- Rooms are on the small side
- Loud street noise can sometimes be heard from rooms
- Neighborhood is somewhat deserted at night
- Finding a cab can be difficult
- Fee for Wi-Fi
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New York - Times Square South is significantly outside the flashing ad space in Times Square, on a dull, but not unsafe, block just north of Penn Station and the Greyhound bus depot. It's a bit farther from the more desirable parts of Midtown West; the hip restaurants and gay bars in Hell's Kitchen are about 10 blocks north, and the tourist must-sees like Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, and 5th Avenue department stores are all a very long walk, or a 25-minute subway ride, away.
Bright, comfortable rooms; upgrades come with lots of near-luxury perks
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.
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