Travel Inn Hotel Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Midtown West, Manhattan, New York City

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Pros

Cons

  • Long walk from most activities and attractions in New York
  • No restaurant or bar
  • No 24-hour room service (as advertised)
  • Old tube TVs in most rooms

Bottom Line

Given its two rare but extrodinary features -- a large outdoor pool and a free parking garage -- one might be able to look past the 160-room Travel Inn Hotel's less-desireable location (in a not-so-hip part of Hell's Kitchen, a long walk from Times Square and the subway) and less-than-comfortable, long out of date guest rooms.

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 Location

Quiet, much less popular edge of Midtown West, about a 10-minute walk outside the flashing heart of Times Square

Though it's on West 42nd Street -- the same street that includes the bustling heart of Times Square (about a 10-minute walk east) -- the Travel Inn feels a bit cut-off from the restaurants, the attractions, the parks, and the people that make Midtown West an exciting place to visit. It's in Hell's Kitchen, a former slum transformed by luxury condo developments over the last decade. Near the Travel Inn, the atmosphere still seems to be in a state of transition. Expansive parking lots, warehouses, and vacant crators (where new condos will rise) blend with a handful of bank branches and the scarce nightclub. It's safe (especially given the police station across the street), but not very attractive.

  • Eight- to 10-minute walk to the A, C, E subway lines; 10- to 15-minute walk from the 1, 2, 3, N, Q, R, S, W, B, D, F, and V subway lines -- farther from the subway than most other hotels in Midtown West, but there's still easy access to anywhere in New York
  • 10-minute walk, plus a 15-minute subway ride to Central Park
  • 10-minute walk to Times Square
  • 15-minute walk, plus a 20-minute subway ride to the Empire State Building and to Rockefeller Center
  • 10-minute walk, plus a 25-minute subway ride to the ferry terminal to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • 10-minute walk, plus a 20-minute subway ride to the American Museum of Natural History
  • 10-minute walk, plus a 30-minute subway ride to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the "Met") and a 15-minute subway ride to the Museum of Modern Art (the "MoMA")

 Rooms

About as old and basic as a hotel room gets in New York, but clean

The Double Double Room
The Double Double Room

 Airport Transportation

About 30 to 90 minutes from three airports

New York has three nearby airports: JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark (in New Jersey). Getting to town from JFK or LaGuardia is usually more convenient than getting there from Newark, but travel times are heavily dependent on the time of day and traffic conditions. From JFK, a taxi to anywhere in Manhattan costs a flat rate of $45 and takes around an hour in average conditions. From LaGuardia, a metered cab ride to midtown Manhattan costs about $40 and can take 30 minutes if traffic is light, three times that if it's bad. Rides from Newark cost at least $40 (plus tolls) and can take more than 90 minutes. It's customary to tip your driver 15 to 25 percent.

Those looking to save some cash can use the privately run shuttle buses that are available at all three airports for about $14 per person. For more information on the shuttles, go to Super Shuttle or New York Airport Service. Public transit is also available for as little as $7 per person, but travel can take up to two hours and involve a lot of lugging bags up and down stairways.

For mass-transit directions right to the hotel, check out HopStop.com.

 Bottom Line

Given its two rare but extrodinary features -- a large outdoor pool and a free parking garage -- one might be able to look past the 160-room Travel Inn Hotel's less-desireable location (in a not-so-hip part of Hell's Kitchen, a long walk from Times Square and the subway) and less-than-comfortable, long out of date guest rooms.

Things You Should Know About Travel Inn Hotel

Address

  • 515 West 42ND Street, New York, NY, US

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Travel Hotel New York City
  • Travel Inn Hotel New York
  • Travel Inn Manhattan
  • Travel Inn New York
  • Travel Inn New York City
  • Travel Inn Nyc
  • Travel New York City

Room Types

  • Double Double Room
  • Double Room
  • King Room
  • Standard Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 160
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Midtown West, Manhattan
Address: 515 West 42ND Street, New York, NY, US
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