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Holiday Inn Express - Manhattan Times Square South 3.0

Midtown West, New York City, New York

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  • Free breakfast with hot and cold items included in the room rate
  • Empire State Building views from some rooms
  • Modern rooms with soothing neutral color palettes and Bath & Body Works amenities
  • Small but modern fitness center
  • Three-computer lobby business station with printer
  • Pet-friendly, allowing up to two dogs per room (for a fee)
  • Outdoor terrace with patio tables
  • Choice of soft or firm pillows
  • Free Wi-Fi


  • Guests have to wait for two (slow) elevators
  • Some of the rooms are small with little space between the walls and beds
  • Hallways are narrow with little space between entry doors
  • Breakfast can become crowded
  • Small armoires instead of closets
  • No private public spaces to read or meet
  • No restaurant or bar on site
  • No on-site parking

Bottom Line

Set in the heart of Manhattan's Fashion District, the Holiday Inn Express is a 135-room mid-range hotel with small but tidy rooms that feature a modern design and a cohesive, calming color palette. The central location in Midtown is ideal for tourists and business travelers. Shopping at Macy's flagship store, Times Square, Madison Square Garden, and the Empire State Building are all within a 10-minute walk. The nearby Nyma is often a bit cheaper, but not quite as modern; for a location closer to Times Square, it might be worth comparing rates with the slightly more upscale (but sometimes cheaper) Novotel. 

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Busy, branded hotel with modern style, ideal for budget-minded tourists and business travelers

The busy lobby of the Holiday Inn Express buzzes with guests toting shopping bags from Macy's, H&M, and Lord and Taylor and anxiously waiting by the elevator to drop off their goods in their rooms before heading out again. The hotel, located in New York's Fashion District, is walking distance to a slew of branded stores (Tommy Hilfiger, Sephora, and Uniqlo), making it easy to make trips back and forth. The hotel doesn't offer much space outside of the guest rooms to lounge or relax, but guests who stay at this hotel are clearly here to explore the city. After fueling themselves with various basic breakfast items and beverages at the free buffet, they are out the door. Major tourist attractions, including the Empire State Building and Times Square, lie in every direction and are all within walking distance. Front desk attendants are at the ready to assist guests with directions and recommendations. There's also a kiosk for booking airport transportation and a lobby business area with three computers and a printer -- ideal for researching restaurants, making reservations, and printing out boarding passes.


On a busy block in Midtown's Fashion District, close to Macy's, the Empire State Building, and Times Square

Fronted by an outdoor terrace bordered by a neat row of boxwood and flowers, the hotel's tidy exterior is contrasted by a sign-heavy Irish pub across the street. The somewhat busy block harbors a variety of businesses, including a ballroom dancing studio, a Peruvian rotisserie, a church, a nightclub, and upscale steakhouse Keen's. Set in the heart of the Fashion District, the hotel is less than a 10-minute walk to key Manhattan sights including the Empire State Building, Times Square, and Madison Square Garden.

  • 45-minute drive to JFK International Airport
  • 30-minute drive to LaGuardia International Airport
  • 5-minute walk to Macy's
  • 6-minute walk to Empire State Building
  • 6-minute walk to Bryant Park
  • 8-minute walk to Madison Square Garden/Penn Station
  • 10-minute walk to Times Square
  • 12-minute walk to Grand Central Terminal


Modern and tidy with well-sized furniture, soothing color palettes, and a choice of pillows

The rooms at the Holiday Inn Express are a notch above what you'd expect from a budget-branded chain hotel. Neutral color palettes mix with subtle colors, such as striped window treatments in brown, taupe, and moss green. The furniture is a cohesive collection finished in dark brown laminate, including headboards with tufted leather and working desks with the necessary charging plugs and ergonomic chairs. The hotel features rooms with either two doubles or one king-sized bed spread along 19 floors, some with views of the Empire State Building.

Deluxe Double Rooms are the most spacious with two separate seating nooks separated by a clever storage unit. Smaller Standard Rooms, especially those with two double beds, are tight on space -- with beds near the windows bumping up against the air conditioning units. Added amenities include tiny coffeemakers, wall-mounted flat screen TVs, and sleek reading lamps. Bathrooms are small but adequately finished with marble vanities, glass-enclosed stall showers, and wallpaper printed with tiny aspen leaves. Plenty of white towels and Bath and Body Works amenities complete the space.


Great midtown location with competitive rates, free buffet breakfast, and a lobby business station

The hotel's location is perhaps its greatest feature, yet the budget-minded express hotel also offers a three-computer business station in the well-lit lobby, a small fitness center with modern Pro-Form equipment, and a free breakfast buffet served in a large dining space and an adjoining atrium room.

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60 West 36th Street & 6th Ave, New York City, New York 10018-8039, United States

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  • Holiday Inn Express NYC -Herald Square 36th St

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