Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel
What We Love
- The balconies in the Terrace rooms, which offer fabulous people-watching from above
- Trying out the creative cocktails in R Lounge, a bar with spectacular views of Times Square
- Its proximity to the Theater District is perfect for Broadway buffs
What To Know
- There’s no restaurant onsite, but guests can order delivery from local restaurants to their rooms
- The one-bedroom suites, great for families, have pullout sofas that can sleep two
- Benefits like WiFi and breakfast are free only for Rewards members
- It takes two elevator rides to get to the rooms from the hotel entrance
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
The Renaissance hotels, owned by Marriott, are being renovated and modernized, and this Times Square property has undergone a big change—the aesthetic is dynamic and contemporary, with a palette of bright yellow and blue that feels deliciously hip. The rooms are geared towards a more youthful audience, too, which means plenty of charging ports for all kinds of devices, LCD TVs, rich wood furniture that feels modern, and Aveda bath products. The floor-to-ceiling windows in R Lounge, the hotel’s sleek bar, are a fabulous showcase for the spectacular video screens and billboards of Times Square, and the lounge serves creative seasonal cocktails at reasonable-for-New-York prices, as well as small plates like “grown up grilled cheese” and kale dumplings.
In the Area
The hotel’s 26 stories look right down on the nonstop activity of Times Square – it really does feel like you’re at the center of the world. Within a few minutes’ walk you’ll also find the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, to name just a few of the biggest draws. There are a dozen theaters within two blocks of the hotel; if you’re looking to splash out, plan on a pre-show dinner at Le Bernardin, which has received a handful of Michelin stars for its world-class seafood, and a post-show drink at the chic Aldo Sohm wine bar, which is helmed by Le Bernardin’s master sommelier. There are nearby subway stops for quick connections to almost everywhere in the city.
How to Get There
Excellent room, 802, king bed, tub/shower combo. Nice large bathroom with soaking tub. Can’t say enough good about this staff: from valet/bellhop/check-in to waitstaff in bar and amazing concierge (Divina) and sweet housekeeper. We just had a perfect visit. The convenience of this location to all of lower Manhattan by subway (station is in same block for R, W, going downtown) and easy switches for Brooklyn/Chinatown/Little Italy. Very centrally located for Broadway, Rockefeller Plaza, Radio City, Empire State Building, Chrysler Bldg, Grand Central Station. Subway to 9/11 Memorial, Battery Park or to Central Park and Seventh Ave shopping! Late night return after theater or dinner, take in the daily desserts in the lounge-OMGeeee. It’s vacation! Worry about calories and carbs after you return home!
We've stayed at the Renaissance many times. This is the first time I felt the need to share our experience at this facility. We truly appreciate the outstanding service received from Brian (?) at the front desk (checked in on May 9th around 6:30 PM?) , Mohammed at the lounge made us feel welcomed during our 5 days stay. Jamie was great too. The lounge is a fabulous place to eat, drink, and watch the crowed at Time Square. The personal service we received plus the great location made it a great stay. It is the staff that made the difference. Thank you, Brian, Mohammed, and Jamie. (By the way, some of the breakfast staff could use a lesson from these 3 staff members..Several of them were not service oriented at all). a Titanium member of the Marriott Bonvoy.
Stayed for 5 nights, we were on the top floor 26th. Fridge in the room along with standard iron and ironing board and coffee making facilities and safe. The room was comfortable, clean and spacious. The staff were great, we were right in the middle of Times Square - view from our hotel was stunning! Felt very safe in the hotel. Always staff at the front door. Would recommend this hotel to stay at. Went to Chelsea market - great place for food!
We stayed here for the first time and loved every aspect of our stay.
The Rooms were spacious with lovely views of Times Square, level 18.
The staff were fantastic in every aspect and ever so helpful whenever we needed them
and the best aspect of the Hotel was the Dining area directly looking over Times Square where we spent most evenings with a glass of wine reminiscing on our days adventures. .Also pleasing was the very good prices to eat there.
I stayed at the Renaissance for work during the week of May 6th-10th. I was on the 20th floor with a 'preferred room'.
To be clear, there are issues with staying in Times Square (not the hotel's fault) and then things wrong with the hotel. I've stayed at the W and Algonquin in Times Square before and if you must stay in Times Square, I would highly (highly) recommend those this property.
1. This hotel is on the exact busiest corner and the exact loudest part of the Square. There was drilling setting up a new stage on 7th street from 10pm-2am! This occurred for 3 of my 5 nights. This is in addition to street noise that I could hear at 20 floors above. And, lastly, any sign of a CVS/Walgreens/Duane Reed, etc was at least 5 blocks away.
2. My room was facing the M&M billboard--no matter how hard I tried and how tight I pulled the drapes, you could still see the billboard flash through the drapes. It was like something out of a waterboarding video or horror movie.
3. The room itself--dated in furniture (pillows were super uncomfortable). The electrical power in the section where the coffee maker/light switch was wasn't working.
4. Construction--the walls of the hotel are razor thin. There was a constant 'running water' noise from my bathroom (something from the other rooms? building pipes?). Anytime anyone left their room,the doors would slam and you could hear it as if you were in that room. The lighting to the room was dark
I will say, in the hotel's defense--the staff is very nice, the turn-down service was great and the lobby is lively.
Overall, there are better areas to stay in in NYC--and if you must be in the square, there are better options.