Holiday Inn Midtown / 57th StMidtown West, Manhattan, New York City
- Midtown location near Columbus Circle and Central Park
- Rooftop pool, sundeck, and bar during summer months
- Spacious lobby and an NYC-themed sports bar
- Concierge for theatre tickets and excursions
- Modern rooms with desks and coffeemakers
- Convenient choice for group bookings
- Quieter street for those who want to avoid Times Square
- Free Wi-Fi throughout
- This older property has some maintenance issues
- Bland corporate decor and few frills
- Some rooms have dull views of the building next door
- Breakfast buffet and daily parking are not cheap
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A mid-range corporate chain with a touch of the owner's personality
This franchised hotel’s main entrance, marked by the chain's easily recognizable green and white branding, leads guests to a spacious, if bland, corporate lobby. There is a concierge area for guests interested in theater tickets -– a convenient amenity, considering the hotel's proximity to the Theater District.
The clientele here includes overseas travelers, business travelers, group travelers, student groups, and entertaining groups performing at nearby Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center. It's also popular for those in the healthcare industry who use the meeting space for small conferences. (Roosevelt Hospital is a block away.)
When this property opened in 1964 to house visitors to the World's Fair, it was the first Holiday Inn in Manhattan. It became a Days Inn for 10 years, before it became a Holiday Inn again in 1996. Rooms have been renovated but that doesn’t mean the hotel feels modern -- no, it would take some serious work to rid itself of its past. But it's one of the more affordable mid-range options near Midtown sights and Central Park. The colorful sports bar, decorated with the owner's collection of sports memorabilia and his Harley-Davidson, can usually be counted on for a happy hour crowd and top Billboard hits.
A quieter alternative to Times Square, close to theaters and Central Park
The hotel, as its name suggests, can be found on West 57th Street in Midtown West. For those driving in, it’s an easy location to reach -- just take the 57th Street exit from Henry Hudson Parkway. This area of the city is quieter than Times Square, but still only a few blocks away from Columbus Circle's multiple subway lines. Columbus Circle also has the Time Warner Center, home to plenty of clothes shopping and a Whole Foods -- a great spot to grab items for picnicking in Central Park across the street. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is within walking distance, as is Carnegie Hall. It's just under a 20-minute walk to the heart of Times Square.
Contemporary corporate furnishings and work desks
There are 596 rooms in two towers, North and South, most with either two double beds, one king, or one queen; larger one-bedroom suites are also available. All room type layouts are consistent floor by floor, so group bookings are a cinch (a large bulk of the business). Renovations completed in mid 2014 brought a new neutral color scheme to the rooms (browns, beiges, and a touch of green), as well as duvets (no more patterned bedspreads), fresh carpeting, drapes, NYC print wall hangings, large flat-screen TVs, and coffeemakers. Some units are more spacious with stellar Midtown views, while others are more cramped with enclosed views of the building next door. It’s the luck of the draw. Business travelers will appreciate the work desks, modern lamps, and free Wi-Fi.
A sports bar and rooftop pool add value to this basic hotel
Guests staying here during summer months can take advantage of the rooftop outdoor pool and sundeck, which is open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend (weather permitting). It can sometimes get crowded with kids, but adults will likely appreciate that the adjacent rooftop bar serves cocktails.
On the main level, there is a concierge desk for Broadway tickets and tourist excursions, as well as a sports bar anchored by a Harley-Davidson. The space is naturally lit from the skylight, and brightly colored chairs liven up the decor. For those who want to stay on-site, the breakfast area (the buffet is a little expensive) becomes Gotham Cafe for a la carte dinners. Room service is available from early morning until late at night.
There's a small business center attached to the lobby where guests get unlimited use of the computers, and free Wi-Fi is offered throughout.