Five Upper West Side Buildings That Used To Be Hotels

Five Upper West Side Buildings That Used To Be Hotels

The UWS has a rich architectural history, and among the many stunning prewar buildings are some which were originally designed as Upper West Side hotels.  Below, I’ve listed the most noteworthy buildings in this category.

The Ansonia

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.

Five Upper West Side Buildings That Used To Be Hotels


The Orleans

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 amazing 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.

Upper West Side Buildings That Used To Be Hotels


The Alden

Renowned architect Emory 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, and like the Ansonia, it now offers a wide spectrum of apartment sizes.

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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. The most eye-popping feature of this building is its magnificent lobby.

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The Berkeley

The Berkley, located at 170 West 74th Street (off the corner of Amsterdam Avenue), was converted to a co-op in the 1940s.  This building mostly offers studios and one-bedrooms, save for a limited number of larger combination units which have been created by multiple-unit owners.

Not only does this building make my top list of Upper West Side buildings that used to be hotels, but it is also one of the few flexible Upper West Side co-ops.  The Berkley allows unlimited subletting from the first day you own your apartment, making it an attractive investment as price tags are much lower than the surrounding condominiums.

Upper West Side Buildings That Used To Be Hotels



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Mike Mishkin

Blogger & Native Upper West Sider
Mike is a native Upper West Sider. He's lived in the Lincoln Center area, Morningside Heights, and pretty much everywhere in between. You can frequently find him eating through the many great restaurants on the Upper West Side or awkwardly taking iPhone photos for @ilovetheupperwestside.