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Manhattan: W Hotel Times Square

1567 Broadway at 47th Street, Phone: (212) 930-7400
www.starwoodhotels.com

Reviewed by: Amarena from NY, review #1103

When: February and July 2005

Fun, trendy hotel right in Times Square. Great public spaces; rooms modern but not top-notch.

I've stayed at the W Times Square twice this year, using Starwood points. The first time we got upgraded to a one bedroom suite -- very nice. This last time, we got a corner room on a high floor overlooking Times Square. Even though this room was smaller, I liked it better because of the great view.

There is a good restaurant, Blue Fin, on the first floor. As you enter the hotel, you are surrounded by glass (or plexiglass?) walls and ceilings of flowing water. You have to take the elevator to the lobby on the 7th floor for check-in. There is also a very nice lobby bar, filled with very chic but comfy chairs and sofas. Lots of beautiful people seem to gather here at cocktail hour. There are t.v. screens showing the view from their camera outside the hotel, so you can watch pedestrians outside the hotel.

I don't really enjoy the Times Square area but it is VERY convenient for seeing a Broadway show and it is easy to get public transportation -- buses, subway or cabs.

I've stayed at 2 other W's in Manhattan, and they always have very friendly staff. The rooms are modern decor, a bit funky, but sometimes show a lot of wear and tear. The hotel seems to put all the money into the lobbies and bar/restaurant areas, and then try to make the rooms look chic on not a lot of money.

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