The Excelsior Hotel

45 W. 81st St., between Central Park W and Columbus Ave., New York, New York, 10024, USA

Directly across the street from the American Museum of Natural History, this well-kept, old-school spot is comfortable but has occasionally inconsistent staff. Renovated rooms have warm lighting, comfortable beds, and work desks with ergonomic chairs. The hotel restaurant, Calle Ocho, is a Latin-fusion spot that serves three meals a day alongside a cocktail list full of refreshing choices; the breakfast is especially good, but pricey for the neighborhood. The library lounge—with leather sofas, a cozy fireplace, and tables with built-in game boards—is an unexpected plus. On the negative side is a staff that sometimes seems too busy to focus on customer service.

PROS

  • excellent neighborhood-y Upper West Side location near Central Park
  • near foodie mecca Zabar's and popular burger joint Shake Shack
  • tranquil environment

CONS

  • spotty front-desk staff
  • rooms are inconsistent
  • Wi-Fi is not free

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 212-362–9200

HOTEL DETAILS

120 rooms, 80 suites
Rate Includes: No meals

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