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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.

 

Full disclaimer –  We received a complimentary upgrade and bottle of champagne from the Empire Hotel. As always, our opinions are non-biased and our own.Our post contains affiliate links.We want to thank the Empire Hotel for their generosity.

When you click on some links on this post, you will have the option to book this hotel at no extra cost to you, but we would receive a small commission. We want to thank everyone for following and supporting us on all of Our Sweet Adventures. 

 

As a Gossip Girl fan myself, I could not resist my intro paragraph. When Adam surprised me with a trip to New York City for the holiday, I knew exactly where I wanted (needed) to stay, The Empire Hotel. I started reading Gossip Girl in middle school,(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. The only thing missing to complete my fan girl experience was a Gossip Girl tour.

Regardless of why I wanted to stay here, The Empire Hotel is truly one of the best places to stay in New York City. 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. Moreover, it is a distinct Gossip Girl location!

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 ambiance. An atmosphere Chuck Bass highly approves.

photo courtesy of The Empire Hotel

 

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 ambiance 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!

 

Accommodations

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
  • Drawer
  • 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.

 

Featured Amenities

  • 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.

photo courtesy of The Empire Hotel

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.

 

Overall

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 ambiance 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.

Gossip Girl Insider Tip – 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.

The Empire Hotel
44 West 63rd Street
New York, NY 10023
(212) 265-7400
https://empirehotelnyc.com

 

 

You know you love us, xoxo

Christina + Adam

 

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32 COMMENTS

  • Flo

    What a beautiful property! Love that they greeted you with a bottle of champagne, that’s always a wonderful surprise. I’m all about good rooftop bars so I would love to drink a cocktail or two at the Empire’s one.

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      The champagne was a nice touch. The rooftop bar would be very nice especially on warmer nights when you can enjoy a cocktail outside underneath the Empire Hotel sign.

  • Preethika GN

    This property does look awesome. Isnt it an awesome feeling when they upgrade or do something out of the ordinary just to ensure your stay is a lil better. Love to stay in such places. May be one day in Empire 🙂

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      It is the little things that can make a great impression. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. We really felt that the staff was genuinely interested in us having a great experience.

  • Hang Around The World

    Oh we have dreamed about this experience you had! It will be one of our destination when we will visit New York. The rooftop bar is one of the coolest location this hotel has, chic.
    Saved the article 🙂

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      It was definitely something we looked forward to as well. Me more so than my husband because of Gossip Girl. The rooftop bar was very enjoyable.

  • Followingtherivera

    I’ll confess…I never watched Gossip Girl! Still, this hotel looks amazing, and that lobby is very luxurious! Really could use a cocktail right now and the Chuck Bass looks pretty refreshing! Will definitely visit here when I’m next in the city.

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      If we knew nothing about the Gossip Girl we would still stay here. The price was very fair and the property was well maintained. The rooftop bar is also very enjoyable.

  • Yogita

    I love your style. You go girl. Beautiful photos, elegance, and class together with fun is my kind of holiday. Looks like you have an awesome time The Empire Hotel.

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      Thank you for the nice comment. New York makes for very great photos. Around every corner is a great photo.

  • Krupa

    This hotel looks out of this world. Beautiful pcs and informative guide. Hope you enjoyed your completely. thanks for sharing.

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      It was definitely what we were looking for in our trip. We had a great time in NYC!

  • Marvi

    Wow.. Such a lovely hotel to stay for a trip to NYC.. 🙂 The staff sounds amazing and very warm. Glad to know you’ve enjoyed your stay here. I’m not a Gossip Girl fan but I do understand the excitement that goes with knowing you are in one of your favourite movie/ tv program’s filming location. 🙂 I love the chandelier at the Rooftop Bar btw. At first glance it looks like fireworks exploding! So cool!

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      The staff did make it a great experience for us. Especially taking photos for us. We really enjoyed the rooftop bar. It would be a great place on warmer nights.

  • Renata Green

    I love the beginning of your article – it’s so fun. The hotel – of course! – looks great. I didn’t know there was a roof top swimming pool – probably very useful in these hellish hot NY summers. I’m only a bit irritated that they charge almost 10 bucks for Wifi (even though it was free for you). This to me is sub standard and should not be in such a high class hotel.

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      Where we both grew up wifi is always free pretty much everywhere. That was new for us to. Nonetheless we enjoyed ourselves while we were there.

  • Vanessa

    This brings back so many Gossip Girl memories. Beautiful hotel in a great location–can’t beat that!

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      Lots of great photo ops around the city for all of us gossip girls!

  • This is an excellent review and a really love hotel, Christina and Adam! Your post reminds me of so many Gossip Girl moments! 😉

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      We tried to recreate as many moments as possible while having fun with it as well. Thanks!

  • Constance

    What a beautiful spot! I’ve always wondered about it after seeing it on Gossip Girl, and now I know!

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      Hopefully when you go you can see all of the letters lit up on the neon sign and have all the gossip girl memories as well!

  • Megan Indoe

    Haha, omg how fun! I used to love Gossip Girl back in the day! Besides the show, the hotel also looks divine! I love your party dress too!

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      Thank you! We need to look our best when we are out in public for the paparazzi. The hotel was great and in a perfect location.

  • David

    Never read Gossip Girl or saw the show, but the hotel does look amazing. I always wanted to stay at the Chelsea Hotel in New York but recently found out that it closed down (I guess it’s just a private residence now) but after reading your post it seems like the Empire has just as much history! Also loved the rooftop pool. I can imagine the view from up there! But with that being said it seems that $9.95 for wifi is kind of nickel and dime. I realize they gave you complementary Wifi, but it sort of bugs me when an awesome four star hotel like Empire charges for Wifi when the Motel 6 gives it to you for free.

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      Ya we weren’t huge fans of the wifi charge either, even though we received it for free, especially since where we have been around the world it is always free. We still had a great time while on the trip. You can always go without the wifi and use public wifi at any restaurant or cafe as well. The view from up top is good but keep in mind it is not a huge skyscraper.

  • Sandy N Vyjay

    The Empire Hotel is indeed an iconic hotel and you must have had a lovely experience there. The best part of the hotel for me based on your pictures is the rooftop pool and bar, looks like a great place for chilling out. The strategic location of the hotel is another bonus as we always give a lot of importance to location when we decide on hotels.

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      The location is great! in nice weather you can easily walk about 25 minutes to Rockefeller and Times Square! The rooftop is definitely a big selling point and the downstairs bar area is nice as well

  • Lianna

    So cool! I love New York, lived there for a little bit and I’m always looking for reasons to come back. Now that I’m 21, I really want to go to a rooftop bar in the city and the one at the Empire Hotel looks amazing! This looks like such a cool hotel to stay in, especially for a girls’ trip!

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      I think a girls trip would be perfect at the Empire Hotel especially with the nice rooftop bar.

  • Ansel Thom

    Nice story!

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      Thank you

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