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Hotel in Times Square or Midtown Manhattan

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Hotel in Times Square or Midtown Manhattan

First time family visitors, coming around Christmas...should we try and stay in Times Square or midtown Manhattan( given the details below)

Thank you!!

I have been researching till I'm blue in the face and I need help please! First time NY visitors, family of 4, kids 15 and 17, want to stay in hotel right in the middle of everything, budget $450--$650 night, 3 nights, probably 12/4-12/7. Would love great room views, have no idea if we want a big hotel or a boutique. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Don't know if we should try and stay close to Rockefeller center or Times Square. Thank you!!

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1. Re: Hotel in Times Square or Midtown Manhattan

Times Square is in midtown Manhattan.

Edited: 11 January 2014, 20:17
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2. Re: Hotel in Times Square or Midtown Manhattan

You need to be close to the subway since it's the cheapest and fastest way to move around the city. Times Square is not really the center of it all since attractions are spread out through the city. TS is full of tourists and super super crowded especially during the holiday season. It's often hard to just walk due to the crowds. If you want a more New York experience you may want to stay in another area and spend an hour or two checking TS out.

Are you needing two beds or can one of the beds be a sleep sofa? The Affinia hotels have large rooms often with kitchens and are quite nice. The Hotel Beacon on the Upper West Side, a wonderful neighborhood, also has large rooms with kitchenettes.

Edited: 11 January 2014, 20:36
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I'm going on a trip to NYC in April and am looking for a room in that area. For that price range I'd look at The Pearl or The Refinery. If you want something even closer try the Hilton Times Square. I'm waiting for prices to drop for the Refinery but I'm not sure if you can wait to long if youre booking a hotel for when youre going

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4. Re: Hotel in Times Square or Midtown Manhattan

Times Square is in Midtown Manhattan. Most attractions are in Midtown and Downtown.

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5. Re: Hotel in Times Square or Midtown Manhattan

Do yourself a favor - procure a guidebook with a map to see exactly where things are located!

A good place to start your research.

Also the FAQ's about NYC have tons of information - a good way to refine your plans.

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Thanks for the advice...I've been reading the guidebooks and trip logs but I guess I can't decide (and maybe I'm putting too much worth into the hotel) where we should stay. I know where we are going to visit and have looked at many maps so I have an itinerary in mind , but I guess deciding home base has been hard. I guess I was hoping someone would say something pro or con about either location that would make it more desirable, given that we want to do all the touristy things. I've read lots about both but thought there might be more insight from someone on the forum.

Edited: 12 January 2014, 04:58
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7. Re: Hotel in Times Square or Midtown Manhattan

Is the OP working with Priceline/Hotwire terms? They split things up to Midtown East/West, Times Square, etc. Some of those sites have Times Square as its own territory.

TS proper would not be my idea of a great location. Way too crowded. Subway stops are everywhere. You can't find a hotel in Manhattan that's not walking distance to the subway.

Times Square is such a zoo. Babysteps to everything. Long lines. Meh.

Edited: 12 January 2014, 04:59
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The other issue with booking a hotel that's listed as being in Times Square is that it may actually be closer to the Port Authority. A few years back, I got one via Priceline I think. It was a fine hotel but involved walking by three porn shops and a needle bin to get to the hotel. Porn shop. Liquor store. Porn shop. Chinese food place. Needle bin. I think the probation office was on the way too. It was like a joke---I screwed up the Priceline bid. and got us that location. Times Square seemed fine I was a noob.

I did Brooklyn last time and loved it. Previously, had been on the Upper East Side, near Grand Central, Central Park South, over by the UN, Wall Street., Chinatown... I've bounced around and really enjoyed most of the places I've stayed. The subway is everywhere. I've yet to stay anywhere that's more than 3 blocks to a subway stop. Some places have the stop closer to the hotel entrance, but I've never felt stranded anywhere.

Near your hotel, more than any tourist site, you want a sane place to get breakfast and coffee, one that won't be beyond mobbed when you try to go. I prefer a neighborhood rather than a touristy feel Lines move more quickly. You don't have tourists in front of you taking forever to order, etc. You want to be close to a decent place to get breakfast on a street that has the usual drugstore, ATM etc. Once you're up and about, you'll be all over the city. That's my two cents.

Edited: 12 January 2014, 05:10
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9. Re: Hotel in Times Square or Midtown Manhattan

I was exactly the same as you worrying about the best location to stay in when we went there in July last year!! We stayed at he Salisbury for the location. We could walk to Fifth Avenue, Central Park, Times Square, Rockefeller Center etc....Also the subway was right on the corner which we used everyday.

My kids were 15 and 11 at the time and it was great because it had one bedroom with a sitting room that had a sofa bed. It was very spacious. However, a little old for my liking!!!

The BIG thing I learnt was that it is not that important where you stay because you will go to a different area everyday and the main thing is your access to a subway!! We are going again this Christmas as 5 nights was just not enough to see everything last time. I have created a new rough itinerary for 8 days and it is already chockablock!!! Have an amazing trip...

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10. Re: Hotel in Times Square or Midtown Manhattan

I'll go out on a limb and recommend the Marriott Marquis if you are looking at the chain hotels. For first timers, it is a terrific location. I am not sure about prices and what rooms you need.

That week you are considering will probably be the least crowded of all the weeks from Thanksgiving to New Year's. However it will still be crowded.