W New York – Times Square
What We Love
- W's signature "Whatever/Whenever" service: staff will deliver anything you need to your door 24/7 (nothing illegal, though, so don’t ask)
- The 2,000-square-foot gym is open all day and night
- Being able to print boarding passes at the self-checkout kiosk
What To Know
- Not everyone loves the nonstop noise and neon of Times Square
- Free WiFi is limited to the “Living Room” bar and for SPG members
- Standard rooms are small; instead, go for the corner rooms with views of either Times Square or the Hudson River
- Valet parking, at $65, is pricey
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
It’s important to forget this hotel’s cheesy room designations (“Wonderful”, “Spectacular”, “Cool Corner”) because they don’t fully represent the playful, modern design that gives this W branch an up-to-the-minute feel. Each room features hot pink accents against a palette of grey and white, floor-to-ceiling mirrored headboards, and a few nice touches, like local microbrews in the mini-bars and feather beds sheathed in 350-thread-count sheets. The seventh floor Living Room bar (which doubles as reception) carries the retro vibe, where specialty cocktails are whipped up using house-made infusions like habanero vermouth alongside occasional DJs. We’d suggest making a reservation at Izi, the 26-seat izakaya hidden away inside the Blue Fin sushi restaurant, which has a curated list of sake and boutique Japanese whiskeys as well as an inventive menu (including an entire section dedicated to poke).
In the Area
Some guests will revel in the bright lights and colors of Times Square, while others will want to get out as soon as possible (thankfully, the hotel is a couple of minutes from multiple subway stops). All of Midtown’s attractions are within walking distance, including Macy’s, Rockefeller Center, and the Empire State Building. Hamilton lovers will relish being close to Broadway’s theaters. A couple of the city’s best museums, including the MOMA and the Whitney, are also within walking distance—but first, fuel up at Urbanspace Vanderbilt, a buzzy food hall with a rotating cast of 20 vendors.
How to Get There
We had an amazing time in new york and the hotel was a luxury and practical choice we had. The rooms were very clean, the hotel in the middle of everything and service very fast. I would only comment on the unexistant staff friendliness that did not get along with the youthful envirinment.
Yucky hotel. Tacky and dirty. Changed rooms twice before getting one that was clean. I am local to New York, but had a credit to use and thought it would be a fun staycation. Totally regret it. Woke up depressed and paranoid because the second room had dubious stains on the sheets...
Our grandson was graduating from NYU, so we stayed near him. The hotel is a little worn. We were in a cool suite which was pricey but about average for NYC. We expected a bit better like a 1/2 bath for the common area and a door providing privacy to the bedroom. We'd like to give a shoutout to Ravi, the doorman, who made our stay great. We drove, so we had to valet luggage, park our car in a parking garage a block away and repeat when we left. Ravi made this EASY. Love Ravi.
The Hotel is directly on time square. Yes this is prime location but makes it really busy.
The lobby looks nice and modern but as soon as you take the elevators up to the rooms you notice that the hotel is already a few years old and needs renovations. The floors are dark and dirty, the rooms are spacious but also not too clean.
I like to describe it in the following way: Those are not the rooms where you want to walk barefoot....
The hotel is dark and damp. The staff surrounding the dim lobby portray an arrogance that makes approaching the desk unpleasant. Dos Caminos restaurant has below-average food, rushed service,and is overpriced. Room service is very poor with substandard food. I am shocked that this is a W Marriott. The room was clean but not worth the high price to stay.