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“Excellent Location - But not worth extra $$ for NYE” 3 of 5 stars
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AKA Times Square
4.5 of 5 Condominium   |   123 West 44th Street, Between 6th & Broadway, New York City, NY 10036 (Manhattan)   |  
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Port Hedland, Australia
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“Excellent Location - But not worth extra $$ for NYE”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We stayed at the AKA Times Square from the 23rd dec 2012 until the 2nd jan 2013. The location of the hotel is fantastic to say the least, Right off the centre of TS.

The rooms are well kitted out and spacious.

Whilst we stayed there, there was construction going on at the front of the apartments so we couldnt really see out of the window :(
The main reason we stayed at these apartments was for the new years eve celebrations. Being that the apartments are just off broadway/T.S we stupidly assumed you would be able to get a better location for the NYE celebrations if you paid extra (a lot lot lot extra) to stay in the middle of the action. When we left the apartment at 7.00pm on NYE the police wouldn't let us enter TS from our hotel street and we had to walk a number of blocks back up manhatten to access from there. We spoke to reception about why they charged so much for the night of NYE when there is absolutely no benefit of the extra money and they just said "that is how it is".

Going on that i'm returning to New York for a week before Christmas this year and i will not be returning to AKA Times Square.

Room Tip: Not worth the extra $$ for NYE
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Best location ever, kind staff, loads of space, warm and functional. I could live here, could not have asked for more... Except I would equip the Apartment with those little essentials that make life easier such as washing liquid or a nice duvet instead of blankets. Overall fabulous.

Room Tip: Ask for atom on the back and a high floor
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

While I am not a big fan of the Time Square area, I needed to stay close to meeting locations, so AKA Times Square was an excellent choice. Here are the key points:
* Location a block from Times Square
*Adjacent to a very nice French brasserie (convenient for breakfast)
* Units are modern and offer everything a leisure of business traveler would need (mine had a study, separate living/didning area, two level penthouse suite)
* one thing that may be an issue with NYC hotels in teh winter is heat - this residency had great heating system mainiating even temperature troughout both floors)
* Internet is available, however in some of teh rooms the connection seemed to be slower
*being a residency, AKA Times Square has a very relaxed feel and fast in/out access (especially if you are in a hurry for a meeting)
* my room was quiet given the higher floor

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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melbourne australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

our family of 5 stayed at the AKA in January - the location was superb, the apartment clean & spacious, but most importantly the staff were great. Warm & friendly & very caring - our daughter became ill & the staff were extremely caring & concerned.

the business centre was a real bonus as well as the freshly brewed coffee & fruit that was available daily.

we would certainly recommend the AKA as a really warm, friendly home away from home!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Centrally located near Times Square so within easy access of most of NYC. Large bedroom with well equipped kitchen, small functional bathroom and a spare room with not much more than a chair and light. For those staying longer there is also in room washer/drier. Hotel also has a small business centre and small gym. Staff were all very friendly. Only issue is the overnight noise from garbage collectors, and the old style key lock was a surprise. In summary, if you do not need room service then why not opt for more space?

Room Tip: Get room not facing main road if that it possible
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We came to NY for only 5 days, wanted to check it out hoping it would be great since the pictures looked good and the reviews weren't too bad. Plus it had a washer/dryer and we are coming to NY in Sept for 2 weeks. Well we got there and the bathroom floor was very dirty, looked like the floor had not been washed since at least the last people there. Also I took off my shoes after walking around in the kitchen and bedroom my socks were full of hair and dirt! Just gross, I mean who wants to pay $350 per night for that. Also the linens were awful. Bed sheets were poor, I think they could do better since they are charging enough per night. The heater is another story, very loud and the room was cool when we got back so we would turn it on, was very noisy. Then we found out that it's an extra $25 for maid service!

Anyway, I recommend Hotel Meila over this hotel any day!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for a business trip. I loved the location and the room. I can not wait to come back with my family. I really like the fact that they do not clean your room each day and that I have a kitchen. I would surely stay here again.

Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Additional Information about AKA Times Square

Address: 123 West 44th Street, Between 6th & Broadway, New York City, NY 10036
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Manhattan
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 182 Specialty lodging in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — AKA Times Square 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
AKA balances the style and hospitality of an intimate hotel with the space and comfort of a fully appointed luxury condominium. Recognized for long stay comfort and value, AKA stands for unparalleled metropolitan locations; contemporary design; and exceptional business, fitness, and lifestyle services.AKA Times Square is located in the heart of the theater district, surrounded by the vibrant spirit of New York City's Times Square neighborhood. Just steps from Sixth Avenue's business corridor, ours is a superb location for business travelers as well as visitors seeking the best of Manhattan’s dining, entertainment and nightlife scene. AKA Times Square provides a perfect environment for stays of a week or longer, offering 105 total apartment residences, including spacious studios, one and two bedroom suites and duplex penthouses. ... more   less 
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