Centrally Located: Choice Hotels for Stays Near Central Park
For some of the city's grandest vistas and prime views, try the hotels that border the world's most famous park
Central Park, known for its romantic horse-drawn carriages and miles of walking paths, is the largest park in Manhattan, covering a full 6 percent of the island’s acreage. It’s also one of the city’s premiere addresses, as apartments with park views are extremely desirable – and extremely expensive. For a trip filled with an equal measure of open air, fantastic people-watching and posh pampering, we’ve got the hotels for you.
Just remember to pack both formal wear and some comfortable sneakers to enjoy the stay.
Delivering the level of luxury expected of its Upper East Side zip code, the Helmsley offers a marble-floored, crystal chandelier-adorned lobby and gorgeous skyline views. Located due south of Central Park, it’s also conveniently positioned for strolls and picnics in New York’s largest green playground. It’s also a short walk from the restaurants and shops of Columbus Circle and Lincoln Center.
With its location directly on the park, this gilded classic is a perfect stop for visitors who need a little green to offset the city’s bustle. During the summer months (mid-May through September), the hotel offers guests complimentary bikes to experience the park – and with its 250 acres of lawns, 150 acres of bodies of water, and 136 acres of woodlands, there’s a lot of ground to cover.
Located on the low-key Upper West Side overlooking Central Park to the east and the Victorian architecture of the American Museum of Natural History to the south, the Excelsior is a New York landmark that offers Art Deco elegance only two subway stops from Midtown Manhattan – perfect for business travelers who crave a green view but need to get to the corporate center in a hurry.
Situated just steps from Central Park, the Surrey is a stylish hotel designed to feel like a glam New Yorker’s townhouse – complete with eclectic artwork, chic furnishings and high-end amenities. Joggers and nature lovers will adore its park-front address, and culture mavens will rejoice at the easy access to Museum Mile, with the Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museum of Art. And for shoppers: swank boutiques await you along Madison Avenue.
As its name suggests, this intimate 80-room hotel abuts the emerald pastures of Central Park. After a morning jog or bike through the greenery, take advantage of the hotel’s prime Upper West Side location, and check out the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Columbia University, Riverside Park and historic Harlem. If your feet need a break, though, you can always hail one of the horse-drawn carriages that line the park.