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
Fairly modern rooms
Very nice staff
New gym (not big)
Beautiful breakfast room with views over Times Square
Plats/Titaniums get a free meal at the bar between 5:30pm and late. Pretty good value (got pizza one night and chicken wings the other)
30 usd per day destination fee
It’s at Times Square...
Breakfast spread is very limited
Overall this is a very nice hotel at the North end of Times Square. Room was surprisingly large with good lighting and a comfortable bed and good quality bathroom/shower.
I had only two negative experiences:
1. I really don't like the automatic-off bathroom lights. Not clear on what the timing is (no feedback, but clearly went off in less than 30 min). I have no problem with visible timers, or with a card slot by the door for overall power control, but simply do not like automatic lights that go out without feedback or warning.
2. I had the unfortunate sense of being cheated the entire time I was in the hotel. I was there as part of a group, and had been warned that there was a $30 "destination charge" that was part of our rate, and that we'd get $30 each day worth of food/drink if we used it. I don't like these fees (does _anybody_?), but what was really troubling was how opaque it was and how it seemed they were trying to hide this (when checking in, I had to ask about it) and frankly cheat on it (when I did buy a cheese plate at the bar, it was charged to my credit card right away, and I had to deal with it at check-out; and it seems they were trying to double-charge sales tax, both on the destination charge and the food itself). Similarly, they use obscure wording to make it less-than-clear on the water bottles in the room that they are included in the fee. No one piece of this was hard to solve, but when you're paying several hundred a night for a room, it should come without the feeling of being nickel and dimed!
The Renaissance New York Times Square is the perfect property for NYC! Close to the theater. Close to Rockefeller Center. And yes, close to Times Square! Thank You EMILY with Marriott Vacation Club! Your Professionalism and sincerity with each guest is greatly appreciated!!