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11/02/2010

Jumeirah Essex House, Manhattan, New York City


This is a photo of the Essex House, taken from Central Park, Manhattan, New York City.
The Jumeirah Essex House, formerly known as the Essex House, is a luxury hotel located on Central Park South. Built in 1931 as the Park Tower Hotel, the 43-story hotel has 515 Art Deco style rooms and an in-house spa, and it is immediately recognizable by its original red neon rooftop sign. The hotel has had several owner/operators over the years, including Marriott Hotels (1969), Japan Air Lines/Nikko hotel (1985) and is currently under the direction of the Jumeirah Group, who is undertaking extensive remodelling, including the conversion of some of the hotel rooms into condominiums.
The hotel was formerly the home of a five-star restaurant,
Alain Ducasse at Essex House. However, Ducasse closed the restaurant at Essex House in January 2007.

2 comments:

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Maybe it's because of the remodeling but it doesn't seem all that luxurious to me. It's a great photo though.

Loïc BROHARD said...

It was built in 1931... so from outside it indeed looks a bit "outdated"... Inside, this is another story since the remodelling, despite indeed the Art Deco style which does not bring the modern and contempory touch of brand new hotels...
For sure, the original red neon rooftop sign is quite iconic still...