Within walking distance of several subway lines and major attractions
Small but stylish rooms with flat-screen TVs and iPod docks
Chic lounge with a fireplace
Free coffee and tea in the lobby
Discounted rates at nearby parking garage
Free use of fitness center
24-hour room service from an outside restaurant
Fee for Wi-Fi
Very cramped standard rooms
No on-site restaurant
The Ameritania is a mid-range hotel conveniently located near the Theater District, museums, and Central Park. Rooms, while small, have up-to-date amenities -- including flat-screen TVs and iPod docks -- and stylish decor in a black, silver and brown palette. There's a lounge with solid cocktails and a fireplace, but little else. Note that there is an extra fee for Wi-Fi.
Modern, mid-range hotel with a welcoming boutique atmosphere
Located just around the corner from the Ed Sullivan Theater, the 223-room Ameritania Hotel is in a prime location for tourists who want to be near Times Square but not directly in it. Once guests enter the hotel, they'll find a large lobby decorated in red, black, and silver; the red walls and pleather chairs, silver studded columns, and gray floors give it an industrial vibe. This carries over into the adjacent Twist Bar, which opens in the afternoon; guests can grab a cocktail and either take a seat at the bar or on one of the couches by the fireplace. There's not much else to do on the property, aside from using the fitness center, but most guests are tourists who want to explore the city anyway.
Located in the somewhat calmer Midtown West, between Times Square and Central Park, the hotel provides easy walking access to many of New York's most desirable sites and activities.
Located on the corner of West 54th Street and Broadway, the Ameritania Hotel is outside the flashing lights of Times Square, but right around the corner from the Broadway Theatre and the Late Show studio. Business travelers may thank their lucky stars for the 24-hour Kinko's directly across the street.
Beyond the dazzling marquees of Times Square, Midtown West still offers plenty of other kinds of thrills, from hip restaurants and gay bars in Hell's Kitchen on its west side to tourist must-sees like Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, and 5th Avenue department stores on its east. At the northern boundary, marking the start of Central Park, there's Columbus Circle -- home to the luxe Time Warner Center and its acclaimed five-star restaurants.
All of the rooms, not only the standard rooms, are very small, even by New York standards.
Rooms here are pretty small, but feature stylish decor with black, silver and brown accents, and solid amenities, including flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, iPod docks, and DVD players. However, there are extra fees for many of the basics, such as Wi-Fi and mini-fridges. Standard room starts at 120 square feet (the average hotel room in New York is about 200 square feet), but Deluxe rooms offer 180 to 200 square feet (still cramped, but at least on par with most other hotel rooms in New York at this price range).
Comfortable beds with down comforters and Belgian linens
There's little in the way of amenities at the Ameritania Hotel, but it still has a few perks. Twist is the lobby lounge that serves cocktails, beer, and wine starting in the afternoon. While there's no full restaurant on-site, a continental breakfast is served each morning (for a fee) in the lounge and room service is available 24 hours. Coffee and tea is available in the lobby for free as well.
The gym is small and lacking windows, but it's well-equipped with cardio machines, weight machines, medicine balls, and free weights. The red-and-black carpeting and black-and-white wallpaper is a little too busy for a workout room though.
New York has three nearby airports: JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark (in New Jersey). Flying into JFK or LaGuardia is typically easiest and the least time consuming. From JFK, it's a flat-rate taxi to anywhere in Manhattan. From LaGuardia, it's about a 30-minute metered cab ride to midtown Manhattan. Rides from Newark can take over 90 minutes. Don't forget to tip your driver 15 to 25 percent.
To save some cash, group shuttles are available at all three airports. For more information on the shuttles, go to Super Shuttle or New York Airport Service. You can also take public transit from any of the airports for as little as $8 per person, but travel times can take up to two hours and involve a lot of lugging bags up and down stairs.