The Lucerne Hotel

201 West 79th Street, Google Maps
Telephone 212-875-1000

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What to expect: The Lucerne—opened in 1903 as a student dorm, renovated, and reopened in 1995—has a European-style marble lobby decorated with columns, wall tapestries, and terra-cotta tones. Located within 4 blocks of Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Rose Center planetarium, the hotel primarily hosts business and leisure travelers.

Amenity highlights: The Lucerne’s business center offers computers with high-speed Internet access, and the front desk provides printing and faxing services (fee). There is also a fitness room with free weights and exercise equipment, and a discount pass is available for Equinox gym, 2 blocks away. The hotel connects to a French restaurant that serves three meals daily and weekend brunch and features a bar area and sidewalk seating.

Insider tip: The Boat Basin Café, four blocks from the hotel, is situated right on the 79th Street Boat Basin. (Stone steps lead down to it, just off the Henry Hudson Parkway.) In warmer months, it’s a fine spot to have a meal or drink on the patio with a view of the Hudson River.