11/15/08

The Empire (Hotel) Strikes Back



The historic Empire Hotel on New York’s upper west side originally opened its doors over a century ago in the mid 1890’s. In 1923, the hotel was completely rebuilt including the raising of the iconic red neon “Hotel Empire” sign and was a New York hotspot from the 20’s through the 60’s. Through it all the 12-story hotel has remained virtually unchanged…

Until now…

This summer the doors were opened on a complete redesign of the property. 413 rooms and suites, an elegant lobby bar and a rooftop pool are the highlights of this rebirth.

The well appointed and stylish guest rooms are described in the press release as “mod-chic” and boast views of Lincoln Center, Central Park and Broadway. The rooftop pool, exclusive to the hotel’s guests, includes cabanas with daybeds, ceiling fans, LCD TVs, mini refrigerators and more. A great way to evade a baking sun or relax for an evening cocktail.

To handle your fine food cravings, Jeffrey Chodorow’s Center Cut restaurant will fit the bill, supplying “modern classics” and other tasty fare.

Next time you’re in New York, why not stay at the Empire. And fear not, the neon sign is still there..!

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