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Homey stay in two historical townhouses
The two historical townhouses that comprise the 414 Hotel imbue the space with old New York character. Guests feel like they're stepping back in time as they approach the brick facade on a quiet stretch of West 46th Street. Though it's near major tourist sights -- such as the ever-crowded Times Square -- the hotel has a cozy, peaceful vibe about it. The lobby is small, with a dining table where guests can eat the free continental breakfast each morning and a fireplace that livens the space up a bit. There is also a small kitchen where guests can get coffee and tea throughout the day, as well as a few snacks.
The rest of the hotel also possesses this subdued atmosphere. Rooms are contemporary, but warm, and the private courtyard is a lovely, picturesque spot to wile away a few hours and feel completely removed from the big city.
Central location near Times Square and close to major theaters
The 414 Hotel is located on a quiet stretch of 46th Street, just west of Restaurant Row (between 8th and 9th avenues) and a short walk from Times Square. The hustle and bustle of NYC is close at hand, and yet feels miles away in this area surrounded by restaurants and cafes. And yet, the TKTS booth, where same-day theater tickets are available for up to 50 percent off, is just a five-minute walk away, as are most of the major theaters themselves.
Times Square is busy around-the-clock with food, souvenir shops, and sightseeing options, but the sheer volume of bike and foot traffic can induce sensory overload. However, the area is a convenient base for exploring the city’s sights, both on foot and via public transportation. Numerous subway lines are within blocks, and Midtown attractions such as Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center are an easy walk. Lots of restaurants can be found on Restaurant Row and in Hells Kitchen.
Bright, contemporary rooms with plush white bedding
The 22 rooms at the 414 Hotel feature a contemporary design that feels homey rather than stark. They're spacious, especially by New York City standards, and the large windows let in tons of natural light to brighten up the spaces. Premier Rooms face the internal courtyard, whereas Classic Rooms face 46th Street and are generally a tad less expensive due to noise from the street below. However, the quiet block is actually quite charming and noise isn't as intense as in other parts of the neighborhood.
Furniture is basic, but comfortable. There is nothing extravagant about the spaces, but they are clean and airy -- they feel like they could belong in a friend's stylish apartment rather than a hotel. However, all rooms have a flat-screen TV, iPod docks, and fully stocked mini-fridges. Free Wi-Fi is available in the rooms and throughout the hotel.
Bathrooms are similarly spacious, with shower/tub combos and Tarocco toiletries.
Charming courtyard and surprising freebies
The 414 Hotel does not feature many property features, but those that it does have it hits well. The private courtyard separating the two townhouses is charming, with lots of beautiful plants and places to sit. Guests often eat breakfast here -- the hotel provides a free continental spread daily. Free Wi-Fi is also available throughout the hotel.
There are no other major amenities to speak of: No fitness or business centers (though the hotel will assist with business needs), nor is there a restaurant on-site. However, a small kitchen off the lobby is stocked with coffee and tea throughout the day. There is no elevator.
The 414 Hotel is a 22-room boutique in Midtown West, along a quiet, tree-lined stretch of Restaurant Row (a popular area for pre-theater diners). Times Square and its eight subway lines are a short walk away, as are Broadway's main shows, making this a convenient stay for tourists. But the hotel also feels miles away from the hustle and bustle of NYC -- a vibe created by the homey nature of the hotel. Rooms in the two historical townhouses that comprise the hotel are bright and airy, with flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and mini-fridges. Many face the hotel's charming courtyard, where guests can enjoy the hotel's free continental breakfast in warmer months. But there are few other amenities, and the hotel does not have an elevator.