I usually don't write reviews of hotels, but I felt compelled to do so because there are some up here that don't do the hotel justice. I stayed at this hotel the weekend of July 4 with my girlfriend. We both agreed that this is a very nice hotel. For someone who has only been to NY twice, this is the PERFECT location. Lexington ave has plenty of shops, and you are 1-3 blocks from Park, Madison, and Fifth Avenues. Bryant Park, The MOMA and everything you would want to see are close by. There is a subway station on 59th and Lexington Ave. It's also a short walk to Central Park and Times square. You get the midtown feel but without all of the tourist traffic. If you look at the Renaissance in Times Square, you'll find that it is in the heart of Times Square, which means extra congestion and noise all hours of the night. I would much rather walk the 10 short blocks down to Times square.
As for the hotel I got an incredible rate of $179 a night. They are renovating the hotel, and there was a lot of noise in the lobby. but once you get up to your floor you won't hear a thing. They also stopped construction around 5pm and didn't do any on the weekend. We arrived too early to check in and the concierge was kind enough to hold our bags until our room was ready (note- we arrived at 10:45 and there were still tenants in our room, which was why is wasn't ready.) the bellhops were extremely friendly and always greeted us every time they saw us. There is a restaurant in the hotel that also has a lounge and a bar, so it's a good place to relax and have a few cocktails. We didn't get the chance to eat there but the menu looks good. Average prices for a NY restaurant. We stayed in Room 411, which I would highly recommend for any couple. The bathroom was extra spacious, and there was a separate bathtub. there's a large mounted plasma TV in front of the bed. there is also a desk and a couch. I'm not sure if it's pull out, but either way the room is spacious enough for 4 people. I'm a 25 year old male btw. Anyone who says the rooms are small have unrealistic expectations for hotels in NY. It was quiet at night, except for the occasional car horn. But again you are in NY and it's expected. I'm also a light sleeper. I guess the only blemish is that you have to pay $20 for internet but I highly doubt you need it. I just wanted to by some tickets for a party at the last minute. There is a restaurant right next door that offers a good breakfast/brunch for a great price! the total bill was $19 for two people. For my future visits to NY I will be returning to this hotel. By my standards which are high but realistic, I approve of this hotel! I do not suggest the Renaissance in Times Square. It's too busy and you won't get any rest. Please don't miss out!
P.S. Be sure to visit Crumb Bakeshop at the corner of 52nd and Madison. It's delicious.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This recently renovated, Manhattan boutique hotel has unveiled a completed couture masterpiece by award-winning designer Jordan Mozer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance New York City
- Hotel 57 New York
- New York City Renaissance