Sanctuary Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Times Square, Manhattan, New York City

This hotel has undergone significant renovations since our visit.
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Pros

  • Sleek, modern rooms have 34-inch flat-screen TVs and iPod docks
  • Located on a quiet street, blocks from the action of Times Square
  • Sexy, open bathrooms
  • Rooftop lounge with a French-inspired menu and cocktails
  • Access to nearby Equinox (on-site fitness center will open in 2013)
  • Free Wi-Fi and continental breakfast
  • Helpful, friendly staff

Cons

  • Narrow hallways and cramped elevators
  • No spa
  • On-site business center

Bottom Line

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.

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Oyster Hotel Review

 Scene

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.

 Location

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.

  • 3-minute walk to the B, D, F, and M subway lines
  • 3-minute walk to the N, Q, and R subway lines
  • 5-minute walk to Rockefeller Center
  • 6-minute walk to the heart of Times Square
  • 7-minute walk to Bryant Park
  • 10-minute walk to the Museum of Modern Art (the "MoMA")
  • 10-minute subway ride to Central Park
  • 10-minute subway ride to the Empire State Building
  • 10-minute subway ride to the American Museum of Natural History
  • 25-minute subway ride to the ferry terminal to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • 22-minute cab ride from LaGuardia Airport
  • 27-minute cab ride from JFK Airport

 Bottom Line

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.

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Address

  • 132 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036

Room Types

  • Accessible Queen Room
  • Deluxe King
  • Deluxe Queen
  • Double Double Deluxe Room
  • Superior Queen
  • Sweet Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 115
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Times Square, Manhattan
Address: 132 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036
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