by Whitney Rife
Renaissance New York Hotel has beautifully crafted interiors that remind guests of a boutiques hotel. Located in Times Square near Rockefeller Center, Broadway and Fifth Avenue, there are more than enough places to visit and things to see for families. Redesigned rooms feature hardwood furniture with blue or gold accents, lavish bathrooms and upgraded technology. Guests enjoy flat-screen televisions, Revive bedding and Aveda bath products. Soundproof walls all but guarantee seclusion from the busy streets. R Lounge at Two Times Square and VIVID Lounge can cover all guests’ meals without leaving the hotel. Family-friendly amenities include babysitting, cribs and concierges with great recommendations. Nearby, families can visit ESPNZone, the Madame Tussaud Wax Museum or the Sony Wonder Technology Lab.
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Our Editor Loves
- Times Square location
- Babysitting services
- Two restaurant lounges
Fairly modern rooms
Very nice staff
New gym (not big)
Beautiful breakfast room with views over Times Square
Plats/Titaniums get a free meal at the bar between 5:30pm and late. Pretty good value (got pizza one night and chicken wings the other)
30 usd per day destination fee
It’s at Times Square...
Breakfast spread is very limited
by Joseph K
Overall this is a very nice hotel at the North end of Times Square. Room was surprisingly large with good lighting and a comfortable bed and good quality bathroom/shower.
I had only two negative experiences:
1. I really don't like the automatic-off bathroom lights. Not clear on what the timing is (no feedback, but clearly went off in less than 30 min). I have no problem with visible timers, or with a card slot by the door for overall power control, but simply do not like automatic lights that go out without feedback or warning.
2. I had the unfortunate sense of being cheated the entire time I was in the hotel. I was there as part of a group, and had been warned that there was a $30 "destination charge" that was part of our rate, and that we'd get $30 each day worth of food/drink if we used it. I don't like these fees (does _anybody_?), but what was really troubling was how opaque it was and how it seemed they were trying to hide this (when checking in, I had to ask about it) and frankly cheat on it (when I did buy a cheese plate at the bar, it was charged to my credit card right away, and I had to deal with it at check-out; and it seems they were trying to double-charge sales tax, both on the destination charge and the food itself). Similarly, they use obscure wording to make it less-than-clear on the water bottles in the room that they are included in the fee. No one piece of this was hard to solve, but when you're paying several hundred a night for a room, it should come without the feeling of being nickel and dimed!