We had the pleasure of staying at the Renaissance Times Square Hotel for three days during a recent vacation to New York City. Although at first we were a little hesitant to book this hotel (fearing large crowds outside the hotel entrance, difficulty to park our car, noise, etc) we were extremely pleased with our stay and would strongly recommend this hotel to others who wish to be right in the middle of the action. X literally marks the spot for this hotel for it is located right in the middle of Broadway and 7th Avenue (where the two streets cross in an X formation) right in the middle of Times Square. The decorator used the X location as a source of inspiration and carried the theme throughout the hotel by adorning it with X-like sculptures, chairs, railings and other accents. The hotel décor is extremely modern/ futuristic yet classy which is definitely something you will not find in other hotels in NYC.
The location and view of Times Square is second to none. Despite knowing New York like the back of my hand, I could not help but be amazed by the hotel views. The main restaurant offers a truly priceless view over Times Square giving you both a bird’s eye view as well as the feeling of being right in the middle of action without the hustle and bustle of the crowds outside. The food at the restaurant is also good. Their lunch and dinner “blue” selections are the specials of the day and offer excellent quality for a modest price, which I would highly recommend trying for either lunch or dinner when soaking up the view.
Having stayed at various other hotels in the city, we were very impressed with both the size and amenities of our hotel room. The double bed hotel room we booked was very spacious and larger than the rooms at the Marriott Marquis and Residence Inn Times Square. Although we were four in a room, we did not feel as though we lacked space, even though we had lots of luggage. The room itself was tastefully appointed offering a work desk, reading chair and side table, two double beds, a large armoire, a flat screen television, a mini bar as well as a close up view of some of the neon signs adorning Times Square. The washroom was bright, clean and equipped with a speaker connected to the television so that you can hear the television while showering. The washroom also had complimentary Aveda soaps and creams which were great in order to relax at the end of the day.
The hotel is also very efficient in unloading your car and parking your vehicle. You just have to pull up in front of the hotel and the porters will take care of everything. Parking is extremely expensive in New York City and the average going rate for a 24 hour period without in or out privileges is about $65 for an SUV in a public parking lot. The hotel offers valet parking for $51 for an SUV and parks the car for you making it a breeze to check in and less expensive than looking for your own parking.
The concierge lounge is quite small so it is offered only to Gold and Platinum Marriot Reward Members. It is only open for breakfast and offers a limited selection of the usual breakfast staples: scrambled eggs, toast, yogurt, muffins, juice and coffee.
The staff at the restaurant and concierge louge were extremley polite and efficient. The hotel was kept immaculately clean and we even saw hotel employees touching up paint during our stay in order to keep everything in tip top shape.
In conclusion, I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking to be right in the heart of the action or who is visiting New York City for the first time. It is a great hotel for couples, singles and families with teenage children who are looking for a modern hotel which sets itself apart from the other conventional hotel chains. The hotel is not a budget one so I would recommend booking it on discount sites or on Marriott’s site when promotional rates are available. Enjoy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel housed in 1930s building, located between Avenue of the Americas & 7th Avenue. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance New York City
- Renaissance Hotel New York
- Renaissance Times Square
- New York City Renaissance