Friday, March 1, 2013

The Empire Hotel

The Empire Hotel is a classic hotel on the Upper West Side which opened in the mid-1890's and was rebuilt in 1923, when the iconic red Hotel Empire sign was added. In June 2008, the hotel had a major re-design and I must say, I really enjoyed it.  
The lobby is just way cool. 
From the site, here is some great information on the restoration:

Design duo Goodman Charlton oversaw the interior design of the guest rooms, suites and public areas, transforming the Empire Hotel into the majestic property that its name suggests. The design and décor of the Empire Hotel’s interior is a classic, neutral palette of ochre, coffee, cream and caramel, and is accented by hand-crafted metalwork such as hammered bronze, brass and copper.  Statuesque yet subtle, the design aesthetic is a study in understated grandeur. 

The Lobby is an impressive triple volume gallery, complete with a sweeping staircase to the mezzanine level that overlooks the ground-floor seating area. Ochre-colored shantung silk drapes run from the vaulted ceiling to the marble floor. High-backed plush couches and zebra print and mahogany chairs are intimately grouped on the ground floor and mezzanine level to provide a comfortable place for guests to read the newspaper, await friends, or even host informal meetings.  

I just loved these chairs !! 

The Lobby Bar, annexed off the Lobby, provides a glamorous ground-floor hideaway where guests and locals can sink into cozy couches and sip on perfectly muddled mojitos. Candles placed within the walls cast an enchanting glow throughout the room.

44 West 63rd Street
New York, NY 

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miss b said...

I love hotels and restaurants where there are design details to admire and this is certainly a hotel which fits into this category with the unusual chairs and prints etc. The neutral colour scheme is warm and inviting too.

Daryl said...

i have walked past there so many times i cant tell you and yet i have never been inside .. its beautiful

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Thanks for sharing, Rosemary. That is a great location for a hotel. It is lovely inside!

Enjoy your weekend! xoxo

nycstylelittlecannoli said...

I think I need to stay here at least one time. Would be great waking up and coming down that lobby for a few mornings!!

Unknown said...

Thanks for writing about this--I do hotel/travel PR and have never been inside this hotel. It is lovely!

nycstylelittlecannoli said...

How cool Nubia What a fun job !! I was very glad I finally decided to stop in the lobby. Smile on my face from ear to ear!!

Chic Delights said...

The lobby is so elegant and cool! I remember this Hotel from the TV show Gossip Girls. It must be nice to visit the Hotel.

The Single Nester said...

Who knew The Empire was that swanky inside.

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