Hotels Near the New York Natural History Museum

by Mary Freeman

The American Museum of Natural History is in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, across the street from central park. This area is home to an array of up-scale chain hotels and boutiques, as it is one of the most fashionable and affluent neighborhoods in the city.

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Hotel Beacon NYC

The Hotel Beacon sits on wide, tree-lined Broadway Street. The 260 guestrooms and suites in the Beacon sport distinctive emerald green color appointments, and high-quality marble decks out each bathroom. Up to two children under the age of 12 may stay for free in their parent's bed, although extra beds are not available. Every room, even the most basic, comes with a fully equipped kitchenette, in-room movies, flat-screen TV, newspaper delivery and bathroom amenities.

The Lucerne New York

Dating to the early 1900s, The Lucerne Hotel has undergone millions of dollars of renovations since its construction and now is a 189-room luxury hotel. Its charming architecture and appointments are European-inspired, and the warm, soft cream-and-beige color tones create a welcoming atmosphere in the hotel's rooms and suites. A concierge arranges transportation and offers nightlife recommendations. The in-house spa offers body treatments of hot stone massages, facials, pedicures and manicures. Bicycle machines, treadmills and free weights equip the hotel fitness center

The Excelsior Hotel

The Excelsior is a four-star luxury hotel that overlooks the Natural History Museum. White marble hallways, gilded elevator doors and ornate rugs embellish the hotel, resulting in an atmosphere of panache and elegance. A French-style aesthetic and gold, cream and brown color schemes appoint each of the rooms. The hotel's entertainment room is complete with a library, large TV, and surround sound. The concierge hooks up guests with theater tickets, restaurant reservations and sight-seeing recommendations.

Park 79

Park 79 is a European-style boutique hotel with a milk-white facade and old world columns, sitting a hop, skip and a jump from the Natural History Museum and other attractions. Soft, muted colors and clean lines decorate the rooms, which come with basic amenities. The largest room is appropriate for up to three guests.

About the Author

Mary Freeman is a freelance writer. She has held several editorial positions at the print publication, "The Otter Realm." She traveled throughout Europe, which ultimately resulted in an impromptu move to London, where she stayed for eight months. This life experience inspired her to pursue travel writing. Freeman received a degree in human communication from California State University.

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