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Like most hotels in Midtown West, the massive, 1,750-room Sheraton is a crossroads of tourist families, conventioneers, and business travelers.
The Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel is one of the largest hotels in New York. With three floors of meeting rooms and banquet halls, it's no surprise that the Sheraton plays host to several conventions and conferences every day. But through the wood-paneled and carpeted lobby, past the lines of business suits and name-tags, there are still some families with young children in tow trying to cut through the crowds.
Given the hotel's size, the familiarity of the Sheraton brand, and its proximity to both office buildings and New York's best tourist sites in Midtown West, it's no surprise that the hotel draws such a diverse crowd. (However, it does focus on conventioneers more than its sister hotel, the Sheraton Manhattan, across the street.)
As with any Starwood property, the company's popular rewards program also allows guests to use points from past stays to earn free rooms.
Located in Midtown West, a few blocks north of the Times Square lights and crowds, and only six blocks south of Central Park, the Sheraton is one of the many hotels on Seventh Avenue catering to the Midtown business crowd as well as tourists flocking to Broadway shows. Aside from a few over-priced delis, you'll have to walk west to Eighth Avenue to find any restaurant that isn't part of some national franchise.
For access around the city, the hotel is an excellent subway hub. The B, D, and E subway station is just steps from its entrance; the N, Q, and R lines are four short blocks north at 57th street, and the 1 train is less than a five-minute walk away at 50th Street and Broadway. This stretch of Seventh Avenue might also be one of the most cab-heavy in the city.
The Sheraton’s 1,750 rooms feature comfy beds and great views.
All guest rooms and suites were renovated in 2012, giving the cruddy, worn hotel a much-need freshening. Even the standard rooms feature king Sweet Sleeper beds, which come with feather and hypo-allergenic pillows, a plush duvet, and quality linens. Unlike many NYC hotel rooms, these are large enough to fit in a full-size desk. Rooms also come with wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, free Starbucks coffee, contemporary decor, and easily accesible power outlets on lamps and desks.
The hotel is predominantly composed of Traditional guest rooms, which average a fairly spacious 253 square feet. Rooms on the 44th to 50th floors are known as Club Level Rooms, and come with more personalized service and free access to the gym and the Club Lounge, which features a business center, seating space, great views, and coffee, drinks and small bites throughout the day. There are also suites of varying sizes throughout the hotel.
Good, independently operated gym on-site -- for an extra fee -- plus plenty of meeting facilties make this "convention hotel" great for business travelers
Pets less than 40 pounds are welcome at the hotel at no extra cost.
Unlike the nearby Hilton Times Square or the W Times Square, the Sheraton allows pets under 40 pounds at no extra fee. Central Park -- about the best place to walk a dog in Manhattan -- is only six short blocks away.
The hotel certainly focuses on conventioneers and business travelers, but fairly spacious rooms and a convenient location make it a fine family pick.
Rooms are a bit bigger than average (particularly for Midtown West) at 250 square feet, and plenty of rooms with double beds are available (it helps to call and request these in advance). Cribs are free, and rollaways are available for a rather steep fee. There are several affordable, kid-friendly food options within blocks of the hotel, from Dunkin' Donuts to the famed Carnegie Deli.
In addition, guests of the Sheraton share access to the swimming pool across the street at the Sheraton Manhattan -- a major rarity in New York. Of course, the hotel is also within walking distance of Central Park, Broadway shows, Rockefeller Center, and much more.
Decent on-site dining, but tons of options all around
With a convenient Midtown West location six blocks from Central Park, the 1,750-room Sheraton is good for families and its thousands of daily conventioneers. Rooms have attractive contemporary decor with a couple of custom-made touches, plush beds with crisp white linens, and flat-screen TVs; some have striking views of the surrounding skyscrapers. There is extensive meeting space, a solid burger restaurant, and a large fitness center with modern machines -- but there's a fee for use of the facilities, as well as a daily charge for Wi-Fi.