There are also many popular hotel chains in the area, so check out Best Western, Residence Inn or any others to see what they offer. New York has over 65,000 hotel rooms, so finding a room is easy. Finding a room that is reasonable and worth the price is difficult. Although many people prefer to not stay in Time Square since it’s loud and busy, many other people want to be able to step out of their door and into the action immediately. One of the advantages of being in this area is that if you are seeing a lot of Broadway shows, you can get home with no problem. Taxis are very difficult to find since most shows end around the same time. Times Square also has a lot of good restaurants and the variety is endless. Here are some top picks in all price ranges. Be sure to check for special deals and packages (especially on Expedia or Orbitz), and look into including the hotel with your airfare (you will save a lot). Hotels in New York City are expensive compared to most cities in the United States and watch out for hidden charges (taxes are high-as much a eighteen plus dollars a night and may not be included in the price you are quoted). Hotel telephones are expensive, so use your own cell phone. Tips are expected (at least one dollar per bag). Parking a car is outrageous, so you are better off without one. In all cases, if you don’t like your room-ask the front desk for another one. It is their job to make you feel comfortable.
HOTEL EDISON (228 West 49th Street, telephone 212 840-5000) is a favorite with budget travelers and groups from out-of-town. It’s in the very heart of the theatre district. Be sure and visit the colorful coffee shop downstairs. It’s not an elegant hotel, but the rooms are large and there has been recent updating (including Wi-Fi). Price range between $150 and $250 per night. www.edisonhotelnyc.com
PARAMOUNT HOTEL (235 West 46th Street, telephone 212 354-5237) was originally developed by Ian Schrager was a hot spot for trendy people. Today it is owned by a Spanish chain and the rates are much more reasonable. The hotel still has a fun atmosphere and the balcony bar is a wonderful, comfortable place to have a drink. The rooms are tiny, but they are modern and up-to-date. Price range between $150 and $250 a night. www.solmelia.com
ALGONQUIN (59 West 44th Street, telephone 212 944-1419) is the home of the famous “literary roundtable” of the 1920s. The lobby, with it’s plush sofas and waiter service, is still one of the best places to have a drink in New York City, whether you are staying there or not. The hotel rooms, although small, were recently updated. The suites are wonderful and the entire old New York charm of the hotel makes you feel you’ve stepped into another time. Price range between $250 and $350 a night. www.thealgonquin.com
TIME HOTEL (224 West 49th Street, telephone 212 320-2900) is unique because famous designer Adam Tihany has designed each room with a primary color palette, to create a varied sensory experience. The rooms are small, but the location is terrific.
The bar area is very popular. Price range is between $250 and $350 a night. www.thetimeny.com
W TIMES SQUARE (1567 Broadway, telephone 212 930-7500) is part of the exclusive W chain and draws hips crowds. It has ultra-modern, sleek rooms, a great bar scene and wonderful restaurants (check out Blue Fin, for great seafood). The price range is between $350 and $450 a night. www.whotels.com
There are also many popular hotel chains in the area, so check out Best Western, Residence Inn or any others to see what they offer. To be in the Time Square area, you really want to be between 42nd and 50th Streets on the West Side. There is one hostel, The Big Apple Hostel at 119 West 45th Street, telephone 212 302-2605. It’s clean and most rooms are dormitory style (there are a few private rooms). The price is under $150 dollars a night. www.bigapplehostel.com