Jumeirah Essex House
160 Central Park South
New York , NY 10019
Built in 1931, the Essex House is a well known feature of Manhattan, recognized throughout the world as a model of elegance and sophistication, elegant art-deco. Located in the heart of the city of New York, Jumeirah Essex House offers a prime location, which attracted dignitaries, celebrities and world leaders for years. Enjoy our stylish setting, nestled between the beauty of Central Park and the buzz of Broadway, and surround yourself with elegance and style. Welcome to Jumeirah Essex House. Relax and stay awhile.
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The History of Jumeirah Essex House
October 30, 1929: Construction begins in the hotel designed by Frank Grad. The hotel Was originally called Park Tower and then Seville Towers. The New York Stock market crashed and the Great Depression hits New York.
October 1, 1931: The Essex House opens! To commemorate the opening, a gala event was hosted by Albert Auwaerter, the hotel’s first General Manager, in the hotel’s Colonnades ballroom for 1000 guests in evening attire.
1932 : The six-story sign is erected to identify the hotel. The Reconstruction Finance Corporation takes the title and retains ownership for nearly 15 years.
1930’s: Sunday Brunch. An innovation at the Essex House, the stroller’s brunch, as it was called, was designed originally to attract those who were completing Sunday morning walks in Central Park. Then, as now, these elaborate meals were leisurely affairs, starting at noon and lasting until late afternoon.
1939: The New York World’s Fair opens in 1939 and rooms are filled at the Essex House
1940-1945: During World War II many of the rooms of the Essex House are set aside for military use only. The sign on top of the roof is blacked out.
1946: Samuel H. Goling, chairman of Sterling National Bank and Trust Company purchase the Essex House
1968 -1998: More ownership changes; Marriott purchases the hotel in 1969 and then Nikko Hotels takes over in 1985.
January 16, 2006: Jumeirah takes over the, now, Jumeirah Essex House. A 90 million dollar refurbishment program beings.
October, 2007: the hotel refurbishment is finished.
February, 2008: South Gate opens. New York’s new dining destination opens inside the Jumeirah Essex House.
Jumeirah Essex House
A Historic Hotel of America
Jumeirah Essex House is part of the National Trust Historic Hotels of America; a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Jumeirah Essex House is one of more than 200 hotels and resorts throughout the country that is recognized by Historic Hotels of America for preserving and maintaining its historic integrity, architecture and ambiance.
“The trend of cultural travel in America continues to grow,” said Thierry Roch, executive director of Historic Hotels of America. “By inviting Jumeirah Essex House into our collection of distinguished properties, we are continuing to encourage historic preservation while at the same time showcasing this hotel’s rich history. Our goal is to bring these historically special hotels and their authentic experiences to the attention of the traveling public.”
To be selected for membership to National Trust Historic Hotels, a hotel must be at least 50 years old, listed in, or eligible for, the National Register of Historic Places, or recognized locally as having historic significance.
Jumeirah Essex House is currently celebrating over 80 years as one of Manhattan’s premier landmark hotels given its prestigious location on Central Park South. Safe-keeping the prominent heritage of the hotel is essential to being true to our exciting evolution. This evolution involves a major refurbishment program which was completed to re-establish the property as one of New York City’s finest luxury hotels.
Established in 1989 with 32 charter members, National Trust Historic Hotels of America is a diverse collection of properties ranging from large luxury hotels in major cities to small-town inns, country retreats and polished resorts throughout the country.
Historic Hotels of America is a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Reservations made through Historic Hotels of America support the National Trust.
Jumeirah Essex House Awards & Accolades
“North America’s Leading Business Hotel” 2011
“United States’ Leading Business Hotel” 2011
World Travel Awards 2011
“Five Pavilions Award,” 2008
“Four Diamond Award” 2008
World Travel Awards
“Five Pavilions Award,” 2007
“GT Tested Award,” 2006
Ranked 2nd (Best Hotel in the U.S.)
Global Traveler Magazine
“New York’s Leading Business Hotel,” 2006
World Travel Awards
“Top 10 Hotels: New York,” 2006
“The T+L 500,” January 2004
Travel + Leisure
“World’s Best Places to Stay” – Gold List, 2002
Condé Nast Traveler
Jumeirah Essex House – New York
Jumeirah Essex House is situated between Sixth and Seventh Avenues in the heart of Manhattan on Central Park South, New York City. The hotel is located at walking distance from Broadway, Fifth Avenue, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Times Square (15 blocks), Carnegie Hall (1 block), Radio City Music Hall (8 blocks) and Lincoln Center (5 blocks). Jumeirah Essex House is located less than 12 miles away from JFK Airport and 15 miles from Newark Airport with nearby access to New York’s sophisticated subway system.
Less than 12 miles from JFK Airport, with nearby access to New York’s subway. 15 miles from Newark Airport. Perfectly located at Central Park, this classic, Midtown hotel has long been the choice for world leaders and celebrities. Jumeirah Essex House is a luxurious downtown New York hotel, located on prestigious Central Park South and just moments from Broadway. Countless New York City attractions are conveniently located within easy walking distance.
Directions to Hotel
From Newark International Airport – Take the New Jersey Turnpike to the Lincoln Tunnel. Exit the tunnel, bearing to the left. At the first light (40th Street) make a right turn. Then make a left onto 8th Avenue and a right onto 59th Street/Central Park South. Jumeirah Essex House is on the right.
From North – Take Interstate 95 South and cross the George Washington Bridge. Bear right towards exit 9A, Henry Hudson Parkway South. Exit at 56th Street and make a left onto 8th Avenue. Make a right onto 59th Street and proceed to Jumeirah Essex House, which is located between 6th and 7th Avenues.
From South – Take the Van Wyck Expressway to Grand Central Parkway and proceed to the Triboro Bridge. Bear right onto FDR Drive. Continue south to 63rd Street and make a left onto 2nd Avenue. Turn right onto 57th Street and make another right onto 8th Avenue. Turn right onto 59th Street and proceed to Jumeirah Essex House.
From Long Island/Midtown Tunnel – Exit the Midtown Tunnel and bear right onto 3rd Avenue and proceed to 57th Street. Turn left onto 57th Street and then make a right onto 8th Avenue. Turn right onto 59th Street and proceed to Jumeirah Essex House, which is located between 6th and 7th Avenues.
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