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
- 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
This is one of the times I can say I am loyal to Marriott to a fault. I had a horrible stay last night. I got checked in and they changed my room type and no one told me as my room type was sold out. I went to print theater tickets but could not because the internet was down. Went to watch the news in the morning but could not because the TV had no signal. The front desk simply does not care. The security guard at night is gruff and just barks out he needs to see your key in a very unfriendly manner. Michelle, one of the managers was pleasant, but does it really matter if so many things of wrong. If you love your family go to the Marquis across the street!
If you want to be on Times Square, this is your hotel. Their "R" lounge has the best view of the square in the city. Given its location, its also close to shows and shopping and more. The service is always really good. Rooms are good and a good size for the location. Its noisy because its essentially surrounded by Times Square and you definitely get light noise from all the signage. So, if you want calm, dark, and quiet, find a hotel a little farther away. If you want a nice, upscale hotel right in the middle of things, choose this one.
We decided to try the Renaissance instead of the Marque this trip. There were Pros and Cons. The Renaissance is a much smaller hotel so you aren’t fighting the masses. The room was very nice, large and more then expected. All the staff we encountered were nice and accommodating.
The cons as a Platinum Elite there is no lounge or breakfast for elites on weekends. While they offer 1000 points in place of Breakfast this is no where near the equivalent to breakfast for two. Also the don’t offer room service of any kind. The
Breakfast Buffet is $30 per person and it’s equivalent to a lower end breakfast buffet (eggs, protein, fruit, bread, fruit).
The View is amazing from the RLounge. I’m glad we tried the Renaissance Time Square out but would probably go back to the Marque next time due to more amenities offered.
After staying in Marriott forever this Hotel came highly recommended.
Upon check in we were told that breakfast was not included, but they would give us a $25.00
Credit each day but we had to use it.
We were upgraded to a room that looked into a construction hole.
Very romantic view.
The hotel is under construction.
No notice given upon booking.
Only one elevator operable.
We used our $25 credit the first day as we had drinks.
Alas the second day the bar area was closed for a private party. UnAble to use credit.
We went to the Marriott Marquis for a drink Wd sat down at 8:19 after waiting and we were charged an $8.00 per person sitting charge.
Outrageous as a Platinum Elite Marriott needs to understand when one Hotel cannot perform ,
Don’t add insult to injury.
Will never go back to this property again.
While staff was friendly and some of the rooms are nice enough, I would not recommend this hotel based on my experience, particularly for business travelers.
My stay started on the first hot day of the year, and upon entering, my room was 76 degrees. I figured the AC hadn't been blasted yet, so it would cool down overnight. It did not. I woke up multiple times during the night. The second night, after a long day and night of meetings, I came home and found it still hadn't cooled down. They called an engineer in, who fiddled with my pipes, gave me a fan, and said if it didn't improve that I could switch rooms. No luck. The next night, again after a very long day, I packed up all my stuff and switched rooms.
While this room got down to 72 (though I prefer to sleep cooler), it was not as nice or clean as my original room. The carpet was loose (had a bump in it that almost tripped me), a worn-down tub instead of a nice shower, and there was a stray ear plug on the floor. But at that point, I was too tired to put up a fight and just stayed.
This hotel does not offer room service, and you have to use a 2nd elevator after passing through the bass-pumping lounge to get to your room.
Again, staff was friendly and attentive, but I just did not find this Renaissance up to snuff for the price paid.