Hotel at a Glance: Excelsior Hotel
The Excelsior Hotel occupies some of New York City’s most expensive real estate, with a post overlooking Central Park on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. There are plenty of iconic landmarks nearby, including Lincoln Center and Columbia University. Guest rooms range in size from 270 square feet to 470 square feet; Excelsior deluxe rooms have separate parlors.
- Latin fusion cuisine such as braised pork shank with corn stew and pickled jalapeños can be had at the onsite Calle Ocho restaurant.
- In-room amenities: 32-inch LCD TV and iPod docking station
- Take a stroll through the 4-acre Shakespeare Garden in Central Park, home to plaques displaying excerpts of the Bard’s work.
- Nearby attractions: American Museum of Natural History and Hayden Planetarium
Manhattan’s Upper West Side: Tony Residential Neighborhood with 19th-Century Townhomes and Waterfront Parks
Set between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side is one of the toniest neighborhoods in New York City. Classic brownstones and prewar buildings line streets that are recognizable from innumerable movies and television shows, including Seinfeld, Sex and the City, and Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters. The neighborhood is a favorite address of the rich and famous—the Ansonia building, to take just one example, has been called home by everybody from Babe Ruth to Angelina Jolie.
Carousels, bike paths, and manmade lakes fill the iconic, 843-acre Central Park, which you can access via the entrance at 72nd Street. For a quieter alternative, head west to Riverside Park, where you’ll find beautiful flower gardens and waterfront picnic spots.
Nearby cultural landmarks include the American Museum of Natural History, where you can stroll past lifelike dioramas, a full-size model of a blue whale, and a Tyrannosaurus rex made up of fossils up to 65 million years old. Another classic New York institution is just southwest of here: Lincoln Center, home to the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic.