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Excelsior Hotel

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Premium bedding, pillow-top beds, in-room safe, desk
Premium bedding, pillow-top beds, in-room safe, desk
Premium bedding, pillow-top beds, in-room safe, desk
Premium bedding, pillow-top beds, in-room safe, desk

Overview of Excelsior Hotel

Excelsior Hotel

3.5 out of 5

4.3/5 Excellent

Guests rated this property 4.4/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Restaurant
  • Gym
  • Breakfast available
  • Business services
45 W 81st St, New York, NY, 10024

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationCentral Park3 min walk
  • Popular LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art17 min walk
  • Popular LocationMount Sinai Hospital4 min drive
  • AirportNew York, NY (JFK-John F. Kennedy Intl.)48 min drive

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About this area

New York

Located in New York's Upper West Side neighbourhood, Excelsior Hotel is in the business district and near the airport. American Museum of Natural History and Beacon Theater are cultural highlights, and some of the area's popular attractions include Central Park Zoo and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Consider Winter Garden Theatre for a night out, and don't miss Chelsea Piers, a top local attraction. Take some time off to enjoy the health/beauty spas in the area, or get some fresh air with adventures like hiking/biking trails nearby. Guests appreciate the hotel's convenience for public transportation: 81 St. - Museum of Natural History Station is 3 minutes on foot and 86 St. Station (Central Park West) is 8 minutes.

What's nearby

  • Central Park - 3 min walk
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art - 17 min walk
  • Mount Sinai Hospital - 4 min drive
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center - 4 min drive
  • Museum of Modern Art - 10 min drive

Getting around

  • 81 St. - Museum of Natural History Station - 3 min walk
  • New York Harlem 125th St. Station - 5 min drive
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) - 48 min drive


  • Tarallucci e Vino - 3 min walk
  • Spring Natural Kitchen - 3 min walk
  • Prohibition - 4 min walk
  • Kefi - 4 min walk
  • Cotta Osteria - 4 min walk

About this property

Excelsior Hotel

3.5-star New York hotel in Upper West Side, walk to Central Park
Timezone: America/New_York

Committed to the idea that a life well-traveled is defined by a personal connection to the people, culture and lifestyles of the places we visit, the Excelsior Hotel offers discerning guests an authentic, residence-style experience in the heart of New York City’s Upper West Side. To complement our fashionable surroundings, we’ve designed a delightfully affordable pied-a-terre distinguished by relaxed yet sophisticated ambiance and unpretentious style.

The Excelsior is located within a beautifully restored landmark building, infusing classic design and architecture with contemporary comfort. In addition to swanky, Art Deco-inspired rooms, the hotel features a fitness center, Boardroom and Calle Ocho restaurant, which brings guests and neighborhood residents together for signature Latin fare and a locally famous weekend brunch complete with unlimited complimentary sangria.

The hotel overlooks Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History and the spectacular, glass-encased Rose Center for Earth and Space and is walking distance from Lincoln Center and the 1, B and C subway lines. A leisurely stroll through Central Park leads to chic Upper East Side restaurants, the luxurious boutiques of Madison Avenue, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim and Whitney Museums.
Hotel Services

Complimentary Wi-Fi in the lobby, Breakfast and Boardroom areas
WiFi in room  (surcharge)
Creative Latin fare at Calle Ocho
Full-service concierge
Fitness room
Business center
Private Boardroom for small to mid-size meetings
Same-day dry cleaning (excluding weekends and holidays)
West Side-Central Park-Museum Natural Hist.

Excelsior Hotel offers 199 forms of accommodation with a safe and free newspapers. Pillowtop beds feature premium bedding. 32-inch Flat-screen televisions come with premium satellite channels and pay-per-view films. Bathrooms include a combined bath/shower unit, complimentary toiletries and hairdryers.

This New York hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and telephones. Additionally, rooms include an iron/ironing board and blackout curtains. Housekeeping is offered on a daily basis and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested.

Recreational amenities at the hotel include a fitness centre.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Self parking on site (USD 30.00 per day)
  • Off-site parking for USD 30 per day; discounts available

Food and drink

  • Buffet breakfast available for a fee daily 7 AM–11 AM: USD 17.00 per person
  • 1 restaurant and 1 coffee shop/cafe
  • 1 bar
  • Free daily reception

Things to do

  • Fitness centre

Family friendly

  • Free cots/infant beds


  • Lift
  • Front-desk safe
  • Gift shop/newsstand
  • Newspapers in reception

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry-cleaning service
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter
  • Tour/ticket assistance

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Business services

  • Business centre
  • Conference space
  • A meeting room


  • Terrace


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • Braille signage
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (select rooms)


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Free cots/infant beds
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Pillow-top mattress
  • Premium bedding


  • Eco-friendly toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower/bathtub combination


  • 32-inch flat-screen TV
  • TV/satellite channels
  • Films for purchase
  • Premium channels


  • Desk
  • Free newspapers
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Phone
  • Safe

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Check-in from 3 PM - midnight
Minimum check-in age - 21


Check-out before noon
Express check-out

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
This property charges a fee for luggage storage before check-in and after check-out for group reservations.

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Kids stay free! Up to 2 children stay free when using existing bedding
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Free cots (infant beds)

Payment types

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Resort fee: USD 21 per accommodation, per night
The resort fee includes:
  • Fitness centre access
  • Business centre/computer access

We have included all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Fee for buffet breakfast: USD 17.00 per person (approximately)
  • Self-parking fee: USD 30.00 per day
  • Nearby parking fee: USD 30 per day
  • Refrigerator fee: USD 10.00 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation
This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property

Property is also known as

Excelsior Hotel
Excelsior Hotel New York
Excelsior New York
Excelsior New York City
Excelsior Hotel New York City
Excelsior Hotel Hotel
Excelsior Hotel New York
Excelsior Hotel Hotel New York

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 676 out of 1391 reviews
5 - Excellent 49%
Rating 4 - Good. 508 out of 1391 reviews
4 - Good 37%
Rating 3 - Okay. 129 out of 1391 reviews
3 - Okay 9%
Rating 2 - Poor. 43 out of 1391 reviews
2 - Poor 3%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 35 out of 1391 reviews
1 - Terrible 3%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
Liked: Staff & service, property conditions & facilities
The hotel is unique in decor. It is older, but very clean and antique decor. I loved it. We were pleasantly surprised to get a larger room. Very close to Central Park and Museum across the street. Also subway is close. We walked to the theatre district for a play. I was so happy to find that cleaning staff found my wallet. I had left it in the safe and staff had given it to the office. What a huge relief!! Nice to know we do have some decent honest people in this world!! Excelsior is our recommendation to stay in NYC! Love New York. Hope to get back soon!
Stayed 3 nights in Sep 2019

4/5 Good

Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Great location and great value. Horrible coffee setup and snacks are awful but otherwise fabulous.
Stayed 1 night in Feb 2020

5/5 Excellent

Business traveller
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Great hotel! Excellent location. It is close to restaurants and entertainment as well. Very clean.
Stayed 3 nights in Feb 2020

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Beautiful hotel, not enough hot water & broken AC
It’s a beautiful hotel with a view overlooking the Museum of Natural History. Unfortunately the air conditioner pumped out hot air instead of cold air, even when the in-room thermostat was set to cool; and the shower sometimes didn’t have enough hot water.
Stayed 4 nights in Mar 2020

5/5 Excellent

Business traveller
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Location, location, location. I have stayed in many different parts of Manhattan. I loved this spot because it is right next to Central Park and the B & C Subway lines. The staff were friendly. The hotel is old-fashioned. The fan in my bathroom was very loud.
Stayed 6 nights in Mar 2020