The Lucerne

201 West 79th Street | New York, NY 10024 [See Map]
#62 in Best New York City Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Moderate Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 1579 reviews
Property Type Boutique hotel with 202 rooms, 13 floors
Primary View(s) City center, Neighborhood
Style Traditional
Best For Families, Couples

U.S. News Review

Located in the posh Upper West Side, The Lucerne boasts an enviable location for sightseers. Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History, the Opera House and the 79th Street subway station are all conveniently located within walking distance. Plus, the well-appointed accommodations are a big hit with recent guests thanks to their modern conveniences, like complimentary Wi-Fi, iPod docking stations and flat-screen televisions, paired with a European-inspired decor. Another traveler-approved feature is the hotel's sidewalk cafe, Nice Matin. Recent travelers adore the French-Mediterranean cuisine, and the breakfast discount for hotel guests (15 percent off) is an added bonus. You'll find The Lucerne Hotel on the corner of West 79th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.

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Critic Reviews


“Far from the Times Square crowds, on the relaxed, upscale Upper West Side, the ... Lucerne offers small but classically styled, comfortable rooms.”


“The affluent residential neighborhood has an impressive array of boutiques and gourmet food shops, and the American Museum of Natural History is a short walk away.”

New York Magazine

“The inviting, classically styled lobby of the Lucerne sets the tone for this restored landmark building, initially constructed in 1904 as a dorm for Columbia University students and reopened in 1995.”

Other Awards:
  • Lonely Planet Recommended

Guest Rooms

Standard rooms are on the small side for New York City, only 150 square feet, and have queen-sized beds and custom-designed nightstands. Feather or microfiber pillows are available.

  • Rooms have individual climate control
  • Bathrooms feature granite and marble bathrooms
  • Flat-screen LCD TV with premium channels and Sony Dream Machine

Standard room size:

150 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • 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
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Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1579 guests have reviewed the The Lucerne, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5 (based on 1579 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center

Location & Parking

The Lucerne is situated in New York City's Upper West Side, a quieter section of town, but still close to a variety of museums.

  • Two blocks away from the west side of Central Park and the Museum of Natural History; less than a mile from Lincoln Center for Performing Arts
  • One block away from the 79th Street subway station
  • Views of the Hudson River from rooms on higher floors
  • 24-hour valet parking ($55 to $65)
  • 24-hour self-parking ($45)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

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


The hotel's in-house restaurant, the Nice Matin, offers French-Mediterranean cuisine, overseen by executive chef Andy D'Amico

  • Weekend brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Hotel guests receive a 15 percent discount on breakfast
  • 24-hour room service

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

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



The in-house spa offers hot stone massages, facials and hand and foot treatments.

  • In-room spa treatments can be arranged with the concierge

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


Cribs are available, as are suite rooms, and the hotel is near several family-friendly attractions in Manhattan.

  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


Open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., the Lucerne's gym has cardio equipment, strength machines and free weights

  • Stations have individual TVs
  • Concierge can provide map to local outdoor jogging
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The Lucerne has a 1,000-square-foot meeting and event space on the penthouse floor, which can accommodate 50 people, as well as a smaller room on the same floor.

  • Business center has computers, copier, fax machine and scanner
  • Guests can print remotely from their rooms

Number of meeting rooms:

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




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The Lucerne

201 West 79th Street | New York, NY 10024 [See Full Map]