This luxury Times Square 36-floor tower with its 600 rooms soars above the lights and sounds of New York’s most electrified domain. Comfortable and corporate (cash those points, honey!), this InterCon is a hit amongst business travelers and first time tourists alike. With reasonable rates and all the conveniences of a modern hotel experience, the InterCon is a crowd-pleaser with its sizable clean rooms and accessible amenities. Make no mistake, this is no fantasyland or New York gem, but provides travelers with a wonderful stay.
Beige and blonde woods, these standard corporate hotel rooms employ the most neutral of tones to the requisite bed, desk and seating options. The rooms are equipped with bedside technology as well as a flatscreen TV. Considerable natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows but also there is ample lighting available. These are overall comfortable rooms that service travelers’ needs.
The first real hit of color: sapphire blue tiles in the glass enclosed-standing shower. The bathrooms have stone countertops and spacious sink vanity. Large sink mirrors, as well as free-standing makeup mirror, offer ample ways to groom.
Partitioned into sections and guarded by huge support columns, the Lobby offers a seating lounge for transients and the reception. The lobby also leads to Todd English’s hotel restaurant, the Stinger.
Large and robust, this gym could be its own independent facility.
The Stinger is Todd English’s second restaurant in the space, this time serving American Nouveau in an over-stylized setting. The kitchen also provides 24-hour in-room dining.
Right on 8th Avenue, the closest subway is the A/C/E stop for 42nd Street Times Square (there’s an entrance on 43rd) which is a transit hub for 1/2/3, N/Q/R/W and A/C/E and 7 lines, as well as Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Well, the hotel IS above a Shake Shack, so that’s dangerous. Otherwise, pick up your knife & fork at Don Antonio By Starita (6-minutes walk) and slurp down this juicy, doughy pizza Margarita a la Napolitano, or in the eyes the residents of Napoli, the only thing called pizza should be. Or Danji (6-minute walk) pioneering Korean fine dining experience in Manhattan that suppressed tradition to widen American palettes to the mouth-filling aromas of gochujang and kimchi.
Discreetly nested into a 46th street townhouse, Bar Centrale (2-minute walk) mixes a stiff drink and fries finger food for the pre-Broadway crowd (including the actors themselves). Though it might seem, there isn’t a door list for the Bar Downstairs (10-minute walk), in part because it’s discreetly hidden beneath the Fifth Avenue Andaz. Loungey and lively, it’s an unexpected spot round these parts.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The InterContinental has done a smart savvy job at providing a solid, full-service hotel experience. No frills here outside of what the luxury hotel chain has to offer, but especially loyalty members will find it’s money well spent in an otherwise expensive city.