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Central Park, one of New York City's most breathtaking attractions, is directly across from JW Marriott Essex House New York. Whether you're planning a romantic getaway, business trip, or family vacation, our hotel by the famous park offers the perfect location for exploring the iconic green space.


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Essex House Explorer Central Park Tour

Central Park is such a splendorous park that we decided to create a personalized map and tour of it, with special stops along the way, chosen for you to discover. Be sure to pick up a copy of it at our Front Desk, or for a mobile-friendly digital experience, visit A Central Park Tour by JW Marriott Essex House New York. Throughout the tour, tag #EssexExplorer on social media and receive 10% off in SOUTHGATE Bar & Restaurant. Redeem your voucher at the Concierge desk.

History of Central Park

JW Marriott Essex House New York is proud to be a part of the rich history surrounding this world-famous attraction. Central Park, the first urban landscaped park in the United States, was originally conceived in the salons of wealthy New Yorkers in the early 1850s. The construction phase of the park project spanned more than a decade.


Here are a few more facts about Central Park:


  • Central Park is the first public landscaped park in the United States.
  • The park is entirely manmade and was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.
  • Located between 59th and 110th streets, the park is about 843 acres.
  • Central Park was designated a national landmark in 1962.
  • The park has appeared in more than 240 feature films.

Central Park Landmarks


Bethesda Fountain

Location: Mid-park at 72nd Street

Designed by Emma Stebbins in 1868, the Bethesda Fountain is one of the largest fountains in New York, measuring 26 feet high by 96 feet wide. Experience it for yourself when you stay at our hotel on Central Park South!


Carousel at Central Park

Location: Mid-park at 64th Street

Opened in 1871, the famed carousel features sweet calliope music and 57 magnificent horses. Let your inner child out to play and take a ride back in time on this charming and historic attraction.


Belvedere Castle

Location: Mid-park at 79th Street

Offering spectacular views of the park and New York City skyline, the Belvedere has earned its name, which translates to "beautiful view" in Italian.


Great Lawn

Location: Mid-park from 79th to 85th streets

The Great Lawn is considered one of the most famous lawns in the world. Pack a picnic and walk over to relax and soak up the summer sun.


Conservatory Garden

Location: 5th Avenue and 105th Street

Opened in 1937, this 6-acre garden features French, English and Italian designs. Be sure to stop by during your stay!


Strawberry Fields

Location: Central Park West, between 71st and 74th streets

The iconic Imagine mosaic in this 2.5-acre area of Central Park pays tribute to Beatles member, John Lennon. The mosaic often features beautiful flower displays left by fans. Our hotel puts you within walking distance of this touching Central Park memorial.

Picnic in the Park Package

Experience the best of Central Park with our curated picnic package. Retreat to one of our suites overlooking the Park where you can scout the perfect spot for your picnic. Package includes keepsake picnic blanket and basket filled with gourmet snacks and beverages.

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Luxury Hotel Accommodations

Since opening its doors in 1931, JW Marriott Essex House New York has served as an iconic Central Park hotel. Boasting contemporary guest rooms and suites - many of which offer park views - our hotel promises to deliver exceptional experiences for our guests. Learn more about all that we have to offer:



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Getting here is easy! JW Marriott Essex House New York is on Central Park South between 6th and 7th avenues, directly across the street from Central Park. Walk here, hail a taxi or take the subway to the Columbus Circle/59th Street Station.


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