Staying Off the Beaten Path

by Eileen, Travel Planner

We always get requests for hotel in Times Square.  The location of Times Square is more than ideal— five minutes to any of the Broadway theatres, fifteen minutes to Central Park, and twenty minutes to the Empire State Building.  As much as you may not necessarily enjoy Times Square, you have to admit that it is the epicenter of New York City.  However many New Yorkers do not consider Times Square the “real New York”, and to be honest staying in Times Square isn’t going to give you the true New York experience.

We pride ourselves as a company in the fact that we are all real New Yorkers, many of us born-and-raised natives.  We’re based here in the city and are committed to bringing you the experience of New York.  So we ventured out to see what hotels we could add to our growing partners that would provide our guests with the true New York experience.  Last week we were able to visit a couple of the newest hotels to join the New York scene. They all have great rates and just happen to be off the beaten path.

  1. The Comfort Inn Midtown West

efhotel1This hotel just opened this past March and sits in the Hell’s Kitchen section of Midtown Manhattan.  For those of you that do not know, Hell’s Kitchen is located on the West side of Manhattan just past Times Square.  It’s a very residential neighborhood that is quiet and features some of New York’s best restaurants.  We walked over from the 1 train passing several playgrounds and schools before reaching the hotel.


efhotel3There are certain elements that come to mind when you think of a Comfort Inn— no frills, economical, and standard.  This hotel meets the economical portion, but other than that you really wouldn’t be able to tell it is a Comfort Inn.  The hotel has a boutique feel to its design from its bathroom to dresser.  The hotel offers complimentary breakfast and wifi in the lobby, for additional savings.  This hotel is a great alternative for those working with a strict budget but who still want the convenience of staying close to Times Square.

  1. The Holiday Inn Lower East Side

This is another new hotel offering a local experience on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.  The hotel is just five minutes from the F or M lines along Houston Street.  The Lower East Side is very residential with a lot of apartment buildings and it feels like a completely different world then the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.  Taking after the area, the hotel is really quiet and offers a calm place to return to after exploring the streets of Manhattan.

Louise and I were both really impresseefhotel4d with the size of the hotel room and the way the hotel used the space.  As many of you may know, hotel rooms in Manhattan are notoriously small.  While this room isn’t huge, it’s comfortable for short or long term visit to the city.  The hotel has its own 50s themed restaurant and fitness center on the lower level of the hotel.  We were heading back to our office in Midtown after our visit, and were pleased it only took about 10 minutes or so.

  1. The Millennium Broadway

So this hotel isn’t off the beaten path, but in the grand scheme of Time Square Hotel it can get easily left behind.  The Millennium Broadway is located on West 44th Street and Broadway, with entrances that are along the side streets.  The hotel has over 700 rooms that vary to queens, kings, double doubles, and suites.  The hotel recently completely its renovations and refurnished all of its rooms.

efhotel5Out of all the hotels we’ve seen, this is the only one we’ve seen that have large rooms with floor to ceiling windows.  All of the rooms have a view of the skyline— so no interior views here!  Guests are just steps from all the major Broadway theatres, the Times Square sights, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and so much!  In addition to providing a great experience for hotel guests, the Millennium Broadway can also serve as a great conference center.  The hotel has a lot of space that would be great for conferences, private parties, and weddings.

No matter what your hotel preference— small, large, boutique, chain, the best of the best, or cost efficient— New York Guest is here to help!  Please feel free to contact us to help with any aspect of your New York trip!





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