New York is the best city on earth and we look for any excuse on earth to visit. A lot of people think that they have to stay out of town to be able to afford New York, or that they need to be out of the hustle and bustle to have peace and quiet. However, we’ve stayed at three hotels right at Times Square that fit three different budgets and offered three different experiences.
We have stayed in many NYC neighborhoods during our visits to New York from Queens to Brooklyn and the Upper West Side, but there is something that draws us back to Times Square again and again, it makes a perfect base for a New York City Itinerary.
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The Best Hotels in Times Square
If you want to stay somewhere else in New York City, we have an entire breakdown of Where to Stay in New York City – Top Places and Hotels For All Budgets to help you plan your visit.
Why we like to stay at Times Square:
New York is a huge city with different boroughs and neighborhoods. We’ve stayed in Brooklyn, Queens, and Union Square in the past. While they are nice places to stay, nothing beats Times Square. New York is a walking city and when staying at a hotel in Times Square, you can walk everywhere.
Let’s go through our favorite top 10 attractions at Times Square:
- #1 Times Square – That’s an attraction unto itself
- #2 Rockerfeller Centre
- #3 Radio City Music Hall
- #4 Bryant Park
- #5 New York Public Library
- #6 Broadway
- #7 Hell’s Kitchen
- #8 Shopping on 5th Avenue
- #9 Bloomingdales
- #10 MoMA
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3 Suggested Times Square Hotels
There are countless more attractions in the area. This is the hub of NYC. Plus, when staying at a hotel near Times Square, transit is a snap. Most of the time it was a direct line to anywhere when we used the metro. When you are at a hub, you don’t have to transfer often.
Dave and I also love to walk so much that we made it all the way from Washington Square Park to Central Park – and everywhere in between – on foot. Today we are going to tell you about three Times Square hotels, including the InterContinental Times Square Hotel, Holiday Inn Times Square, and Staybridge Suites.
Times Square Hotels on Three Budgets
We stayed at three different IHG Hotels in Times Square, and each had fantastic views of Manhattan, stylish designs, and great locations. You can’t go wrong with any of them.
Luxury – InterContinental Hotel Times Square
Address: 300 West 44th Street New York, NY
InterContinental Hotels are the top of the line in the IHG family and InterContinental Hotel Times Square has a fantastic one. Straddling the Times Square District and Hell’s Kitchen, The InterContinental Hotel Times Square is a ridiculously short walk from Times Square, yet our street was quiet enough that we didn’t hear the noise or have the annoying lights flashing in our faces.
Broadway Shows were playing right down our street and the Actor’s Studio was just next door. Birdland, the famous bar where Broadway Performers hang out after shows, is located directly across the street. Next time we go to New York, we are going to pop in to see if anyone famous is hanging out.
The Intercontinental is classy and chic, quiet and serene. It has all the perks of a high-end hotel with turn-down service, doormen to hail taxis for you, and valet parking for your car. Check out the Intercontinental Times Square for bookings.
Mid-Range hotel in Times Square
Address: Staybridge Suites Times Square: 340 West 40th Street, New York, NY
This was our first time staying at Staybridge Suites and we are now fans. Located just steps away from Broadway, we felt like true New Yorkers staying here. It was close to all the attractions but quiet enough that we never heard the noise of the city.
We talked to many people at the New York Times Travel Show who told us that they slept terribly because of the sirens and noise outside their hotels. Not us! We slept like babies in our quiet room and comfortable bed.
Kitchenettes in Rooms
What we love about Staybridge Signature Suites is that there is a kitchenette so you can cook meals and store food. One of the most expensive parts of travel is eating out. If you can save on a few meals, like lunch and a couple of dinners, you can save a lot of money. We even took leftovers from dinner and put it in our full-size fridge to heat up the next day.
If you are doing business in New York or booking an extended stay, Staybridge Suites could be the perfect choice with a full modern kitchen in every suite.
Staybridge has some pretty amazing perks too. Each day they offer a full complimentary breakfast buffet, free high-speed Internet, and a complimentary cocktail reception on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
There is a great restaurant right around the corner, Trattoria Casa di Isacco, which is a must-stop in Hell’s Kitchen. Hailing from the Canary Islands, owner Isaac opened an amazing Italian eatery serving homemade wine, grown from grapes he brought from the Mediterranean and grows on his sidewalk plot. He’s an Elvis impersonator, and there are photos of him as Elvis on the wall as well as him as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin.
Budget – Holiday Inn Times Square
Location: Holiday Inn New York City Times Square: 585 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018, USA
You can’t go wrong with a Holiday Inn. And the Holiday Inn Times Square location offers boutique-style accommodation at affordable prices. The rooms at the Holiday Inn were smaller than the other hotels but they were elegant and stylish.
There is a fitness center, free wifi, and a restaurant. The Holiday Inn also offers the choice of a continental breakfast.
No Time was Spent in our Rooms
Once we checked in, we were back outside out on the town. That’s something we want to point out about New York – you are not going to be spending a lot of time in your room. The best thing to think about when booking a hotel is the location and affordability.
You are, after all, in the city that never sleeps! Read about our full experience staying at this hotel during our visit during the holidays in It’s a New York City Christmas
I love finding great eats in New York City, and there is a great restaurant around the corner from the Holiday Inn Times Square.
Casa Nona is an upscale Italian eatery offering old-school New York hospitality. Whenever we’re in New York, we love to eat Italian and this is an excellent choice. There’s nothing better than having a first-rate restaurant right around the corner of your hotel! If you are looking for a great lunch or dinner close by, we suggest here.
Map of our three hotels in Times Square
Click here for the walking map of these hotels in Times Square
So if you are going to New York City, check out these three hotels in Times Square. We really enjoyed our time at all of them. All had great locations and all suited each budget. No matter what you are looking for, you’ll find what you need.
Our stays at the hotels in Times Square were made possible by IHG© Rewards Club. To learn more, visit the IHG© Rewards website. This post is in partnership with IHG Rewards, but as usual, all views of our experience are our own.
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