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Jun 8th, 2013, 03:54 AM
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NYC hotel help

Hello All!!

A little advice needed!! I have booked plane tickets for a 4 day trip to NYC just for me and my 9 year old son at the end of July. At the end we go to Boston and meet up with my husband and older son who will be flying from Chicago..

Looked at all the hotels and zero-ed in on Casablanca times square and Hilton times square. Any suggestions as to which one over the other?

Thanks so much!
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Jun 8th, 2013, 06:03 AM
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If it were me and a child I would NOT stay in Times Square - but the upper west side. Times Square is incredibly frantic and isn't that great for sightseeing.

UWS is a mid/upscale residential area that has immediate access to Central Park (with all kid activities), is right near the best museum in NYC for kids (Natural Hist), with a ton of family friendly restaurants that are inexpensive/moderate and 2 subway. lines for easy access to the rest of the city. The area is very busy without being frantic. You might want to consider the Beacon, On the Ave or the Lucerne. I think this would be a much more pleasant experience for a child - with less heat, fewer mobs and more to see/do.
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Jun 8th, 2013, 06:12 AM
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I do like staying in the Times Square area but do not like the location of that Hilton. It is right in the middle of the craziness of Times Square. I much prefer two options nearby that are just as convenient to Times Square but not in the middle of the crowds and the lights -

http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/e...WGI/index.html

http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hot...THX/index.html

I agree that the UWS is very nice and I'd probably choose it for a location if I were moving to NYC. I will be staying there this summer at a friend's apartment. But for sightseeing and being a tourist in NYC I MUCH prefer the Times Square area. In fact, the two hotels I mentioned are within the block of my friend's first apartment when she moved to the city. Travel from the UWS is easy but it also takes time and I prefer to be more centrally located when I'm playing tourist.
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Jun 8th, 2013, 09:56 AM
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I agree with starrs. Her advice on this is spot on.
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Jun 8th, 2013, 10:16 AM
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What I don't understand is why people want to be IN TS - unless they are doing a lot of theater. It isn't any closer - to a lot of major sights than other parts of the city. Most museums and CP are uptown and there are lot of other major sights downtown and in the harbor.

Perhaps the OP should list the places they want to see - and determine if they are actually near Times Square.
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Jun 8th, 2013, 10:42 AM
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nytraveler, they call it MIDtown for a reason. It's halfway between attractions to the north and to the south. My friend - who grew up on the UWS RARELY goes to the bottom of the island. She is shocked how often I do. I do (as a visitor to the city) more than she has in her lifetime. When I stay in her apartment, I have to allow the travel time to get to anything in Midtown. If I want to visit a friend in the Flatiron or in the Village, I have to factor in a LOT of travel time. When you are in Midtown, you are halfway there - if "there" is north or south. And plenty of people live in Midtown. A friend - who could live anywhere (in the country actually) lives in the W 50s - and he doesn't go to the theater. He's a docent at the MOMA, has friends all over the city but he choses to live IN the Times Square area. His new partner lives about 30 blocks south - so they stay "in the city" during the week and "in the country" (their names for their apartments) on weekends.

Expecting a tourist to commute 30-40 blocks south just to get to Midtown JUST because you as a local doesn't like the Times Square area is as mind-boggling to me as it is to you that people familiar and comfortable in the city would CHOOSE to stay in the Times Square area. I started staying there in the early 90s when there were more peep shows that tourist attractions IN Times Square. Sometimes I wonder if those who hate it still see that version of Times Square in their mind's eye. That theory makes as much sense as others that have been discussed on this board.
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Jun 8th, 2013, 11:11 AM
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I've been traveling to NYC a couple of times a year since forever, and I almost never stay in Times Sq. I much prefer staying downtown (Chinatown area), Chelsea, UWS -- pretty much anywhere that isn't TS -- because it's a more welcoming environment, the restaurants and shops are better, and the feeling that I'm mingling with New Yorkers more than Kansans. Only exception is if I'm headed down for just 1 night to see a show.
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Jun 8th, 2013, 11:16 AM
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Mid town is good however NOT Times Square.
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Jun 8th, 2013, 11:22 AM
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Midtown West IS considered to be the Times Square area.

Maybe HappyTrvlr has found the solution - for this board = use MTW instead of TS area. Maybe that would stop the anti-TS outcries.

I remain frustrated when locals on this board can't imagine that the Muse hotel and/or the Hampton Inn Times Square North could be preferred locations for many of us. They hear "Times Square" and recoil in horror.
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Jun 8th, 2013, 11:54 AM
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Times Square is NOT midtown. Times Square is not Midtown West. Times Square is in a small section of midtown. Thus you will see brands defined by their location, as the Hilton Midtown, and the Hilton Time Square.

Some people like to stay in Times Square, others prefer different neighborhoods in Midtown when they want to be more centrally located.

As someone suggested, it really comes down to what you would like to do with your son. I have a friend who stays at Hilton TS for business a couple of times a month. She enjoys working in the casual lounge area, rather then staying at a trendier hotel. But it is definately a chain hotel with sterile but comfortable character. I've never visited the Casablanca so don't know how it would compare other then having a warmer atmosphere. The one thing is finding a place that will offer 2 beds as an option.
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Jun 8th, 2013, 12:23 PM
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Thanks for all the replies!!!
We just will do the typical touristy things - Empire state building, Rockefeller center, Central park, Shopping on fifth avenue of course.then there is the statue of liberty visit too and My 9 year old also wants to go the intrepid air and space museum,..In reading the reviews on tripadvisor etc I was impressed with the boutique style of the casablanca!!
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Jun 8th, 2013, 12:36 PM
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Well the Hilton is certainly more sterile and functional. The Casablanca certainly has more character. Either are a quick walk to Hell's Kitchen for local eats.
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Jun 8th, 2013, 12:49 PM
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Ahwini, here's a map of Times Square area hotels -
http://www.timessquarenyc.org/hotels/index.aspx

I think you will enjoy that general area.

I'm not familiar with the Casablanca, but their website says it's "an oasis of serenity, just steps away from Times Square". That reflects what I was saying in my first post on this thread. I've said the similar (steps away) re the HGI, the HI and the Muse. If you are choosing from your original two hotels, I'd pick the Casablanca - by far!
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Jun 8th, 2013, 01:27 PM
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I would stay in the Doubletree Times Square over the Hilton. The DT is quiet inside, by the way, but yes, it is a hectic area. All the rooms are suites, with microwaves and refrigerators.

I also like the Hilton Garden Inn on eighth, which as someone already said, is a bit out of the worst of the fray. The Hampton Inn down the road is also nice, with large rooms and friendly staff, but I found the decor a little gloomier when compared to the HGI.
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Jun 8th, 2013, 01:53 PM
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I looked at the DT TS and they are too expensive compared to the fact that its just me and my 9 year old so dont need all the space!! Like the fact that breakfast is included at Casablanca and I spoke to them and they said they will provide gluten free breakfast options for me(I have celiac)..I am leaning towards that one and also due to the fact that its walking distance to almost everything..Dont mind the hustle and bustle(I am from India and we are used to it ).
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Jun 8th, 2013, 02:00 PM
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It sounds like an excellent choice for you! Enjoy!
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Jun 8th, 2013, 03:49 PM
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shwini, LOL, , love your comment about being from India and not minding the hustle and bustle. you will have no troubles in Times Square area.

I like the Edison Hotel for price and location, it has numerous Broadway theaters right outside its front and back doors. But based on your posting, I will check out the Casablanca. I go to NYC often and am always open to different hotels.

PLEASE com3 back and tell us how the hotel was and how your and your so's trip goes!
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Jun 8th, 2013, 03:53 PM
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Sorry, that should read Ashwini!
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Jun 17th, 2013, 05:50 AM
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No problem at all emd3!!!! I have booked the Casablanca!!! Super excited!
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Jun 17th, 2013, 06:09 AM
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I think you'll like the Casablanca. It's very close to Times Square but surprisingly quiet. You should also book your tickets to the Intrepid in advance. The lines are amazingly long, and there's very little shade where you have to wait. I'm not fully convinced the space shuttle is worth the extra cost, but if you don't pay you can't see it at all (even from the outside) since it's in an enclosure.

FYI: Go to Top of the Rock instead of the Empire State Building. It's a much better experience and doesn't require you to stand in line for hours.
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