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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
I love, love, LOVE this hotel! The room was very nice. The staff so pleasant and helpful (especially Barbara behind the front desk who helped me with a big problem). The cafe next door excellent. I have travelled a lot for many years and stayed in dozens of hotels - some were certainly as nice as the Mela, but I don’t remember a better one. Enjoy!
I returned to stay at Hotel Mela for anither time and it didn’t disappoint. It’s a great hotel for a business trip – great location and walkable to most places. Despite being next to tourist hotspots the rooms are quiet and the staff are all great and so friendly. Only small drawback is the décor is looking a bit tired, but that’s only a small negative amongst lots of positives.
Very disappointed with room size for the price we paid, almost $400 per nite.
There also doesn't seem to be any updates in the last several years when we stayed there before.
We probably won't stay at the Mela again.