The UWS has a rich architectural history, and among the many stunning prewar buildings are some which were originally designed as hotels. Below, I’ve listed some noteworthy buildings in this category.
Let’s start the list with the famous Ansonia, a building that has been home to many famous New Yorkers. William Earle Dodge Stokes commissioned Paul E. Duboy to build the Ansonia Hotel in 1899. Guests would stay in luxurious apartments, some of which included parlors, libraries, and formal dining rooms.
Perhaps the most outrageous feature of this former hotel was the lobby fountain which housed LIVE SEALS. Today, the Ansonia is a full-service condominium with a fair amount of trading. Floor plans range from studios which were former maids rooms, to massive four bedrooms and beyond.
This Beaux-Arts building is located on the corner of 80th and Columbus Avenue. Originally conceived as a hotel, today it offers giant four and five bedroom condos with views of Central Park and the Museum of Natural History. With only two apartments per floor, The Orleans is a great find for those seeking luxury, space and privacy in one package.
Renowned architect Emery Roth constructed this historic building in 1925, which was eventually converted into a co-op in 1984. The Alden boasts a fairytale setting on Central Park West, between 82nd and 83rd Streets. Like the Ansonia, it now offers a wide spectrum of apartment sizes.
The Park Royal
This enchanting park block co-op was originally built by famed architect George F. Pelham as a residential hotel in 1926. The Park Royal has twice been named among “NYC’s top ten co-ops”, and comes with a full suite of amenities including a health club operated by NYSC. But the most eye-popping feature of this building is its magnificent lobby.
The Berkeley is located at 170 West 74th Street (off the corner of Amsterdam Avenue). The building was converted to a co-op in the 1940s. The Berkeley mostly offers studios and one-bedrooms, save for a limited number of larger combination units which have been created by multiple-unit owners.
The Berkeley might also be a good building to bookmark if you’re in the market to buy. One of the most flexible Upper West Side co-ops, The Berkley allows unlimited subletting from the day you own your apartment. This makes it attractive as an investment, as it’s typically only condos that have such flexible subletting policies.