by Whitney Rife
Located directly across the street from the American Museum of Natural History, The Excelsior enjoys a fantastic spot in the Upper West Side of Manhattan near Central Park. Lavish rooms feature posh bedding and furnishings that exude an updated old-world charm. Suites are also available, offering a separate bedroom, parlor and living area. Internet access is available for a surcharge. A complimentary newspaper is delivered to your door daily. Downstairs a fitness center houses many treadmills, elliptical machines and free weights.
Guests can purchase a buffet breakfast each morning in library room. An onsite restaurant has a classy ambience that is also a welcoming atmosphere for families. For a special treat, dine at Isabella’s across the street from the hotel. It serves delicious dishes and has a kids’ menu with a variety of tasty options. Make sure to make reservations, as it is a popular restaurant. To get around the city, the 81st Street and the 79th Street/Broadway subway stops are a short walk from Excelsior.
Like most hotels in New York, this one is a bit pricey; however, the hotel usually runs specials on their website.
Our Editor Loves
- Across from American Museum of Natural History
- Well-appointed rooms and suites
- Daily buffet breakfast for surcharge
Just arrived home from a four night stay at the Excelsior and would probably stay again.
The hotel is a little dated but very clean and the staff are extremely polite and helpful.
It’s a short walk to Central Park and a good 15-20mins walk to Time square.
Three of us stayed in a room which had two double beds and a balcony and we found it quite spacious. There was also an ice machine on our floor which was very convenient.
The only small criticism I would give was that there were no tea and coffee facilities in the room. In the morning we would have to go to the reception area and wait in line to use a coffee machine.
It was generally a very pleasant stay and fit our needs perfectly.
Don't understand the high ratings. If it's mainly for the location, maybe. But the first room we were given had a mildewy smell and was sad looking, not as sparkling and updated as the official photos on TripAdvisor and website. Was shown two more rooms for $100 and $200 more per night. The most expensive one still smelled. Furnishings are dated. The desk and chair in the sitting area look like they came from my funky relative's house, circa 1960. Also the listing should mention the extra charge for wifi, gym, and other amenities. More modern hotels offer these free. Some might say it has old New York character. It does indeed -- emphasis on old. I'm waiting for Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz to pop out of the closet.