More refined than many of the chain hotels directly in Times Square, the InterContinental is ideal for those who want class and attentive service without being far from the sites and the bustle of Midtown West. A celebrity chef restaurant, 24-hour business center, easy access to 10 subways, and attractive rooms make this a good option, when prices aren't exorbitant.
A chain hotel that outdoes other chains with thoughtful touches
On an unassuming corner one long block from Times Square, the lovely (if somewhat predictable) InterContinental Times Square is a chain hotel that’s a notch above your typical chain hotel. The interiors by Jeffrey Beers are fresh and clean without being ostentatious, and there are several thoughtful design touches, like different Asian-inspired art in each elevator, and different wall textures everywhere you turn. All guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, many with impressive city views. And downstairs there’s a French brasserie by celebrity chef Todd English.
But for better or worse, the hotel is still part of a world-wide chain, and guests can come here knowing what to expect. The rooms are attractive enough, yet unexciting. There’s a 24-hour business center but there's a fee for all services. The basement is home to several meeting and event spaces.
That said, the hotel went to great lengths to distinguish itself, and in some ways succeeded. The hotel is waiting for LEED certification, the highest honor in the eco-friendly development world, and special measures were taken to achieve this eco-conscious goal: low-flush toilets, moss-covered roofs to absorb heat, a rooftop beehive, and the use of specific, sustainable building materials. There's a touchscreen desktop PC in every guest room, which is impressive even though guests need to pay a daily fee to use the Internet on it (otherwise it's good just for hotel information and basics like Microsoft Word). And the fact that celeb chef Todd English has his version of a French brasserie, Ca Va, in the hotel is nothing to sneeze at -- it's likely to become one of the Theater District's hottest dining spots. Even little touches, like the enclosed garden behind the front desk, go a long way to elevating the hotel above other big-name chains.
In the end, it's still a large chain hotel, but one that's fairly luxurious. Its great location and fresh design make it a good option in its neighborhood, especially when prices aren't exhorbitant (which they sometimes are).
The hotel sits on West 44th Street, just off of Eighth Avenue in the heart of the Theater District. Walk one long block down 44th Street, past old Broadway theaters, and you're in the heart of Times Square, with its flashing lights and oversized billboards. The hotel's immediate neighborhood is a busy area dotted with (fairly unattractive) souvenir shops, electronics stores, bars, and take-out food places. One of New York's best burger-and-shake joints, Shake Shack, has an outpost right next to the hotel.
The three Manhattan Suites are 950-square-foot corner rooms on the 34th floor of the hotel. They have one bedroom with a king bed and a separate living room, which has a dining area. They have views of the Hudson River and Hell's Kitchen.
The Presidential Suite is 2,700 square feet and is spread out over two floors. Details like a fireplace in the bedroom and mother-of-pearl insets in the living room -- plus gorgeous views out of soaring windows -- make the space extra special. By connecting to regular guest rooms, the Presidential Suite can have up to four bedrooms.
24-hour business center. A computer with internet costs $7.50 for 15 minutes (plus another 50 cents for each additional minute). Black-and-white copying and printing costs 50 cents per sheet; color is $1.50 per sheet.
A French brasserie by Todd English and 24-hour room service
Todd English's Ca Va is the chef's take on a French brasserie, and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dinner entrees like salmon roulade and rabbit wellington run at a reasonable charge, while appetizers are on the more expensive side. The restauratnt also offers a three-course pre-theater dinner.
Marche, a French market and cafe, is adjacent to the restaurant and is open for breatfast and lunch. Breakfast foods like croissants and egg sandwiches and lunch foods like panini and quiche are available to-go, or guests can grab a stool and chow down at one of the counters.
A lounge just off the lobby connects the restaurant to the rest of the hotel, and serves drinks and light fare.
Room service is available 24 hours a day, though not from the Ca Va kitchen
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