A work of art among Central Park hotels, JW Marriott Essex House New York has served as an icon of the Big Apple skyline since 1931. Construction on the 44-story building famously began on Oct. 30, 1929, one day after the great stock market crash.
The hotel has gone through various upscale incarnations over the years, and underwent a $12 million renovation after it was bought in 2014 by Marriott, which previously owned the property from 1969 to 1985. The ornate gilded doors and rich wood paneling throughout the building harken back to its Art Deco glory days, while cutting-edge technology seamlessly blends the past and present.
Quintessentially New York, Essex House is a towering 40 floors and has more than 500 guest rooms with commanding views of Central Park. The hotel features world-class amenities including a full-service spa and fitness center, the Southgate Bar & Restaurant and Beaux Arts Grand Salon.