- No on-site fitness center
- Small, dark rooms
- Noisy air conditioners
- Fee for Wi-Fi
An unremarkable exterior with minimal signage gives way to an eye-catching lobby that does everything it can to stand out. An enormous tropical fish tank, octopus-inspired chandeliers, works of modern art, and a spray of pink, blue, and orange lighting scream "We're unique!" The adjacent Aspen Social Club, which looks like an interplanetary ski lodge, does little to dampen the effect.
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.
Very small and very dark; fine for sleeping but not much else
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.
Great features for a Times Square hotel in this price range, but you'll have to go off-site for the gym and spa
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.
Perfectly fine, no complaints
The rooms and public spaces are both well maintained.
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.
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