Many reviews point out that this hotel's strongest plus is it's location. Personally I would advise AGAINST tourists staying near Times Square. Because of the work trips I do, it is convenient for me.
This property is typical of many in Midtown, that began in the 80s renovating older buildings into "boutique" hotels. The biggest thing to watch for here is room size. The closest comparison is that they are akin to standard staterooms on Cruise-ships.
STAY, like many of its peers, has tiny tiny rooms by American standards. And there is also a lot of differences from room to room, as they attempted to upgrade them around the existing architecture. I had originally booked a queen room, but when I got there, the only one they had was just above the lobby. So I opted for a Standard on a higher floor. I think from the pictures that the Queens have more square-footage than the Standards.
The room I was in at Stay last week, had no closet. It had a hinged U-bar on the wall above the nightstand for hanging things. I have seen this before in these micro-rooms. I was only in for a one-nighter, so that didn't cause trouble. But also there was no place to store luggage, so stayed mostly packed.
Frequently the micro-hotels have only slightly serviceable bathrooms. Stay's was OK, bigger than some I have seen; perfectly acceptable. Oddball issue in the shower though. Originally these bathrooms had been renovated with a 2-foot wide panel of shower stall glass, but I guess they had discovered that too much water got out, so they also put in a shower rod and curtain, inside of the glass panel. They way it was installed in my particular bathroom, it only allowed for 12-16 inches wide of space inside the shower. And one of my personal pet peeves is having the shower curtain touching me while showering.
Excellent BOSE radio on the nightstand: Thanks! I hate it that so many "chic" hotels today only have iPod docking stations. Not an Apple owner here, and I like to have good ole-fashioned radio in the room.
Bed seemed superior quality. Easy to get-to electrical at the nightstand.
This hotel seems to be very popular with International Travelers. I enjoyed seeing and hearing Italian, Spanish, Brazilian, Latin Americans; on almost every trip through the Lobby.
Restaurant-Bar off the Lobby is a popular party location, so you might enjoy asking for a higher room.
2 very small elevators, so if you are going down during check-out time, expect a wait.
If you feel compelled to stay close to times-square, this hotel is excellent value. Quality operation. Clean rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Not just a hotel, but rather a place to spend the night. That's the mantra of this fashionable midtown Manhattan hotel. Located in Times Square on West 47th Street, only steps from the Theater District, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, and Fifth Avenue, we make it easy to stay connected with the epicenter of New York City life. Overnight in fully modern guest accommodations, exquisitely appointed with designer artwork and luxury amenities. Rule the night at Maple, our sleek and sophisticated restaurant and lounge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stay New York City
- Stay Hotel New York City