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Renovated in early 2008, this 369-room Hilton went with a modern Asian design -- bamboo poles mark the entrance; a wooden divan sofa is mixed with quirky side pieces like a lime-green stool; and decorative wicker baskets are placed around the lobby.
With a modern gym, business center offering free printing, large rooms with great beds, and free Wi-Fi this hotel draws business and leisure travelers alike.
On a busy avenue, one block from the heart of Times Square.
Located on 8th Avenue between 48th and 49th Streets, the Hilton Garden Inn is one avenue away from the nucleus of Times Square. It's only a three-minute walk to the pulsating bright lights and incessant activity, but it's a three-minute remove you might just cherish (less noise, less crowds).
Eighth Avenue gets a lot of traffic during the day, but by night it quiets down. Across from the hotel, there's a Bikram yoga studio, a cleaner and tailor shop, and some nameless delis -- not exactly the flashing signage you'd find around more central hotels, like the Marriott Marquis.
30-90 minutes from three airports.
New York City has three nearby airports: JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark (in New Jersey). Getting into town from JFK or LaGuardia is usually more convenient than 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 can involve a lot of lugging bags up and down subway stairways.
For mass-transit directions right to the hotel, check out HopStop.com.
Starting at about 300 square feet, the Evolution Rooms -- are larger than most New York City hotel rooms. Renovated in early 2008, the rooms come with a sleek new design -- dark-wood furniture and warm lighting set the tone, and an ergonomic Mirra chair by Herman Miller adds a touch of luxury.-- called
Rooms differ by bed type -- either a king, queen, or two queens -- but they all have basically the same look and features. Just be sure to request a room above the fourth floor -- the second-, third-, and fourth-floor rooms might rattle a bit from the subway traffic beneath the hotel.
The Hilton is a fine family pick -- big rooms, Nintendo Game Cube video games (charge) in the rooms, and a convenient location near Times Square, with easy access to some of New York's family attractions, including Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, M&M World, and Toys R Us, one of the world's largest toy stores.
For food, the hotel's French restaurant, Pigalle, doesn't have a kids menu. If your kids aren't keen for escargot, go across the street to Olympic Diner, where there are burgers and fries and other kid-friendly options. The microwaves that come with every room could also come in handy. The Pavilion Pantry in the lobby has microwavable dishes like mac-and-cheese and cheese-steak sandwiches.
Mediocre French restaurant with great ambience and a busy breakfast/brunch scene. Prices are reasonable -- but better options are all around.
This 369-room Hilton comes with some snazzy features, especially for the price: top-notch gym; free printing from the business center; free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel; and large rooms with superb beds. It's a great value, and it's just outside the heart of Times Square.