Walking up to the hotel, you might not be able to pick it out of a line up. It's one of four hotels directly in a row - all narrow, tall skyscrapers. 2 of the hotels directly adjacent - the Fairfield Inn, and Sheraton Four Points - came up in my Kayak searches along with Staybridge Suites and had comparable pricing.
I chose Staybridge because their AAA rate was a little better, and I recently joined the IHG rewards program, of which, they are one of the IHG hotels.
The lobby is small, but bright and modern. Light neutral stone and fabrics, touches of chrome and dark wood, tasteful and pleasant. Check in was super easy. The employee I spoke with was completely pleasant, friendly, and happily accommodated an early check in (12 noon instead of 4p). I was even given an IHG reward gift.
There are more than 30 floors and only 3 elevators, so I was a bit concerned about their speed and timeliness. I didn't have any issues during my stay though. They were always quick.
The room was nice. It featured a full kitchen that was completely outfitted with all the essentials, king bed, and desk/tv stand/bureau piece that was very functional. The bathroom was cozy, but well laid out. A surprising amount of counter space, nice fixtures and finishes. Everything felt very new, modern, and comfortable.
Design wise, the space was very well laid out. Everything was functional - placement of outlets, lighting, closet location, door placement, etc. It wasn't as glamorous as The W, or similar upscale design hotels, but it certainly held its own. I've stayed at plenty of hotels that have higher star ratings that weren't nearly as nice. I even had a view of the Empire State Building.
My room was directly behind one of the elevators, but I never heard it. Soundproofing was very good.
The great room was ample and comfortable - plenty of space to sprawl out. Same modern tasteful decor. Evening social hour included beer and wine, and heavy apps. Easily saving $40 per person at a bar or restaurant. Same with breakfast in the morning - another $20 per person saved.
The location is pretty good - easily walkable to many attractions and subway stations.
Every staff person I encountered was completely lovely. And to top it off, they happily accommodated a late check out 1p instead of 11a).
I would definitely stay here again, and definitely recommend it to others:
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When you're traveling to New York City, you want to be confident that your accommodations will meet your every need. Staybridge Suites • Times Square •New York City has been meticulously created to do just that. No hassles. No mysteries. Just a single focus on you! A short walk to Times Square, a block from the nearest subways and the Port Authority Bus Terminal, you’re in the heart of Manhattan, with all the city attractions in easy access at your doorstep. It’s All On Us! We’ve included in your stay a COMPLIMENTARY breakfast each morning, complimentary wi-fii/high speed internet in all rooms and throughout the hotel, complimentary cocktail hour/social reception with free drinks/beer/wine/and appetizers 5-7pm Tues-Thur, complimentary in room coffee/coffee maker and tea daily, in addition to complimentary coffee/tea/and hot cocoa in our great room-lobby throughout the day, complimentary newspapers by our front desk; and, complimentary laundry facility, business center and fitness center. Each room comes with its own fully equipped kitchenette, with a full-sized refrigerator, microwave, stove top, dishwasher, pots, pans, utensils, and cookbook to make you feel completely at home. On site is a concierge service to help you with tourist/and travel arrangements, bellman/porter service for car and luggage assistance, bar/lounge space open in the evenings, 24-hr pantry and convenience mart for late night snacks and last minute travel needs, and board games by our great room fireplace. Our hotel allows pets. 24-hour security is onsite. Reduced rate parking at nearby hotel garage just one block away. Stay a Night, Stay a Week, Stay a Year. Our hope is you never want to leave! ... more less
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