Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
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 Four Points by Sheraton Midtown - Times Square 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 themed 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.
Simple, comfortable, and technologically rich
All the essential comforts -- great beds, good workspace, free Wi-Fi, 24-hour gym and business center -- make this 250-room Four Points a good, but not great, choice near Times Square, since it's on a somewhat abandonded-feeling street with an adult movie store. It's a good night's rest, sure, but also consider the Mela and Dream hotels.