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The Empire Hotel

44 West 63rd Street | New York, NY 10023 [See Map]
#143 in Best New York City Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Moderate Guest Rating
Property Type Hotel with 426 rooms, 12 floors
Primary View(s) City center
Style Modern
Best For Business travelers, Couples, Solo travelers
AMENITIES Room Service, Internet Access, Dining See all amenities

U.S. News Review

Located just one block west of Central Park, The Empire Hotel pampers guests with high-end amenities like a pool deck, a rooftop bar and lounge and a chic dining venue, Ed's Chowder House. Specializing in laid-back luxury, each of the 426 accommodations features bright pops of color, modern accents and upscale extras like high-end bath products, iPod docking stations and plush Frette linens. However, some recent visitors do cite lacking customer service and a high noise level as two major drawbacks. If you're looking for a quieter urban oasis, you may want to consider bedding down elsewhere.

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Critic Reviews

Condé Nast Traveler

“Rooftop cocktails at the Empire Hotel are possible even in sub-freezing temperatures thanks to a retractable glass roof. Bask in the glow of the hotel’s iconic neon sign, up since 1923.”

Fodor's

“In a prime Upper West Side spot, the sophisticated Empire Hotel attracts locals for views from the rooftop pool and lounge area...while guests appreciate the rooms, which are a comfortable and chic escape from the bustle of the city.”

Frommer's

“It wasn't until a 2005 renovation that anyone would actually want to stay here. Now, it's as swank as its surroundings (it's right across the street from Lincoln Center), and even the smallest rooms have a feeling of luxury to them.”
Award: Frommer's Highly Recommended

Oyster.com

“For the price, you'll be hard-pressed to find this level of on-site amenities at any other New York hotel.”

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor.com. A total of 967 guests have reviewed the The Empire Hotel, giving it a rating of 3.5, on a scale of 1-5.

Guest Ratings: 3.5 (based on 967 reviews)

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Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Dining
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Pool

Location & Parking

The Empire Hotel is located just north of midtown on the Upper West Side, directly between Lincoln Center and Central Park.

  • Access to four subway lines from nearby Columbus Circle
  • Some rooms may be affected by traffic noise
  • Valet parking costs $60 per day
  • 24-hour valet parking ($60)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Guest Rooms

The Empire Hotel guest rooms are on the small side, 191 square feet for a standard, but high ceilings help them feel a little more spacious. The modern design incorporates earth tones and luxe accents. Bathrooms feature rain showers.

  • In-room Internet access available for $12.95 per day
  • Flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations and minibars in every room
  • Guests praise the comfortable beds

Standard room size:

191 square feet
  • Internet (with fee)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Dining

The Empire Hotel's on-site restaurant, Ed's Chowder House, has the goal of “bringing Montauk to the heart of Manhattan." It serves American-style seafood in a relaxed setting.

  • Open for breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, happy hour and dinner
  • Room service available at breakfast and dinner
  • A light menu and cocktails are served on the hotel's rooftop pool deck
  • Bar located in the lobby

Number of restaurants:

1

Cuisine types:

American
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast

Pool

The Empire Hotel's rooftop pool deck is a rare amenity in Manhattan. Views include the hotel's famous neon sign, Lincoln Center and a bit of Central Park. The small plunge pool is surrounded by lounge chairs and cabanas, and the hotel offers poolside food and beverage service.

  • A retractable roof allows use of the deck even in inclement weather
  • The deck is popular with young locals and sometimes hosts private parties

Number of pools:

1

Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar

Spa

Kids

Rooms at The Empire Hotel might feel small for families, but cribs are available and the concierge can assist with babysitting requests.

  • The hotel is close to children's attractions, such as the Central Park Zoo and playgrounds.
  • Hotel restaurant Ed's Chowder House offers a children's menu
  • Note: The pool area turns into a party scene in the evenings
  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs

Fitness

The Empire Hotel's complimentary fitness center offers weight and cardio equipment, as well as yoga mats. The short walk to Central Park can serve as warm up before a run.

  • The center is above ground, with large windows
  • The rooftop pool is more for cooling off than for exercise
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats

Business

The Empire Hotel's meeting space can be divided into three rooms. The rooftop is also available for company events. Meeting planners are available to assist with arrangements and catering.

  • Business services available on request include secretarial, courier and notary public
  • Self-service kiosks in the business center can be used to access the internet and print documents
  • Meeting rooms can be combined to make a larger space

Number of meeting rooms:

3
  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available

Pets

The Empire Hotel allows pets (no weight limit); there is a $25 per day pet fee and a one-time $100 deep-cleaning fee.

  • Amenities available on request include food bowls, treats, plastic bags and beds
  • Pet-sitting and dog-walking services can be arranged through the concierge
  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting

Golf

Wedding

As with business meetings, The Empire's opulent event rooms and rooftop pool deck are available for wedding receptions.

  • Event rooms have a guest capacity of 100 seated, 250 reception
  • The pool deck has a reception guest capacity of 225

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

250
  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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The Empire Hotel

44 West 63rd Street | New York, NY 10023 [See Full Map]