12 of Times Square's Best Hotels, New York

If you ask a New York local if you should stay in Times Square you’re probably going to get a pretty swift ‘Hell no!’, but that’s because it’s bright-lights-bustling-city central, probably one of the most exciting places in one of the planet’s most exciting cities! And that would be a hard thing to live with in the long term - but potentially fabulous in the short term!

The Library Hotel

Times Square is a great place to stay if you want to catch a couple of Broadway shows and eat out at any time of the day or night - which are surely two of the things New York is all about? No worry about getting stuck in traffic and missing the start, or not finding an alternative restaurant. And you’re in one of the best places in the work for people watching! And the stores in Times Square are open until 1 or 2am!

Generally the best places to stay in New York are close to a subway, and in this regard all our recommendations for 12 of Times Square’s best hotels all make the cut: Times Square is close to A LOT of different lines: A, C, E, N, Q, R, W, B, D, F, M, S, 1, 2, 3, and 7 lines!

12 of Times Square’s Best Hotels

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Westhouse Hotel

The Westhouse Hotel is technically closer to MoMA than Times Square, but this exclusive hotel’s location is just really convenient for a lot of places, Central Park and Times Square included. Channeling rich 1920s glamour with a touch of Art Deco, it boasts crystal chandeliers, polished wooden floors, a vintage speakeasy bar and al fresco dining on the 23rd floor.

Ok, so the Archer New York is about a mile from Times Square, which some might say is too far, however it’s also close to the Garment District, Grand Central Station and the Empire State Building. The feel is quite quirky, blending downtown-style brick walls and industrial spaces with uptown decorative influences. Plus, the rooftop bar, Spyglass offers irresistible panoramic views.

The London

I’m not sure if The London appeals because I imagine it to be a home from home, or because it’s stylish and understated, with surprisingly expansive rooms and suites and a restaurant by Gordon Ramsey?

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Library Hotel

The Library Hotel is a book-lovers' paradise between Grand Central and Bryant Park. As well as the literary themed rooms and writer's den, there’s also a rooftop bar and a poetry garden - which has excellent cocktails and city views. A complimentary continental breakfast is served in the Reading Room, and the service is warm and friendly.

The Hotel Elysse was once hosted Manhattan’s literary elite - most famously Tennessee Williams, who spent his final years living here. It’s classy, elegant and intimate so you can see why people lived here. The suites feature French style furnishings, rich fabrics and plush carpets and the Monkey Bar has become one of Midtown's most iconic and hip bars.

Casablanca Hotel

Vibrant and friendly, the Casablanca Hotel is one of the best places to stay if you want to be right in the heart of things. The decor, as you may have guessed, is Moroccan, with beautiful mosaics, tapestries ad paintings, impressive rugs and even ornate ceiling fans. These unique, careful touches, and the fact that it's incredibly well priced for the location, means that the 48 rooms are often booked solid with repeat guests.

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City Club Hotel

The City Club Hotel feels like a gentlemen’s club because that’s what it used to be: subtly luxurious, classy and welcoming. The French-American restaurant is curated by award-winning chef Danial Boulud, and it’s got a bit of French glamour too.

The Bryant Park Hotel is a black and gold, Gothic landmark overlooking Bryant Park. The 128 rooms are light and minimal feeling, but with bathtubs and city views. The KOI sushi restaurant is popular with locals and the bar is a lively start to the night.

Times Square’s Best Luxury Hotels

Refinery Hotel

The Refinery Hotel is not a luxury hotel converted from an oil refinery, but a hat factory. The 197 plush rooms have high ceilings, hardwood floors, contemporary artworks and some offer views of the Empire State Building. The industrial conversion vibe is mixed with a suave contemporary flare to great effect.

The Algonquin Hotel opened its doors in 1902 and has been doing a roaring trade ever since, probably helped along by the fact that Dorothy Parker and the Algonquin Round Table (otherwise known as the ‘vicious circle’) would meet everyday for lunch throughout the 1920s. The decor is gorgeous, an antique lover's dream, and they even still have a hotel cat - her name is Matilda.

Times Square’s Best Value Hotels

Room Mate Grace

Room Mate Grace is a funky and lively hotel just minutes from Times Square with surprisingly great spa facilities, a colourfully illuminated indoor pool with underwater music and a swim-up bar. Rooms start from about £130 per night.

CitizenM New York is another in that set of innovative, modern, no-frills-hotels-with-funky-design-frills. It’s about one minute from Times Square, has wall-to-wall windows and a panoramic rooftop bar.

If you haven’t found you idea of Times Square's Best Hotels on our Guru’s list of 12 you could try:

12 of Times Square’s Best Hotels

  • WestHouse Hotel New York 172 rooms from £128

    City Style  -  Beautiful rooftop terrace, exclusive lounge and bar, and an award-winning concierge skilled at building specialised itineries.
    Families  -  A number of rooms are available that cater for children: double and connecting rooms which also provide childrens bathrobes.
    Local exploring  -  Located in Midtown Manhattan, an 8-minute walk from Times Square, and 3-minutes from Central Park.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels

    Exclusive hotel in a fantastic location, a few minutes from Times Square and Central Park. Channeling rich 1920s glamour with a touch of Art Deco, it boasts crystal chandeliers and polished wooden floors. Designer decor in the rooms, a vintage speakeasy bar, and al fresco dining on the 23rd floor. See More

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  • Archer New York New York 180 rooms from £140

    Local exploring  -  Just over a mile from Times Square, 5 minutes from Bryant Park and close to popular shops such as Tiffany & Co, Prada and Apple.
    City Style  -  Glamorous 22-story hotel in the heart of the Garment District with quirky, curated luxuries and decoration.
    Views  -  The bar on the 21st floor has fantastic views of the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Quirky hotel blending downtown-style brick walls and industrial spaces with uptown decorative influences, located in the Garment District just a mile from Times Square. The modern rooms are chic and delicately decorated, and the rooftop bar, Spyglass offers irresistible panoramic views. See More

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  • The London, New York New York 561 rooms from £193

    City Style  -  Located a 5 minute walk from Central Park of which many rooms have great views, and 7 minutes from the shopping on 5th Avenue.
    Business meetings  -  Sophisticated meeting/ event rooms for up to 200 guests, state-of-the-art technology and award-winning event specialists
    Foodies  -  Gordon Ramsay's fantastic and coveted restaurant is a major draw for any guest.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Grand hotel in prime location a few minutes from Central Park. Stylish, modern and understated, the rooms are spacious and the suites are expansive. The addition of the Gordon Ramsay, a sophisticated creation of the Michelin-starred chef, enhances the luxurious aspect of this hotel. See More

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  • Library Hotel, New York New York 60 rooms from £181

    Theme hotel  -  Floors are themed around a category of the Dewey Decimal system
    Writing a novel  -  A literary-themed hotel with library and poetry garden
    Literary  -  The free public library is within walking distance
    City Style  -  Contemporary comfort in the heart of the city
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers

    A book-lovers' paradise between Grand Central and Bryant Park. Literary themed rooms and writer's den. The rooftop bar and poetry garden offer excellent cocktails and city views. Complimentary continental breakfast is served in the Reading Room. A truly unique place to absorb art and culture. See More

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  • Hotel Elysee New York 100 rooms from £166

    Great walks  -  Central Park is under ten minutes from the hotel with plenty of trails for walking, running and cycling.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Opulent
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers

    The Elysee, formerly a host to Manhattan's literary elite, has retained its iconic old world charm. The suites feature French style furnishings, rich fabrics and plush carpets. The Monkey Bar has become one of Midtown's most iconic and hip bars. Classy, elegant and intimate. See More

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  • City Club Hotel New York 65 rooms from £123

    City Style  -  Former gentleman's club turned into chic hotel in fantastically central location with award-winning cuisine from Daniel Boulud.
    Local exploring  -  3 blocks from Times Square, half a mile from the Rockefeller Centre and close to shops like Tiffany & Co, Prada and Apple
    Foodies  -  Daniel Boulud's coveted cuisine has Manhattan's fastidious foodies queuing to try it.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    Impressive former gentleman's club preserving the glamour and style as a hotel just minutes from Times Square and Broadway. The subtly luxurious decor of the bedrooms exudes warmth and class, and award-winning chef Daniel Boulud serves up a coveted menu of French-American dishes in the restaurant. See More

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  • Casablanca Hotel New York 48 rooms from £186

    Sights nearby  -  Located just a few steps from Times Square and Rockefeller Center.
    Great walks  -  Bryant Park is just a seven minute walk away from the hotel.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers

    An individual and stylish hotel just steps from Times Square. The funky Moroccan themed rooms and opulent old school bars featuring live piano sets, will transport you to another time. A warm and welcoming spot in an enviable location - perfect for a charming city stay. See More

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  • The Bryant Park Hotel New York State 128 rooms from £308

    Sights nearby  -  Grand Central Terminal and Times Square are closeby, and directly opposite New York City’s Bryant Park.
    Great walks  -  Central Park or head down to New York Harbour to see the Statue of Liberty.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors

    This black and gold gothic landmark overlooks Byrant Park in the heart of Soho. Light, sharp rooms with luxury linens, bathtubs and city views. KOI sushi restaurant is popular with locals and the bar is a lively start to the night. Location is spot on for nightlight as well as daytime exploring. See More

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  • Refinery Hotel New York 197 rooms from £324

    City Style  -  A fashionable hotel in the heart of the Garment District- boasting a jazz bar, buzzy restaurant and chic interiors
    Great walks  -  You are just moments from the lovely Bryant Park
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels, Tablet

    A fabulous luxury hotel in a former hat factory, in New York's Garment District. Plush rooms boast high ceilings, hardwood floors, contemporary artworks and some offer views of the Empire State Building. The industrial conversion vibe is mixed with a suave contemporary flare to great effect. See More

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  • The Algonquin Hotel New York 156 rooms from £333

    Sights nearby  -  This downtown hotel is just seven minute walk from Times Square and ten from the Rockefeller Center.
    Literary  -  A well-known literary history.
    Historic  -  Oldest-running hotel in NYC.
    Business Hotel

    Historic Manhattan hotel and host to the city's artistic and cultural elite. Old-world charm and contemporary comforts to suit anyone on business or leisure. The hotel was newly refurbished in 2004 but retains its original opulent charm. See More

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  • Room Mate Grace New York 139 rooms from £159

    Local exploring  -  Minutes from Times Square, Bryant Park, Rockefeller Centre and the Museum of Modern Art, as well as great brand shops.
    City Style  -  1970s inspired hotel minutes from Times Square with an indoor pool and bar, and brightly coloured retro rooms.
    Swimming Pool  -  A large, funky indoor pool with colourful light shows, underwater music, a swim-up bar and groovy seating area.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    Funky and lively hotel just minutes from Times Square with a colourfully illuminated indoor pool with underwater music and a swim-up bar. The modest, modern rooms are brought to life by vibrant Jonathan Adler wallpaper, and great spa facilities are available (sauna, steam room, gym, pool, massages). See More

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  • CitizenM New York New York 229 rooms from £151

    City Style  -  In the heart of Manhattan, a few minutes from Times Square and Central Park, and rooms have wall-to-wall windows for great views
    Value chic  -  The hotel is modern, chic, and at the epicentre of NYC, but strives to provide the most reasonable prices.
    Local exploring  -  Located so centrally, this hotel is perfect for anyone wanting to explore New York from its very heart.
    Views  -  The 360 degree views from the panoramic rooftop bar are truly spectacular.

    Innovative and modern hotel in the heart of Manhattan, 1 minute from Times Square. It prioritises experience and value: bright, cosy, clean rooms, all with wall-to-wall windows to immerse the guest in the bustle of NYC at a reasonable price. A panoramic rooftop bar also provides spectacular views. See More

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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Monday, 5th August 2019