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Because of the conference center, a lot of guests come for work. Don't expect much to be happening at the hotel.
This 625-room property is a big, basic midrange hotel located half a block from the heart of Times Square. It tends to attract tourists who come to catch Broadway shows and TV tapings, as well as business travelers, many (or perhaps most) of them attending events in the hotel's 110,000-square-foot conference center.
The rooms are reasonably clean and functional but generic and starting to show some wear and tear. And except for the large, clean, 24-hour fitness center, the hotel is short on amenities. The lobby bar and on-site Restaurant Charlotte are serviceable but certainly not go-to destinations -- inoffensive places to meet someone for a quick drink or grab a bite in a pinch, but nothing more.
By far the Millennium's biggest asset is its location, but you can likely do better even in the immediate vicinity -- and certainly if you're willing to make just a short walk away from Times Square. If a Times Square location is paramount, check rates at the Renaissance Times Square, which offers much fresher design, more comfortable beds, and an attentive staff, all for similar prices.
Half a block from Times Square.
Near the center of the theater district and a five-minute walk from the world-famous shopping on Fifth Avenue, the Millennium's location is its primary asset. Just half a block from the front door of the Millennium, throngs of tourists navigate the crowded intersections of Times Square. At times it can be hard to cross the street because of all the people.
Virtually every subway line in the city runs through Times Square, so getting uptown to Central Park or downtown to, say, or Wall Street is easy. A big chunk of Times Square was recently closed to automobile traffic, but cabs are still close at hand at virtually all times of the day or night. There are countless restaurants around the hotel, ranging from mediocre tourist traps to fine-dining establishments that draw pre- and post-theater crowds.
30 to 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 involve a lot of lugging bags up and down stairways.
For mass-transit directions right to the hotel, check out HopStop.com.
Big and reasonably clean, but generic and a little run-down.
Despite a handful of faux Art Deco touches, including heavily veneered night tables and desks, amber glass lamps, and a couple of deep leather club chairs, the rooms look and feel pretty generic. The one exception: the view, which isn't exactly awe-inspiring -- it looks out onto a few shiny skyscrapers -- but is at least characteristic of New York.
Other than a decent gym, the Millennium is light on extra features. The big conference facilities set the tone.
Nothing particularly kid-friendly here, but cribs are free and rollaways are available for a nightly fee -- and nearby Times Square has plenty of family-friendly restaurants and attractions.
Though the hotel itself doesn't offer much in the way of kid-focused appeal, the Times Square area offers tons of family-friendly restaurants and attractions. The hotel can provide cribs for free or will arrange baby sitting. Rollaway beds are available for a fee, and the room-service menu also includes children's fare.
During my stay, the hotel was offering a family "funcation" package that included tickets to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum and gift certificates to Cold Stone Creamery. Many tourist hotels offer similar deals, but they're worth noting if you plan to visit those attractions anyway. Check the hotel website for up-to-date information.
For some solid alternatives, check our slideshow of family-friendly New York hotels.
Clean but showing signs of heavy wear and tear.
The hotel is kept reasonably clean and sanitary, but this is a high-volume property and it shows.
All that Times Square has to offer, plus easy access to every neighborhood in Manhattan.
Restaurant Charolette is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and serves mostly American fare. It also provies room service, which is available for breakfast and dinner only. The bar and lounge area also serves small bites during the day.
For reliable suggestions, check out New York magazine's online restaurant guide, where you can search by neighborhood, price range, and type of cuisine.
A big-box Times Square hotel where guests pay (arguably overpay) for location. If you simply must stay in Times Square, this hotel's competent service, big fitness center, and 24-hour room service make it a decent pick. But the rooms are disappointing, with generic decor, just tolerable beds, and worn-out carpeting.