There are many reasons to visit New York’s Upper West Side, from its historic institutions including Central Park and the Lincoln Center, to the speakeasy style bars. Here’s Culture Trip’s guide to the best hotels on the Upper West Side to make your stay even more special.
This Morocco-inspired boutique hotel is the neighborhood’s budget pick. The decor across its 127 rooms transports guests to Northern Africa, but step outside, and you’re within walking distance of New York’s iconic attractions, including Central Park and The Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
The Hotel Beacon owes its name to its rooftop’s original airway beacon, a relic of flight’s early history in America. Today, the 90-year-old hotel provides guests with copies of The New York Times and residential-style rooms equipped with kitchenettes.
The 1903-built Hotel Belleclaire counts Maxim Gorky, Mark Twain, and Babe Ruth as past patrons. (Twain and Ruth are also subjects of themed suites at the hotel.) Past the lobby, which still boasts its original mosaic tiling, modern travelers will be relieved to find free WiFi throughout the property and a state-of-the-art media lounge.
Old-school hospitality may be the 114-year-old Lucerne Hotel’s most distinguishing amenity. Here, daily complimentary wine receptions and airport transfers, not to mention a classic concierge, facilitating everything from ticket reservations to beauty appointments, provide a personal and luxurious touch.
NYLO New York City offers plenty to couples looking for a romantic getaway. It has private terraces with views of Central Park and Midtown Manhattan, as well as two restaurants: RedFarm and Serafina. Find an intimate setting in the hotel’s speakeasy-inspired bar and piano lounge and indulge in a cocktail or two.
From its iconic neon red sign to the rich gold textiles of its lobby, the Empire Hotel is a classic New York institution. Take a dip at the luxurious pool deck, or enjoy the sunset over Lincoln Center with a cocktail from the hotel’s rooftop bar.
Towering above the rest of Manhattan, the Mandarin Oriental offers breathtaking views of the city. The five-star hotel’s location on Columbus Circle means that visitors have easy access to New York’s world-famous shopping scene and restaurants. This is a popular choice amongst visiting celebrities and dignitaries.