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
We booked this hotel for our honeymoon. We requested a fridge for medication and it was in our room when we arrived. Some like may be put off by the resort fees I think it cost us £100ish for a week, which wasnt bad. Great location if you dont want the craziness of time square, there was a subway stop right up the road and a pharmacy right over the road. Would definitely stay again.
Had a wonderful girlfriends getaway at this gem of a hotel. Super friendly staff always willing to go the extra mile. Big shout out to the doorman on 6/12/19. Wish I would have caught his name. He helped me retrieve my bag I left in the car service car before my flight left. Beautiful clean hotel in a wonderful area. One block from the 1 train subway stop. Easy to get anywhere. Will be back for sure.
Just returned from a girls' getaway and our first stay at The Lucerne. Friends had recommended it and we couldn't have been happier. We had booked a superior double but were graciously upgraded to a two-Queen bed suite - so perfect for the three of us! The bedroom was huge by NYC standards and to have a separate room with loveseat, tv, mini-fridge, coffee maker, microwave and real dishes was a terrific bonus. Lovely robes and even an umbrella stocked the closet. As has been mentioned, the staff are especially friendly and helpful and host a daily complimentary wine hour. This hotel is in a fantastic neighborhood location - so nice to return at night to a neighborhood with everything necessary just down the street or around the corner. Great proximity to the ever-wonderful Zabar's market, Central Park, Natural History Museum and many restaurants. The #1 subway lets out just down the block from the hotel, couldn't be easier - it took us perhaps 7 minutes to get there from Penn Station.
I wouldn't hesitate to stay again. Sadly, the survey they emailed returned an error after I completed it, so I'll just have to let this review express my pleasure in their service!
I am really starting to worry about reviews on TripAdvisor. How this place gets nearly 5 stars is bewildering. Yes the people are generally very nice and the staff is responsive (which is why I gave this a generous 3-star review) but stay here and you will yearn for a basic Marriott Courtyard or Hampton Inn. I guess it’s mainly a New York City thing where hotels are so old and it’s too expensive to remodel. Someone else described it perfectly when they compared this to a luxury Holiday Inn in 1975. Same beds, bedding, and bathroom.
This was our fourth stay several months ago. It's a small but lovely hotel. Room was decent size, for NYC, but adequately equipped, outlets and wifi etc. Deducting a point for the disgusting "facility fee" added on the the advertised price. There's no pool, no tennis courts, it's a basic hotel. I realize this fee is becoming standard, but that doesn't make it less of a reprehensible rip-off.