Hilton Garden Inn Times Square Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Times Square, Manhattan, New York City

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  • 2nd-, 3rd-, and 4th-floor rooms shake from subways
  • Mediocre on-site French restaurant

Bottom Line

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.

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Modern mid-range hotel for business and leisure travelers alike -- one way to get a clean, comfortable room near Times Square without paying a fortune for it.

Bamboo poles mark the entrance
Bamboo poles mark the entrance

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.

 Airport Transportation

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.


Large rooms with a luxurious bed, a microwave, and a Herman Miller chair. Modern design and free Wi-Fi.

The Evolution Room
The Evolution Room

Starting at about 300 square feet, the standard rooms -- called 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.

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.

  • Bedding is high-quality: 250-thread-count sheets (OK), a feather comforter (good), and both down and microfiber pillows
  • Garden Sleep System by Natural Form mattress, which comes with a firmness-adjustor dial and a 100 percent New Zealand virgin wool mattress cover
  • Free Wi-Fi and Ethernet cables
  • 26-inch flat-screen TV has premium cable (including HBO), and movies and video games are available
  • Clock radio with an MP3 connection cable
  • No minibar, but an empty mini-fridge and a coffeemaker
  • Microwave
  • Bathrooms are a good size
  • Neutrogena bath products are included: soap, shampoo, lotion, and mouthwash
  • Street-facing rooms get a lot of light, as the windows run the length of the room
  • If you're high enough, you can get a glimpse of the Hudson River.


Modern fitness center and business center with free printing. On-site gift shop and convenience store. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

Modern Fitness Center
Modern Fitness Center
  • Fitness center, though if you'd rather work out in the comfort of your room, the hotel provides a free Stay Fit Kit upon request.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available around the hotel.
  • 24-hour business center is free for guests to use, and it includes free printing, copying, and faxing services.
  • Pavilion Pantry gift shop and convenience store


Rooms with 2 queen beds are enough for a small family. Rooms come with Nintendo games and a microwave.

Rooms feature Nintendo Gamecubes
Rooms feature Nintendo Gamecubes

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.

There are no suites, but the rooms with two queen beds are enough for a small family. Rollaways are available for a nightly charge. Cribs are available free.

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.

Salad from Pigalle
Salad from Pigalle
  • Brasserie Pigalle is perfectly quaint and charming, with its old-timey suitcases piled on counters above leather booths.
  • XVI rooftop lounge serves cocktails and small bites
  • Breakfast is not included in the stay, but there's free coffee in the lobby
  • Times Square is full of great dining for all price points, at all hours of the day
  • Room service is available from Pigalle daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

 Bottom Line

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.

Things You Should Know About Hilton Garden Inn Times Square


  • 790 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10019

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Hilton Garden Inn Manhattan
  • Hilton Garden Inn New York
  • Hilton New York City
  • New York City Hilton
  • Times Square Hilton Garden Inn

Room Types

  • One King Bed Evolution Corner Room
  • One King Bed Evolution Room
  • One Queen Bed Room
  • Pure Air Room
  • Two Queen Beds Room
  • Two Queen Deluxe Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 369
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Times Square, Manhattan
Address: 790 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10019
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