New York City Hotels


The Empire Hotel

At a Glance


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


  • 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

Fodorite Reviews

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The Empire Hotel Review

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 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.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 44 W. 63rd St., at Columbus Ave., Upper West Side, New York, NY, 10023 | Map It
  • Phone: 212/265–7400
  • Website:
  • Subway: 1, A, B, C to 59th St./Columbus Circle
  • Location: Upper West Side

    Hotel Details

  • 376 rooms, 50 suites
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 02-20-2014

Fodorite Reviews

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    Very sharp p-lace, very nice staff

    Very high quality decor, linens. Although the bathrooms are small, they are well-appointed, and I loved the rainforest shower head! Staff at the front desk were very helpful. Location perfect, near the park, shops and subway. Would definitely book again.

    by Italiasubito, 1/21/09

    Amazing for after opera, but...

    My 20 year old daughter and I loved the location. It was so fine to be able to drift across the Lincoln Center plaza after the opera, down the stairs, across the street, and be home. It was when we snuggled between the comfy Frette sheets that we realized the sound similar to a loud semi truck idling just outside our window was not going to go away. A call to the desk brought no action until I went to the lobby and gave my best impersonation of someone who persistent. The solution was either another room even closer to the source of the noise or a smoking room with a very cool view to the north. Smoking rooms are very smoky these days, it turns out, but bearable for two more nights. The location was also great for after the Joyce, and easy subway ride up from Chelsea. Starbucks just downstairs added to the convenience. The bathroom and the beds were great. I'd like to come back sometime when the rooftop pool and deck are open. We'd stay there again.

    by stokebailey, 9/14/12

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