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Excelsior Hotel

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Overview of Excelsior Hotel

Excelsior Hotel

3.5 star property
Family-friendly hotel with restaurant, near Central Park
8.6 out of 10 Fabulous
8.6/10 Fabulous

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Property highlights

  • Airport transfer
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Air conditioning
  • Gym
45 W 81st St, New York, NY, 10024
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Breakfast available
  • WiFi in the lobby
  • Fitness center
  • Coffee shop/cafe
  • Babysitting
  • Business center
  • Airport shuttle
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Front-desk safe
For families
  • Children stay free
  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Babysitting services
  • Playground on site
  • Private bathroom
  • Premium TV channels

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Manhattan
  • Central Park - 12 min walk
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art - 16 min walk
  • 5th Avenue - 30 min walk
  • Museum of Modern Art - 35 min walk
  • Radio City Music Hall - 37 min walk
  • Columbia University - 37 min walk
  • Manhattan Cruise Terminal - 39 min walk
  • Broadway - 40 min walk
  • Rockefeller Center - 41 min walk
  • Times Square - 42 min walk

Getting around

  • New York, NY (NYS-Skyports Seaplane Base) - 7 min drive
  • LaGuardia Airport (LGA) - 27 min drive
  • Newark Liberty Intl. Airport (EWR) - 43 min drive
  • John F. Kennedy Intl. Airport (JFK) - 54 min drive
  • MacArthur Airport (ISP) - 67 min drive
  • Stewart Intl. Airport (SWF) - 75 min drive
  • New York W 32nd St. Station - 6 min drive
  • New York Harlem 125th St. Station - 6 min drive
  • New York 23rd St. Station - 7 min drive
  • 81 St. - Museum of Natural History Station - 2 min walk
  • 79 St. Station - 8 min walk
  • 86 St. Station (Central Park West) - 8 min walk
  • Airport shuttle


  • About Coffee - 1 min walk
  • Tarallucci E Vino - 3 min walk
  • Modern Bread and Bagel - 2 min walk
  • UNO Pizzeria & Grill - 1 min walk
  • Billy's Bakery - 2 min walk

About this property

Excelsior Hotel

Excelsior Hotel is just 4.5 mi (7.2 km) from the airport and offers a shuttle. The coffee shop/cafe is the perfect spot for a bite to eat, and after visiting the fitness center for a workout, you can unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge. Also, Central Park and Metropolitan Museum of Art are just a 5-minute drive away. Fellow travelers like that it's just a short walk to public transportation: 81 St. - Museum of Natural History Station is 2 minutes away and 79 St. Station is 8 minutes.


English, Spanish

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 199 rooms


  • Check-in time from 3 PM - midnight
  • Express check-out available
  • Minimum check-in age: 21
  • Check-out time is noon

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
  • This property charges a fee for luggage storage before check-in and after check-out for group reservations.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 21


  • Up to 2 children (11 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding
  • Babysitting


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Offsite parking nearby (USD 30 per day; discounts available)

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Buffet breakfast (surcharge) each morning 7 AM–11 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Free daily reception

Traveling with children

  • Children stay free (see details)
  • Playground
  • Babysitting services

What to do

  • Hiking/biking trails nearby

Working away

  • Business center
  • Meeting room
  • Conference space


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Terrace
  • Fitness center


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Braille/raised signage
  • Elevator
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (select rooms)

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 32-inch Smart TV
  • Premium satellite channels
  • Pay movies

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Premium bedding
  • Pillowtop mattress
  • Free crib/infant bed

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Eco-friendly toiletries
  • Hair dryer

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free newspapers
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Eco-friendly toiletries

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • Resort fee: USD 21 per accommodation, per night
  • Resort fee inclusions:
    • Business center/computer access
    • Fitness center access

Optional extras

  • WiFi is available in public areas for an extra charge
  • Buffet breakfast is offered for an extra charge of approximately USD 17.00 per person


  • Parking is available nearby and costs USD 30 per day


Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.
This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

Excelsior Hotel
Excelsior Hotel New York
Excelsior New York
Excelsior New York City
Excelsior Hotel New York City
Excelsior Hotel Hotel
Excelsior Hotel New York
Excelsior Hotel Hotel New York

Frequently asked questions

Does Excelsior Hotel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Excelsior Hotel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
Are pets allowed at Excelsior Hotel?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Excelsior Hotel?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Excelsior Hotel?
You can check in from 3 PM - midnight. Check-out time is noon. Express check-out is available.
Is there an onsite casino at Excelsior Hotel?
No, this hotel doesn't have a casino, but Empire City Casino (16-min drive) and Resorts World Casino (24-min drive) are both nearby.
What is there to do at Excelsior Hotel and nearby?
Have fun during the warmer months with activities nearby such as hiking. Excelsior Hotel also has a fitness center.
Are there restaurants at or near Excelsior Hotel?
Yes, there's an onsite restaurant.
What's the area around Excelsior Hotel like?
Excelsior Hotel is in Manhattan, a short 7-minute drive from New York, NY (NYS-Skyports Seaplane Base) and 12 minutes' walk from Central Park. The local area is considered central as well as being good for public transport.







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10/10 Exceptional

The hotel is unique in decor. It is older, but very clean and antique decor. I loved it. We were pleasantly surprised to get a larger room. Very close to Central Park and Museum across the street. Also subway is close. We walked to the theatre district for a play. I was so happy to find that cleaning staff found my wallet. I had left it in the safe and staff had given it to the office. What a huge relief!! Nice to know we do have some decent honest people in this world!! Excelsior is our recommendation to stay in NYC! Love New York. Hope to get back soon!
3-night romance trip
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8/10 Very good

Great location and great value. Horrible coffee setup and snacks are awful but otherwise fabulous.
1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Great hotel! Excellent location. It is close to restaurants and entertainment as well. Very clean.
3-night business trip
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8/10 Very good

Beautiful hotel, not enough hot water & broken AC
It’s a beautiful hotel with a view overlooking the Museum of Natural History. Unfortunately the air conditioner pumped out hot air instead of cold air, even when the in-room thermostat was set to cool; and the shower sometimes didn’t have enough hot water.
Jimmy, 4-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Location, location, location. I have stayed in many different parts of Manhattan. I loved this spot because it is right next to Central Park and the B & C Subway lines. The staff were friendly. The hotel is old-fashioned. The fan in my bathroom was very loud.
Justin, 6-night business trip
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8/10 Very good

Heather, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Classic NYC hotel with small but comfortable rooms. Great UWS location.
1-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Best position on Upper West Side. Hotel updated to modern standard while maintaining true period atmosphere. Feel and reality is an intimate high end New York hotel.
8-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

I wish there had been somewhere could have eaten dinner or a snack. Also, no room service.
JHayes, 5-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

This hotel is wonderful! I completely enjoyed my two day stay there. The staff was pleasant and helpful. The room was immaculate and well maintained. The only negative thought I have is that there is no longer a restaurant in the hotel forcing visitors to find a place for breakfast and lunch in the surrounding blocks.
JohnT, 2-night business trip
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