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
After reading some of the negative reviews I wasn’t expecting the hotel to be anything special , this is a fantastic place to stay when visiting New York as its only 2 minutes from time square , the staff are very friendly and are very helpful and go out there way to help you , the rooms aren’t massive but they is plenty of room for 2 people , hoping to return next year and will definitely be staying here again.
Reception area, small lobby with max 2 persons at check in/out general questions. I found the receptionists helpful, there are 3 lifts available for this hotel and they are quite small but I'd say they were adequate, there is a small seating area opposite the lifts and a baggage room so very small entrance, no bar and a small Gym and 1 Restroom on the 2nd Floor.
Room: we didn't get what we thought we booked but we made the best of it, the room was pretty decent, the table does need cleaning - there was a lot of dust on the trip below the top. Coffee maker was fine, Television worked, bed was comfortable with clean linen, the wardrobe was a bit short so hanging up coats a bit difficult - overall this room was fine.
Bathroom: The bathroom shower was good and spacious, toilet flush was a bit temperamental, the sink had several cracks. The toiletries were extremely nice and we got a bath robe each - had to request from reception.
Overall: Staff were very nice especially Dave who helped us with our bags and I can't remember the guy on reception but he was very nice.
Would I stay at this hotel again? probably not
Just came back from staying at this hotel with my daughter . The hotel is very small but was very clean we were out most of the time but, the staff were excellent a special thank you to the receptionist Barbara and Danny Diaz who couldn’t do enough to help with anything we needed . Also a concierge gentleman that stood front of house was very helpful with directions to places . I would definitely recommend the restaurant attached to the hotel for breakfast loads to choose from a lovely friendly staff . It is better to do this as pay as you go rather than including it in the whole booking otherwise you will pay more . The location of the hotel is perfect you are literally a stones throw from everything .
We stayed at Hotel Mela for a birthday visit to New York and could not have been more delighted. The hotel is two minutes from Times Square and served by a number of Subway stations.
The hotel upgraded our room because it was my husband’s birthday and left a card and present of fresh fruit and pastries as a surprise.
The room had everything we needed, including facilities to make coffee which was wonderful. The tv even showed English football which my husband was very pleased about!
The entrance lobby was really festive and smelt of Christmas- the room was spotless and had plentiful toiletries and a super comfy bed.
The staff were wonderful- polite and helpful and we will certainly be staying at the Mela again and recommending it.
Helen and Steve A
I have stayed at the Hotel Mela numerous times since they opened, but our recent visit will most likely be our last. We were stuck in a room with multiple problems, the worst being the moldy smelling air that was blowing out of the cooling system -- we had to keep the heat cranked so the air didn't kick in. We also noted no lamp on the desk, no luggage racks, chipped and old furniture, etc., dirty curtain lining -- both aesthetic and functional problems going on. We did attempt to rectify some of the problems while were there, but were mostly ignored. I wrote a lengthy letter to manager David Cirincione. pinpointing my concerns, primarily the mold/health one, but he did not bother to respond.
I noted a number of tour type groups milling around, so that could be an indicator of the sliding standards at the Mela. They are right in Times Square so that's a plus. The room conditions were really a bummer and put a damper on our vacation, though. We dreaded going back to the room. My advice at this hotel is that if you have problems, do not assume staff will go out of their way for you, and instead pursue them vigorously.