lucerne again! Clean, nicely appointed room. Helpful staff.
A very good hotel , large room ,very quiet if you ask for back side , nice furnished old style . Very good breakfast .Only the service is slow .Otherwise the breakfast is rich and tasty. The location is perfect , near Central park ,Columbus Ave ,Natural history museum , upper west side . A lot of restaurants ,shops , public transportation .Recommended.The staff is very friendly and helpful and so the doormen .
This hotel was recommended by friends and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. On a rainy Thursday night, I was happy to find Lucerne was a block away from the 79th St IRT local. The lobby is not large but the registration staff were very friendly and helpful. There is a concierge staff who was helpful in suggesting last minute Saturday restaurant reservation near our theater. 2 elevators efficiently operated during our 3 day stay. Our room was very quiet even though near the elevator. The room was large with 2 double beds, desk, dresser, large bedside table and closet with plenty of rom to walk around in. Lighting in room, in bathroom and over beds was excellent..You could control the room temperature and there was a window which could be opened. When leaving I discovered an extra bonus since my bus was near Penn Station, my taxi got me there in 20 minutes missing midtown gridlock. A good solid hotel with no trendy minimalism which I will happily book for future trips to NYC
We stayed here recently for three nights. This hotel is very similar to many other hotels of this vintage I have stayed at. We wanted to try a different location than where we usually. We picked the Upper West to get more of a neighborhood area. It is a nice area, a couple blocks from Central Park and restaurants within walking distance. The down side is transportation costs to get to Time Square or further south. We did take the subway, cabs and Uber depending on time of day and distance. The staff at the hotel was not as friendly than what we have had at other hotels, but everything was nice - rooms are small, but we had a corner which helped.
Historic hotel has a welcoming, helpful staff. Great location in the upper west side, just a couple of blocks from Central Park. Very good breakfast spot at Nice Martin, located in the same building. Only reservation I have is it is time to redo most of the upholstered furniture, in the rooms and the lobby--getting a bit worn. Pull out bed in our suite is well beyond useful life--newer sofa beds are far more comfortable.