Hampton Inn Times Square South Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Midtown West, Manhattan, New York City

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Cons

  • No room service
  • No restaurant or bar

Bottom Line

Clean, comfortable, and convenient, the 184-room Hampton Inn is a fine pick for the buck, especially given its free continental breakfast, fitness center, and Wi-Fi. But in this location, just outside Times Square by the Port Authority bus depot, there are no glittering lights -- it's quiet, but not very pretty.

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 Location

Centrally located, the area is much more Port Authority Bus Terminal than twinkling Times Square, but many sites and transportation hubs are within walking distance.

Squished between two other large hotels -- including the Candlewood Suites -- the Hampton Inn is on an otherwise drab industrial street free from the neon lights, but not the crowds, of Times Square (about five blocks away).

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.

  • Three blocks from the A, C, E subway lines; five blocks from 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, S, W subway lines -- just about every major subway line in the city
  • 20-minute subway ride to Central Park
  • Five blocks to Times Square
  • 20-minute bus ride to the Empire State Building
  • 30-minute subway ride or $14 taxi to the ferry terminal to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • 20-minute bus ride to Rockefeller Center
  • 20-minute subway ride to the American Museum of Natural History
  • 30-minute subway ride or $10 taxi to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the "Met") and 15-minute subway ride to the Museum of Modern Art (the "MoMA")

 Rooms

Bright, clean, and perfectly comfortable -- but nothing fancy

A King Room
A King Room

 Airport Transportation

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.

 Bottom Line

Clean, comfortable, and convenient, the 184-room Hampton Inn is a fine pick for the buck, especially given its free continental breakfast, fitness center, and Wi-Fi. But in this location, just outside Times Square by the Port Authority bus depot, there are no glittering lights -- it's quiet, but not very pretty.

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Address

  • 337 West 39th Street, New York, NY, 10018, US

Room Types

  • Accessible Room
  • Accessible Room w/sofabed
  • Standard Room
  • Standard Room City View

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 184
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Midtown West, Manhattan
Address: 337 West 39th Street, New York, NY, 10018, US
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