The Hotel Edison hearkens back to an age that best defines New York---the Art Deco of the 30s. You can see Art Deco throughout the city in the designs of doorways, ledges on buildings, lighting, caps of skyscrapers (Chrysler Building), and hotels, more specifically The Hotel Edison.
This hotel has been beautifully refurbished with modern conveniences, yet retains the lovely Art Deco style. If you love the movies of the 30s and 40s, especially the film noirs with hotel detectives lurking about, you will love your stay here. (I kept looking for the bellhop calling for Phillip Morris!) From the moment you enter through the revolving door and see the checkered floor, the lights, the articulate designs in the moldings, the furniture and designer rugs in the lobby, the marbled walls, you feel a rush of adrenaline, as if you'd found that place in time you were always looking for ... somewhere over the rainbow, in a place like that Art Deco Valhalla known as Emerald City.
When we arrived earlier than check-in time, the friendly staff checked and held our bags for us while we ate lunch at the Cafe Edison in the hotel. Danielle, the sweet clerk at the reception desk, gave us a call when our room was ready. And our room was lovely, with dark furniture and white tiled bathroom. We really appreciated the steam pipe in the bathroom, keeping it warm while the temps outside plunged to single digits.
With the extremely cold temperatures, our heating unit froze up a couple of times, but a call to the reception desk brought maintenance folks quickly to thaw out the system. The room temperature was the only flaw I found here. When the heat was on, the room quickly became too hot; when the heat was turned down to a comfortable level, the space under the window where the unit was located was too cold, and the system froze up. The hotel staff members were prompt, however, to get things back on track!
When you stay here, be sure to check out the gift shop. The products are wonderful, and the prices are less expensive than anything else in Times Square.
The location is fantastic; it's just a few yards from the hotel's front door to the TKTS booth for discounted Broadway tickets, and you're within walking distance of many theaters.
I highly recommend the Hotel Edison!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1931, Hotel Edison is an architectural art deco masterpiece with a rich history dating back from the moment famed American inventor, Thomas Edison turned on the light at the grand opening of the hotel to playing host to countless notables, to movie and television appearances. Hotel Edison is conveniently situated in the heart of New York City's iconic Times Square, amidst the energy and excitement of the latest in Broadway Theatres, nightlife, fine dining and shopping. The hotel is within steps of Midtown Manhattan's premier business and leisure destinations - Time Warner Center, Rockefeller Center, MoMA and world renown Fifth Avenue Shops. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Edison Towers Times Square
- Edison Hotel New York City
- Edison New York
- Edison Towers Time Square
- Edison Hotel Nyc
- Hotel Edison New York City
- Edison Towers New York
- Edison Towers Hotel