Having been to New York quite often, I know how difficult it is to actually find a great hotel with a perfect location without having to spend 1,000 bucks per night. There are many so called 4 star-hotels that I do not wanna spend one night at, ‘cause they either have tiny rooms, dirty spots on the floor and curtains, a shabby bathroom or even something worse.

As a jetsetter I have to admit that I am pretty picky when it comes to accomodation. Since I am always on the road and spend more time in hotel rooms than in my own apartment, for me it is very important to actually sort of feel at home during my stays. Thus I expect cozy rooms with soft bathrobes, excellent service and great food.

I noticed the big buzz about The Empire Hotel, currently probably THE boutique hotel in New York City.


From the rooftop of the Empire Hotel, you can peer into the stars twinkling above the Manhattan skyline. And if you’re lucky, you may see a real-life star at the sky-high bar – they actually come around quite often. Commonly mentioned in fashion mags and gossip rags, the Empire Hotel is a slice of Hollywood in New York’s Upper West Side. As celebrities know, it’s an ideal refuge for a getaway, as well as a central spot for discovering the beauty of Manhattan. Step outside the hotel for a concert at Lincoln Center or an aria at the Metropolitan Opera House, both just around the corner. Go for a jog in Central Park, located only 1 block away. World-renowned shops and restaurants are a 5-minute walk south to the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle.

The Empire Hotel

After a day spent roaming the Big Apple, you can return to the Empire for an afternoon cocktail on the rooftop deck, which includes a bar and lounge, seasonal outdoor pool, and private cabanas. The East Terrace has a convertible glass roof for rain-or-shine partying. The hotel has a resident DJ on the weekend, and signature cocktails and appetizers are served. For a cozy evening meal, hearty chowder and ales are prepared in Chef Ed Brown’s elegant and casual Chowder House.

Perfect for unwinding, the rooms at the Empire feature beds with Italian Frette linens, showers with teak flooring and tropical rain showerheads, and iPod docking stations.

For me, it was the perfect place to stay at – the rooms are cozy, they offer L’Occitante products in the bathrooms and the service could not have been better – and the rooftop deck, definitely worth checking out for a sundowner before going out.

This hotel just made it on my jetsetter list and I’ll surely come back.

The Empire Hotel

The Empire Hotel


photo credentials: V’s World & The Empire Hotel, Jim.henderson, Wikipedia (available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication)