Hotel The Hotel at Times Square Hotel 0 star
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59 West 46TH Street 10036 New York New York United States New York, United States of America -
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It goes without saying that a hotel with the '@' symbol as part of its name is never going to be a world beater and this is certainly the case with The Hotel @ Times Square. What it does having going for it is that it does enjoy a very central location, if not right on Times Square, very close to it indeed. It also offers some of the lowest rates in the city, depending on the time of year and throws in complimentary breakfast and wifi. The downside is that service and décor take a back seat, but hey, you get what you pay for. This would be a good option for families on a budget as kids stay for free if sharing with the rents or grandparents.

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    Location 1.0 /10

    The Hotel @ Times Square is situated on West 46th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues meaning it is in close proximity to many of the attractions that first time tourists would want to see: Times Square, the Rockefeller Centre, Grand Central, New York Public Library, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Empire State Building. Also within walking distance are the theatres of Broadway, great shopping along Fifth and Madison Avenues and of course Central Park. While the immediate area around the hotel remains lively all week long, Midtown is not the best place to be at weekends so for more action and a better choice of restaurants and bars head south to Downtown. In terms of getting around, there are several subway stations within just a few minutes' walk from the hotel which will take you to pretty much anywhere you need to go within the city. JFK is 18 miles away, La Guardia 10 miles and Newark 16.

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    All 213 guestrooms at The Hotel @ Times Square are identical in terms of décor and amenities although some are slightly bigger than others and others connect to a second room to form a 'suite' for families. Being in Midtown there are no spectacular views but many do look onto either 46th or 47th Street. The rooms are carpeted in dark red and the beds have skirts and plaids to match while the artwork also recalls the hue. A queen or king bed is dressed in white linens and is set against a dark wood headboard matching the rest of the furniture in the room which consists of a couple of bedside tables, a small writing desk and a drawer unit. There is a reading light on each side of the bed as well as an iPod docking station and telephone. Other amenities include a flatscreen television, coffee maker, safe, iron and ironing board and air conditioning. Thankfully the upholstery on the chairs is a little funky or else the room would be on the drab side of things. The bathrooms are not huge but they are clean and in decent condition if a little dated. They feature bathtubs with a regular shower head, a large mirror, hairdryer and Relaxing Archive toiletries.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    The first impression you get of the hotel upon entering the lobby is that it has been designed and decorated with a high volume of guests in mind. The furniture and fittings look hardwearing and functional rather than attractive and playful, although thanks to art, flowers and collection of decorative objects it is pleasant enough and rather comfortable. A seating area to the left-hand side is arranged around a fireplace above which is a flatscreen television and adjacent to this is an area where guests can make complimentary use of two iMacs to surf the net and print out documents. A communal table with plug sockets is installed just behind the seating area and opposite the reception desk. Right at the back of the lobby is a concierge desk overflowing with leaflets for the city's attractions as well as a machine serving complimentary tea and coffee. During our visit the soundtrack to the lobby was a jazzy record playing discretely in the background. There are a couple of elevators serving all floors of the hotel between which is the building's original mail shoot.

    Given the hotel's rates, it may not be a surprise that its amenities are rather thin on the ground. The only additional service offered at the hotel is its rather meager fitness room in the basement which consists of a couple of treadmills and a pair of cycling machines. With no natural light, probably best to go for a run in Central Park.

    Finding your way around the hotel and its corridors is not always as simple as it should be as the room number indications are sometimes a miss. Another peculiarity of the hotel is the presence on some floors of a door between the two elevators. If you call the elevator from one side of the door but it is the one on the other side which opens first, you do not have enough time to reach it before it closes on you and heads off to another floor!

    Food and drink 5.70 /10

    There is no restaurant at The Hotel @ Times Square although there is a grim breakfast room where a complimentary continental buffet is laid on every morning. Although we did not have the chance to enjoy breakfast at the hotel from what we saw, the quality of the products available leave a lot to be desired and we can imagine that it is a bit of a free-for-all in the morning given the number of covers versus the number of potential guests. The hotel also has a bar on the second floor which opens in the late afternoon until the late hours. So if you sleep lightly do not go for a room on the second floor!

    To know

    The property is owned and operated by Apple Core hotels, which runs another four properties in New York. With low rates and offers such as kids stay free when sharing with parents/grandparents, the hotel is often busy and is similar to other properties such as the Wellington and Roosevelt in that they sometimes resemble factories with people constantly coming and going. If you are looking for peace and quiet and a degree of discretion or intimacy, this is definitely not the place for you.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park

      ($27 sedan/$37 SUV, no in/out)

    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Sports equipment

      sports, fitness

    • Safe

    advantage

    • Very central location
    • Complimentary breakfast/wifi

    disadvantages

    • Low levels of service
    • Dated design/décor
    • Public spaces can get very busy

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