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Historical Traveler Reviews Econo Lodge Times Square New York City
Located in Times Square, this hotel is good for accessing most must-see places in Manhattan. There are plenty of diners, restaurants, coffee shops and tourists shops around, as well as cinema theatres, drama theatres and entertainment venues to keep you busy throughout your stay. The hotel itself is small, but neat and clean. Bear in mind that the rooms are small (no two people can be walking around at the same time!), but I guess this is standard for central Manhattan. We paid on average $230 per night. 'Breakfast' is included, but it entails a counter in the hotel lobby just opposite reception, that offers pastries and hot drinks and you can only have it in the hotel lobby itself, or take it away (there is no breakfast room). Very friendly hotel staff.
Central and clean but mini
My partner and I did stay at the Econo Lodge for 2 seperate days in May.
We have been a little concerned because of the General Econo Lodge Brand reputation but the reviews have bees so good and we only needed to stay one night so we booked the Hotel. We did not regret it.
The Hotel is on 6 floors in a residential side street near Times Square.
It has only opened it's doors a few weeks ago so it is still new and clean.
I hope they can keep up the standard over time.
The rooms are small and even if you keep in mind that NYC Hotels are always a little smaller than average we still have to say that this was the smallest hotel room we ever had (so far). Breakfast is served in the lobby. There is no seperate Breakfast room but they have seating around and provide coffee, tea , pastry donuts and fruits.
We asked for a late check-out for 1 PM (Check-out time is 12pm) and the Hotel policy is to charge 25US for it. We decided to safe the money and vacate the room on time.
One of the drawbacks of this Hotel is that it has no luggage storage facility and since the Grand Central left-luggage has also been closed this can create a problem if you have a late flight or train out of the city. For a good rate we would stay at the Hotel again.
Everything in this hotel is brand new. The floors in the lobby, the flat screen tv's hanging from the wall in the guest room, the GE air conditioner that makes the room very cold very fast. Please keep in mind The entire hotel is a non smoking hotel and that the rooms are small. 6 floors around 50 rooms, free USA today and high speed internet. Book directly through econolodge(-) and save big money. I paid $116 a night.
An Exceptional New York Value
I admittedly had to chuckle when I first entered my room at this hotel. In a city that is notorious for cramped accomodations, I found this to be the smallest room I`ve ever encountered. I could bearly walk around the queen sized bed and the Lilliputian size of the wardrobe and bathtub were cute and endearing. These observations need not be construed as negatives, as this is still one of the all time great NYC hotel bargains. Everything is new here, including the bright and attractive lobby. The hotel staff is efficient and extroverted and eager to make their guests feel welcome. The room was pleasantly decorated, the bed extremely comfortable, and the compact, amenity laden tile bathroom virtually sparkled in its new incarnation. Housekeeping and maintenance are impressive. The hotel is in an outstanding location and all midtown attractions and restaurants are easily within a short walk. This was the perfect respite for a quick return from the city`s abundant activities and for a good night`s sleep. The included, expanded continental breakfast is an added bonus. The tariff for all this was $126 per night...an amazing bargain for the newness and quality of this property. In a city rife with shabby, expensive lodging, this hotel is a minor miracle. Those who are expecting luxury amenities, such as luggage storage, concierge service, room service, doormen and bellmen need to be paying a lot more than they`re paying here. There are plenty of those kind of options nearby. For those of us who want to enjoy the city and not shell out huge amounts of money for clean, comfortable, new accomodations, this should become our New York home away from home.
More Bang for the Buck
Finally, a place where you get more and pay less. In New York, that idea's a laugh for the most part (unless you're talkin' about the shoe store) but not at this hotel. I had been wanting to see the Color Purple since it came out, and finally decided to buy tickets and fly up for the weekend of the 21st. I honestly didn't know what to expect, but when I arrived I was VERY surprised - Pleasantly. The lobby was spotless. I got checked in without incident by one of the several incredibly nice front desk agents this hotel has. When I get to my I found it to be really comfortable. I was able to use my laptop b/c the hotel provided (free) high speed internet access. I also watched some television on what else but a flat panel television? I couldn't believe it. I kept on wondering whether or not they had given me the right rate...lol...I really expected much less at $159 a night.
The hotel was exactly where I needed it to be too. It's right in the middle of both Times Square and the theatre district. The theatre was just about 3 blocks away. Restaurant row was one street over. I had a blast. Coming from TX (where everything is bigger) the room was a little tight, but the service and the amenities definitely outweighed that. Oh, I almost forgot, breakfast was included in the rate.
I can't recommend this hotel highly enough. When I return to NYC, I definitely plan on making it my hotel of choice.
"where great customer service doesnt cost extra"
I stayed here for 5 days the first week of april and was absolutely content with the service, the cleanliness of my room (its immaculate) and the location! I've been to NYC many times and used to live here, and I have yet to stay at an extremely intimate hotel, it felt like "cheers" where everybody knows your name, it truly portrayed a lodge hidden in the middle of times square. Saying that, its beautifully built brand new in March 2006, an amazing lobby with open windows and 24 hour coffe/tea/hot chocolate/hot cereal (good for a late night snack!). Normally I'll stay at a large hotel where your one of many hundreds of guests lost in a swarm of tourists for much more expensive rates...which can be intimidating especially if you've never visited the city before. Also they dont slap on all the added extra charges upon checkout..all i paid for was my room. We even got a free water, chips, and mint with our room everyday...so cute! The flat panel TVs and in-room safes were super convenient. The front desk does not have a concierge service but went out of their way to accomodate EVERY request. I witnessed what looked like quality inspections and could really tell that management was invested in smooth operations. I never fill out surveys but this one is totally worth it!!!
Great location/good value
For 3 people, the room was extremely small! There was NO hot water all day on Friday (I/we don't do cold showers well!), there is NO restroom in the lobby. I saw many people trying to check in and needed its use and they were sent across the street to rest., but I don't know if it was even open that early, there is NO luggage storage for anyone arriving early or wanting to check out by noon and not leave until later. They sent people down to port authority at 42 nd street for lockers. Some foreigners really didn't understand what was gong on. Good side: front desk people were quite friendly, (but not able to accommodate many guest requests or needs), the location was excellent for theatre goers, you didn't have to go thru Time Square---there were MANY tourists and very crowed. Hotel was remodeled 7 weeks ago and everything was nice and clean! My room for Fri. and Sat. was fine for 1 person--small, but I'm not in the room much, but it was close enough that I could frequently return to room if needed. Cont. breakfast was good if you got there at the right times. 7 am or at replenishing times. Over-all, I would return there if the price were right and timing good with no luggage-holding available.
NYC's Best Kept Secret!
OMG, I don't even know where to begin! I had an admissions interview last month so I stayed at this hotel from 3/13 - 3/15 and I absolutely loved it. I have never seen a Budget Hotel w/ Marble floors in the lobby before. The front desk staff was exceptionally nice and very accommodating. Everything in the hotel was complimentary which was a huge jump from the NYC hotels that I've stayed at in the past where they try to nickel and dime you. Breakfast was included in the rate. I also really appreciated how clean and cozy everything was, both the lobby and the rooms. Best of all, everything in the hotel was NEW. I think it was only a month old when I stayed there. My favorite perk was the flat screen television in the room. Considering that the hotel is just a block away from Times Square, my rate was a steal, $125 a night. I would strongly recommend this hotel to anyone.
A Budget Minded Theatre Goers Dream Come True
Didn`t know about this brand new hotel until we saw it listed on Tripadvisor. This is a real find. We figured if it was all new, how bad could it be, and our instincts were correct. It is housed in an older building at the corner of 8th Avenue and W. 47th St. The location is superlative. It`s a block from Times Square and within a 5 minute walk to most Broadway theatres and an abundance of fine restaurants. New York`s famous "restaurant row" is one block over. The front desk staff and all hotel employees encountered were cheerful, gracious and helpful. As expected, the small room was all new, nicely decorated and immaculately kept. The flat screened TV was a contemporary surprise. The new bathroom virtually sparkled. This is much finer quality than most would expect with the Econolodge name. There is also a very nice continental breakfast included. For all this we paid only $126 per night. This is a remarkable value when you consider you`ll be paying considerably more for a lot less at most of the shabby properties located nearby. For those who seek, comfort, quality, location, and great value, this hotel is not to be missed
Econo lodge is Econo-fabulous!!
I stayed at the Econo Lodge Times Square from March 13-18, 2006. I took my 2 high-school aged sisters and their their 2 friends for a "Senior Trip" to NYC. The hotel had barely been open a month. Check in was very smooth, and the front desk was exceptionally kind and quick. My husband was meeting us in NYC late the next night, and when I checked in I asked if it was possible to get a room close to ours for him even though he wasn't there yet. They went out of their way to reserve the room right next to ours for him and were so nice about it. Above and beyond is the way to describe the front desk. Breakfast is good, as well as free (!) and has a wide variety of choices. We also enjoyed the 24 hour hot tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. Our keys got re-programmed every day in case they were lost. The rooms were small (as are all NYC rooms), but bright and sunny feeling with comfy beds and nicely done bathrooms. Much more elegant than you think of when you hear "Econo Lodge". It was top notch and even included a flat screen TV and high-speed internet (they provide the cable if you don't have one). They even gave us the front-most room with a great view straight into times square. The workers constantly asked how we were enjoying our stay. Overall I would stay here again in a heartbeat! It was only a block from the middle of times square, in a very safe area, convenient to all of the Broadway shows too. When I go back I will definitely stay here again!