I recently spent a night at The Lucerne Hotel, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. It turned out to be a perfect location.
Located on 79th and Amsterdam Ave., with its beautiful and deeply adorned terra cotta facade, The Lucerne is a neighbourhood hotel, and feels far away from usual East side establishments and the mobs of tourists found around Time Square, Soho, etc., but access to points south is easy via the subway on 79th and Broadway.
The Lucerne Hotel Sits in a Cozy, Unpretentious Neighbourhood
To walk up this stretch of Amsterdam Ave. at dinner time is to enter a sphere of relaxed, affluent, contentedness, with locals enjoying themselves on the patios of multitudes of restaurants.
Seemingly safe and carefree, it was not unusual to see small groups of barely teenaged girls out by themselves, after dark, enjoying ice cream.
Comfort and Quality in a Traditional Setting
While nobody would mistake The Lucerne, which opened in 1904, for a top-of-the-line five star, this property is no slouch having been renovated in 2008.
The furnishings are traditional and tasteful and would feel right in a four star Parisian boutique hotel. The bed in our suite was first rate, with top class bed linens and a flatscreen TV in both the bedroom and adjoining living area.
In terms of quality to price, the Lucerne is a great value, with most rooms under $300.00 and lovely suites in the low $400s.
The hotel is exceptionally well maintained, clean, and has a small but more-than-adequate fitness room, a business centre, a patio on the roof, spa services, and sits atop the gorgeous and highly-regarded French-Mediterranean restaurant, Nice Matin.
Away From Manhattan’s Beaten Tourist Path
Ultimately, if you are looking for a harried, high-energy New York attitude, you will not find it here.
But if you’re game to explore a part of Manhattan that is away from the well trodden path right near Central Park with all its charms, The Lucerne Hotel makes an ideal home away from home. ML
THE LUCERNE HOTEL