The Empire Hotel

44 W. 63rd St., at Columbus Ave., New York, New York, 10023, USA

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. Rooms also have fun design accents like animal-print chairs and amenities such as flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, and Frette linens. Ed Brown, formerly of Sea Grill and Eighty-One restaurants, runs Ed's Chowder House on the second floor.

PROS

  • great location next to Lincoln Center and blocks from Central Park
  • beautiful rooftop pool and bar
  • nice turndown service

CONS

  • rooftop bar brings foot traffic through hotel lobby, plus noise to some rooms
  • some rooms could use a refresh
  • bathrooms are nicely designed but tiny
  • pool is quite small

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 212-265–7400

HOTEL DETAILS

376 rooms, 50 suites
Rate Includes: No meals

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