Hotel Mela Times Square
What We Love
- Heart-of-the-action location just two blocks from Times Square
- French-inspired fare in the casual Saju bistro
What To Know
- Room service from Saju restaurant is available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Both self-parking and valet parking are available for a fee
- Small animals (up to 50 pounds) are welcome for an extra fee per stay
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Two blocks north of Times Square, Hotel Mela is a comfy, central base for exploring all the classic Midtown sights, including Bryant Park, Grand Central Terminal, New York Public Library and the shops along Fifth Avenue. The 232 modern guestrooms are, like most central Manhattan hotels, on the small side (Superior Rooms are 190 square feet) but have all the essentials, from king, queen or double beds dressed with pillow top mattresses and 300-thread-count linens to Lavazza coffee makers and flat-screen TVs. En-suite bathrooms have walk-in showers, single vanities and H20 spa bath products. Downstairs, the hotel’s bistro-style restaurant, Saju, is a cozy find amid the Midtown fray offering classic Provencal fare like moules, pommes rissoles and steak frites. As popular with the local lunch crowd as with hotel guests, you’ll have to make a reservation with the 24/7 concierge to secure a table. Guests also have access to a small fitness center that’s open round the clock, but getting out to explore a classic slice of NYC on foot promises a far more satisfying workout.
In the Area
Score same-day discount theater tickets two blocks away at the TKTS booth in Times Square. Revel in the Old New York glamour of Grand Central Terminal over martinis at the speakeasy-style Campbell Bar bar or dinner at the Grand Central Oyster Bar. Bryant Park, just two blocks south of 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
Stayed for 5 nights while at a conference. Upon arrival, check in was efficient and professional. Upon entering my room, I immediately noticed that the A/C wasn't working so I called down to the desk. The clerk asked if he could send someone up to check, and of course I agreed. He arrived within 5 minutes, immediately announced that the unit was "frozen", and asked if I'd be okay with moving to another room. Of course I agreed again and went down to the front desk, where I was told that I was being upgraded for my inconvenience. I moved to a large spacious suite that would probably have cost twice the cost of my original room. And the entire process took about 10 minutes. I was impressed. Bed was comfortable and the cleaning staff made up the room perfectly each day. Everything was clean. Fitness room was not extensive but the equipment all worked and it was also clean. Two restaurants on site that were open from early to late. I dined at the bistro for one dinner and the fish dish was delicious. Hotel staff were sincere and friendly and went out of their way to ensure my satisfaction. I highly recommend the Mela.
I have reviewed Hotel from Venice to South Camp Beach, Cape Town, Denver to Seattle, this is the worst organization I have encountered. The frontline employees are rude and did not allow my wife to finish her explanation before cutting her off and hanging up the phone. The customer is not important to this organization, they are perfect example of poor customer service. Once you give them your credit card, they will not accommodate you if necessary. Do not fall for discounts. Pay the extra and stay at a well managed hotel, the W or Westin.I made a mistake, you don't have to.
Rooms are small if you book a double but it is close to Times Square and the Broadway shows. There is also a subway station a couple blocks away. We stayed 5 days and it was good, everyone was helpful.
Executive queen room had plenty of room and was well furnished. Great location a half a blick from Times Square. Had originally booked the AAA rate executive room however was given an basic room. Hotel staff quickly addressed the issue and gave me the upgrade. Reasonable price with AAA for NYC in the summer.
Its small but clean and the location is great. Our room had great a/c and we never heard any noise from the street. The staff was very pleasant and helped us with whatever we needed. Would stay here again.