My Mom and I went to NYC to celebrate her 60th birthday at the end of July. Having been to NYC before and wanting to stay somewhere close to the theater district, we chose this hotel b/c we could use our Visa rewards points on a room. Overall, we had a very good stay. The hotel is very new and clean. The beds are comfortable, it seemed to be very quiet, and the complimentary breakfast was wonderful (and a cost saver in NY). There was also free wireless internet which was nice.
For us, the location worked, however, we also like to walk a lot - I could see where some others may not like the location. It is very close to Madison Square Garden, Penn Station, and the bus depot. There are also plenty of restaurants and shops in the area. However, it is a little misleading to call it the Holiday Inn Express "Times Square" as it is not in Times Square but actually quite a few blocks over. (We actually ended up being thankful for this though b/c I think that is why it was quiet there.) That being said, you can walk to Times Square and the theater district in about 10 minutes, or to Central Park in about 20/30 minutes. So it really depends on how much you want to walk (or take public transportation). Other than that, my only complaints would be small ones - the room was smaller (but that is kind of expected in NYC), and it was hard to regulate the temperature both on the thermostat and in the shower. The hotel itself was pretty small - only about six rooms on each floor - but very tall (about 40 floors).
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and if you are like us and walk a lot, then the location shouldn't be a problem. We decided after this trip that next time we would probably stay in another neighborhood, but that is just our preference.
- 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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