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Top-notch rooms, but the overall hotel experience isn't quite at the same level of lxury
The Sanctuary Hotel opened in May 2011, but the narrow hallways and small elevators are lingering reminders of the building's bygone days: It was built over one hundred years ago. The ultra-dark lobby, decorated with crystal chandeliers and Buddhist statues, will appeal to some guests, but others may find it a tad overdone. The rooms, however, are unquestionably luxurious. The sexy, open bathrooms (a curtain can be pulled across) boast walk-in showers, marble countertops, and a sliding door to separate the toilet, and the room decor is sleek, with warm, earth tones and leather accents. In 2013, the on-site restaurant, lobby bar, business center, and fitness center will open. For now, guests are given passes to work out at the Equinox four blocks away. Guests can sip cocktails under the lights of Times Square or order full meals off of a French-inspired menu.
Located on a quiet street, the hotel is just blocks from the action of Times Square
On 47th St between 6th and 7th Ave, the hotel is within walking distance of multiple subway lines, theaters, and iconic sites. The location of Sanctuary Hotel gives guests the best of both worlds -- it is on a quiet street, ideal for a good night's sleep, but is just blocks from the action of Times Square, a tourist's paradise.
Though once seedy, Times Square was reborn in the mid-'90s as a commercialized tourist haven, lit by 24-hour flashing billboards and themed restaurants like ESPN Zone and Bubba Gump Shrimp. Today, visitors walking the streets are more likely to be accosted by a comedy-club promoter, a rickshaw bicycle operator, or a caricature artist than a mugger. It's crowded, but there's something unquestionably exhilarating -- and convenient -- about staying in the neon-lit heart of the city. Plus, the mayor recently decided to close off much of Broadway to traffic, making it more pedestrian-friendly.
The 115-room, boutique Sanctuary Hotel sits on a relatively quiet street near all of the action of Times Square. There's a nice foortop lounge called Heaven, serving up cocktails and French cuisine, and a fitness center is on the way. Its luxurious rooms and sexy open bathrooms are among the city's best, but the historic building has a few lingering quirks, and there's no spa or business center.