All that technicolor flash fits with the vision of Vikram Chatwal, the hotshot, celebrity-dating hotelier behind the Night Times Square, and other out-there New York properties -- Time, Dream, and the original Night two blocks away. And it works, for the most part. I overheard several guests saying "This is a nice hotel!" immediately after checking in. The crowd sits in the space-age white chairs, conversing or working on laptops, and Aspen caters to a decent-size crowd of young professionals who work in the area. But, like Chatwal's other properties, it's not an outlandish clientele: international couples on sightseeing missions, small family units, and the occasional business traveler.
But while the lobby dazzles, the dark, tiny standard rooms do not. They are serviceable, but there's hardly room for more than the bed, and the bathrooms are especially cramped. Nighttime noise from the air-conditioning unit doesn't help matters. For deep sleepers, this is a reasonably clean, affordable hotel with adequate amenities like a business center with free printing and free passes to a great gym (a five-minute walk away), and discounts at a renowned spa -- all things you can also find at the nearby Time hotel.
In the Theater District, half a block from the bustling heart of Times Square
Night Times Square is at the heart of the Theater District on the northern end of Times Square, where neon marquees consume every visible lot, high into the sky. Food, souvenir shops, and sightseeing options are endless, and the sheer volume of bike and foot traffic can cause a bit of sensory overload.
Sweetening the deal, in May 2009 the city closed Broadway off to traffic, between 42nd and 47th Streets, making the streets near Night the most pedestrian-friendly streets anywhere in the city.
Surrounded by theaters hosting Broadway shows; a TKTS discount ticket booth is right across the street, where you can procure same-day theater tickets for up to 50-percent off
12 subway lines (virtually every major subway line in the city) are less than a five-minute walk away at the Port Authority and Times Square subway stations
More authentic (and less tourist-oriented) restaurants only two long blocks west in Hell's Kitchen, a slum turned upscale neighborhood
15-minute walk to Central Park
10-minute walk to the Museum of Modern Art
10 to 15 minute walk to Radio City Music Hall
10-minute walk from Rockefeller Center
Very small and very dark; fine for sleeping but not much else
Very small, dark Standard Room
Unremarkable, but for their cramped quarters and lack of light, the standard rooms at Night don't project the same level of personality you see in the lobby. For slightly larger room, consider nearby fellow Chatwal hotel, Time.
Standard rooms start at 170 square feet (that's small, even by New York standards); just enough room for a full-size bed, a cramped bathroom and a closet.
You can upgrade to a larger room with a queen, king, or two full beds, but the beds take up all of the additional space.
Bose Radio II bedside receiver (not the "Sound Systems with iPod cradle" claimed on the website)
In-room Wi-Fi for a 24-hour rate
Small bathroom: adequate shower pressure; bath products are one-ounce ketchup packets of Gilchrist & Soames' BeeKind line, not the luxe l'Occitane amenities advertised
Noisy air-conditioning unit -- it woke me up in the middle of the night, and according other guests and reviews, this is a recurring problem.
Great features for a Times Square hotel in this price range, but you'll have to go off-site for the gym and spa
Located in the heart of Times Square
The on-site amenities are so-so -- nothing special -- but guests can get free passes to some very well-equipped gyms and discounts at a world-famous spa if they're willing to put in a couple minutes' walk.
No on-site fitness center, but guests get free passes to the full-scale gym at the New York Sports Club (two locations within a five-minute walk)
Families with teenagers may appreciate the lobby's wild artwork, and all-ages tourist attractions abound in Times Square, but beyond that, not much recommends this place to families.
Standard rooms are too small to sleep a family, but larger rooms with two full-size beds are available.
Babysitting services can be arranged through the concierge, which is the case at just about every New York hotel.
Perfectly fine, no complaints
The rooms and public spaces are both well maintained.
A popular bar with fun drinks right next to the lobby; several good options in the area
Funky, hip decor at the Aspen Social Club lounge
Popular among locals, Aspen Social Club looks like a postmodern ski lodge and serves modern twists on Western cuisine. Waitresses dressed in short brown cowgirl dresses and high black leather boots serve cocktails named after movies and books, like the Fleurs du Mal, the Blood and Sand, and The Big Sleep. Dinner entrees range from trout tacos with cabbage slaw and lime crema to Colorado lamb "Lollipops." Room service, also from Aspen.
Aspen Social Club lounge has a fun evening crowd, and serves nouveau American cuisine and specialty cocktails.
Restaurant Row, a five- to 10-minute walk away at 46th Street and 8th Avenue, has countelss high-quality restaurants ranging from Brazilian to Thai to Italian.