About the Excelsior Hotel
Located on the Upper West Side, overlooking Central Park on the east and the Victorian Gothic architecture of the American Museum of Natural History on the south, the Excelsior Hotel is a New York landmark that offers art deco elegance only two subway stops from Midtown Manhattan. With seven subway lines, two famous parks and scores of spectacular prewar and Gilded Age apartment buildings, the Upper West Side is considered one of Manhattan's most "livable" neighborhoods, as well as the city’s cultural center in the same way that Wall Street is the financial center.
On sunny days, locals jog and bike along Riverside Park's esplanade on the Hudson, or play softball on Central Park's Great Lawn. In the evening, Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues’ restaurants and sidewalk cafés are packed with people. Lincoln Center – home of the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet and Juilliard – is a magnet for high culture, music, dance, opera and film. A little farther uptown, Symphony Space hosts everything from writers' salons to free concerts.
The Excelsior Hotel’s prewar building has 200 rooms, including 80 suites. The hotel can make you feel as if you've stepped back in time to the 1920s. The room decor matches the general art deco theme, featuring bronze and peach tones accented by dark wood furniture. Many rooms overlook Central Park or the Museum of Natural History.
The Excelsior’s amenities are completely modern. The hotel has fully equipped fitness and business centers, as well as meeting rooms, high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the building, and rooms equipped with LCD televisions and iPod docking stations. Guests are offered a generous breakfast in the Entertainment Room, a large lounge that features a working fireplace, library and high-definition television. Open for dinner and brunch, the hotel's Calle Ocho restaurant serves a highly regarded Latin fusion menu.
Did you know?
The Upper West Side's most famous parks, Central Park and Riverside Park, were designed by the same man, Frederick Law Olmsted.
Although the space division of the American Museum of Natural History is officially known as the Rose Center for Earth and Space, locals still call it the Hayden Planetarium.
The Excelsior Hotel is ideal for travelers who want a greener, more serene location than Midtown Manhattan, without sacrificing service, luxury, or easy access to the rest of the city. It is a good choice for visitors who are interested in New York's museums and parks, and those who are looking for a traditional hotel experience.
Good for kids
The Excelsior is an excellent choice for families with children. It is half a block away from Central Park, with its playgrounds, fields, zoo and other attractions. It is across the street from the American Museum of Natural History, which mounts exhibits of dinosaur fossils, totem poles, meteors and other kid-friendly subjects. The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is a couple of blocks away, plus Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues offer a wide choice of restaurants and stores that appeal to kids.
The Excelsior Hotel Location Information:
45 West 81st St.
New York, NY 10024
B, C to 81st St./Museum of Natural History (Central Park West)
1 to 79th St. (Broadway)
A glossy Latin fusion restaurant serving a dinner and brunch menu, Calle Ocho offers drinks and desserts and is an after-work favorite of local residents.
A full breakfast served in the Entertainment Room.
Nearby restaurants will deliver to the hotel. Local restaurants include Coppola's (Italian), Matsu (Japanese), Famous Original Ray's Pizza, Uno Chicago Grill, Artie's Delicatessen and Lenny’s (sandwiches).
- 24 hour front desk
- Business Center
- Cable/Satellite TV
- Dry cleaning service
- Fitness Center
- Ice Machine
- Internet Access - Public Access for fee
- Non-Smoking Facility