US$186 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in 25 May 2015 Check-out 26 May 2015

Excelsior Hotel

3 stars
View map of 45 West 81st St., New York, NY 10024

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
3.5
out of 5
14 reviews
Old hotel, nice surprise

In looking for a hotel in New York that was less than the Gross National Product, I came across... See full review

  • Holiday Guest
  • 25 Nov 2014
Good location to Central Park

Overall not a bad spot. Personal not very friendly- just adequat. See full review

  • Frank and Iulia
  • 6 Sep 2014
Being one of the renowned boutique hotel in New York, the Excelsior Hotel offers ultimate luxury and excellent services to makes your stay a truly memorable one.
General

An attractive panelled conference room with bookshelves and a fireplace is available for business meetings. At leisure, you can make use of library or workout in the onsite fitness centre that features latest equipments.
Location

Located on the trendy west side between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue, the Excelsior Hotel is less than a block away from the remarkable American Museum of Natural History, Central Park and the subway station. This hotel is only moments away from the Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center, Columbia University, Madison Avenue shops and fabulous boutiques as well as unlimited cafes.

  • NOTE: Guests must be 21 years or older to register. Anyone younger than 21 years must be accompanied by an adult.
  • 30 km to the Airport (Newark)
  • 30 km to the Airport (John F Kennedy)
Dining

The on-site restaurant seamlessly combines the stately sophistication of Manhattan's Upper West Side with the allure of contemporary dining, chic design and unparalleled service.
Rooms

After a long day of sightseeing, relax in any of the spacious guest rooms and suites that are decorated in a French motif to accommodate your personal comfort.

Excelsior Hotel Rooms

Classic Queen
Traditional Queen room is comfortable and decorated with modern elegance; perfect for the business traveler. Accommodations include 1 Queen bed, complimentary USA Today newspaper, flat screen T.V., in room movies, AM/FM & MP3 Alarm docking station, in room safe, wireless internet access, iron and Natura bathrooom amenities including hair dryer. Approximately 230 square feet of living space. Rooms with view are not guaranteed, rooms based upon availability and subject to upgrade fees
Double Double
Beautifully decorated with a modern flair. This spacious guest accommodation includes two double beds, complimentary USA Today newspaper, flat screen T.V. in room movies, AM/FM and MP3 Alarm docking stations, in room safe, wireless internet access, iron and Natura bathroom amenities including hair dryer. Approximately 270 square feet of living space. Rooms with view are not guaranteed, rooms based upon availability and subject to upgrade fees.
Excelsior Superior
Our interpretation of elegance, beautifully decorated with class. Superior guest accommodations include either 1 Queen bed or 2 Double beds, French Doors and a seating parlor, complimentary USA Today newspaper, flat screen T.V. in room movies, AM/FM & MP3 Alarm docking station, in room safe, wireless internet access, iron and Natura bathroom amenities including hair dryer. This impressive room is spaciously designed with approximately 370 square feet of living space. Has a courtyard view.
Excelsior Deluxe
This elegant room has 1 queen bed or 2 double beds or 1 king with pillow top mattresses. The room offers 470 square feet of living space. The bathroom includes a hair dryer, telephone, and complimentary toiletries. Wireless internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected, and a flat-screen TV with premium cable channels with pay movies and on demand video is offered Rooms with view are not guaranteed, based upon availability and subject to upgrade fees.for your entertainment. You can relax in a separate seating parlor. A clock radio with an MP3 docking station and a laptop-compatible in-room safe are among the included amenities. Bed size depends upon availability. Rooms with view are not guaranteed, based upon availability and subject to upgrade fees.

Amenities

  • WiFi
General
Concierge
Activities
Fitness Center
Spa
Dining
Restaurant
Services
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

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Hotel Map

40.7832 -73.9737
Area served
New York
Nearby airports
LaGuardia International, Kennedy International, Newark International
Area description
Nearby Airports * New York LaGuardia International - 9 miles * New York Kennedy International - 17 miles * Newark (NJ) International - 19 miles

Nearby points of interest

  • Beresford: 0.2 km
  • Rose Center for Earth and Space: 0.2 km
  • American Museum of Natural History: 0.3 km
  • Shakespeare Gardens: 0.4 km
  • Children's Museum of Manhattan: 0.4 km
  • New York Historical Society: 0.5 km
  • Belvedere Castle: 0.6 km
  • Henry Luce Nature Observatory: 0.6 km
  • Americas Society: 0.6 km
  • Central Park: 0.8 km
  • The Obelisk: 0.8 km
  • Verdi Square: 0.8 km
  • International Center of Photography: 0.9 km
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1 km
  • Sherman Square: 1 km
  • Beresford: 0.2 km
  • Rose Center for Earth and Space: 0.2 km
  • American Museum of Natural History: 0.3 km
  • Shakespeare Gardens: 0.4 km
  • Children's Museum of Manhattan: 0.4 km
  • New York Historical Society: 0.5 km
  • Belvedere Castle: 0.6 km
  • Henry Luce Nature Observatory: 0.6 km
  • Americas Society: 0.6 km
  • Central Park: 0.8 km
  • The Obelisk: 0.8 km
  • Verdi Square: 0.8 km
  • International Center of Photography: 0.9 km
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1 km
  • Sherman Square: 1 km
  • Septuagesimo Uno: 1 km
  • Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument: 1.1 km
  • Richard Tucker Square: 1.1 km
  • Madison Avenue: 1.2 km
  • Guggenheim Museum: 1.3 km
  • National Academy: 1.3 km
  • The Juilliard School: 1.3 km
  • Cooper-Hewitt: 1.3 km
  • Andrew Carnegie Mansion: 1.3 km
  • School of American Ballet: 1.3 km
  • Lincoln Square: 1.4 km
  • Vivian Beaumont Theater: 1.4 km
  • Whitney Museum of American Art: 1.4 km
  • The Frick Collection: 1.4 km
  • Dante Park: 1.5 km
  • Frick Collection: 1.5 km
  • Metropolitan Opera: 1.5 km
  • Jewish Museum: 1.5 km
  • Victorian Gardens, Central Park: 1.7 km
  • Asia Society and Museum: 1.7 km
  • New York Institute of Technology: 1.7 km
  • Broadway: 1.7 km
  • American Musical and Dramatic Academy: 1.7 km
  • Studio 54: 1.7 km
  • Central Park Zoo: 1.7 km
  • Council On Foreign Relations: 1.7 km
  • Lincoln Center: 1.7 km
  • Time Warner Center: 1.8 km
  • Columbus Circle mall: 1.9 km
  • Takashimaya: 1.9 km

Dining

Breakfast room
Breakfast is available from 7 AM to 11:30 AM for an additional fee.

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
Two meeting rooms available.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
15:00
Check-out:
12:00

Terms and conditions

Extra charges may apply for children. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the quoted rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

Ratings and reviews for Excelsior Hotel

Overall score

3.5 / 5
5.01.0
14 out of 14
Amenities:
3.4
Cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
3.4
Comfort:
3.6
Location:
4.1
Value:
3.1

79% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Excelsior Hotel

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Old Lammies
Business
Salter Point
19 Jan 2015

Otherwise fantastic NYC

Only chose this hotel for a day earlier prior to a tour package which also starts from here. For the rates at the time it wasn't worth it. There was no service starting with luggage assistance, no acknowledgement or customer service at check-in and didn't improve as time went with any enquiries at the reception desk. The attitude was almost ' don't bother me I don't really care'. Complimentary Internet access only in lobby and no tea/ coffee facilities. The general consensus from the rest of the tour group and tour director was the same.After the tour we moved to another hotel down the road, cheaper and much better. Do not bother and hoping the tour company will select a better alternative. ( our stay was in April 2014)

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
1
Comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

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Review of Excelsior Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Holiday Guest
Business
San Francisco
25 Nov 2014

Old hotel, nice surprise

In looking for a hotel in New York that was less than the Gross National Product, I came across this hotel which was somewhat reasonably priced. Of course, I expected the worst but was pleasantly surprised. The Staff was helpful, the room (while small) was comfortable with a good mattress, and enough plugs for lots of computer and phone stuff. The bathroom was old, but clean and there was plenty hot water [which I haven't always found in New York hotels] It was very close to Central Park where the fall scenery was delightful. All in all I would definitely stay there again and recommend it to other travelers as well.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Excelsior Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Merrils
Business
Australia
9 Oct 2014

Comfortable stay

The hotel was comfortable. Only complaints is that there is only free wifi on the 1st and 2nd floor, not in the rooms. We had a problem on the last night when it rained as the external part of the aircon was not covered so the rain drops hitting it made a very loud noise. Couldn't sleep at all!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Excelsior Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Frank and Iulia
Business
Germany
6 Sep 2014

Good location to Central Park

Overall not a bad spot. Personal not very friendly- just adequat.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Excelsior Hotel

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Old Lammies
Business
Perth australia
11 Jun 2014

Wouldn't bother

Had one night pre tour as tour group was using same hotel. Check in - very unwelcoming, body language of reception staff then and rest of stay may as well be non existent. No porter in sight, no offer with luggage or orientation, just as well we are used to handling own bags.no choice of softer pillows- attitude was ' too bad' Anyway very expensive and not worth the money. Moved to cheaper hotel down the road- excellant! Modern, complimentary hot tea or chocolate, Friendly welcoming staff and instant housekeeping service.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
1
Comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Excelsior Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
LorK
Business
Helsinki, Finland
17 May 2014

Not bad but not impressed

We have 3 people, they gave us a room with 2 beds and a sofa, which is short, very short. The staff were helpful but have quite a rude attitude. We had to ask for a kettle to make tea also there's no fridge in the room. We were charged for a pay per view movie, which we did not watch. They removed the charge after I complained about it though. The paid internet is quite horrible, $25 for 3 days and it downloaded a 30MBs file in 20 minutes. And it can be used for only one device. You can switch around though. The location is quite alright, but you have to go by metro anytime you want to go anywhere near downtown. The central park is close, however. Overall, it was a quite alright stay, but we personally won't come back again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
2
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Excelsior Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Flora523
Business
Miami, Florida
16 Dec 2013

Good location

Location is good. Prices are very high. They only offer internet free on 2nd floor. Room does not have coffee and the restaurant is only open 7-11 and charge 2.00 for each cup, no refills.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Excelsior Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
space star
Business
Adelaide, South Australia
8 Oct 2013

Escape in the City

Excellent location close to subway, Central Park & restaurants. Natural museum & observatory across the road & other museums a short walk through Central Park, just delightful.Typical building for the area. Nice room with a balcony. No tea/coffee or fridge in room but that may be NY style. Free WIFI limited to foyer & Business Office with paid services. Two lifts provide good service. Conventional breakfast @ $17 pp. Limited staff contact but always helpful & thank god no pressure to tip! Fast simple subway as well as bus connections & shuttle buses (or taxis) serve the hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

Coming by plane to Excelsior or NYC. ? Consider using the train service & save plenty. The LIRR provides a fast convenient service for about $17pp. Don't have too many bags!

Review of Excelsior Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
South Aussies
Business
Adelaide Australia
17 Jan 2013

Great Hotel

Loved staying here, away from the craziness of midtown and just a short train trip to all the action, will definately stay there again

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

2 streets away there is a street full of eating places on Amsterdam Street

Review of Excelsior Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Rocdocchch
Business
Christchurch, New Zealand
16 Jan 2013

Little gem in the Big Apple

We really enjoyed our stay at the Excelsior. Our room was very comfortable and clean, although the bathroom felt a little cramped. Located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a lovely quiet part of the city, the hotel is literally minutes from Central Park, the AMNH and a Subway station. A host of eating places are only a few minutes' walk away. The only slightly negative thing we encountered was the less than welcoming attitude of the reception staff - perhaps it is a New York thing; 95% of the city's inhabitants seem to be seriously unhappy!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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