My husband and I live in Jackson Heights, Queens, but recently got married at Central Park so we decided to stay at the Manhattan Times Square (in the interest of full disclosure, we partly chose that hotel because a friend of mine works there and we were able to take advantage of a friends and family discount).
I stayed with my sister the night before the wedding and my husband and I stayed on the wedding night. The location is definitely great for tourists; Times Square is a quick walk from the door. It was also great for us because the 7th Avenue B/D/E stop is right around the corner (the E is right by our house).
We were on the top floor (the 22nd). The room decor was nice, but the best part was a GIANT terrace that ran the length of the room. There was a little table with two chairs out on the terrace, so it was great to hang out there if we wanted some fresh air. We could actually look down on a rooftop bar across the street, which was pretty cool. The windows were big and let a lot of light into the room, but the curtains were able to block it out when we needed to. (The lights of Times Square are not exactly conducive to sleep.) I didn't notice any noise coming in from outside, but I'm also a heavy sleeper. (My sister went into the bathroom at one point and mentioned that she heard some "activity" in the room next to ours; I was sitting on the bed at the time and couldn't hear it from there.)
The lighting in the bathroom was wonderful. The mirror was surrounded with an LED light - sort of an updated version of the dressing room mirrors you see in movies. It was fantastic. The tub was also very big and the shower head was really great, but we had a problem figuring out the drain. I'm not sure if it was clogged or if something was broken, but there was a knob that looked like it should've closed and opened the drain, but it didn't seem to ever fully open. That was kind of annoying.
There was also a fantastic walk-in closet. I kept my wedding gown in there and the rails in the closet were high enough that the dress could hang properly. Not true of the closet at home where my dress is living now. :(
As some folks mentioned, the elevators were a little slow, but honestly I didn't think they were any slower than when I worked on the 26th floor of a building in Tribeca. (That said, it can be painful even when you're used to it.)
There was a nice looking bar downstairs, but not open yet.
The staff people we met were all very nice. I think only one person (who I checked in with) knew I had a friend who worked there. When my sister and I misplaced our room keys after the first night, we were able to get new ones easily. Then we found the old ones.
It was a very short cab ride to the west side of the park where we were getting married (the Ladies Pavilion), but if you just want to visit the park and aren't in a wedding gown, it's only 8 blocks away - a very nice walk.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the heart of New York City, The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel is the ideal base for exploring the most exciting city in the world. Its exceptional location, just steps away from Times Square, Broadway theaters, Fifth Avenue shopping, Rockefeller Center and Central Park, is easy to get to wherever you are. Each room is equipped with convenient amenities, such as coffee/tea maker, ergonomic desk chairs, high speed internet access (for up to 5 devices), and electronic safes. Sleek lines, warm colors, and comfortable seating create a relaxed atmosphere in our renovated lobby, which features a communal lounge area with a plasma TV and limited time complimentary high speed internet access. In addition, squeeze in a workout at our 24 hrs. Health club at no additional cost. ... more less
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