Midtown/Times Square NYC hotels
March 13, 2010 5:30 PM   Subscribe

Any recommendations for New York City Midtown/Times Square hotels for about $250 a night, including taxes?

My partner and I will be visiting New York City in a few months (25-30 May) and are looking for current hotel recommendations. We're going hardcore touristy and would like to stay in the Midtown/Times Square area, anywhere between Madison and 8th and 42nd and 59th. About $250 a night including taxes would be great, but a bit higher could be okay. For reference, we're looking at the Hotel Chandler, the Mansfield Hotel, Hotel 373, Michelangelo Hotel. Any experience with any of those? Smaller, boutique-y would be preferable to large national chain, but all suggestions are fine. Previous questions were either not what we were looking for or were for hotels that are a bit costlier. Thanks in advance!
posted by jroybal to Travel & Transportation around New York, NY (10 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
do not under any circumstances stay at the hotel carter. it is murdervile.
posted by patricking at 5:34 PM on March 13, 2010 [1 favorite]

After doing quite a bit of research, I stayed at the Shoreham, on 55th between 5th and 6th, in January and really liked it. The room was quite elegant, modern styled - no view, but great bed, decent bath, quiet location, attentive staff. The online rate is a bit higher than your price range, but it looks like they're running a 3rd night free special and they show up on the travel websites fairly often. There's a very nice grocery around the corner on 6th Avenue, which saved us from having to eat out every meal.
posted by Sweetie Darling at 6:12 PM on March 13, 2010 [1 favorite]

It is a chain, but we've stayed a few times on business trips at the The Hampton Inn Times Square North, 851 8th Avenue. It is unimpressive looking from the outside, but clean and very convenient, in the area you want, and breakfast is included. (Bonus info., eat dinner at Victor's Cafe, which is conveniently located if you stay at this neighborhood.)
posted by gudrun at 6:39 PM on March 13, 2010

I stayed at the Times Hotel last week for $170--booked through booking.com (found via kayak.com). I was happy with it--the rooms are clean and modern. A little noisy, but I was on the lowest floor and it's right on Broadway & 49th St.
posted by mullacc at 6:40 PM on March 13, 2010

Also, try Priceline's bidding system. BiddingForTravel.com's NYC board has a list of hotels by area & star-rating. I'd be shocked if you couldn't find something 3-star or more in Midtown for less than $250/night. You might have to try a bunch of times over a couple weeks though.
posted by mullacc at 6:45 PM on March 13, 2010

Last time we were in New York, we stayed at a sweet little hotel right on 46th, about half a block off of Times Square, called The Muse. Our room rate was US$ 239 and worth every penny.
posted by msali at 7:55 PM on March 13, 2010

The Mansfield is good and boutique-y.
The rooms are small, but the decor is very nice and everything seems well-maintained.
posted by sad_otter at 8:22 PM on March 13, 2010

My office used to be one block away from the Shoreham as mentioned above by Sweetie Darling. I have had friends stay there and they were very satisfied. THere is a grocery around the corner and there are other reasonably priced restaurants nearby too. There is even a Five Guys a few doors down. THe location is terrific. Steps away from 5th Ave. Everything from the Disney Store to Henri Bendel's to the Trump Tower is right there. Subway access is also good. The only drawback to the location is that you will have to walk to either 5th or 6th to get a cab immediately or be willing to wait a little.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 8:35 PM on March 13, 2010

Have you considered the Portland Square Hotel or the Hotel St. James?

Is it important to stay in Midtown? You could consider getting a better rate staying at a hotel elsewhere in the city and commute on the subway into Midtown. There's the Washington Square Hotel near Washington Square which looks interesting or numerous hotels in Brooklyn, etc.
posted by Blue387 at 12:18 AM on March 14, 2010

I stay at the Manhattan Centre Hotel by Rockefeller Center. It's pretty meat-and-potatoes, and reasonably priced. And you can't beat the location!
posted by orrnyereg at 3:43 PM on March 14, 2010

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