The Lucerne Hotel, located at 201 West 79th Street, served as a temporary shelter for almost 300 homeless men for close to a year. Following the exit of its last remaining homeless residents in June, the owners announced they’d be reopening in the fall after making some “minor renovations and updates.” It is not clear what these updates consisted of.
On Friday, October 29, the Lucerne announced that the hotel was officially open to the public, writing (in part) “We are beyond excited to announce The Lucerne has reopened! We have truly missed all of our guests and we look forward to welcoming you.”
Nightly rates appear to range from the upper $100s to the lower $500s, depending on room sizes and amenities.
The Lucerne’s website outlines the health and safety precautions being taken … these include plexiglass dividers at the front desk in the lobby; masks, gloves, alcohol wipes and hand sanitizer available “in key locations” around the hotel; regular cleaning of guest rooms and common spaces; and an elevator limit of 4 people.
Hotel Belleclaire (2175 Broadway) and the Belnord Hotel (209 West 87th Street), which also served as temporary shelters, are open to the public as well.
I wouldn’t sleep there if my life depended on it. You’d have to burn it down and rebuild it first.
Not if my life depended on it. Raze it to the ground and start fresh.