The Empire Hotel – Every Gossip Girl’s Dream Hotel Come True
Gossip Girl here, your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite. Spotted – Adam and Christina from Our Sweet Adventures checking into Chuck Bass’ Empire Hotel. I wonder what brings them into New York City and what they think of The Empire Hotel. You know only I have the answers for you, so stay and read more to get all the juicy details of The Empire Hotel.
You know you love me, XOXO Gossip Girl.
As a Gossip Girl fan myself (Christina), I could not resist my intro paragraph. When Adam surprised me with a trip to New York City for the holiday, I also could not resist staying at The Empire Hotel. I started reading Gossip Girl in middle school, that was back in 2003, only one year after the first book release date and way before the famed Gossip Girl TV show. So staying at The Empire Hotel was a Gossip Girl dream come true. Regardless of why I wanted to stay here, The Empire Hotel was truly a great hotel to stay at. We all know that sometimes when we have high hopes, they can easily be let down, but The Empire Hotel did not let me down one bit and let me tell you why!
Iconic Hotel in New York City
The Empire Hotel’s chic, neon red sign is an iconic part of New York City. Of course it is not as iconic as the Empire State Building, but it still signifies New York’s City’s history as one of the oldest hotels in the city.
In 1889, a seven-story building was built from the ground up, which would later turn into The Empire Hotel. In 1908, Herbert DuPuy purchased the building and in 1922, he decided to tear the original structure down to build a 15-story building. A year later, on December 5, 1923, The Empire Hotel opened with its iconic neon red signage on top of the rooftop that still remains today. The hotel remained untouched until 2007 when it received a refurbishment to redesign the interior. Since then it has the 1920’s chic and luxurious black and gold patterns with dim lighting to set a romantic ambience. An atmosphere Chuck Bass highly approves.
Superior Guest Service
The Empire Hotel is a four star hotel in New York City, so it goes without saying that the guest service was superior. From the moment we checked in, till the moment we checked out, the front service team were always ready to offer a helping hand. Whether that was taking our pictures till it was perfect, to helping us get our bearings in the Big Apple, or holding our bags even after we checked out – The Empire Hotel’s guest service was excellent.
The Empire Hotel even went above their standards by providing us with complimentary Wi-Fi in our room, upgraded us from a standard queen room to a superior king room and gave us complimentary champagne! It may not have been Chuck Bass’ penthouse suite (which actually does not exist at the hotel), but we certainly felt like Chuck Bass with all the special complimentary features.
Another characteristic we appreciated from the staff of The Empire Hotel was that everyone greeted us. Every time we saw an employee we were welcomed with a warm and sincere greeting. The doormen were also always welcoming and asking if we needed anything on our way out into the city. There were plenty of reasons why we enjoyed our stay, but it’s the small touches that really made The Empire Hotel shine.
A Luxurious Lobby
As soon as the doormen open the double doors and you walk into the lobby, you instantly feel a little more luxurious. The lobby is decorated in classic black and gold with neutral hints of a coffee and cream color. There was also hand-crafted metalwork of bronze, brass and copper that fully brought the ambience into the 1920s vibe – think The Great Gatsby.
A long, grand staircase is hidden in the back of the lobby that would make any entrance jaw-dropping. Plush chairs and sofas are placed parallel to one another accompanied by modern tables. The lobby is also draped with ceiling high bronze colored curtains and beautiful light fixtures. It is no wonder why Gossip Girl filmed so many scenes here, the lobby is absolutely gorgeous.
Behind the lobby is the famous Lobby Bar, where not only Gossip Girl was filmed, but also Sex and the City 2. Grab a chair and order the signature Chuck Bass cocktail – it is delicious!
As previously mentioned, we were placed in a superior king room. We were prepared for a small room, but the room was actually a comfortable size for being in New York City. It had everything we needed:
- Spacious closet with an ironing board
- Lounge chair
- Desk with snacks, water bottles and a coffee machine
- Full in-room mini bar
- Flat screen TV
- Nightstands by each side with an iPod charging dock.
The bathroom was a little small, but not to the point where we felt uncomfortable or crammed. The overhead shower was phenomenal, exactly what we needed after a full nights worth of ice skating at the Rockefeller Plaza. Not to mention the bed with 100% cotton linens and a wonderful pillow to sleep on. We could not have asked for anything more.
- Wi-Fi – complimentary in public areas, but $9.95 per night to receive it in your hotel room
- Fitness Center
- Business Center
- Meeting rooms
- In-room dining
- Courier service
- Laundry service (prices do apply)
- Valet parking for $60 a night or self parking for $40 a night
- Chauffeur Driven SUVs, Sedans, and Stretch Limousine Services (prices do apply)
- 24 hour security
- In-room safes
- Multilingual staff
The Empire Hotel also has a restaurant, Ed’s Chowder House, located on the mezzanine level of the hotel. We were not able to dine here due to time, but we hear it is wonderful. Ed’s Chowder House is open daily for breakfast and dinner. The restaurant is casual with a chic flair (it is The Empire Hotel after all), and serves tradition East Coast seafood fare such as, lobster rolls, oysters, crab cakes and of course, chowders.
Rooftop Bar and Pool
Unfortunately we did not get to experience the rooftop pool because we visited in December and the pool is seasonal, but it looks like the perfect place to catch some sun rays during the summer.
However, we were fortunate enough to enjoy the Rooftop Bar. Like the lobby and Lobby Bar, it has a romantic atmosphere. The Rooftop Bar is both inside and outside, which boasts a huge space of over 8,000 square feet to enjoy your choice of beverage with your friends. Do not worry, they too serve the Chuck Bass cocktail, just ask the bartender in your best Chuck Bass impersonation. If you want, you can even host parties as extravagant as Gossip Girl on the rooftop for up to 350 guests – don’t forget to invite us!
The Perfect Location
What we loved most about The Empire Hotel was its location. The hotel is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and we found it to truly be the perfect location. It is right across the street from the Lincoln Center, so if you are seeing a show at the theatre, this is the BEST hotel to stay at. We literally walked across the street for our Nutcracker show and we were at the theatre. It is also only one block away from Central Park, so if you feel like enjoying the fresh air, you can easily walk to Central Park and all the way through to the other side of the city. If you do not feel like dining at Ed’s Chowder House, there are also restaurants across the street. Two restaurants are from Chef Daniel Boulud: Boulud Sud and Epicerie Boulud – great restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lastly, The Empire Hotel is only one block from two different subway stops. To get to Rockefeller Center or Times Square, it only takes two stops on the subway. So, as you can see, The Empire Hotel is a great location to stay and explore New York City.
We really enjoyed our stay with The Empire Hotel. The staff were always friendly and helpful, the rooms were spacious and comfortable and we LOVED the location. Whether you are visiting New York City for the first time or the tenth time, (and of course if you are a Gossip Girl fan), then we highly recommend you stay at The Empire Hotel. It has an amazing ambience throughout the hotel, a beautiful Lobby Bar and a rooftop to enjoy at your leisure. It really has everything we could ever want in a New York City hotel and we are sure it will have everything you need as well to make your visit to the Big Apple enjoyable!
Book Your Stay at The Empire Hotel
For the standard queen room rate, the prices vary as low as $90 during the winter season and up to $400 during the summer. The room we received, the superior king room, varies as low as $95 during the winter season and up to $425 during the summer. Check their website for special deals, but also check third party websites, such as Booking.com. Their website actually showed no rooms available for our dates, but Booking.com had rooms at a very great price. When we called the hotel to verify the information, they encouraged us to book with Booking.com. We recommend you double check prices and dates because you could have the opportunity to stay at this beautiful four star New York City hotel for an amazing cost.
If you think this hotel is a good fit for you, please book it using our Booking affiliate search box! It does not cost you more, but we would receive a small commission for your booking. We would be very appreciative if you do book with us!
The Empire Hotel
44 West 63rd Street
New York, NY 10023
You know you love us, xoxo
Christina + Adam