citizenM New York Times Square
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2014 Best of the Best Finalist: Best Style Steal
- Free WiFi
- Each guestroom comes with a “mood pad” tablet, letting you customize the room’s lighting and music
What To Know
- Rooms are seriously small and better suited for couples or singles than families
- Bring your own conditioner: the shower comes suited with an “a.m. and p.m. wash” but nothing else
- Room keys double as luggage tags — feel free to keep yours and fill it out
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
If a Virgin flight morphed into a hotel, it’d look exactly like the 22-story citizenM Hotel Times Square. With customizable mood lighting and a bold color palette of red, black and white, CitizenM’s first American outpost is hip and modern through and through. The airy, living room-like lobby sets the high design tone of the space: expect low slung sofas, graphic artwork, glossy mounted fixie bikes and bright plastic taxidermy. Everything about the lobby feels clean and current, from the ample outlets to the digitized self-check-in (including on-screen prompts to purchase breakfast or a late check-out). Upstairs, 230 rooms are compact (the Deluxe Room is just 161 square feet) but cleverly designed: underbed drawers plus a pod-like shower are welcome space-saving details, while modcons go above and beyond. In addition to flatscreen TVs and free WiFi, every room also comes with a tablet storing DJ-curated playlists and customizable light settings, as well as cheeky wall art (a print of the words “picture a can of tomato soup here”) and oversized windows equipped with remote-control blackout screens. We especially love the 24-hour multi-purpose lobby bistro CanteenM: in the morning, there’s a groaning breakfast buffet spread and an adjacent espresso bar; by evening, there’s a spread of à la carte snacks (including a self-serve cheese, almond and olive bar), grab-n-go wine bottles and specialty cocktails at the bar. There’s also a wraparound rooftop terrace on the hotel’s 21st floor, plus a basketball court-inspired gym with a small outdoor space for yoga.
In the Area
It wouldn’t be a trip to Times Square without making time for a Broadway show. Score same-day discount tickets a few blocks away at the TKTS booth in Times Square. Afterwards, catch a casual izakaya meal alongside in-the-know locals at the subterranean Sake Bag Hagi. Revel in the Old New York glamour of Grand Central Terminal over martinis at the speakeasy-style Campbell Apartment bar or dinner at the Grand Central Oyster Bar. Bryant Park, a short walk from the hotel, offers some welcome green space in the middle of Midtown. Depending on the time of year, you can ice-skate, catch an alfresco flick or challenge a local to chess or petanque.
How to Get There
The room is very small but enough for couples or solo. Technology in the room is very nice. You don’t want to leave the room. Check-in and checkout was very rad and fast. You don’t need even to deal with someone to check you in.
Rooms were pretty small, but very thoughtfully laid out (luggage drawer under the bed) and tastefully decorated with very functional iPad control for everything (blinds, air conditioning, TV, etc). The TV set up with free movies and the easy ability to stream content from your own device was great.
A few hiccups after being caught in a major power failure affecting several blocks in Manhattan on a Friday night, but the staff were informative and helpful throughout and got things working again pretty quickly once the power came back on.
This is my second stay at this hotel and it was better than the first!!!! They people here helped me surprise my friend and decorate the room while we were out for her birthday! They also stayed cool and calm during the NYC black out!!!