JW Marriott Essex House

Midtown, New York

The hotel

Elegant Art Deco-style and top-notch service characterise this 1930s hotel overlooking Central Park. There's fine dining, a late night menu and room service to keep you fully fueled, as well as PRIMP spa to ensure there's enough relaxation versus city-hustle-and-bustle busyness. The rooms are all designed in a contemporary style, with modern features and amenities, and some even have sweeping views of Central Park — what a view to wake up to each morning!

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Close to City Centre
  • Restaurant

Where is it

On Central Park South, between 6th and 7th Avenues, a few steps into Central Park. Transfer time from John F. Kennedy International Airport: 1 hour.

Hotel information

427 rooms and 101 suites. All with air-conditioning, TV, WiFi access*, mini-bar*, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes and iron and board. Essex Rooms are 330 sq ft with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Central Park View Rooms are 300–350 sq ft and have views over Central Park, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Junior Suites are 500 sq ft and have living area and marble bathroom with oversized bathtub, with 1 king-size bed and sofa bed, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Family Suites are 700 sq ft and have separate living room, marble bathroom with oversized bathtub, with 1 king-size bed and sofa bed, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Manhattan Suites are 700 sq ft and have city views, separate living room, marble bathroom with oversized bathtub, with 1 king-size bed and sofa bed, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children (3rd child permitted on a rollaway bed*).

Central Park View Suites are 750 sq ft and feature sweeping views of Central Park, separate living room and marble bathroom with oversized bathtub, with 1 king-size bed and sofa bed, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Family Connector Rooms are available as a combination of Essex Rooms and Junior Suites, and sleep up to a maximum of 8 people.

SOUTHGATE Bar & Restaurant (open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night menu). PRIMP spa*. Fitness centre. Federico Salon*. Room service*. Local restaurant dinner delivery service*. Concierge. Dry cleaning service*. Complimentary WiFi in the lobby and public areas. Valet parking $85 for standard vehicles and $90 for oversized vehicles, plus tax per day (payable locally, subject to change).

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

*Denotes local charge. 

One person must be aged 18 years and over in each room at check-in.

Please note: Rollaway beds are available at the cost of $75 per night (payable locally, subject to change).

Rating summary

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating A bit dated and the staff not too helpful.

Sep 24, 2020 NailaHumayun Lahore, Pakistan

We stayed here for one night. Due to COVID-19 the whole place felt deserted. Although my booking was under Marriott's platinum membership even then the lady did not give us a park view room, instead a back room with no view whatsoever. I think this might be the only hotel in NYC that has muslim showers in its bathrooms. Clean, comfortable, I… Read more
We stayed here for one night. Due to COVID-19 the whole place felt deserted. Although my booking was under Marriott's platinum membership even then the lady did not give us a park view room, instead a back room with no view whatsoever. I think this might be the only hotel in NYC that has muslim showers in its bathrooms. Clean, comfortable, I just wish the service would have been better. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Terrible from check in to check out

Sep 7, 2020 shanam132 Queens, New York

My husband and I booked a night here at the JW Marriott Essex House, as our go to Marriott hotels, the St Regis and Ritz Carlton are currently closed. We drove our car to the hotel and valeted it. While we reside in NYC, I am initially from the Midwest, and therefore, my photo ID reflects that. The hotel associate asked me for the airport… Read more
My husband and I booked a night here at the JW Marriott Essex House, as our go to Marriott hotels, the St Regis and Ritz Carlton are currently closed. We drove our car to the hotel and valeted it. While we reside in NYC, I am initially from the Midwest, and therefore, my photo ID reflects that. The hotel associate asked me for the airport paperwork that must be filled out when visiting NY and I told her that I live in NY and therefore do not have paperwork. She accepted my response and promptly checked us in and even gave us late check out at 1 PM. We then rode up the elevator to our room. We walked into our room and found the bed covered in about 50 throw pillows and numerous stacked ice buckets and trays piled on the desk. I called down to the front desk to ask for a room change, as it seemed that we were accidentally given a room used for storage. An associate met us at our room with a new key for a new room on the same floor. I was secretly hoping for an upgrade at this point since the initial room was not acceptable. We were shown to our new room which was the same size as the first one. We quickly unpacked a few things and ordered an Uber to go to our dinner reservation in the Financial District. As we waited for the elevator to arrive, the same hotel associate reappeared and to our surprise, he said that his manager had approved an upgrade for us (we had not expressed our interest in one) to make up for their mistake with our first room. We were already running late to our dinner reservation so we accepted the upgrade as well as his offer to move our belongings to the new room. The new room was slightly larger and had a gorgeous view of Central Park. However, I did find the room to be rather outdated in its design. Additionally, the bathroom was outfitted with a bathtub/shower combo and the bathtub was very high. At seven months pregnant, it was difficult for me to step in and out of the bathtub. There was no fan in the bathroom, resulting in the bathroom getting rather foggy and steamy when showering. The TV responded quite slowly to the remote and did not have such a great selection of channels. Lastly, throughout the night we were able to hear noise from the street below and it disturbed our sleep. When it was time to check out the following day, the hotel associate at the front desk offered to email me the receipt for our stay. Once in the car and on our way, I opened the email and found that we were charged a $382 room change charge as well as $95 oversized car valet charge (the car in question is a 2016 Honda Pilot). I immediately called the front desk to dispute the room change charge and after much back and forth they agreed to refund the $382. From all the glitches and lack of professionalism displayed by this hotel, I would not return or recommend this hotel to anyone. I sincerely hope that the category 8 Marriott hotels reopen soon. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing location, wonderful staff

Jul 30, 2020 1060WestAddison Washington, DC

If you want a nice hotel with an amazing location, the Essex House is hard to beat. So close to Central Park. Easy cab ride just about anywhere in Manhattan. The lobby staff were so friendly -- they even gave my daughter a Marriott stocking cap to help with the very windy weather that day. Don't expect fancy rooms -- the rooms are nice and… Read more
If you want a nice hotel with an amazing location, the Essex House is hard to beat. So close to Central Park. Easy cab ride just about anywhere in Manhattan. The lobby staff were so friendly -- they even gave my daughter a Marriott stocking cap to help with the very windy weather that day. Don't expect fancy rooms -- the rooms are nice and clean, but not fancy. Overall, it was a very good stay. I would definitely stay here again. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice size rooms for NYC

Jul 15, 2020 RandyW397 Albany, New York

Stayed here one night for work. Very comfortable bed, was happy with the size of the room and the bathroom was nice too. No view, just looked at a wall, but otherwise the room was great. Very clean, friendly staff and security. The lounge was closed due to pandemic, but otherwise stay was great.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Not What I Expected

Jul 14, 2020 LetsgoGs Melbourne, Florida

When you arrive at the JW Essex Marriott it is unclear where the valet wants you to park. There were many cars ahead parked alongside the hotel so I parked behind them only to see another hotel guest cut into a bunch of parked cars and get service before me. I continued to look for Valet workers but they were no where to be seen. Then it took a… Read more
When you arrive at the JW Essex Marriott it is unclear where the valet wants you to park. There were many cars ahead parked alongside the hotel so I parked behind them only to see another hotel guest cut into a bunch of parked cars and get service before me. I continued to look for Valet workers but they were no where to be seen. Then it took a long time to check in but NOT due to other guests. There was only ONE person at the front desk and she had left her station to get cash for the ONLY hotel guest in front of me. When I booked the 2 rooms here I made a point to let the Front Desk know I wanted rooms close to each other but instead I got rooms on DIFFERENT floors. The icing on the cake was that my view was of other brick buildings. This is what my Marriot Rewards gets me. Should've gone to the Hilton or the Hyatt. I will NOT be returning to a $500 a night room with no views!!! Read less