The hotel's location on Central Park South allows for great views of the park. The hotel is 10 minutes from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Natural History Museum.
The hotel is massive, with 509 rooms and suites. Many rooms have great views of Central Park; the views robbed me of breath, actually. The rooms have Art Deco elements - gold and red with splashes of alligator print, and white leather ottomans sit at the base of the beds. Cabinets run wall to wall and there is a wealth of desk and drawer space - the red leather desk chairs are extremely comfortable. Leather and glass mirrors hang on walls and the bathrooms have pearlescent wall coverings and glass and marble sinks. The 2,500-square-foot presidential suite offers the same amenities and accents as standard rooms but in a more modern fashion.
The lobby is a massive Art Deco marvel and is dominated by "The Heart of Central Park", an art exhibition of photos, paintings and sketches of Central Park.
Eating and drinking
South Gate restaurant has won numerous awards for its "culturally inspired" American fare. The chic space has a large fireplace underneath a skylight. The restaurant's wine list is extensive as well; wine lovers can choose from 750 bottles. The Lobby Lounge serves Afternoon Tea and snacks but is a great space in which to enjoy the hotel's signature drink, The Essex.
The hotel spa has a number of treatment rooms as well as a sauna and steam room. Australian-made Sodashi products are used for all facials. Fitness lovers can enjoy the well-equipped exercise room.
Service is sometimes formal but quite quick. Expect a seamless check-in.
Who stays there
Business travelers and couples with money to spare—it isn't cheap.
The hotel has deals throughout the year; off-season is always the way to go.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Views of Central Park
- Iconic hotel
- Clientele is a bit stuffy