Advantages Suite style rooms. Free warm cookies on check in.
Disadvantages Located in the heart of Times Square, it can get tiresome fighting through the crowds!
Situated right in the heart of Times Square, the Hilton Doubletree Guest Suites would probably never have been my first choice of hotel for Manhattan. I went to New York in December 2011, not the most particularly cheapest time for hotels here unless you're rather flexible with dates. Personally, I was happy with any hotel in Manhattan in a decent area, located near a subway station, clean and reasonably priced. I was originally all set to book in at the Holiday Inn on 5th Ave. however I noticed the Doubletree on Expedia for only a small amount extra. For this small amount I would not be getting just the usual hotel room, I would in fact be booking into a mini guest suite with separate living room, bedroom and bathroom. Being located in the hustle and bustle of Times Square did put me off slightly, but the price was appealing and the idea of a mini style suite seemed like a good idea.
The hotel is right on top of the 49 St subway station for the N, Q and R trains, and it's only a short walk away to the Times Sq station which has connections to a lot more trains. From the airport we took the Air Train and then Subway to the hotel, and after fighting our way through the crowds outside with our suitcases it was a relief to step into the hotel lobby, except it wasn't the lobby. When you step inside it's a small room with some bellmen who direct you to 3 elevators. You only wait a few seconds before one whisks you up to the actual lobby, and it was a nice surprise. Large, spacious and quiet with a big reception desk that was well manned. We arrived at 2pm and as check in wasn't until 3pm I did expect to wait but we were checked in immediately, given our keycards and some warm chocolate chip cookies. I was hoping for a high up room, and we were on floor 15, but there are 43 floors. There are 6 elevators for the hotel and you never waited for long for a lift to come at all whether going up or down.First impressions of the room were excellent, it was large, spacious and clean. The view from the windows in the living room and bedroom was an even nicer surprise, as it did over look part of Times Square and some office buildings. It would have been a waste of money paying to upgrade as the view was excellent enough from a standard room. At night time it was even better as all the lights came on in all the office buildings. The glow from Times Square lit up the rooms on an evening but black out curtains keep out all the light.
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