Friendly Staff, Great Location, Very Small
The Comfort Inn Times Square was perfect for our budget-conscious family. Built on a postage stamp, just four small rooms on each floor. Two Queen beds for mom, dad and two teens. Very clean. Great location, just 3 short blocks from action on 42nd street, 5 blocks from Times Sq., one block to subway. $40/day to park a block away in secure garage. Staff was very helpful and friendly. Only downer was breakfast area. Only handful of tables in cramped room. Waffles, bagels, pop tarts, cereal, oatmeal, juice. Less than $600 for three nights and that included tax. We'd return in a second!!!
Just the job for a sightseeing trip
My daughter and I have just returned from a 5 day stay in Comfort Inn Times Square. We took a yellow cab from JFK, taking care to get it from the rank outside, as touts are in the terminal, where you will get a flat rate quote of $45.00 (plus tolls and optional tip) to Manhattan. I would advise this option for first timers, unless you are familiar with NYC, as our cab driver was unaware of the hotel, he did of course know of the street.
On arrival the receptionist was helpful and efficient with checking us in. Our room was excellent, #1104, everything was just like new. We had two double beds, which were the most comfortable beds and very comfy pillows, excellent. The bathroom looked like new, especially the shower curtain, a bit of a let down in some hotels, but not this one. All the usual complementary toiletries, plus more on request. Towels and sheets changed daily. A safe. Flat screen TV. Internet access. Coffee making facilities, a must when waiting for a daughter to get up some mornings. Breakfast is a continental buffet, with enough choice for everyone. No one should start the day hungry here. This hotel is perfectly situated, just close enough but not so near that there is lots of noise, from Times Square, easily accessible to most places, an ideal hotel for a sightseeing trip to NYC. Some might say the rooms are small, I have stayed in much smaller ones in Europe.
On our stay we bought a Grey Line, Classic New York bus ticket. This gives you rides on Red Double Decker busses including a ticket for the Ferry to Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island or 1 hour Cruise. Ticket to the Empire State Building Observatory. Ticket to the south Street Seaport Museum. It was also a hop on hop off ticket over 72 hours doing round trips: Downtown Loop, Uptown Loop, Brooklyn Loop and Night Tour. All for $80.00.
We used this to within an inch of it’s life. First day was so clear and sunny, and VERY cold, we though we would start at the Empire State Building, not quite knowing what the weather for the rest of our trip would be. The views from the top were magnificent, if a bit chilly. We then went on the bus down through Greenwich Village, Soho, Little Italy, Chinatown, and past Ground Zero, getting off the bus at Pier 17, where after lunch, we took the Water Taxi around the bottom of Manhattan. With great views, and photo opportunities of the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Island, Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty and Island. All with an interesting recording of the history, and facts about what you are seeing. We also had great views of the Queen Mary II as she was docked in the harbour.
Back on the bus, which operate approximately every 15 – 20 minutes and we went through East Village past the United Nations building on got off at the Waldorf Astoria stop for a look around the Rockefeller Center/Radio City Music Hall/Top of the Rock. Back on the bus to Times Square and it give you a pretty good idea of what is on offer on the Downtown Loop. From there you can decide what else you want to see and do. The next day we went back to Ground Zero taking time to visit the church right by the site, which still has lots of information and artefacts relating to the tragedy which took place on September 11th 2001. I won’t go into what the actual site felt like, that’s for you to feel, if you venture that way. From there we walked around the Financial district, Wall Street, and back to Pier 17 where we picked up the bus again. This is the wonderful thing about these tickets, you can just hop on and off where you like, and each time you get a different tour guide with a different angle on things. Naturally in a city like New York with it’s high buildings, the best views are on the top deck of the bus, if you get a fully enclosed one (in February/March) you are lucky, as some of them operating even at this time of year, are the fully open ones. Too cold for most people. In the afternoon we took the bus on the Uptown Loop. Unfortunately we had an open top bus so we all sat downstairs. Not too much problem as there are less really tall buildings on this trip. Pretty interesting though. Not so many familiar landmarks, but another side of the Big Apple with all it’s mansions, museums, University, Harlem, and going right round Central Park. The stories you get from some of the tour guides are most interesting and statistics are awesome, if only you could remember them all.
The next couple of days were spent hopping on and off the bus at places we wanted to visit. A few other ‘must sees’ Grand Central Station, Flatiron Building, Woolworth Building, Macy’s, the list just goes on and on. For someone on a short stay who wants to see the sights with all the local information. I think these are a must. We slept really well each night, a combination of very comfortable bed/rooms and exhaustion from the days tours, both on the bus and on foot. By the way, a comfortable pair of shoes is a big must. And if you go in February/March, extremely warm clothes hat and scarf. No one knows you there so what the heck, does it really matter what you look like!
Comfort Inn Times Square NYC is just the job for sightseeing, in my opinion.
We took the Subway from The Port Authority stop to JFK taking about an hour, and wait for it! Costing just $2.00 each. And all public transport, bridge and tunnel tolls went up that weekend!
Incredible value close to Times Square - Nice Comfort Inn
We went to NYC for a weekend getaway in November and stayed at this hotel for two nights. This was a great find! As noted in other reviews, the room was small, however for the small amount of time you spend in your room, it was fine. (We weren't in New York for the week-end to hang out in our hotel room!) Not luxurious, but furnishings were nice, the room was clean and the bathroom spotless and functional.
Go elsewhere for breakfast... our experience with the breakfast room on our first morning was an overcrowded room in the basement... I couldn't find a bowl so ate cereal out of a coffee cup. And the coffee was cold. However there are a number of coffee shops within a five minute walk of the hotel.
The staff were friendly and very helpful. I've already recommended this hotel to several friends.
It's a Keeper!
Brand new, very clean, with a superb hospitable staff! This hotel is a a hidden jewel in Manhattan. The staff takes great pride in their property. Small rooms?...to a point, but there are properties whose rooms are MUCH smaller. We were very comfortable with two adults and our two children (17 and 20).
Reception problems with some of the tv channels is our only negative remark.
A very nice continental breakfast. Fast elevators! And the room rate alone will make you want to return for another visit. And who wouldn't want to visit when the staff treats each guest as family! It's nice having such a pleasant hotel to rest in at the end of the day. We'll see you next time!
I was a little hesitant to stay at a Comfort Inn since I usually stay at higher end properties and was pleasantly surprised. Our room was good size for NY standards and a perfect location. This is a brand new property with modern furnishings and flat screen TV's and very pleasant staff. We were able to get a late check out which was nice. The view from our room was great (14th floor), looking out at the New York Times building. I highly recommend this property and will stay there again next time I'm NY bound.
Small Rooms, Overpriced
For almost $300 a night we thought this hotel was highly overpriced. The hotel is very small and the rooms are tiny. The continental breakfast room is in the basement and overcrowded. The shower in our room was broken and we had to stand in a foot of water while showering. Overall not a horrible experience but not worth what we paid.
I'd stay here again!
ALL of the hotel employees are so friendly here that you feel like you're at home! Everybody was so nice and helpful about everything: room arrangements to dinner reservations to holding our luggage while we went out. This was only my second overnight stay in NYC and a first for my mother, and we're from a small town, but we both felt completely safe. Yes, the room is not your average-sized hotel room, but that's to be expected in NYC. Everything is new and clean, and has been well taken care of. The breakfast room is small (go at a less busy time!), but that's also to be expected when you're getting a free breakfast (which was good: bagels, muffins, cereal, fruit, homemade waffles, etc.). The location was also great, especially for those seeing a Broadway show/Times Square area, and within walking distance from Penn Station (even with luggage!). I'd definitely stay here again!
Perfect Hotel In the Right Place
We travel a lot and can say without question that this is the most friendly hotel in which we have stayed. Evelyn and Willy at the front desk were outstanding and never missed an opportunity to smile and say hello. Everyone else we encountered was the same and very helpful.
Yes, the rooms are small but they are well equiped and include a bathtub. The furnishings are new as the hotel just opened four months ago. The only complaint we have is the small sized breakfast room but it was not a major problem. The breakfast is very complete. The internet rate is reasonable for New York Midtown but one has to recognize that New York accommodations are not cheap.
The hotel is located just off Eighth Ave on 39th Street one block from the Port Authority Bus Terminal. This was very convient for our bus trip to Newark Airport. The location is also very convient to walk to everything in Midtown Manhatten and even Central Park with a nice walk. There are lots of restaurants nearby, especially on 9th street. The theatre district is only several blocks away as is Times Square.
We can not say enough about how pleased we were with our stay here. If you decide to stay there tell Evelyn hello from Joe and Linda from California. We wanted to take her home with us.
Great Location, Great Price
It was our first time visiting NYC and we booked this hotel based on the reviews. Everything we read was true. Great hotel... small but very clean and new. The location was amazing.... 3 minute walk to Times Square, less than 10 minutes to great shopping and within a short bus ride of Central Park. Even though it was close to everything the hotel was very quiet - only 4 rooms per floor! The only issue we had was that our in room phone was broken and despite 3 requests for it to be fixed, it never was. The continental breakfast was good if you got there early... by 9:00 almost everything was gone and there was no offer to replace anything. Fast and friendly service. The bonus was the in-room safe, a must! We would definately stay here again. The place was great and at around $250 a night (including tax), one of the cheapest places!