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44 West 63rd Street, New York City, NY 10023-7029
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#341 of 519 hotels in New York City
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Nestled on our own private corner of West 63rd Street between two legendary New York City landmarks - Lincoln Center and Central Park - this boutique NYC hotel provides luxury accommodations overlooking the Broadway / Columbus Avenue - the gateway to the Upper West Side. Location is essential to the spirit of the Empire Hotel and the interior motif and design is inspired by the earth tones of Central Park and the stately modernism of Lincoln Center. 427 Deluxe guest rooms and suites, WiFi, Pool Deck open seasonally, PJ Clarke’s Restaurant, Rooftop Lounge, Lobby Lounge. Fun fact, The Empire Hotel was featured in Gossip Girl. Join us for a Chuck Bass cocktail at the Lobby Lounge.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking nearby
Wifi
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Kids stay free
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Parking
Rooftop pool
Pool with view
Plunge pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Outdoor dining area
Rooftop bar
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Rooftop terrace
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Doorperson
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Refrigerator
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Interconnected rooms available
Safe
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
City view
Landmark view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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City View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Chinese, Polish

Location

100Great for walkers
Grade: 100 out of 100
101Restaurantswithin 0.5 km
76Attractionswithin 0.5 km
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Susan L wrote a review Yesterday
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My husband and I spent the weekend in NYC. The Empire Hotel is located in close proximity to the places we wanted to visit. The hotel is quite lovely and very comfortable. The staff were terrific -- friendly, professional and helpful -- the folks who checked us in and out, the folks at the outside doors who greeted us as we came in and went out. We had trouble accessing the digital service on our TV -- the front desk sent an engineer who quickly diagnosed that the TV needed to be replaced. When we came back from dinner, it was done. We will stay at the Empire Hotel again. We highly recommend it.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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927meghanb27 wrote a review 24 Jan
New York City, New York1 contribution1 helpful vote
I live on the UWS and needed a place to stay while family was visiting and occupying my apartment. My stay was 6 nights and came out to a very reasonable rate for the location. The hotel is very quiet and pleasant. Staff is super friendly, and happy to help. I have a service dog, and she was welcomed warmly when we checked in. This is always a big plus for me when I stay in a hotel. Water bottles available at the front desk, and an electric kettle was brought up to my room by housekeeping when I requested it. Clean and functional room with a great shower. Highly recommend The Empire Hotel for a nice stay in the heart of Lincoln Square!
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Responded 5 days ago
Thank you 927neghanb27 for your kind words. Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and we appreciate you taking the time to tell your friends! Please visit us again soon! Sincerely, Robert Holmes
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rollers_74 wrote a review 19 Jan
Loveland, Colorado56 contributions25 helpful votes
My teen and I stayed here Jan 2023. Empire's greatest asset is the location. It was about a block to Central Park and you're right across the street from Lincoln Square. Easy 25 minute walk to Times Square, 5mins to Columbus Circle shopping. Many great restaurants in walking distance. The rooms are small, as expected with NYC, but perfectly nice. Bathrooms have all the amenities you could need but lacking counter space. Closet is tiny! For two of us it was fine but could get uncomfortable with any more than that. Much thanks to the doormen for help with directions and restaurant recommendations!
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Response from Robert Holmes, General Manager at The Empire Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you rollers_74 for choosing the Empire for your recent visit to NYC! Glad to hear you found our location convenient! Sincere appreciation for kind words about our bell service team. It is feedback like yours that continue to motivate us to exceed our guests' expectations! Please visit us again soon! Sincerely, Robert Holmes
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lbarksdale wrote a review 17 Jan
Columbia, South Carolina2 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed at the Empire Hotel for our daughter's first trip to NYC. The location was perfect . It's a very close walk to Central Park, the Museum of Natural History, Lincoln Center, lots of great restaurants and shopping. We also enjoyed being very close to two subway stations which allowed us to easily explore the rest of Manhattan. The staff was very polite and accommodating. Will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Chuck A wrote a review 13 Jan
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Just back from another stay at the Empire. This time, we had a Junior Suite. It was very spacious with nice views. We've been staying at the Empire for several years now and highly recommend it. The location is perfect — across from Lincoln Center. There is also a TKTS booth just steps away to get theater tickets. Also, a goof selection of restaurants and Central Park is just a block away.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Jerry wrote a review 6 Jan
Providence19 contributions8 helpful votes
Really a fantastic boutique hotel perfectly located across from Lincoln Center and half way between Midtown and Upper West Side. Everything is within walking distance or short bus ride on Broadway, Columbus or Central Park South. Next to Central Park as well. Staff was competent, responsive and friendly. Rooms are a little small but that is true of most Boutique hotels. Paying a little extra for the view is worth it as it opens up the feel of the room. It has a magnificent roof top restaurant bar with spectacular views and a pool. No complaints. I have been staying there for years and it has never let me down.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Room Tip: high floor with view.
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Response from Robert Holmes, General Manager at The Empire Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
thank you Jerryrr for the 5 stars! Please visit us again soon and thank you for being such a loyal guest of the Empire! Sincerely, Robert Holmes
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Pannipannini wrote a review 4 Jan
Maryland1260 contributions392 helpful votes
The price is right, location is perfect. We read the less favorable reviews and we had a great time. Clean room, hot shower, comfy beds, and quiet. It’s a basic hotel in a very expensive city. If it had all the bells and whistles, it would cost more for the consumer - and right now it’s affordable. So: please don’t renovate, just keep it clean. Our room could have used more lighting but beyond that…you aren’t in NYC to be at your hotel. The whole point is to be elsewhere… Nice staff, and easy check-in/check-out.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you Pannipannini for the 5 stars! Please visit us again soon! Sincerely, Robert Holmes
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Kathryn W wrote a review 3 Jan
Nashville, Tennessee53 contributions63 helpful votes
The location is terrific, but I don’t think I’d ever stay here again. The public spaces in the lobby were nicely done, but as as you stepped into the elevator, you could begin to see the wear. The carpets in the elevators and hallways were often dirty and tired looking. As soon as we left the elevator, the smell of marijuana was beyond strong. This was the case every time we came and went for 5 days. Ridiculous and made the hotel seem super trashy and low budget. The room was very small and showing its age. In NYC sometimes hotel rooms are small, but with thoughtful touches for storage/maximizing space. Not here. There weren’t any places to really hang clothes because the fridge was in the closet. A tired looking chair was randomly placed. The 2 drawers on the bedside table wouldn’t close and we kept bumping into them. Most of the furniture was scratched and shabby. The whole ambiance was tired and worn looking. While it might have been clean, I really didn’t want to walk in the room without slippers or socks. The bathroom was terrible. Paint was peeling and you could see dirt in the corners when the door was closed. It made us want to keep the door open since it was so yucky to see the back of the door. Towels would be taken and not replaced consistently. The shelf in the bathroom was worn and nicked, which made me worried it wasn’t clean. Front desk personnel were pleasant and promptly sent up ice when we requested it. At the end of the day, it was a place to sleep. In a city with LOTS of hotel options, I’ll look elsewhere in the future.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Avoid the hotel. You can find better options elsewhere
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Response from Robert Holmes, General Manager at The Empire Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you 632kathrynw for your review. I am sorry to hear we failed to exceed your expectations. We have discussed your stay with our team and addressed the issues you mentioned. Please contact the hotel when time allows and ask to speak with me. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience and we are confident, given another opportunity, we can and will exceed your expectations. Sincerely, Robert Holmes
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Happiness528323 wrote a review 3 Jan
This was my second stay at the Empire Hotel. The Empire is an older hotel but is very well maintained. Lincoln Center across the street, subway a few steps away, Starbucks and PJ Clarks next door! There is a great rooftop bar, also! Very friendly and helpful staff and top-notch housekeeping. Will definitely be back for my next visit to NYC.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you Happiness528323 for the 5 stars! Please visit us again soon! Sincerely, The Empire Hotel
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Ashni H wrote a review 2 Jan
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Absolutely awful experience. Reception staff rude and unwelcoming from the moment we entered. We had sent an email previous to our stay with some requests which had been ignored completely and the lady at reception smiled when I asked if it was received. We were so excited for our stay here but the coldness from the moment we entered ruined it. Room we were given had no light fixture at all and was on complete darkness. Only a standing lamp present for some light. Staff offered an additional lamp but simply not good enough! Room damp smelling and old. Random fridge in the middle of the room and no space for suitcase. Asked if we could switch rooms but apparently hotel was completely full. Ended up having to get a full refund and finding another hotel on NYC last minute. Shocking customer service.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank you Ashnih2023 for your review. We are truly sorry to read of your overall experience and can assure you this is an isolated incident. I do apologize for the hotel being fully committed during your recent visit. Please contact the hotel to discuss your stay and our sincere apologies for any inconvenience. Sincerely, Robert Holmes
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US$157 - US$350 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United StatesNew YorkNew York CityLincoln Square / Manhattan
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Empire Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Empire Hotel?
Nearby attractions include The Metropolitan Opera (0.1 km), Jazz at Lincoln Center (0.3 km), and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Empire Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Empire Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Empire Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Empire Hotel?
Yes, paid private parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Empire Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Per Se, Jean Georges, and Masseria Dei Vini.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Empire Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does The Empire Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, The Empire Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Empire Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at The Empire Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does The Empire Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.