On my recent trip to NYC, we chose a hotel quite near Times Square (the Muse Hotel on 46th). It was not ON Times Square, but not very far. JennyR261 responded to my trip report by suggesting I post about this topic, so here goes, I hope this helps those of you trying to decide where to stay.
I quite liked it, for the following reasons:
- When we arrived late in the evening on the first day, we were able to easily visit a spot that is most spectacular at night within travelling very far. My 13 year old son found it exciting and was charmed by certain entertainers in the square. It was like a circus in his eyes and he loved it. If you want to sit and just take it all in, there is a grandstand as well as tables and chairs to just sit and people/video ad watch.
- Walking from place to place from our hotel, we ended up crossing through it more than once during our stay, and repeat visits seemed to bring something new each time, noticing different things - it is quite a visual feast and it is a lot to take in, particularly with the crush of people. The crowds vary, and it was nice to experience it with fewer people at varying times.
- I was surprised by the quality of the stores located directly on TS. I thought there would be only cheesy souvenir stores, but there were stores I actually wanted to go into (like Swatch, MAC, Aeropostale) and I found that the prices were not exaggerated for the things that I was looking for.
-I was warned that the quality of dining is not appreciable in TS, but the more interesting Hell's Kitchen is a couple of avenues over.
-Theatres are close by, as are other things we wanted to see, such as Art of the Brick exhibit.TS is in proximity to so many things - Rockefeller Center, 5th Avenue shopping, etc. I like walking and it was possible to walk to quite a few attractions.
My husband hates crowds, however, he even admitted that it was an exciting place to pass through. Yes, it is is touristy, but there is always something to look at. I hope this helps!