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Reviewed 21 November 2011

If you are looking for something different than staying in Midtown, this is a very nice option. Close to Central Park, Nat History Museum and a lot of very good restaurants. Room was small, but very clean. Service was friendly and accomodating.
This is neither the Ritz nor the Waldorf, so if you are expecting a high end hotel experience, this is not it. However, the Lucerne offers good value for a Manhattan trip. It is a great little place for a weekend getaway.

Date of stay: November 2011
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1  Thank Travis41
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Reviewed 20 November 2011

We wanted to stay at a hotel on the Upper West Side where I grew up. We decided on The Lucerne because of its proximity to restaurants, shops, Central Park, and subway station. We stayed for three nights. Our room was an inside room, but it did have a window into the alley and a view out towards Broadway, West End ave, Riverside Drive, and the Hudson River. There was a queen-sized bed, desk and chair, dresser, and sitting chair. The room also has a wall-mounted flat-screen TV. There is a closet with a room safe. No coffee-maker, but is available upon request. The bathroom was a regular size, but very clean. The room was clean too. On the other side of the wall of our bathroom is where the vending and ice machines are, so it can be a bit noisy. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The rate is about average for NYC, even with the AAA discount (make sure you bring your AAA card). There is a business center on the 2nd floor (a room with 4 computers, printers and fax machine. You have to pay to use the internet, but it is free to print out your boarding passes for your return flight).

The location is fantastic given all the wonderful restaurants nearby, including the restauarant connected to the hotel: Nice Matin. The hotel provided 15% discount cards for breakfast for two mornings. We used it the morning we departed. Nice Matin's breakfast is quite good and you might see a celebrity. In our case, actor John Lithgow came in and sat behind us. Zabar's is only 2 blocks away, so we usually went there to get fresh bagels, then over to Starbuck's on the next street for coffee. Just up the block is the 79th St. subway station where you can catch the local train (#1 Train) downtown to Lincoln Center (66th st.), Columbus Circle (59th st.), Rockerfeller Center (50th st.), Times Square (42nd st.), Empire State building (34th st.), Chelsea (18th st.), The Village-West and Geenwich (Christopher St.), Tribeca (Franklin St.), World Trade Center/Trinity Church/Wall st. (Rector St.), and finally the last stop on the downtown #1 train is South Ferry where Battery Park is located.

Date of stay: November 2011
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3  Thank Marediem
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Reviewed 16 November 2011

We stayed at the Lucerne for two nights this past weekend during a nice autumn stretch. The hotel is ideally located for roaming around the Upper West Side. Both Amsterdam and Broadway (1 block west) have tons of restaurants, cafes, bars, kids toy stores, etc. There are several movie theaters within walking distance, not to mention the history museum, Central Park (2 blocks) and the Met (just opposite the Park on the east side). It's easy to catch the train to get downtown, which we did on Sunday. Probably the best location we've ever stayed at in NYC.

The hotel itself is nice, but not spectacular. It is clean and well-appointed, but not luxurious. The bathrooms are ordinary, so if you like staying in a boutique hotel with Kohler-esque restrooms, this isn't the place. But on the plus side, our room (located in the back on the third floor) was incredibly quiet, and the bed was comfortable. It lacks for the latest technology of some newer hotels as well (no HD TVs, an alarm clock with a CD player in it, etc), but most visitors aren't spending much time in the room.

I'd stay there again.

Date of stay: November 2011
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Reviewed 14 November 2011

This hotel was lovely, we had a very enjoyable stay. It is medium sized, the rooms (2 wueen size beds) were spacious. The staff were welcoming and friendly, also very helpful. The restaurant adjoining the hotel was excellent, we ate breakfast there most days. Guests at the hotel get a discount card for the breakfast at the restaurant. There is a subway station at the end of the block and the doorman will flag you a taxi on request.

There are a few restaurants, bars and delis on the block so everything is near by.

I am returning for a second time in a few weeks.

Date of stay: December 2010
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 November 2011

The Lucerne Hotel is a lovely hotel in a wonderful location and a reasonable price (given what it costs to stay in NYC). If you call first, don't be put off by the less-than-enthusiastic tone of the reservationists. From the moment you arrive, the staff are welcoming, helpful, accommodating. Our room was pretty and comfortable. There is nice natural light in the bedroom and bathroom. The shower was always hot with good pressure...plus, you walk outside and you are minutes away from the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park, Broadway, Zabars, hundreds of cafes and restaurants and more!!

Date of stay: November 2011
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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