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Blocks from Grand Central and near other big, old hotels, the Doubletree is central, but quiet in the evening.
Located in Midtown East, the Doubletree sits in a cluster of big, mostly old (and typically more expensive) hotels. The Benjamin is on the same block, and the InterContinental, Marriott New York East Side, W New York, and Waldorf Astoria, are all within just a few blocks. The hotel's entrance is right on Lexington Avenue, a street busy with cars (the better to get a taxi), but relatively little foot traffic.
Surrounded by many of Manhattan's corporate skyscrapers, the area around the hotel is busy during the day as office workers arrive via subway or train at Grand Central. After work, some of these folks stick around for a quick drink at a hotel bar (though not the Doubletree's bar), but the area quickly empties out in the evenings and is relatively quiet. It's extremely safe, but not very exciting. Some dive bars along Second Avenue can be a bit lively if the right game is on, but this is in no way an area known for its nightlife. However, the hotel is within just a few blocks of some of New York's highest-end shopping on Fifth and Madison avenues, and the Museum of Modern Art (the MoMA) is only a 10-minute walk.
In terms of transportation, the 6 train is just outside the hotel, and the E and V lines are two blocks away, but more useful is Grand Central Station, eight blocks away (about 10 minutes walking). Visitors can grab the shuttle train there and be at Times Square in less than five minutes, or pretty much anywhere else in Manhattan in less than 45 minutes.
Rooms were renovated in 2012 to give rooms a modern look with updated techonology
While at 215 square feet rooms can feel tight, it is a standard size for New York. Decor is modern -- with a white and grey palette and wood accents -- and technologies are up-to-date. The hotel's 763 rooms and suites were renovated in 2012, along with some common areas.
A well-equipped (but dark) gym and Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
Within walking distance to Times Square, the MoMA, and FAO Schwarz, but additional beds are a nightly fee and adjoining rooms cannot be guaranteed.
There aren't any multi-room suites, just a few junior suites with a king bed -- some of which have pull-out couches -- but adjoining rooms are available by request, and connect two kings, or a queen and two doubles. There are some kid-friendly options on the room service menu, but they are the expensive side.
Location-wise, the hotel is well-situated among tons of must-hits for kids. It's a 15-minute walk (or five-minute cab) to the bright lights, theaters, and entertainment of Times Square, as well as Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum and Toys "R" Us, though the crowds can be overwhelming. The Museum of Modern Art (the MoMA) is a 10-minute walk, and FAO Schwarz -- and all of its giant teddy bears -- is 15 minutes away.
Limited dining at the hotel, but plenty in the area
The Doubletree is a solid mid-range property located in fairly quiet but central Midtown East. Rooms and common areas were renovated in 2012 to give the hotel a fresh, modern look with updated amenities such as flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, but there's a fee for Wi-Fi and the on-site restaurant is overpriced.