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Times Sqaure - Doubletree or Marriott Maruqis?

Old Feb 8th, 2009, 06:41 AM
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Times Sqaure - Doubletree or Marriott Maruqis?

Which hotel would you recommend? We'll have my 3 sons(14,11,11)with us. We're there for sightseeing and shows. The rates for both are almost equal. Which hotel has a better restaurant for breakfast?

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Old Feb 8th, 2009, 07:21 AM
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I'd lean towards the Doubletree because the rooms are suites and there is a sofa bed in the sitting area. There will be a bit more space and if my memory serves me correctly, there was a mini-fridge which will accommodate drinks and snacks. Sorry, I'm not familiar with the Marriott Marquis or either hotel's restaurants.
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Old Feb 8th, 2009, 07:24 AM
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I know this isn't your specific question about breakfast, but whenever I'm in New York, I avoid hotel restaurants for breakfast because of the cost, and I find a nearby coffee shop. They are always less expensive and more of a NY experience.
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Old Feb 8th, 2009, 08:36 AM
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Definitely the Doubletree--we stayed there and for your group it is way better than a single hotel room! And I echo the idea of venturing out to a coffee shop for brkfst.
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Old Feb 8th, 2009, 09:18 AM
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Are you looking at rates for the Marriott Marquis for 5 people? As far as I;m aware they don;t have any rooms that will accommodate 5 (against NYC fire laws) you would need to get either 2 rooms or a suite.

If you check the Doubletee Suites I think they do have facilities for 5.
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Old Feb 8th, 2009, 02:42 PM
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We always get 2 connecting rooms. My idea of a vacation does not include sharing a bathroom with 4 guys. So the 4 person limit is not an issue. We'll try somewhere outside the hotel for breakfast. However, I am still hoping for a decent breakfast restaurant inside the hotel. We live a quarter mile up a private road in the middle of the woods near the coast of Maine. Everything in Times Square is gonna be a New York experience.
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We pass the exit for Scarborough every year when we go to Freeport and stay at the Harraseeket Inn for an overnight and dinner in their superb Maine Dining Room!

I do not remember any details about dining in the hotel at the Doubletree, however, I am sure that they offer brkfst in the hotel. I really recommend the hotel b/c of the separate living room which is really nice for sitting down and putting your feet up! Have fun in NYC.
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Old Feb 8th, 2009, 07:07 PM
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If you want to pay $15 or $20 per person for breakfast, then I'm sure you can eat in either hotel. But I'd also recommend going outside.

The Doubletree is on 46th or 47th Street, I believe, and it's likely that there's a deli or coffee shop within 100 feet of the entrance. It's a bit harder at the Marriott Marquis because it's such a big hotel and smack in the middle of Times Square, but the coffee shop in the Hotel Edison is famous and about 2 blocks away on that side of Broadway. It's not exactly cheap, but it's not expensive.
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Old Feb 8th, 2009, 07:56 PM
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You can get fabulous housemade croissants at a hole-in-the-wall named "Croissant Cafe" (fancy that!) on the same block as the Residence Inn Times Square- Sixth Avenue I think between 38th and 39th Streets.
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There used to be a coffee shop around the corner (well, around the long corner) from the Marriott Marquis on 8th Ave. It has been a year or so since I stayed in that area, so it may be gone. It was...uh...between 45th and 46th.
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Old Feb 9th, 2009, 05:49 AM
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I agree with The Doubletree and skipping the hotel for breakfast.

NYC is world famous for its bagels and you can get an excellent bagel and cup of coffee in a million different places for around $3 a person.

Also, it gets you out the door and going instead of moseying around your hotel.

Most importantly, it is part of the NYC experience.
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Old Feb 9th, 2009, 09:12 AM
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I stayed at the Marriott Maruqis quite a few years ago, but I do remember that the rooms were very small (tyical for NYC hotel rooms).
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We stayed at the Coubletree TS last yesr and I recall there was a great place for breakie just down the street . .
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My family has stayed at both. I prefer the Doubletree. The Marquis has 1900 rooms, and is geared toward business conventions, etc. The Doubletree (460 suites) was more family friendly and quieter. We did have breakfast at the Doubletree, and I was not impressed. My recollection is that it was a "just okay" buffet, and poorly run. I think you could also order off the menu. Consider going out, as suggested, or getting something the night before & putting it in the fridge for an in-room breakfast.
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Junior's is practically next door to the Marquis which has (IMHO) the best cheesecake in the world and good "diner" food.
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Which hotel? Depends on what you want. I've stayed at the Marquis quite a few times and always had a large room with floor to ceiling, wall to wall glass facing right up Broadway. We always turn the sofa around facing out. The view is extraordinary. You won't get that at Doubletree. I'd agree that the "suites" would be bigger at the Doubletree, but if you're getting two adjoining rooms it doesn't really matter -- personally I think if you're looking for the Times Square Experience, it won't get better than the Marquis.
There's also a great coffee shop one block west, corner of either 45th or 44th and Ninth Ave.

I'd second Junior's, but is it open for breakfast? It's just out the door of the Marquis.
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