JW Marriott Essex House New York

A gilded gem near Central Park
JW Marriott Essex House New York, open since 1931, has a great location for visitors to New York City. Just across the street from the foot of Central Park, the hotel combines the best of old-school New York with modern amenities, elegance and charm.

Enter through the revolving front door and leave the chaos of Midtown Manhattan behind. The Beaux Arts-inspired lobby is warm, inviting and fragrant, thanks to a beautiful display of pink roses at the center of the grand foyer.

JW Marriott Essex House used to have its own on-staff art curator who selected the original artwork featuring Central Park that is seen throughout the hotel.

There’s an onsite spa to help you unwind, and the hotel’s signature restaurant, South Gate, offers modern American cuisine as well as gorgeous park views.

With 526 unique guest rooms, this spot feels like a hidden gem — private enough for politicians and foreign dignitaries, yet stylish enough for New Yorkers who power lunch amid the Art Deco flair.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The Midtown Manhattan hotel combines modern amenities with traditional elegance and style — the hotel itself is a work of art, with gilded doors, rich wood paneling and stunning photographs of Central Park around every corner.
  • The JW Marriott Essex House provides the perfect locale for indulging in New York’s high-end shopping scene, just a few blocks from Fifth and Madison avenues.
  • For a break from the lively city scene, enjoy a spa or beauty treatment experience in your suite or in the hotel’s new treatment rooms.
  • The Central Park hotel’s signature restaurant, South Gate, offers up a variety of delightful seasonal cocktails to accompany people watching in the lobby. Try the rose Rose Park South made with Hendrick’s gin, rosemary simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, cranberry juice and tonic.
Things to Know
  • New York-inspired artwork is sprinkled throughout the entire hotel, all handpicked by an in-house curator who was previously on staff.
  • Unlike other New York City hotels, you won’t feel cramped for space during your stay, as the rooms are designed with the same space-saving cabinetry found on cruise ships.
  • If you’re visiting in the fall, be sure to take advantage of the hotel’s Central Park location and book a carriage ride through the colorful foliage.
  • Reservations are highly recommended at the Manhattan hotel’s signature restaurant South Gate. Given the hotel’s close proximity to Times Square and Broadway, a pre-theater crowd often fills up the dining room just before the curtains go up.
The Rooms
  • With 526 guest rooms, the luxury New York City hotel is anything but cookie-cutter — each room features a unique layout, and, as a result, varied décor.
  • The Central Park King rooms offer uninterrupted views of New York's famous green space, a refreshing option for city-weary travelers.
  • If you’re traveling with a family (or if you simply prefer to enjoy a little more room), opt for the Junior Suite to enjoy a nearly 500-square-foot studio-style stay.
  • A few tech amenities you can expect to find in every room: smart TVs that allow to connect to your favorite streaming services (including Netflix, Hulu and Pandora), an electronic housekeeping system (no more fussing with cards on the door), and electrical outlets and USB ports on all bedside tables. 
The Restaurants
  • Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, South Gate is a welcome spot for locals and hotel guests alike.
  • Chef Andrew Burriesci is at the helm of this fine-dining spot, and his menu offers a delightful range of modern American cuisine like a 21-day aged New York strip steak with whiskey butter or king salmon with red quinoa and edamame.
  • Order off the bar and tavern menu if you’re interested in a quick bite or lighter fare, or snag a table in the dining room, an elegant space with a roaring fireplace that provides welcome warmth to diners who visit in the winter months.
  • Even if you don’t have time for a full meal during your stay, it’s worth stopping in to check out the décor and enjoy a drink. The restaurant is classic New York, with lots of great people watching, too.
Getting There
160 Central Park South, New York, New York 10019 USA
LGA (30-50 min)   JFK   EWR  
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