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The Lucerne Hotel Introduction
Situated at 201 W 79th Street, the beautiful architecture was the first thing that drew us to The Lucerne Hotel, NYC, while hunting for New York hotels. Secondly, the area was mentioned as one of the best for families, and out of the hustle and bustle. Thirdly, it was near the subway and the 1 line would take us everywhere we wanted to go. This turned out to be totally irrelevant anyway as we walked everywhere!
First impressions were favourable. The front desk staff were rather abrupt, but we’d been warned repeatedly about that (not at The Lucerne, just New York in general) and not to let it bother us. Over the week, at least the bedroom staff – they had a soft spot for little man – were always friendly and generally always had a smile.
How was the room?
Our Superior Double room was great. Nice and spacious, and an added New York bonus that we weren’t looking straight at a brick wall through our rear room window. Really comfortable beds too, and a super powerful aircon unit – what a godsend at the back end of August in the crazy humid heat. Shower was fine, lots of pressure, and little man loved the bathroom as everything was low down so he could wash his hands, brush his teeth and use the toilet without having to stand on anything.
For the time you spend in a hotel room in New York, I don’t see that there would be any need to upgrade from the standard room, as it was certainly opulent enough for any normal taste. Don’t be fooled by the ‘Superior Double’ name, we were in the ‘basic’ room, and there was nothing basic about it. It was lovely, and pleasantly large for a New York room.
All the expected hotel amenities were in place at The Lucerne, NYC – Free wifi throughout, ice and vending machines, coffee machines, TVs, Aveda toiletries, turndown service, concierge service (very hit and miss depending who was working) and business centre.
According to the hotel’s website, there should have been complimentary newspapers and a complimentary wine reception daily, although neither was mentioned to us during our stay. A little warning too, do not use the water bottles in the rooms – a $6.75 charge for a bottle of Evian. OUCH! Go get a gallon of filtered water from Duane Reade, straight across the street, for $1.99, for the coffee machine and just drink tap water. (Prices correct at time of writing)
Location of the Lucerne Hotel
As stated previously, the location is great, if you want access to Central Park and the American Museum of Natural History. It’s not centrally located, so a really good walk, taxi ride or subway to Times Square area, but, for some, that’s a good thing. We actually enjoyed the walk into the hustle and bustle (and out of it!) every day. The hotel also has plenty of delis nearby and there are several restaurants within walking distance too, so you certainly won’t go hungry.
Would we stay at the Lucerne Hotel again?
Would we stay at The Lucerne Manhattan, again? There’s a yes and a no answer to this question. Yes, if we had little man with us. The area is family friendly – you can notice the increase in pushchairs – and it’s just near Central Park, which is great for little ones. We also felt safe at all times, even walking around at night. If it was just adults, it would be a ‘no’. That’s simply because it was too far out for the things we’d want to do if it was just adults, and also we wouldn’t be as concerned about staying 4 star plus.
How and why did we book this New York hotel?
Why did we book this hotel over all the others? The Lucerne was one of our top five choices, further narrowed down to three, close to booking. Having little man with us, we were looking at more 4 star upwards choices and preferred the Upper West Side, as it’s more family friendly. However, that didn’t mean we wanted to spend a fortune, and a £300+ saving on this hotel sealed the deal.
We booked through a third party site, saving approximately £300 over the five days. To check the latest prices for your dates, head over to The Lucerne Hotel’s Booking.com page by clicking here.
If you’re looking for a nice hotel, near Central Park and in a family friendly area of New York, you can’t go wrong here. But don’t just take our word for it. To find out others’ views The Lucerne Hotel NYC reviews and to also compare the latest prices, why not head over to The Hotel Lucerne, New York, TripAdvisor page by clicking here.
For more information about the area, head over to NYC The Official Guide.
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