Standard, $199-$359; one-bedroom suite, $259-$559; two-bedroom suite, $499-$999
B, C at 81st St.-Museum of Natural History
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Located steps away from Central Park and the American Museum of Natural History, this mid-range Upper West Side hotel fits in with the area's elegant prewar apartment buildings while still offering guests modern amenities and services. Old-world elegance dominates, from the creamy marble floors and soft wood paneling in the lobby to the cozy library, complete with leather couches and a fireplace. Recently renovated, the comfortable, homey guest rooms all feature high-speed Internet connections; the 80 two-room suites have the casual intimacy of an upscale French country B&B, and boast pant presses and ironing boards. In addition to a slightly overpriced breakfast, The Excelsior also offers non-smoking floors, dry cleaning, laundry service and a concierge. Stroll around the neighborhood for cute restaurants and shops, including the legendary Zabar's, or venture across the Park to Museum Mile.Pros
The hotel is very well-maintained, with an aura of unique West Side elegance.
Some guests may find the occasionally gaudy French theme—and the aloof front desk staff—a bit too stuffy.