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Hotel Novotel Times Square Hotel 2 star
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226 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019, États-Unis New York, United States of America -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The advantage of the Novotel is that you know exactly what you are going to get: it won't be anything gout of the ordinary but you are guaranteed a good standard of accommodation (although only one type) and service. The real asset of this hotel is its location and the views that come with it. Close to all the major attractions and with a decent restaurant and amenities this is the choice of those who don't want to break the bank but require a minimum of quality. Best for couples or small families as the rooms are not quite big enough for large groups.

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      Novotel Times Square   -   © Igor Lubinetsky

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    Location 8.89 /10

    The clue is in the name. The Novotel is right in the heart of New York's most famous square on West 52nd Street. It is within walking distance to Central Park, the Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the theatres of Broadway and shopping on Fifth and Madison Avenues. There are several subway stations surrounding the hotel which will get you absolutely anywhere on Manhattan or to Brooklyn. JFK is 18 miles away, La Guardia 9 miles and Newark 16.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    There is just one type of room at the Novotel. The surface area is fairly impressive for a standard room, especially in the heart of Manhattan and the décor is simple but clean and tasteful. The room features a king bed with a basic headboard and bedside tables with clock radio, an armchair and sofa either side of a coffee table, a desk, minibar and of course fantastic views of either Times Square or the Hudson. In addition there is a flatscreen television, telephone, safe, iron and ironing board and stylised photos of New York on the walls. There is of course the Novotel touch in the shape of French magazines. The bathroom is on the small side and is a little dated in its décor. It has a wooden floor, bathtub with a regular shower, personalised toiletries and a hairdryer. Some rooms have an extra double bed, but to be honest it would be quite tight with a family of four.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    In order to reach the hotel's lobby you'll need to take the elevator at the street level entrance and go up several floors. The hall is a busy place where people are always milling around which gives a certain buzz to proceedings but which also means that there is sometimes a wait at the reception desk. Much of the lobby is simply open space however there is some seating to one side (as well as in the bar, more below in 'Food and Drink') and towards the back is a gift shop. Also in the lobby is a games room with video consoles, an ATM and several iMac where guests can check emails. There is also a free-to-use business centre off of the lobby as well as wifi connection (chargeable). The Lounge, just off the entrance hall, is reserved to VIPs and is a space where guests can come to relax away from the hubbub of the lobby. Drinks are available all day long, while there is also a television, Sony Wii and iMacs for internet. While the hotel doesn't have a wellness centre, it does have a good quality fitness room with many state-of-the-art machines and separate weights room. The public areas of the hotel are well kept in general but can become busy and noisy. Getting to your room is an uncomplicated process and the corridors are clean and easy to negotiate. The staff members we came across were all very pleasant and helpful.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    Café Nicole is the hotel's restaurant and bar and is perhaps its biggest asset, although for its views, not for its food. The restaurant part is split-level and has a fantastic view of Times Square through its huge floor-to-ceiling windows. It's quite rare to have this kind of perspective of the famous landmark as it is usually seen from ground level or from high up - the restaurant is situated on the seventh floor. The black and red furniture is broken only by the manga-style canvases of the city on the walls. All three meals are served I the restaurant and the menu is a typical French brasserie style affair with many simple but well done dishes. The service is not bad the staff don't go out their way to make conversation. Just in front is the bar area where it is possible to take a drink or small snack or watch sports on the televisions behind the bar. It is also used as a waiting area for the many guests coming in and out of the hotel at any one time.

    To know

    Although the hotel has 480 rooms, there is no choice in terms of type of accommodation, there being only one category of room. Some of the rooms do have extra beds, but it is quite a squeeze so families with older kids may want to opt for two separate rooms rather than the one.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness

    • Animals allowed
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Location
    • Views
    • VIP lounge

    disadvantages

    • No room choice
    • Very busy lobby

    Traveller Reviews

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      • Package deals in juillet 2012 Posted on 2014-05-10 En famille - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Nous avions une chambre avec vue sur Times Square au 27e étage, pour notre second séjour dans cet hôtel après 2009. Sa situation géographique sur Manhattan est excellente, avec toutes les commodités nécessaires. Le personnel reste affable. Les chambres n'étaient pas encore rénovées à cette époque mais restent correctes. Nous y retournons cette année et pourrons juger des améliorations. A revoir : petit déjeuner (les spécialités "françaises"...), salle de sport très limitée et internet payant.

      • Advantages

        Situation Concierge très efficace

      • Disavantages

        un peu vieilissant internet payant petit déjeuner

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      • Overall Score 7.25/10
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      • Package deals in septembre 2012 Posted on 2013-07-30 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Un hôtel qui frise la perfection, un service d'accueil accueillant, de très belles chambres et confortable après une longue journée dans les rues, les petits déjeuner sont copieux, et la vue sur time square est magnifique.

      • Advantages

        La vue L'accueil du personnel (qui parle Français pour la plupart) Le confort La possibilité de faire garder ces bagages avant le départ

      • Disavantages

        Le prix du petit déjeuner

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      • Overall Score 9.50/10
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