The Best Luxury Hotels in Times Square

In the heart of Manhattan, the Chatwal is a well-established luxury hotel, just minutes from Times Square
In the heart of Manhattan, the Chatwal is a well-established luxury hotel, just minutes from Times Square | Courtesy of The Chatwal / Expedia
Siobhan Grogan

Personal butlers, private balconies overlooking the billboards, Michelin-starred restaurants – these are the most luxurious hotels in Times Square, all bookable with Culture Trip.

Times Square is the buzzing, beating heart of the city that never sleeps. The point where Broadway and Seventh Avenue meet, the area is world-famous for its giant billboards, the razzle-dazzle theaters of Broadway, soaring skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and tourists awed by the legendary hustle and bustle of New York. Base yourself in one of the top luxury hotels and you can enjoy the city sights like a VIP.

1. The Time

Hotel

The Time
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Discreet glamor is the order of the day at this sophisticated retreat loved by celebrities and those in the know. This boutique-style property has a coffee shop, Italian restaurant and sophisticated rooms featuring Maison Margiela amenities, slate bathrooms, Samsung smart TVs and gourmet minibars. Feeling really flush? There’s also a three-story penthouse with a jewel box dressing room, sauna, oversized tub and giant outdoor patio.

2. The Pearl

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel, Luxury

The Pearl Hotel
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A tranquil escape from the busy streets outside, the Pearl is a quietly elegant boutique hotel which offers far more than an amazing location to guests. Check in and you’re also treated to 24-hour coffee and light snacks, a breakfast buffet, a wine hour each evening, unlimited phone calls within the US and free copies of the New York Times. Rooms have L’Occitane amenities, Keurig coffeemakers and Bluetooth-enabled speakers, and some even have private balconies.

3. The Chatwal

Spa Hotel

The Chatwal
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The Chatwal has long been a Midtown landmark, built in 1905 and known for its regal red awnings. There are only 76 rooms, which have a distinctly art deco feel. Looking to push the boat out? Plump for a suite with a garden terrace complete with a fountain overlooking that famous skyline, a built-in private bar, full-size Asprey products, use of the house car, and a butler at your service.

4. Aliz Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Aliz Hotel Times Square
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The views alone make it worth checking into this hotel near Hudson Yards. The property has the highest open-air hotel bar and lounge in Manhattan – providing an astonishing 360-degree view over the skyscrapers. Rooms are chic and stylish but without the crippling price tag of many other hotels in the area – yet come with a 4k resolution 50” flat-screen TV, Keurig coffeemaker, mini-fridge and clothes steamer for nights out on the town.

5. The Times Square EDITION

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

The Times Square EDITION
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You might be in the middle of the greatest city in the world, but you’ll be tempted to never leave the hotel if you stay at this super-swish accommodation. There’s a state-of-the-art fitness center, a performance venue and restaurants developed by top chef John Fraser. Head to 701West for table-side cocktail preparation and a champagne trolley, or rub shoulders with friendly Manhattanites at the Paradise Club, where weekend parties attract big-name DJs.

6. The Knickerbocker Hotel

Hotel, Pubs with Rooms

A luxurious seating area that leads to a roof terrace at The Knickerbocker, West 42nd.
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The Knickerbocker is almost as famous as Times Square itself and has hosted a legion of glittering names from politics and showbiz since the 1980s; it’s even rumored the martini was invented here. Inside the 16-story beaux art facade, the hotel has spectacular 12ft (3.6m) ceilings, bespoke furnishings, Diptyque bath products, heavenly goose-down pillows and feather beds and Samsung smart TVs. Don’t miss cocktails in the trendy rooftop bar and fitness classes devised by New York Knicks star Larry Johnson.

7. Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel, Luxury

Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel
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Book a room with a private balcony overlooking the billboards and bustle of Times Square for the ultimate New York experience. This hotel is smack bang in the heart of the action with the big-ticket attractions within strolling distance. When you’ve seen it all, retire to the R Lounge restaurant at the hotel for jaw-dropping city views, or even get an early night thanks to soundproofed rooms.

8. The Kimpton Muse Hotel

Hotel

The Kimpton Muse Hotel
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The Kimpton Muse might be just one block from Times Square but it feels a world away, thanks to the pampering extras. Think ecofriendly massages and facials in your room, complimentary custom-designed bikes, yoga mats in every room, seasonal book recommendations and a hosted wine hour each evening. After a day hitting the shops and sights, head back for an old fashioned house cocktail and the indulgent lobster pot pie at the Muse Bar.

9. The Langham

Hotel

Stylish corner room in white and charcoal hues, floor-to-ceiling windows and artwork at the Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue
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Sick of cramped New York hotel rooms? The Langham has rooms starting at a spacious 420sqft (39sqm), so you can spread out and feel at home. Between Bryant Park and the Empire State Building, this 60-story tower is a shrine to opulence, with Michelin-starred restaurant Ai Fiori, a striking original art collection and rooms dripping in Italian walnut and marble. It’s also home to one of the flashiest hotel rooms in the city with a presidential suite offering two bedrooms, a dining room, a curated pantry and private chef service.

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