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44 W. 63rd St., nr. Broadway (Upper West Side)
New York, NY
(1) 212-265-7400 | www.empirehotelnyc.com
FOODEd's Chowder House - chic seafood; The Pool Deck - light bites and spa fare available in rentable cabanas; room service: Sun.-Mon.: 6:00am-10:00pm, Tue.-Sat.: 6:00am-11:00pm
DRINKThe Lobby Bar - cocktail bar; The Rooftop Bar and Lounge - outstanding city views
ROOMSDark earth-tone decor with a fashionably contemporary look; small bathrooms with rainfall showers and L'Occitane products
PRICE (STANDARD QUEEN)USD 250
YEAR OPENED1889 (renovated in 2008)
# OF ROOMS422
CONNECTIVITYYes - Wi-Fi available
FREE INTERNET?Yes - but only in public spaces
SUBWAY66th St.-Lincoln Ctr. (1); 59th St.-Columbus Cir. (1, A, B, C, D)
Though the Empire has over a century of history in the Big Apple, it’s managed to keep a surprisingly youthful glow–don’t expect a ponderous grand dame. Sure, it’s still got the original, grandiose stone entryway and that vintage neon sign on the roof, but a recent revamp injected the guestrooms with a contemporary cool and added a stylish rooftop pool and bar that’s prized by the trendy party scene.
GO HERE WITH
Friends - for a glam party weekend; significant other
WHY WE LIKE IT
The stylish party atmosphere, especially at the rooftop bar. Plus, the beds (with Frette linens) are super soft, which makes it that much easier to recharge after long nights of wind-exposed rooftop schmoozing.
AMENITY WE LOVE
Exclusive rooftop pool and bar (when they’re not closed for private parties…)
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The looong lines for the sloooow elevators. Another downside: there’s not much public space–the lobby is mostly taken up by the bar. And don’t get us started on the “business center” (more like a “business cupboard”).
GOOD TO KNOW
If possible, book a corner suite–they’re way bigger than the standard rooms. Meeting facilities for up to 250 people are available. Valet parking available.
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