Spent a few days in New York City and decided to book something in the center of things - Times Square. While I normally prefer to be in a quieter area this was more central for what our plans were over a 3-day weekend.
I've stayed many times at the Marriott Marquis - a good hotel but always seems so busy probably based on its size and location. The Marriott Renaissance was pricing out the same as the Marquis so I decided to stay there.
Came in on Amtrak and took the subway (1)(2)(3) line uptown to Times Square and then switched to the uptown (N)(Q)(R) getting off at 49th street. There's a subway exit just steps from the Renaissance's door.
The Renaissance is one of the more upscale Marriott properties and you can sense this just walking in the door. Directly in front of you are bellmen and security and to the left a couple of podiums with staff ready to check you in. The formalities were quick and friendly - something that sometimes in the hustle and bustle of NYC is missing.
You then proceed up a very slow one story elevator ride to the main lobby area. Here is where the concierge is located along with a light restaurant with a view towards Times Square. One evening they had a make your own cupcake for Mother's Day - nice touch. From the lobby area you take additional elevators up to the guest room floors. While the elevators seemed to be setup to require your room key to gain access to guest floors we found that you could select a floor without using the key. Not sure if this was a temporary problem but given the city I would feel more comfortable knowing only guests generally have access to guest floors.
The hotel rooms are typical of the Renaissance chain: an oversized king size bed, oversized flat screen TV, high tech work area with connections to the TV, etc. And the room for NYC standards was also oversized - and spotless. The bathroom had a nice shower with excellent water pressure (while I like to conserve I had doing so with shower water restrictors that barely get the soap off of you!).
Hotel supplied bottle of water: US $8.00. But with the refrigerator in the room you can have your choice from any of the shops nearby - if you're willing to walk a few blocks you'll get out of the inflated Times Square pricing zone.
There's always plenty to do tourist wise within a few blocks of this location. and it is only a short walk to the MTA's Time Square / 42nd Street station where at least 8 subway lines converge. This allows you to get both adventurous and get away from Times Square. Took us about 10 minutes to get over to Alewife Queens (7-line subway one stop east of the river) for great food and brews.
Check-out was equally as efficient and pleasant. And due to their location they do NOT have cabs standing at the door. But in typical New York City fashion the bellman will hail down a cab for you - we took one on Sunday back to Penn Station and it only cost $5.00 (no traffic really to speak of - your fare will vary).
If you want to be in the middle of it and stay somewhere with class the Renaissance is a great choice. For sure I'll stay here anytime and even over the Marquis if the price is right.
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- 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
- Renaissance New York Hotel Times Square
- New York City Renaissance