Tryp Times Square Hotel Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The Best Western underwent a full renovation in September '09 and has some of the lowest rates in Times Square. The clean rooms have flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, brand-new appliances, and a new look that's reminiscent of an Urban Outfitters clothing store.
Broadway at Times Square Hotel Rating: 2.5 Pearls
An excellent location and up-to-date (if snug) rooms make the Comfort Inn a deal. It's situated on a safe, quiet street just a half-block from Time Square's buzz and a short walk from Central Park and Rockefeller Center. Plus, all its rooms have flatscreens, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi.
Hilton Garden Inn Times Square Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Renovated in 2008, this 369-room Hilton comes with some snazzy features, especially for the price: a top-notch gym; free printing from the business center; free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel; and large rooms with superb beds. It's a great value, even if it is just outside the heart of Times Square.
Hotel Mela Rating: 3.5 Pearls
In the heart of Times Square but just outside most of the noise, the 228-room Mela boutique brings a little South Beach style to Manhattan. Free Wi-Fi, great beds, and a high-quality fitness center make the Mela an excellent alternative to the Marriott Marquis or Westin Times Square.
Casablanca Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls
A homey boutique in the heart of Times Square, the Casablanca is a small treasure among massive hotels. A daily wine and cheese reception and free breakfast in the cozy lounge add to its charm. Rooms are nothing special, but overall, the Casablanca is a great pick for the price.
The Time Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Clean rooms, an excellent, uncommonly quiet Times Square location, and a happening lounge -- for the price, the Time is a fine option. The clean, bright guest rooms come with flat-screen TVs, iPod-compatible Bose radios, and terry cloth robes.
Room Mate Grace Rating: 3.5 Pearls
For the price, this colorful 139-room Times Square boutique hotel offers more: great beds; free Wi-Fi; free healthy breakfasts; sauna, steam room, gym; great rates on four-person rooms; and a small indoor lobby pool and swim-up bar that hosts a popular gay pool party every Wednesday.