Built in 1904, the handsome brownstone-and-brick Lucerne Hotel has an undeniable charm and Old New York ambience, from the ornate, European-inspired lobby with brass chandeliers and marble floors, to the acclaimed service. Like its Upper West Side Historic District neighborhood, the Lucerne is elegant, but remains relaxed and unpretentious. This 4-star hotel is ideal for avoiding the throngs of Midtown tourists but still maintaining easy access to top attractions. The American Museum of Natural History and Hayden Planetarium are a 10-minute walk. Just beyond is Central Park, perfect for long walks and skyline views. The subway line located just steps away, on Broadway, connects you directly to Times Square and the Theater District, a 10-minute ride; Wall Street, a 25-minute ride; and Brooklyn, a half-hour away.
While the dining options in this city are endless, don't feel guilty about making more than 1 trip to Nice Matin, the popular French-Mediterranean bistro connected to the Lucerne. Grab a quick continental breakfast (surcharge) before you head out in the morning, or linger over a 3-course grilled-lamb dinner on the seasonal patio. An added convenience for busy travelers: Room service is available 24 hours. And if you're traveling for work, you'll appreciate both the business center and complimentary Wi-Fi, available throughout the hotel. When the workday is done, you can burn off some steam in the fitness center--or head straight to the in-house spa for a massage. (In-room treatments are also available.)
Renovated in 2009, elegant guestrooms and suites have rich cherry-wood furniture and warm European decor. Windows open to city views, and guestrooms on the upper floors have views of the Hudson River. Unwind with premium cable on the flat-screen TV, or opt for pay movies or a Nintendo game (surcharges apply). Remote printing to the front desk is complimentary. Staying a while? Suites offer separate sitting areas, and kitchenettes with microwaves, refrigerators, and dishware.