Visitors from around the globe flock to Times Square for its bright lights and 24-hour hustle and bustle. This area of Manhattan is, after all, in close proximity to some of the city’s most celebrated restaurants, home to the Great White Way, and convenient to more than a dozen subway lines.
Despite its frenetic disposition, however, this beating heart of NYC remains a favorite place for tourists to stay. Here are five of the best hotels in Times Square.
From $199/ night
Talk about a stellar location. A five to ten-minute walk from Times Square, this funky hotel is just far enough from the noise and crowds, yet close enough to all the action. Known for its affordable luxury, citizenM offers large comfy beds, free Wi-Fi and movies, as well as a fashionable lobby complete with a 24-hour bar and café. You’ll feel like you’re relaxing in someone’s chic living room rather than a New York City hotel.
From $249/ night
Catering to the health conscious, this eco-friendly hotel from IHG makes certain that you’ll never miss a workout while traveling. Beyond an athletic studio, EVEN provides basic exercise equipment such as a jump rope, exercise ball, and yoga mat within each guest room. Eat well away from home when you choose to dine in, or grab and go. Expect eucalyptus fiber bedding, free high-speed Wi-Fi, a game room, 40-inch wide HDTV, and more. EVEN is located just south of Times Square near Penn Station.
The Knickerbocker Hotel
From $369/ night
Unwind after a long day exploring the city when you return to the Knickerbocker. With upscale guest rooms that include Stearns and Foster Euro-top beds, SFERRA bed linens, and Turkish bath towels, you won’t miss much from home when you choose this hotel in the heart of Times Square. This property provides flat screens with HDTV and video on demand, Samsung tablets, and bedside power outlets and USB ports, every techie’s dream when traveling. Relax in the Blue Bar; have a meal in the Lobby restaurant, or dine at the exquisite Round Table. Too tired to venture out? Opt for a gourmet meal from chef Charlie Palmer in your room, available 24/7.
The Algonquin Hotel
From $269/ night
Although rates are a tad higher than the $2 per night they were in 1902, you won’t mind as you indulge in the old-world elegance of this reimagined New York City landmark. Known to lodge literary greats over the years, the stately hotel was renovated in 2012 by famed designer Alexandra Champalimaud, but hasn’t lost its charm or je ne sais quoi. Expect pillow top mattresses, complimentary bottled water, premium movie channels, and a visit from legendary Matilda the cat (who usually hangs out in the reception area) when you stay at the classically decorated Algonquin, which is just steps from all Times Square has to offer.
The Muse Hotel
From $369/ night
This Kimpton property boasts a big-city feel with its glam décor. Find bold colors and patterns combined with an eclectic mix of furnishings in the hotel’s guest quarters, as well as perks like free bike rental, a nightly wine reception, 24-hour fitness center, and in-room massages and spa services. Savor a meal or sip a cocktail in NIOS, the hotel restaurant next door. Like other Kimpton hotels, the Muse is pet-friendly with no weight limits, so don’t hesitate to bring Fido or Fluffy along on your trip to Gotham.