My friend and I switched to this hotel a day before we left for NYC because we got such a good deal - some nights for $199 and some for $239. Such a great price for the location I worried that there would be issues. We had none! We checked in a little early and accepted a room on the 7th floor. I figured that if it were too loud we could move. Neither noise nor lights were a problem. I heard a lot of street noise - even late :) - but still went to sleep easily because we had done so much during the day!
The location is great! Near Times Square but not directly on it. We avoided a lot of noise and traffic this way. I would suggest walking up and down 9th Ave instead of 8th. There is a bus terminal between 41 and 42 on 8th which brings in a ton of people. 9th Ave has more of a neighborhood feel. I felt more comfortable with two women walking by themselves on 9th. We took subways and walked without any problems or worries about safety.
The room was small but it is New York. We had two double beds for two people and there was plenty of room for bags and stuff. Not big empty spaces for doing yoga, etc but I didn't expect there to be! The bathroom doesn't have much counter space so I just brought my toiletries in each day. I thought the shower curtain had a mildewy/sour smell but my friend did not notice it. The room was always cleaned and we had plenty of towels. The bed was very comfortable but I was very tired! We walked a lot . . . . . a whole lot!
The breakfast is good but not extravagant. It is usually crowded. We shared a table with some interesting people! Didn't have to wait on elevators much - only once. There are 32 floors with 6 rooms on each floor. Very compact. We accepted the 7th floor room in part because it's not that many flights if we had to take the stairs.
We decided to take their shuttle to the airport. This was a bit misleading. It is not the hotel's shuttle but a service they use. The concierge did not tell us - if she knew, that the driver was also picking up two other riders - the last one was an hour after our time. This left us concerned about making our flight. We didn't have any problems making the plane but we just felt we weren't given all the information.
We would stay here again! Very good value!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This New York City hotel offers location close to Times Square. Located in the middle of Manhattan, the newly renovated Holiday Inn Express New York Times Square offers comfortable accommodations near New York s biggest attractions. With LaGuardia (LGA) and JFK International (JFK) both less than 15 minutes away, you'll find it easy getting to and from your destinations. Within walking distance of our Manhattan hotel, you can find a wealth of attractions. Just a block from our New York City hotel is Times Square and Broadway theatres. Other well known New York attractions such as the Empire State Building, Broadway and Central Park are within a few blocks of our hotel in Manhattan. Located near 42nd Street, our hotel is close to the main subway lines so you can get around the city easily. For the business traveler, there are many major New York business attractions located near our hotel in New York City. Major headquarters including Merrill Lynch, Legg Mason and Ernst & Young are all within walking distance of our New York City accommodations. With our convenient Manhattan location, you can make it on time to all your New York City meetings. Consider starting your day with one of our famous cinnamon rolls from the hot breakfast bar. Additionally, you can stay connected throughout your entire stay at our New York City hotel with free high-speed Internet access. Book your New York City room reservations now at our Manhattan hotel. ... more less
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