Hampton Inn Madison Square Garden Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Midtown West, Manhattan, New York City

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Cons

  • No minibar
  • No restaurant or bar on-site
  • Some street noise

Bottom Line

While the Hampton Inn Madison Square Garden has all the chain-hotel essentials -- free Wi-Fi; free breakfast; 24-hour fitness center; big, clean, comfortable beds -- being next to the Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, and Lincoln Tunnel traffic isn't ideal. Still, it's a well-priced home base for exploring the city's major attractions -- not its trendy bars and restaurants.

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 Location

Just minutes from the Empire State Building, Times Square, and a host of other tourist attractions

Though at least three blocks away from the area's major subway lines and the Empire State Building, the Hampton Inn Madison Square Garden still sees considerable taxi and tourist traffic. It's just one block east of Penn Station, where travelers come and go in droves and the block also hears significant street noise, due to Lincoln Tunnel traffic.

The neighborhood itself is a bit of a no-man's land. Some New Yorkers would call it the Garment District; others would simply designate it part of Midwest West. But the distinction isn't really important -- the boundaries of Manhattan's neighborhoods are always a little fuzzy. What's important is that you're within quick walking distance of a number of popular sites, including Times Square, the Empire State Building, and Bryant Park and the New York Public Library. And of course, Madison Square Garden -- home of the New York Knicks, Rangers, and many high-profile concerts -- is only a slapshot away.

  • Three blocks from the B, D, F, M, N, Q, R, and W subway lines; four blocks from the 1, 2, and 3 lines as well as Penn Station; five blocks to the A, C, and E lines -- quick and easy access to all of Manhattan's neighborhoods
  • 15-minute subway ride to Central Park
  • 10-minute subway ride to Times Square
  • Five-minute walk to the Empire State Building
  • 10-minute subway ride to Rockefeller Center
  • 20-minute subway ride to the ferry terminal to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • 15-minute subway ride to the American Museum of Natural History
  • 30-minute subway ride to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the "Met") and a 10-minute subway ride to the Museum of Modern Art (the "MoMA")

 Rooms

Clean rooms with big, comfortable beds -- and little room for anything else

A King Room
A King Room

Rooms were renovated in 2011, adding character to the formerly-basic rooms with bold red and black accents.

  • Standard rooms -- at a cramped, 215 square feet -- have either one king-size bed or two double-size beds, unlike most other New York hotels in this price range, which only have a queen bed or smaller
  • Coffeemaker
  • 32-inch flat-screen TVs
  • All rooms have desks
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Smoking rooms available
  • Clock radio and alarm
  • Lapdesks
  • Hotel-brand Purity Basics bath products
  • Pets under 25 pounds are allowed for a nonrefundable deposit

 Bottom Line

While the Hampton Inn Madison Square Garden has all the chain-hotel essentials -- free Wi-Fi; free breakfast; 24-hour fitness center; big, clean, comfortable beds -- being next to the Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, and Lincoln Tunnel traffic isn't ideal. Still, it's a well-priced home base for exploring the city's major attractions -- not its trendy bars and restaurants.

Things You Should Know About Hampton Inn Madison Square Garden

Address

  • 116 West 31st Street, New York, NY 10001

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Hampton Inn New York City
  • Madison Square Garden Hampton Inn
  • New York City Hampton Inn

Room Types

  • Standard Room
  • Standard Room City View

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 136
Pool: No
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Midtown West, Manhattan
Address: 116 West 31st Street, New York, NY 10001
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