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Five minutes outside the razzle-dazzle of Times Square on a developing block that includes, in addition to a discount adult DVD shop, an enormous parking complex and several new hotels
Just two blocks south and one block west of West 42nd Street's bright lights and commercial density, the Fairfield Inn New York Manhattan/Times Square South is situated on a quieter, sparser midtown street, one that might feel a little less-than-comfortable at night.
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.
Modern, and with big, comfortable beds
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.
Comfortable, clean, and excellent extras -- free continental breakfast; 24-hour fitness center; 24-hour business center with free printing; free hard-wired Internet -- make the Fairfield an excellent pick for the price, even if it is on the emptier, grittier, less-attractive side of Times Square (at least you'll get a good night's sleep). The swanky lobby and rooftop bars, the latter with 360-degree views of Manhattan, that were added in 2010, give guests something to do after hours.