Candlewood Suites New York City - Times Square Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Midtown West, Manhattan, New York City

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  • No daily housekeeping
  • No ice machine
  • No on-site restaurant or bar
  • No room service

Bottom Line

More of an apartment building than a hotel -- no daily housekeeping, but there's a gym and free laundry room -- Candlewood Suites is a comfortable option for those wanting to save some money by cooking "at home." But in this location, just outside Times Square by the Port Authority bus depot, there are no glittering lights.

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 Location

Centrally located, the area is much more Port Authority Bus Terminal than twinkling Times Square, but many sites and transportation hubs are within walking distance.

The Candlewood Suites is squished between two other large hotels, making this drab industrial street free from the neon lights, but not the crowds, of Times Square (about five blocks away).

Though once seedy, Times Square was reborn in the mid-'90s as a commercialized tourist haven, lit by 24-hour flashing billboards and theme restaurants like ESPN Zone and Bubba Gump Shrimp. Today, visitors walking the streets are more likely to be accosted by a comedy-club promoter, a rickshaw bicycle operator, or a caricature artist than a mugger. It's crowded, but there's something unquestionably exhilarating -- and convenient -- about staying in the neon-lit heart of the city. Plus, the mayor recently decided to close off much of Broadway to traffic, making it more pedestrian-friendly.

 Rooms

Although more of a large studio than a suite, the Standard Suite is clean, spacious and equipped with modern electronics and a fully stocked kitchen.

  • Standard Suites start at 375 square feet, much larger than the average hotel room in New York.
  • Studio Suites (starting at 525 square feet) offer separate living room spaces, and Accessible Studio Suites offer roll-in showers and hand-held showerheads.
  • 32-inch flat-screen TV
  • DVD player
  • Reclining chair in every room
  • Large desk area
  • Free Wi-Fi

 Airport Transporation

About 30 to 90 minutes from three airports

New York has three nearby airports: JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark (in New Jersey). Getting to town from JFK or LaGuardia is usually more convenient than getting there from Newark, but travel times are heavily dependent on the time of day and traffic conditions. From JFK, a taxi to anywhere in Manhattan costs a flat rate of $45 and takes around an hour in average conditions. From LaGuardia, a metered cab ride to midtown Manhattan costs about $40 and can take 30 minutes if traffic is light, three times that if it's bad. Rides from Newark cost at least $40 (plus tolls) and can take more than 90 minutes. It's customary to tip your driver 15 to 25 percent.

Those looking to save some cash can use the privately run shuttle buses that are available at all three airports for about $14 per person. For more information on the shuttles, go to Super Shuttle or New York Airport Service. Public transit is also available for as little as $7 per person, but travel can take up to two hours and involve a lot of lugging bags up and down stairways.

For mass-transit directions right to the hotel, check out HopStop.com.

 Bottom Line

More of an apartment building than a hotel -- no daily housekeeping, but there's a gym and free laundry room -- Candlewood Suites is a comfortable option for those wanting to save some money by cooking "at home." But in this location, just outside Times Square by the Port Authority bus depot, there are no glittering lights.

Things You Should Know About Candlewood Suites New York City - Times Square

Address

  • 339 W. 39th Street, New York City, NY 10018

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Candlewood Suites New York City Times Square

Room Types

  • Accessible Studio Suite
  • One Queen Bed One Bedroom Suite
  • One Queen Bed Studio Suite
  • Standard Suite
  • Studio Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 188
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Midtown West, Manhattan
Address: 339 W. 39th Street, New York City, NY 10018
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