Empire Hotel  4 stars

44 West 63Rd Street, New York, United States, 10023  show mapSave
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Editorial review:

This newly reopened hotel is located in a 19th-century building across from Dante Park and close to Lincoln Center. The rentable cabanas have mini-refrigerators, iPod docks, flat-screen TVs, and daybeds, along with wireless internet access and 32-inch flat-screen TVs. There is also a Jeunesse spa with VIP treatment areas.

Verified Reviews:

  • Service was first class - Free wireless high speed internet - Rooftop pool and deck was great
  • Right next door to a starbucks - Free wifi never worked - L'occitane bathroom products
  • Bed was a good size - Bathroom was nicely appointed - Complimentary toiletries
  • The most comfortable bed - Bar on the roof was awesome - Complimentary breakfast included
  • 2 subway stations away from times square - Near the lincoln center - Roof top bar and pool were a real treat

Overview

This luxurious four-star boutique hotel boasts ideal location between two legendary landmarks of the city such as Lincoln Center and Central Park hence providing magnificent views the Broadway, Central Park, Columbus Avenue, and streets of the Upper West Side.

Besides its contemporary exterior design, you will also find well-equipped fitness center, spa, swimming pool and modern indoor and outdoor meeting space.

All 422 rich arranged guestrooms come equipped with up to date movies and cable TV, flat screen TV, iPod docking stations with speakers and full in-room mini-bar.

The Empire Hotel Rooftop bar and lounge, and lobby bar serve menu inspired by seafood and traditional international flavors and drinks.

The nearest La Guardia Airport is within 9.2km drive away, Newark Airport 18km, JFK Airport 22km, White Plains Airport 40km and Islip Airport 74km.

Year renovated   2007.  Number of floors   11.  Number of rooms   418.

City Center New York - 4.2 mi
Airports La Guardia (LGA) - 5.7 mi, Teterboro (TEB) - 6.9 mi
Train Stations Grand Central Station - 1.4 mi, Penn Station - 1.6 mi
Underground stations 59th Street – Columbus Circle - 1400 ft, 66th Street – Lincoln Center - 1400 ft
Bus stop - 400 ft
Restaurants 63 Bites (Cuisine: American) - 100 ft, Cafe Fiorello (Cuisine: Italian, Pizza) - 400 ft
Parks Randall's Island - 700 ft, Time Warner Center - 1200 ft

Rooms

Each room offers views of Central Park and Lincoln Center, Italian linen, animal-print cushions, wireless high-speed internet, oversized towels, in-room safe, luxury bathroom amenities and ultimate comfort.

Dining options

The Empire Hotel Rooftop bar and lounge on the 12th floor has breathtaking views of Lincoln Center, the Broadway and Columbus Avenue and features a new sea shack concept serving traditional East Coast seafood as well as international flavors and beverages.

The Empire lobby bar offers a selective menu of good wine and champagne along with light meals and snacks.

All visitors are offered a full breakfast for a fee. 

Work

The hotel comprises indoor and outdoor meeting venues featuring rooftop pool deck with private cabanas and amazing views of the Hudson River, Lincoln Center, Central Park and the city. The Pool Deck has flat screen TVs, mini refrigerators, iPod docking stations with speakers, ceiling fans and daybeds.

Indoor meeting space provides state-of-the-art facilities and technology and can accommodate 250 visitors.

Leisure

Fitness center, spa and swimming pool are available for guest on-site.

Additional features

Rooms and facilities for disabled people are available at the hotel.

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Facilities

General
  • Parking (fee required)
  • Safe deposit box
  • Car rental
  • Currency exchange
  • Pets allowed
  • Elevator
  • 24-hour security
  • Multilingual staff
  • Concierge desk
  • Express check-out
  • Shoe shine stand
  • Storage space
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Front desk
  • Newspapers/magazines
  • Tour desk
Internet

Wireless internet is available in public areas and the rate is USD 12.95 per day

Guest Parking

Public hotel parking is possible on site and the rate is USD 60 per day.

Activities
  • Spa & wellness center
Services
  • Bell staff/porter
  • Valet parking
  • Laundry
  • Dry cleaning
  • Ticket service
Dining facilities
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Cocktail lounge
Business facilities
  • Wi-Fi Internet
  • Business center
  • Fax/photocopying
Meeting facilities
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Meeting room
Children's facilities
  • Child care
Facilities for people with disabilities
  • Rooms/facilities for people with disabilities
Leisure and relaxation facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Fitness center
  • Exercise gym
  • Health club
  • Solarium
  • Sun terrace
Room view
  • City view
  • Courtyard view
  • Street view
Room facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • 24-hour room service
  • Heating
  • Ironing facilities
  • Work desk
  • Mini bar
  • Connecting rooms
  • Turndown service
  • Terrace
  • Dressing area
Living Area
  • Sitting area
  • Living room
Bathroom
  • Separate tub and shower
  • Bathtub
  • Hair dryer
  • Shower
  • Toilet
  • Private bathroom
  • Bathrobe
  • Slippers
Bedroom
  • Sofa bed
Media
  • Cable TV
  • Satellite TV
  • Voice mail
  • Free movies/video
  • Pay TV
  • AM/FM alarm clock
  • Telephone
  • Radio
  • Internet access
  • DVD player
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Video on demand
  • iPod docking station

Policies

Check-In

from  3 pm

Check-Out

until  11 am

Children and extra beds
  • All children under the age of 12 may stay free of charge when using existing bedding. 
  • There are no cribs provided in a room. 
  • There are no extra beds provided in a room. 
Pets

Pets are allowed on request.

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Each room offers views of Central Park and Lincoln Center, Italian linen, animal-print cushions, wireless high-speed internet, oversized towels, in-room safe, luxury bathroom amenities and ultimate comfort.

Superior Double Room
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Bed type: Double Beds or Two Single Beds or Double Bed
Size: 295 sq. feet

The room of 21m2/230 sq. feet offers two comfortable Double beds, work desk, 32-inch flat-screen TV, iPod docking station, stylish interior in natural colors and beautiful city view.

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    Superior King Room
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    Bed type: Double Beds or Two Single Beds or Double Bed
    Size: 295 sq. feet

    The room of of 23m2/250 sq. feet offers a comfortable King size bed, work desk, 32-inch flat-screen TV, iPod docking station, stylish interior in natural colors and beautiful city view.

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      Superior Queen Room
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      Bed type: Double Beds or Two Single Beds or Double Bed
      Size: 295 sq. feet

      The room of of 23m2/250 sq. feet with courtyard view offers two comfortable Queen size beds, work desk, 32-inch flat-screen TV, iPod docking station, the whole space is stylishly decorated in natural colors.

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        Bed type: King Size Bed or Double Beds
        Size: 335 sq. feet

        Deluxe Room of 25m2/275 sq. feet offers a King size bed, cozy rest zone with 32-inch flat-screen TV, iPod docking station and beautiful city view.

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          Bed type: King Size Bed or Double Beds
          Size: 335 sq. feet

          Deluxe Room Double of 30m2/325 sq. feet offers two comfortable Double beds, cozy rest zone with 32-inch flat-screen TV, iPod docking station and beautiful city view.

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            Bed type: Queen Size Bed or One Single Bed or Double Bed

            The room of 19m2/205 sq. feet offers a comfortable Queen size bed, work desk, 32-inch flat-screen TV, iPod docking station, courtyard view and stylish interior.

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              Bed type: King Size Bed or Double Beds

              Junior Suite King of 35m2/385 sq. feet offers a King size bed, comfortable pull-out sofa, cozy sitting zone with 32-inch flat-screen TV, iPod docking station and beautiful city view.

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                Bed type: King Size Bed or Double Beds

                Junior Suite of 35m2/385 sq. feet offers two comfortable Double beds, cozy sitting zone with comfortable sofa and 32-inch flat-screen TV, iPod docking station and beautiful city view.

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                  Suite Queen
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                  Bed type: Two Queen Size Beds

                  Suite Queen of 38m2/410 sq. feet offers two comfortable Queen size beds, work desk, living room with cozy rest zone, stylish interior in natural hues and courtyard view.

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                    Bed type: Two Queen Size Beds

                    The spacious Suite of 43m2/465 sq. feet with corner location offers a comfortable King size bed, pull-out sofa, cozy dining set, sitting zone and 32-inch flat-screen TV, iPod docking station and beautiful city view.

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                      Bed type: King Size Bed

                      Deluxe Suite of 65m2/700 sq. feet offers a comfortable King size bed, separate living room furnished with custom made dining set and sofas for day rest. The whole living space is stylishly decorated in natural earth hues.

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                        Empire Hotel LocationWhat's nearby

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                        What's nearby

                        What's nearby.

                        The nearest neighbors are Guttenberg 3.1km, Weehawken 3.4km, West New York 3.4km, Union City 3.8km, Long Island City 4km and Astoria 4.2km.

                        Tourist attractions
                        Popular areas
                        Places of interest
                        Museums
                        • Songwriters Hall of Fame
                          1400 ft
                        • Elaine Kaufman Cultural Ctr
                          1400 ft
                        • Jewish Childrens Learning Lab
                          1400 ft
                        Parks
                        • New York City Parks Dept
                          400 ft
                        • Manhattan Parks Dept
                          400 ft
                        Universities, Institutes
                        • New York Inst of Technology
                          400 ft
                        • English AS A Second Language
                          700 ft
                        • Fordham University
                          700 ft
                        • College Board
                          700 ft
                        • Hesperia Institute-Medieval
                          1000 ft
                        Theaters
                        Underground stations
                        • 59th Street – Columbus Circle
                          1000 ft
                        • 66th Street – Lincoln Center
                          1000 ft

                        Local Attractions

                        • Metropolitan Museum of Art
                          1.1 mi
                          1000 Fifth AvenueA, New York City
                        • Times Square
                          5200 ft
                          Broadway, New York City
                        • The Phantom of the Opera
                          5100 ft
                          245 West 44th Street, New York City
                        • Seagram Building
                          5000 ft
                          375 Park Ave., New York City
                        • Discovery Times Square
                          5100 ft
                          226 West 44th St, New York City

                        Near the hotel

                        • Central Park
                          1900 ft
                          59th to 110th St., from Central Park West to 5th Ave., New York City
                        • Museum of Biblical Art
                          600 ft
                          1865 Broadway at 61st Street, New York City
                        • Randall's Island
                          700 ft
                          24 West 61st St., 4th Floor, New York City
                        • Lincoln Square
                          700 ft
                          Columbus Ave and Broadway, New York City
                        • New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
                          700 ft
                          40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York City
                        • New York City Ballet (NYCB)
                          800 ft
                          Lincoln Center's New York State Theater, New York City
                        • American Ballet Theatre
                          800 ft
                          Performances are hosted at 2 venues:, New York City

                        Restaurants Nearby

                        • 63 Bites

                          58% likes this, based on 37 reviews
                          Cuisine: American

                          100 ft
                          5 West 63rd Street
                        • Cafe Fiorello

                          67% likes this, based on 293 reviews
                          Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
                          Price Range: USD 31 - USD 80

                          400 ft
                          1900 Broadway

                          Phone: 212-595-5330

                        • BAR BOULUD

                          73% likes this, based on 247 reviews
                          Cuisine: Wine Bar
                          Price Range: USD 25 - USD 100

                          400 ft
                          1900 BROADWAY

                          Phone: 2125950303

                        • Atlantic Grill at Lincoln Center

                          70% likes this, based on 118 reviews
                          Cuisine: Seafood
                          Price Range: USD 33 - USD 52

                          300 ft
                          49 West 64th St.

                          Phone: 212-787-4663

                        • Boulud Sud

                          75% likes this, based on 229 reviews
                          Cuisine: Mediterranean
                          Price Range: USD 51 - USD 51

                          400 ft
                          20 West 64th Street

                          Phone: 212-595-1313

                        Getting there.

                        Central Park Heliport Airport is just within 1.8km driving distance, New York West 30th St Heliport Airport 2.9km, New York East 34th St Heliport Airport 3.1km, New York East 60th Street H/P Airport 3.5km, and NY Downtown Manhattan H/p Airport 8.1km.

                        Getting around.

                        Since the hotel is just 6.5km away from the city center you can travel within the city by train hence Grand Central Station is 2.3 km and Penn Station 2.4km away, underground networks feature 66th Street – Lincoln Center 200m and 59th Street – Columbus Circle 300m away.

                        In addition, bus stop is right in front of the doorstep, or 100m.

                        Chauffeur driven SUVs, sedans and stretch limousine services are available on request.

                        Empire Hotel Reviews

                        Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at Empire Hotel

                        Average guest rating

                        7.4
                        out of 10
                        Very good
                        Based on 508 reviews

                        Rating by category:

                        Rooms
                        7.5
                        Service
                        6.2
                        Value
                        6.9
                        Dining
                        7.1
                        Location
                        8.6

                        Individual guest reviews

                        • Single

                          Excellent location opposite Lincoln Center and close to Columbus Circle. Renovation has been thorough and not a mere facelift as so many other hotels- a new stylish interior including public areas, rooms and bath rooms.

                          Staff at reception could be more helpful. Hotel is somewhat dark. Air conditioning works well, but is noisy.

                          • Average rating
                            7.4
                        • Group of friends

                          loation, pleasant staff, trendy rooms

                          we didnt have hot water for 2 nights when showering in the morning, the shower was way too cold for me

                          • Average rating
                            6.6
                        • Couple

                          Location is excellent, free wi-fi a plus, great rooftop bar

                          Apart from the few pluses mentioned above, there isn't much positive to point out. The rooms (we stayed in a standard double) are very small and rather old, the bathroom is tiny, breakfast is awful and very expensive (USD 30 all incl.). A few times no hot water was available when we wanted to take a shower. Staff made a mess with our reservations so eventually for the third night we paid USD 500 (!!!) for this tiny room which is incredibly bad value for money even for NY standards. We would never stay there again.

                          • Average rating
                            5.4
                        • Couple

                          Very friendly and compliant reception staff. Location.

                          Door men

                          • Average rating
                            9.6
                        • Family with children

                          A reason to avoid the most beautiful city of the world., A visitor asking for me at front desk was twice answered negatively if iI would stay there, allthough he had right name like the hotel did.hew aited one hour while I was in the room. Very annoying, Further on Empire Hotel was like a lot of New York Hotels outrageously priced. Prices in general compared to a year ago seem to be doubled. A reason to avoid New York.

                          Reception desk was very offensive, brutal and client-unfriendly. Other service well instructed was nice!

                          • Average rating
                            5.4
                        • Couple

                          Rooms was really clean

                          Half of rooms have rear windows, and there is kitchen ventilation at the bottom, so rooms smells really bed because smell enters from outside and air-conditioning of kitchen makes a lot lot noise ! Too expensive !

                          • Average rating
                            6.6
                        • Single

                          Nice if you can get very cheap rates with pleasant bar area & bar staff. Good location a block from Central Park. I checked out a night early and found a nicer hotel for less money.

                          My first suite had a weird smell and the furniture was scratched and the sofa had a cigarette burn. They moved me to a better room which was fresher. Didn't like the fact the entrance also leads to a nightclub upstairs so doormen with attitude are present in the evenings

                          • Average rating
                            5.4
                        • Older travelers

                          Enjoyed the location and the design of the Hotel.I would recomend it to my friends. My wife and I really enjoyed our 3 night stay, it was fun.

                          The washroom could have been designed a bit better but it was fine.Other than that everthing was great.

                          • Average rating
                            8.2
                        • Couple

                          The Empire hotel is clean and tidy. It is in a good location and handy to central park and subway. Hotel staff were generally friendly and helpful. Rooms were comfortable and showers were great.

                          We had a noisy room on our first night but to their credit the reception staff were able to get us a better room for the rest of our stay.

                          • Average rating
                            7.0
                        • Older travelers

                          Location! Location! If you are going to Lincoln Center, you can not stay at a more convenient location. We were directly across the street from our event (NYU Graduation @ Lincoln Center). As check out was early, we asked the concierge if we could store our luggage for a few hours, and we were accomodated very kindly. Staff, convenience, location: all were excellent. We would stay @ this hotel any time we are in town.

                          • Average rating
                            10.0
                        • Family with children

                          location was good, help provided when needed.

                          smoking room given even I travelled with child. Or at least there had been smoked earlier. Noise from the next room (only a wall between). the roof spa area was not open, even promised on the web (to be open in may).

                          • Average rating
                            7.8
                        • Single

                          Basically the only good thing in the hotel is its location. 5 min to Columbus Circle and 3 min to Central Park. Not to say that Metropolitain Opera is right across the road. But seriously, nothing more then location. Everything else wont make anyone happy.

                          Everything. I did not like anything but location. If anyone will have a 1st floor 113 be prepare not to have any sunlight (or any other daylight) at all. The same should stand for 213 and 313. Very few bathroom space and closet space, though rooms are pretty large for NYC hotels. The hotel's stuff is not sweet and nice at all. Please be aware that concierge leaves at 6 pm and you wont get any information after these hours. There is a club at the rooftop and it attracts a lot of youngsters on fridays and saturdays that looked pretty NJ for me.

                          • Average rating
                            4.2
                        • Couple

                          great location and facilities - roof top bar and beautiful lobby/lounge. comfortable bed and quiet room.

                          only thing was that they said that the pool was going to open for the season when we were there but kept changing the day and kept saying it will open tomorrow every day. It was quite hot when we stayed and one of the reasons we did book the hotel was because it had a pool for relaxing.

                          • Average rating
                            8.8
                        • Couple

                          The pool, but it was not opened. also was not informed. the roof view is nice but unable to see it. was asked to wait on a 45 min line just to get to the roof. wtf.

                          Hotel guest should be informed of any part of the hotel that is closed. hotel guest should not wait in line to get to the roof. we are paying guest, not the kids outside that want to get drunk on the roof bar.the rooms are small and was not cleaned properly. I informed the hotel staff went to a movie and came back and still see the dirty glass on the top shelf in teh bathroom. I only stayed there for one night and my wife was with me so I didnt want to make it a big deal. but if I was alone and would not inconvence anyone I know I would have made sure I got my money back. the bath room caulking needed to be redone. it was black, not white. mold all over shower.

                          • Average rating
                            5.4
                        • Family with children

                          The room was comfortable and near our destination.

                          I did not like the fact that there is a $200.00 incidental charge due at check-in. This is not disclosed on your website.

                          • Average rating
                            7.8
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