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The Empire Hotel

44 West 63rd Street | New York, NY 10023-7029  [SEE MAP]New York, NY  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Popular on-site restaurant and rooftop pool
Recent guests say rooms look worn and could use renovations
Located just one block west of Central Park, The Empire Hotel offers high-end amenities like a pool deck, a rooftop bar and lounge and a casual dining option, P.J. Clarke's that serves burgers, seafood and more. Specializing in a laid-back atmosphere, each of the 426 accommodations features modern accents and upscale extras like C.O. Bigelow toiletries, iPod docking stations and Frette linens. The hotel is situated in a convenient spot for those attending events at the Lincoln Center or Jazz at Lincoln Center. However, some recent visitors do cite lacking customer service and a high noise level as two major drawbacks. Many also mention the rooms are outdated and could use a refresh.
New York, NY
Hotel Class
Property Type
Hotel, 426 rooms
Primary View
City center



  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating


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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.



In a prime Upper West Side spot, the sophisticated Empire Hotel attracts locals for views from the rooftop pool and lounge area underneath the hotel's iconic red neon sign, while guests appreciate the rooms, which are a comfortable and chic escape from the bustle of the city.



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, with Rothko-like paintings on the wall, handsome leather and dark wood furnishings, and cushy beds.

Frommer's Very Highly Recommended


This 422-room hotel's proximity to Central Park, sultry atmosphere, and rooftop bar and pool make it an attractive option on the Upper West Side.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 8403 have reviewed the The Empire Hotel, giving it a rating of 3.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 8403 reviews 3.5 (based on 8403 reviews)

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. Bathrooms feature rain showers.
  • In-room internet access is complimentary
  • Flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations in every room
  • Guests praise the comfortable beds

Standard room size191 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

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
  • Self-parking is located at a nearby garage (ICON PARKING) and is available for $40 for a 24-hour period
  • 24-hour valet parking ($60)
  • 24-hour self-parking ($40)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

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


The Empire Hotel's on-site restaurant, P.J. Clarke's serves burgers and seafood in a relaxed setting.
  • Open for breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch 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 restaurants1

Cuisine TypesAmerican

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


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
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


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 family-friendly attractions, such as the Central Park Zoo and playgrounds.
  • Hotel restaurant Ed's Chowder House offers a childrens menu
  • Note: The pool area turns into a party scene in the evenings
  • Kids Club
  • Free Kids Club
  • Fee for Kids Club
  • Cribs
  • High Chairs


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)


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 administrative, 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 rooms3

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


The Empire Hotel allows pets: Dogs that weigh up to 50 pounds and cats that weigh up to 30 pounds are welcome to stay for a fee of $25 per day 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 (with fee)
  • Pet-sitting (with fee)


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 200

Maximum wedding guest capacity250

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

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