$179 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Aug 10, 2014 Check-out: Aug 11, 2014

The Empire Hotel

4 stars
44 West 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.7
out of 5
327 reviews
great

great scene, comfy bed, great staff, great location, great price See full review

  • johny wall street
  • Jul 1, 2014
Wow!

The room was a corner suite with a great view of the Lincoln Center and a park below looking West... See full review

  • Skip A
  • Jun 2, 2014
Sophisticated Upper West Side hotel near Central Park, Lincoln Center
The rich brown, grey and gold decor accented with animal-print pillows sets a tone of sophistication. Touches such as Frette linens and a cool rooftop bar make this hotel ideal for guests who appreciate luxury without stuffiness. A complimentary fitness center, a salon accessible from the hotel and a seasonal rooftop pool deck are just some of the amenities available to guests.
Highlights
  • Rooftop bar and pool deck
  • Complimentary fitness center
  • A block from Central Park, Lincoln Center
Location

The Empire Hotel is right by Lincoln Center and Central Park. It's a short walk to the Time Warner Center, which is home to Per Se, by the celebrated Thomas Keller, and sushi restaurant Masa, by chef Masayoshi Takayama.

Rooms

The 420 rooms and suites are sophisticated and chic, with neutral decor and contemporary touches. Beds have Frette linens, and other amenities include 32-inch flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations with speakers and free Wi-Fi.

Dining

On-site Ed's Chowder House is a sleek setting for seafood dishes such as tuna steak frites, chowders and a raw bar. The pool deck serves a limited menu, and guests also can eat at the Rooftop Bar & Lounge. Room service is available. The Rooftop Bar & Lounge boasts views of Lincoln Center and the skyline under the iconic Empire Hotel sign. The bar has a menu featuring signature cocktails, wines by the glass, bottle service and hearty appetizers.

Recreation

The pool deck is open seasonally May through September. Guests can cool off in the plunge pool, or retreat to a private cabana (fees apply) with flat-screen TV and iPod docking station. The pool deck menu features food and drink items. Guests can also take advantage of the hotel's complimentary fitness center.

Transportation
  • La Guardia Airport (25 minutes)
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (35 minutes)
  • Newark International Airport (35 minutes)
  • MTA Subway 1, 2 lines at 66th St - Lincoln Center
Attractions
  • Lincoln Center (0.1 mi/ 0.16 km)
  • Central Park (0.1 mi/ 0.16 km)
  • Time Warner Center (0.3 mi/ 0.48 km)
Business
  • Meeting space for up to 250 people
  • Free Wi-Fi
Policies and fees
  •  There is a $12.95 charge per 24-hour period for Wi-Fi.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

The Empire Hotel Rooms

Superior Double
Room with two double beds with down duvets and Italian Frette Linens includes Teak floor shower with tropical rain showerhead. Leather furnishings and rich earth -tone dcor, 32-inch flat panel LCD TV with pay movies and premium cable channels, MP3 docking station, complimentary wireless Internet access, minibar, desk, bathrobes and complimentary daily newspaper.
Superior King
Room with one king bed with down duvet and Italian Frette Linens includes Teak floor shower with tropical rain showerhead. Leather furnishings and rich earth -tone dcor, 32-inch flat panel LCD TV with pay movies and premium cable channels, MP3 docking station, complimentary wireless Internet access, minibar, desk, bathrobes and complimentary daily newspaper.
Deluxe King
Room with one king bed with down duvet and Italian Frette Linens includes Teak floor shower with tropical rain showerhead. Leather furnishings and rich earth -tone dcor, 32-inch flat panel LCD TV with pay movies and premium cable channels, MP3 docking station, complimentary wireless Internet access, minibar, desk, bathrobes and complimentary daily newspaper.
Standard Queen
Room with one queen bed with down duvet and Italian Frette Linens includes Teak floor shower with tropical rain showerhead. Leather furnishings and rich earth -tone dcor, 32-inch flat panel LCD TV with pay movies and premium cable channels, alarm clock radio, complimentary wireless Internet access, minibar, desk, bathrobes and complimentary daily newspaper.
Junior Suite King
Room with one king bed with down duvet and Italian Frette Linens includes Teak floor shower with tropical rain showerhead. Leather furnishings and rich earth -tone dcor, 32-inch flat panel LCD TV with pay movies and premium cable channels, MP3 docking station, complimentary wireless Internet access, minibar, desk, bathrobes and complimentary daily newspaper

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Pet friendly
Elevators
Activities
Pool
Fitness center or spa
Fitness Center
Night club
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Laundry service
In-Room Safe
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Barber/Beauty shop
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

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Hotel Map

40.7715 -73.9826
Area served
New York.
Nearby airports
Kennedy Airport. La Guardia Airport. Newark Airport.
Area description
The Empire Hotel occupies its own private corner nestled between two New York City Legendary landmarks Lincoln Center and Central Park located on West 63rd Street.

Nearby points of interest

  • Dante Park: 0 mi
  • New York Institute of Technology: 0.1 mi
  • Studio 54: 0.1 mi
  • Vivian Beaumont Theater: 0.2 mi
  • Broadway: 0.2 mi
  • Metropolitan Opera: 0.2 mi
  • Lincoln Center: 0.2 mi
  • The Juilliard School: 0.2 mi
  • Lincoln Square: 0.2 mi
  • Time Warner Center: 0.2 mi
  • School of American Ballet: 0.2 mi
  • Columbus Circle mall: 0.2 mi
  • Richard Tucker Square: 0.3 mi
  • American Musical and Dramatic Academy: 0.3 mi
  • Museum of Arts and Design: 0.3 mi
  • Dante Park: 0 mi
  • New York Institute of Technology: 0.1 mi
  • Studio 54: 0.1 mi
  • Vivian Beaumont Theater: 0.2 mi
  • Broadway: 0.2 mi
  • Metropolitan Opera: 0.2 mi
  • Lincoln Center: 0.2 mi
  • The Juilliard School: 0.2 mi
  • Lincoln Square: 0.2 mi
  • Time Warner Center: 0.2 mi
  • School of American Ballet: 0.2 mi
  • Columbus Circle mall: 0.2 mi
  • Richard Tucker Square: 0.3 mi
  • American Musical and Dramatic Academy: 0.3 mi
  • Museum of Arts and Design: 0.3 mi
  • Victorian Gardens, Central Park: 0.3 mi
  • Sherman Square: 0.4 mi
  • Rose Museum: 0.5 mi
  • Carnegie Hall: 0.5 mi
  • Municipal Art Society: 0.5 mi
  • 57th Street: 0.5 mi
  • Septuagesimo Uno: 0.5 mi
  • CitySpire Center: 0.5 mi
  • Verdi Square: 0.5 mi
  • Henry Luce Nature Observatory: 0.5 mi
  • Roseland: 0.6 mi
  • Tuscan Square: 0.6 mi
  • August Wilson Theatre: 0.6 mi
  • Takashimaya: 0.6 mi
  • Central Park Zoo: 0.6 mi
  • Gershwin Theatre: 0.6 mi
  • DeWitt Clinton Park: 0.7 mi
  • Circle in the Square Theatre: 0.7 mi
  • Equitable Center: 0.7 mi
  • Wollman Memorial Rink: 0.7 mi
  • Winter Garden Theatre: 0.7 mi
  • Worldwide Plaza: 0.7 mi
  • Knickerbocker Club: 0.7 mi
  • New York Historical Society: 0.7 mi
  • New Amsterdam Theater: 0.7 mi
  • Fifth Avenue: 0.7 mi
  • Metropolitan Club: 0.7 mi
  • Bloomingdale's: 0.7 mi
  • Bergdorf Goodman: 0.7 mi
  • FAO Schwarz: 0.7 mi

Dining

Ed's Chowder House Bar & Restaurant
LINCOLN CENTER HAS A NEW CAUSE FOR APPLAUSE WITH THE ARRIVAL OF CHEF ED BROWN! Expanding his talents south from his restaurant eighty one, Chef Ed Brown is creating a new casual but chic se shack concept. Ed's Chowder House will offer traditional East Coast seafood fare at it's best. Highlights include Tuna Steak Frites, Lobster Rolls, Crab Cakes, signature Chowders from Chowder Bar and a wonderful assortment of Oysters and more from the ultimate Raw Bar. Ed's Chowder House is designed to take guests away from the bustling city streets and make them feel as though they walked in right off the shore!

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (327)

Ratings and reviews for The Empire Hotel

Overall score

3.7 / 5
5.01.0
327 out of 327
Amenities:
3.6
Room cleanliness:
4.2
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3.7
Location:
4.6
Value:
3.6

79% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of The Empire Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
New New Yorker's Dad
Pittsburgh, PA
Nov 12, 2009

Good (not great) Hotel

The room was very clean and well appointed, and the bed was super comfortable. There were none of the usual amenities (no coffee or coffee maker, microwave oven, stationery, ironing board or iron or hair dryer). The bathroom was clean and the fixtures were in good shape and contemporary, but was extremely poorly engineered. No bath tub, and the shower stall had no door. Shower water sprayed all over the room and soaked the floor and most of the towels. The sink was square, flat and very shallow. When the sink spigot is turned on, water splashes all over the front of the user. The toilet had to be jiggled after flushing or would run all night. The location was super, across the street from Lincoln center, and the two restaurants attached to the building were excellent. The staff was friendly and helpful.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
3
Review of The Empire Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
San Francisco, CA
Nov 12, 2009

Great Location... Rooftop Bar Fabulous!

The rooms were decorated beautifully... small but pretty. Bathroom was small but adequate. Loved the rooftop bar with the view. Great location and convenient to subways and restaurants.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Subway is easiest way to get to and from the hotel and saves you $$.

Review of The Empire Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Loves New York
Orange County, CA
Nov 10, 2009

Great trendy hotel

Great boutique hotel, fantastic location, excellent rooftop bar. Definitely not a hotel to stay with your kids, it is trendy, cute hotel. The rooms were a good size, for all those that say it is small, well you haven't lived in New York. The size of the room was exactly as I expected, if not a big more spacious. Well decorated hotel and this is an excellent location, close to all subways, Central Park, etc. Would highly recommend the hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Nightlife tip: In Hotel

Rooftop bar is a great place to start the evening. Excellent atmosphere and great music, plus you don't have to worry about the line which is an added plus. Built in entertainment venue.

Review of The Empire Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Loves New York
Orange County, CA
Nov 10, 2009

Great trendy hotel

Great boutique hotel, fantastic location, excellent rooftop bar. Definitely not a hotel to stay with your kids, it is trendy, cute hotel. The rooms were a good size, for all those that say it is small, well you haven't lived in New York. The size of the room was exactly as I expected, if not a big more spacious. Well decorated hotel and this is an excellent location, close to all subways, Central Park, etc. Would highly recommend the hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Nightlife tip: In Hotel

Rooftop bar is a great place to start the evening. Excellent atmosphere and great music, plus you don't have to worry about the line which is an added plus. Built in entertainment venue.

Review of The Empire Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Norway
Nov 9, 2009

Empire Hotel

Good service from hotel staff. Very variable service (from day to day) at breakfast restaurant. Hotel i s great for running or walking in Central Park.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Central Park

Review of The Empire Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Norway
Nov 9, 2009

Empire Hotel

Good service from hotel staff. Very variable service (from day to day) at breakfast restaurant. Hotel i s great for running or walking in Central Park.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Central Park

Review of The Empire Hotel

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
West Chester, PA
Nov 5, 2009

Don't bother

We were there for medical reasons and they first put us in a large room but it was filled with smoke and uninhabitable. We asked to be changed and they gave us a really really small room, the bath was so tiny and for the cost of two nights it was definitely not worth it and we would never go back.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
1
Review of The Empire Hotel

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
West Chester, PA
Nov 5, 2009

Don't bother

We were there for medical reasons and they first put us in a large room but it was filled with smoke and uninhabitable. We asked to be changed and they gave us a really really small room, the bath was so tiny and for the cost of two nights it was definitely not worth it and we would never go back.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
1
Review of The Empire Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
London, UK
Nov 4, 2009

Great location and good service

I booked with Orbitz a standard double double but phoned the hotel later to upgrade to a superior room. On the arrival day we were coming late from Washington so I phoned Empire to confirm that we'd get the superior room. Unfortunately when we arrived late at 11 pm they run out of superior rooms that evening even though they confirmed it earlier that day! I complained and my complain was handled very professionally. We got an upgrade to a higher grade room for the whole stay at no additional costs and a complementary breakfast! I would also like to praise Orbitz because of their transparent and fair pricing; they said that all taxes were included and they were, we didn't have to pay anything extra! When I booked with other online travel agents in the past(I WASN'T ALLOWED TO MENTION THEIR NAME)I always ended up paying 20% more when checking out even though they also claimed that taxes were included.... Thanks Orbitz.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

The whole food supermarket in the Times Warner building is a real experience; good for breakfast, lunch or just to get a quick snack or drink....

Review of The Empire Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
London, UK
Nov 4, 2009

Great location and good service

I booked with Orbitz a standard double double but phoned the hotel later to upgrade to a superior room. On the arrival day we were coming late from Washington so I phoned Empire to confirm that we'd get the superior room. Unfortunately when we arrived late at 11 pm they run out of superior rooms that evening even though they confirmed it earlier that day! I complained and my complain was handled very professionally. We got an upgrade to a higher grade room for the whole stay at no additional costs and a complementary breakfast! I would also like to praise Orbitz because of their transparent and fair pricing; they said that all taxes were included and they were, we didn't have to pay anything extra! When I booked with other online travel agents in the past(I WASN'T ALLOWED TO MENTION THEIR NAME)I always ended up paying 20% more when checking out even though they also claimed that taxes were included.... Thanks Orbitz.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

The whole food supermarket in the Times Warner building is a real experience; good for breakfast, lunch or just to get a quick snack or drink....

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