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Big Times Square hotel
In this big Times Square hotel, common spaces are minimal. Aside from a rooftop lounge, the only other place for guests to “lounge” is in the small lobby. With a quiet atmosphere -- despite a continual influx of guests -- the lobby is a cozy space with several gatherings of comfy chairs, a large table for those working remotely, attractive decor details, and flat-screen TVs.
Convenient Midtown West location on 8th Avenue
On 8th Avenue in the west 40s, this Hilton Garden Inn boasts an extremely convenient location for both business and leisure travelers. Five subway lines are within a one-block radius, and Times Square, Rockefeller Center, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and Bryant Park are all within walking distance. While an often traffic-congested 8th Avenue address means the location isn’t particularly quaint, it makes up for it in convenience. Plus, most New York hotels look out onto similarly busy streets.
Rooms are spacious, particularly by New York standards
A common complaint with New York City hotel rooms is that they feel cramped, but this is not the case with the 369 rooms at this Garden Inn. Even standard rooms are spacious and up-to-date. Plush white bedding, attractive sepia-toned cityscape photos framed on the walls, small (but modern) bathrooms, and soothing blue accent walls make for relaxing spaces. Plus, all rooms come with mini-fridges, microwaves, coffeemakers, large work desks, big flat-screen TVs with free HBO, and free Wi-Fi, which can be used to connect your laptop to the business center for free printing. Closets have with laptop-sized safes and irons and ironing boards.
On-site restaurant, fitness center, and rooftop lounge
The on-site French bistro is a real highlight, attracting guests and non-guests alike with its cozy vibe, bar with leather stools, and large dining area decorated with prints of Parisian posters. It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and room service is available for three hours during the evening). A rooftop lounge with views of Times Square and 24-hour fitness center are opening in the summer of 2014. The hotel provides Stay Fit Kits for guests to use throughout their stays; these come with bands, mats, straps, blocks, weights, medicine balls, and exercise tips. A small business center is off the lobby. Guests can either use one of its four computers to access the center’s free printer, or they can connect to the printer via their own devices with the free Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel. A 24-hour mini-mart is also located in the lobby and sells snacks and basic toiletries. A meeting room can fit up to 60 people.
The 369-room Hilton Garden Inn Times Square is one of the most up-to-date mid-range options in Midtown West, a neighborhood popular among tourists and business travelers due to its proximity to numerous sights, offices, and subway lines. Rooms are spacious -- particularly by New York standards -- and feature nice amenities such as big flat-screen TVs with free HBO, mini-fridges, microwaves, large work desks, and free Wi-Fi. Street-facing rooms can experience some noise, and on-site features aren’t particularly extensive, but this sleek property offers a solid value.