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Manhattan: The Hotel @Times Square

59 West 46th St, Phone: (800) 567-7720

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Reviewed by: Jane from CA, review #2971

When: October 2010

The Hotel @ Times Square is an attractive, clean, well-situated hotel with an easy walk to Times Square, Rockefeller Center and theater districts.

Several of us from ST used this as our base for a fun GTG. We were all pleased with the choice.

The rooms were larger than many NYC rooms. Beds were comfortable. There is a large gathering area in the lobby with couches, tables and fireplace which makes for a good place just to relax and talk. It seemed as if it may have been recently refurbished as old iron railings were freshly painted and authentic and wall papers were attractive and unmarred. The hotel was very clean throughout.

Our room faced busy 46th St but with the fan on high creating good white noise, street traffic did not interfere with sleeping.

There is a breakfast served but it is quite minimal so if you are a big breakfast eater you might want to go out. We were fine with the minimum. All I need is coffee.

We paid about $300 a night, including all taxes and fees which are considerable in NYC.

I would definitely stay here again.

Reviewed by: Kaydee from TN, review #2781

When: December 2009

Excellent budget choice in a great location in New York City. Updated rooms & many amenities, including breakfast. AAA/AARP discounts.

My teenage daughter and I just returned from a long pre-Christmas weekend in New York City. We met my sister and her two daughters and were looking for an economical hotel in a convenient location. We were extremely happy with our choice of the Hotel at Times Square - it exceeded my expectations. (Don't be put off by the simple website.)

The hotel is two blocks from Times Square, on 46th Street between Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue) and 5th Avenue. The street is also called "Little Brazil," as there are several Brazilian restaurants nearby. Although we didn't try one of the Brazilian restaurants (next time!), we did eat at the Italian restaurant next door and a nearby Chinese restaurant. Another night we ate on Restaurant Row on the other side of Times Square.

This really is a great location and extremely safe. We could easily walk to Times Square and Rockefeller Center and also walked to Macy's, the Plaza Hotel at Central Park, and the United Nations. It was a short walk from Grand Central station when we arrived and back again when we departed... not even a problem with luggage. There is a subway station just around the corner from the hotel on Avenue of the Americas.

The hotel is a narrow building, 12 floors on the front and 14 floors on the back. The entire property seems to have been very recently updated. Our group had two rooms on the 12th floor, one with a king bed and the other with two double beds, across from each other at the end of the hallway. Our room was a decent size, very clean, stylish. Although the bathroom was small, it had an excellent shower, nice toiletries and a hairdryer. The room had a big flat screen television, a comfortable bed, an iron and ironing board, and an in-room coffee maker and supplies.

One of the best features of the hotel is the inclusion of breakfast in the rate, served in a breakfast room on a basement level. The continental breakfast was substantial, including really good bakery donuts. (Healthier choices included yoghurt, cereal, bananas and apples.) There was a small fitness room on the same level.

Other amenities included free USA Today newspapers in the lobby, a couple of computers/printers in a lobby business center, and a concierge to help with bookings and advice. There is free wireless throughout the hotel, though it didn't pick up well on my laptop. (No problem with my daughter's computer though.) There is a locked storage room for luggage if you arrive or depart after check-in/checkout time.

For the price, I think we got an incredible value. Our rate reflected a 10% discount with our AAA card, which we showed when we arrived (also available with an AARP card). With the discount our rate was $139.49 for two people in a king bed room, plus $24.08 in taxes and fees... $490.71 for the three nights.

We'll definitely stay here again. I can't wait to spend another weekend in New York City.

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