I usually come to NY a couple of times a year so I have stayed at a variety of different hotels all over town throughout the years. I just discovered this place because I was using American Airlines miles and happend to see it on the list of hotels available for my dates on the AAdvantage redemption website. I am so glad I discovered it.
We stayed in room 808 and had a view out onto 44th St, so not a great view but at least it wasn't a view to a brick wall, which you get sometimes at NY hotels. It was fine with me but if you're after a high rise, panoramic city view, this building is not tall enough to provide that for you. I happened to call before I booked the room and was told by the front desk that there are renovated apartments and also some that have not yet been renovated, so if you get the opportunity, request one of the renovated ones.
One thing to be aware of is that there is only housekeeping service once a week, and they will tell you your cleaning day when you check in. It is usually in the middle of your stay. If you need towels or anything in the interim, just ask and they'll bring them up, no problem. We actually prefer not to be bothered by a housekeeper coming in every day as we work during the day from our room, and it's more of an interruption for us. It's really more like an apartment than a hotel, so look it at it like that. No restaurant or room service in the building, but there are probably a thousand restaurants that will deliver to you, so you're not missing out.
Our 1 bedroom apartment was really very nicely appointed. The living room was large enough for us to have 9 people (including myself and my husband) for dinner one night (Chinese food delivery). The hotel was very helpful and brought us extra chairs, opened up the leaf on the table for us, brought us extra plates and silverware, showed us how to turn on the ice maker, etc. They were extremely accommodating.
The apartment had a full kitchen with a very nice built-in Sub Zero fridge, GE profile stainless steel appliances, dishwasher, microwave, etc. There's a coffee machine, all the kitchen stuff you could need. I could live there forever and be quite comfortable and everything was new and spotless.
Each apt also has a stacked washer and dryer, so you can go home with clean clothes in your suitcase, if you so desire.
The bedrooms all have a king size bed (unless you happen to need one of the ADA/handicapped equipped rooms, which have a Queen bed). More on this later.
The bathroom had a large a walk-in shower with a rain shower head from the ceiling -- very nice. The bathroom is not attached through the bedroom which is important if you have family members sleeping on a rollaway in the living room. This way they don't have to come traipsing through your bedroom while you're sleeping in the middle of the night.
We had an elderly family member joining us for the last few days of our stay so we decided to be extra cautious and move into one of the ADA-compliant apartments as it had grab rails in the shower, as well as a shower seat. We had to give up our king bed for a queen, but it was worth it for the safety aspect. The hotel staff was so wonderful about helping us move. They couldn't have been any nicer about it. We got a rollaway bed in the living room for our guest, which she said was quite comfortable. It was nicer and thicker than I pictured. It was definitely not one of those skinny army cots. They came and made it up with fresh linens, and got us all settled in (again).
As for the location, if you like being in the heart of the action, then just walk a half a block up 44th street and you are right smack dab in the middle of Times Square. Take pictures of yourself under where the New Year's Eve ball drops, see a Broadway show, etc. If you prefer not to be in the mob scene, then just go half a block in the opposite direction on 44th St and you're just in a normal business district, not very crowded at all. The subway is either at Times Square (mob scene) or in the quieter direction, at Bryant Park. You can get anywhere in town quite easily.
I can't say enough about how great this place was for us. We really felt like we lived there rather than feeling like hotel guests. If you prefer to have some space to hang out in as opposed to just having a standard hotel room, I would definitely recommend AKA.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Aka Times Square Hotel New York City