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
You pay dearly for the fabulous location. Perfect for going to theater, restaurants.
Other than that, the room was of LaQuinta quality (but better and more towels). Breakfast was very poor and very overpriced.
It’s an older hotel and I would guess that’s why there was so much street noise. Our room faced Times Square which was way cool in the daytime but no way to keep out the flashing lights at sleep time.
If you plan to spend time at the one of the theaters in New York this is a fabulous location. We saw three shows and was able to walk to all of them including restaurants. No need for cab or Uber. The rooms and bedding are clean and the maid service is excellent. Front desk people are great and the bell men are also great and offer free umbrellas if it rains. That is all the good. The not so good is as follows: Do not bother with the weekday buffet as it is $30 per person for some marginal product (no omelet or egg station) and coffee is in Styrofoam cups (bluch). The bar area is interesting but service in non existent with a rude manager. If you want to go in on the weekend make a reservation (the view in to Time Square is awesome (only reason to go in). The hotel is dark and gloomy and they try candles to brighten the look.
Would I stary there again? Yes, only because of its location, location, location. PS: get water at the bar as its $8 bucks in the room (really?)
You cannot find a more nyc central location than this. This hotel is right in the heart of Times Square. If you love the action and the lights, you want to stay here. The room is quite large and clean. Although it can use a little update, particularly the bathroom. The hotel bar/restaurant offers one of the best views of Times Square. The decor in the lobby is fun and classy. The staff is friendly and reponsive. They addressed my concern in a timely and professional manner. I wold comeback and stay again for sure. They are also pet friendly!
We stayed at this hotel for just one night. The lobby and restaurant areas were very nice, with these panoramic views of Times Square at the restaurant and bar area and a cute setup in the lobby. Aside from that, there’s nothing super special about this property. It’s right in Times Square so its super crowded and hard to just leave the hotel. Everything costs a lot of money, down to the water in the room, and they charge a $25 destination fee on top of the rate you pay per night. Overall, it’s a pretty nice hotel if you want to stay in the heart of Times Square...but personally I preferred the Marriott Marquis over this hotel.
I thought this hotel was great! The best part of the hotel was its location within Time Square, so if you are going to visit the attractions there, I would stay at this hotel. The rooms are beautiful and maintained well.
The hotel provided free breakfast, so we had chance to eat at the open space area with a view of the streets which was absolutely beautiful.