This Hampton Inn has a convenient Midtown West location that is slightly removed from the hubbub of Times Square (just to the south). Rooms are clean and modern, with flat-screen TVs, Nintendo consoles, and either one king or two queen-size beds. Numerous freebies (breakfast, Wi-Fi, tea and coffee) add value, but guests should still expect to pay a premium for location. The breakfast room is large, but it can still get crowded -- as can the lobby area.
Centrally located, just north of bustling Times Square and south of serene Central Park, the hotel is close to many attractions and transportation hubs.
The hotel is located on 8th Avenue between 51st and 52nd Streets, near Times Square, the Theater District, and Central Park.
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.
But beyond the dazzling marquees of Times Square, Midtown West still offers plenty of other kinds of thrills, from hip restaurants and gay bars in Hell's Kitchen on its west side to tourist must-sees like Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, and 5th Avenue department stores on its east. At the northern boundary, marking the start of Central Park, there's Columbus Circle -- home to the luxe Time Warner Center and its acclaimed five-star restaurants.
Near the C, E, 1, B, D, N, Q, and R subway lines
10-minute walk north to Central Park
10-minute walk south to Times Square
10-minute walk to Rockefeller Center
20-minute subway ride to the Empire State Building
30-minute subway ride or $15 taxi to the ferry terminal to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
20-minute subway ride to the American Museum of Natural History
10-minute walk to the Museum of Modern Art (the "MoMa") and a 30-minute subway ride or $8 taxi to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the "Met")
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