Hey friends! I’m back from NYC. Oh what a short but wonderful trip that was! I mostly stayed over the weekend plus a few days more. Barely even a week, sigh… I just love New York, I can’t wait to come back.
Anyways, you might have wondered where I stayed. Well, I spent my few days in NYC at The Lucerne Hotel located in the Upper West Side. It’s a beautiful European/Victorian style four-star hotel. Why The Lucerne? I wanted something that has good ratings as per Tripadvisor.com, could fit in my budget, especially on a short stay, and that it should be in close proximity to a lot of stuff. It’s all about location location location. The hotel itself has an old-world feel and the building is unique because it has a clayish red color. Something that you don’t see a lot with the buildings around it, and it does seem to stand out.
This hotel is just walking distance to Central Park, American Museum of Natural History, The Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Columbus Circle, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Frick Collection, Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue etc… It’s really convenient!
With all its proximity to a lot of places and things to see, I feel like it’s already worth the stay in this hotel. However, upon arriving, I was a bit disappointed because there was a lot of construction happening beside the building and I was placed in a room with a wall for a view. On top of that, it’s so close to the construction site itself. It was kinda hard to rest during the day because I could hear the loud hammering and drilling. The best option was to go somewhere until the construction stops at 6 pm. Which was exactly what I did. In fact, I didn’t spend a lot of time wandering around the hotel like I usually do to check their amenities. Since I’ll be staying only for a few days, I decided to take my adventure somewhere. After all, it’s New York, right?
However, I could speak for the room itself and some other things I’ve availed. First of all, the bathroom is nice and clean. Though I still wonder about the window with blinds above the tub. 🙂 Second, the room where I stayed is spacious with a king-size bed, even though there was no view on the outside. Third, the bathroom is of decent size with enough supplies. Fourth, housekeeping is prompt and there’s enough towel to use. Fifth, the hotel’s restaurant is just beside it, called NiceMatin. Also, across the street is a 24-hour pharmacy and convenience store, Duane Reade. Lastly, the concierge and the rest of the staff are friendly and polite. For the drawbacks: The AC was loud and not well-regulated. No refrigerator nor microwave. The elevators are tiny and have a bump upon arriving at any floor, which kinda startled me and made me felt a bit dizzy at the beginning. The lobby is tiny and the restaurant beside it posh and expensive.
I didn’t do any room service from this hotel, simply because there’s a lot of food and restaurants to choose from when you’re in NYC. Overall, I like this hotel for its convenience to so many NY attractions and museums. I would definitely stay here again and hope that by that time there will be no more noisy construction and that I will be situated in a room with a much better view.
If you need a hotel to stay in NYC, give The Lucerne Hotel a try and see for yourself. If you plan to stay longer in NY or if you live outside the country, it won’t hurt to get a New York City Pass.
Ciao folks! stay tuned for my next NY attraction review.
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