Convenient location, a 10-minute walk to Times Square
Contemporary rooms with flat-screen TVs, some with king beds
24-hour business center with PCs and printer
Tiny fitness center with treadmills
Free continental breakfast with hot options
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Near major Lincoln Tunnel traffic
Rooms and bathrooms are on the small side
Fitness center is tiny and doubles as storage area
Only two elevators for 36 floors
No restaurant or bar
The name is a mouthful, but the three-pearl Holiday Inn Express New York City Times Square rightly touts its convenient location near one of the city's top tourist attractions. The 210 rooms are small, even by Manhattan standards, but some have king beds. Perks include a free hot continental breakfast, a nice extra for budget-minded travelers in a part of town that's not known for being cheap or having great food. But there's no full restaurant or bar on-site. Travelers looking for an affordable property in the area may want to check out this Holiday Inn's two comparable neighbors: the Hampton Inn Times Square South, which also includes free breakfast, and the Candlewood Suites New York City - Times Square next door, which has larger rooms with kitchens.
Close to Times Square and major transportation hubs in Midtown Manhattan
The Holiday Inn Express is surrounded by other mid-range hotels, a few restaurants, and constant traffic from the Lincoln Tunnel. It's a 10-minute walk from Times Square and is a good spot for those needing easy access to public transportation. The Times Square - 42nd Street subway station (a major transportation hub connecting to the 1, 2, 3, 7, A, C, E, N, R, Q trains and a shuttle to Grand Central Terminal) is a seven-minute walk away. The Port Authority Bus Terminal is just a five-minute walk up 8th Avenue, and there's also a convenient CitiBike rental rack right outside the hotel for those brave enough to navigate the traffic on two wheels. There are plenty of options for shopping, people-watching, Broadway shows, drinking, and dining within walking distance. This is especially true for Restaurant Row on 46th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, which has a variety of bars and restaurant choices, though most of these are touristy. Other landmarks in walking distance, require a longer hike, such as Bryant Park (12 minutes) and the Empire State Building (16 minutes). The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is 13 minutes away by subway, and Fifth Avenue shops are 10 minutes away. Travelers arriving or departing by air should factor in a bare minimum of 20 minutes to LaGuardia in Queens, half an hour to Newark, and 45 minutes to JFK, though traffic means these trips usually take considerably longer.
Small but comfortable rooms with flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers
All of the hotel's 210 rooms are on the small side even by New York standards, but many have king beds. Rooms with two double beds and ADA rooms with a queen bed are also available, an while some have city views, the windows are typically small. Decor is contemporary but chain-like, with patterned carpets, simple wood-veneer furnishings, and neutral walls. The patterned curtains and window treatments are a bit much for the size of the room, adding a busy vibe that doesn't help create a feeling of spaciousness in the somewhat cramped quarters. Small desks come with office chairs, and all rooms have 32-inch flat-screen TVs with free HBO, along with coffeemakers -- some have Keurig coffeemakers. Bathrooms are small and generic, with shower/tub combos and basic toiletries.
Free continental breakfast, 24-hour business center, and small fitness room
Facilities are slim here, with a simple lobby and no real restaurant or bar. The fitness room feels like an afterthought, and when we visited it was being used as a storage room with boxes blocking access to the few cardio machines available. The breakfast room has an attached dining room, and offers a free continental buffet with hot items including eggs, sausage, and pancakes. There's also a 24-hour business corner with a pair of PCs and a printer. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.
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