A one-night stop in New York gave me the chance to revisit a hotel that I have enjoyed staying at before, the InterContinental Hotel, Times Square. I love this brand and recently enjoyed a stay at the InterContinental in Chicago. Towering to 36 floors, and with over 600 rooms and suites, the Times Square hotel offers great views from the higher rooms of the Hudson River and the neighboring city skyline.
I know that many people don’t like to stay in the Times Square neighborhood, but I find all the negatives are my positives. Prices are usually cheaper than at the hotels around the central park area. Yet I’m only a few blocks away and can use the short distance as a nice warm up to my run.
Yes this is a busy area, but then again what neighborhood isn’t in NYC? Right on the hotels doorstep are a host of great restaurants, theaters, and tourist options to keep me very busy.
For our short visit we booked a Classic Room offering 350 sq. ft. of space. Upon check in we were upgraded to a room on a higher floor. The upgrade was a nice surprise, and perhaps due to being an IHG Rewards member.
An important factor for me when selecting a hotel is always the quality of the fittings in the bathroom. In our room, the bathroom was quite spacious, especially for a NY hotel. I loved the large walk-in shower with rain showerhead and the numerous plush towels. The only negative was a bleach stained rug outside the shower. Our room had a large flat-screen TV, a desk area, and a large king-sized extremely comfy bed. If you want more space then executive rooms with 550 sq. ft. of space and suites ranging from 1300 to 2700 sq. ft. are available.
Tip: Wifi is available, at a cost, so make sure you take advantage of the free enrollment in the IHG Rewards program to get this charge waived.
An important feature for my husband when selecting what hotel to stay at is always the quality of the gym. Interestingly there is no mention of this facility on the hotels website. But there is actually quite a large space available for guests to use. Using your room key to enter, the gym appears to be open 24/7. The space offered a good variety of cardio and weight equipment. No pool or spa at this location sadly.
There is only one restaurant in the hotel. But take a few steps outside the hotel and you will find anything and everything you could ever want to eat, and at all price points. You can’t beat a $1 slice of pizza throughout NYC. Of course you always have the option to go to the other extreme and spend a few thousand $$$ on a meal.
If you wish to dine at the hotel then Chef Todd English created the Ca Va Brasserie that offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a pre-theatre dining option. We enjoyed the elaborate breakfast buffet and appreciated the first class service we received from our waiter Eduardo. There was only a breakfast buffet no ala carte, but the buffet had hot and cold options t
If you want to be in the heart of Manhattan, with numerous room configurations and excellent customer service then this is a great option. Staff members at the hotel that we met were all extremely courteous. I booked my stay using the Hotels.com website rather than on the IHG site. I like that I can accumulate a free room after 10 nights stay anywhere in the world with Hotels.com. Additionally. prefer not to be limited to just one hotel chain. My recent stay was in the $200’s per night, which I think is excellent value for money. However, prices do fluctuate immensely depending on the time of the year.
Do you have a favorite hotel in NYC? If so, please share where and why as I’m always interested to discover alternatives as I’m hoping to visit this vibrant city many times in the coming years.
Address: 300 West 44th Street, New York, (By Times Square)
Contact info: +1 212 803 4500
Website: Hotel InterContinental NYC
Check In 4pm Check Out 11am (but both can be extended)
Other Info: Pets are welcome, but note the $250 non-refundable cleaning fee
Parking: Available onsite for $35 self-parking, or $60 valet parking per night
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