New York’s Town Hall – which opened as a place to discuss political issues in 1921 – is a 1500-seat theatre with no blocked sightlines, so there’s not a bad seat in the house to catch a show.
Performances here range from chamber music, comedians and flamenco groups to the latest bands. Famous performers who have graced the stage include Bob Dylan – who made his first major debut here – Leonard Cohen and Paul Robeson, the bass-baritone. Grab your tickets in advance and stay close by at one of the best hotels near the Town Hall in New York – now bookable on Culture Trip.
There’s a surprise waiting for you behind the red doors of the Royalton Hotel. It was built as a residential hotel in 1898 and many charming details remain intact. Windows open to the sights and sounds of nearby Times Square, every room has a window seat – complete with a comfy sofa that’s perfect for people-watching – and the penthouses boast wood-burning fireplaces and private terraces. So close you can almost see it, the Town Hall is just across 6th Avenue. Snuggle in with down comforters and pillows, or luxuriate in the round disco tubs in the Loft Suites surrounded by bubbles and mosaic tiles.
Answer the call of New York City’s famous landmarks from the Gotham – Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, Central Park and the Town Hall are all close by. Every quiet and comfortable modern room has a mini-bar stocked with Dean and DeLuca snacks – most rooms have a balcony with a view of the city lights that Batman would appreciate so you won’t have to fly far for a great meal. The famous Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is right downstairs, serving dry-aged steaks with wines from a deep cellar.
The stellar staff at Muse want to spark your imagination. The art-deco-influenced 181 rooms and 19 suites have yoga mats to aid your meditation and book recommendations to inspire deep thought. Spa suites offer balconies and vintage soaker tubs, too. Families are welcome to take the kids out on scooters here – complete with helmets, of course. A five-minute scooter trip to the Town Hall will take you past One Five One W on 43rd Street, featured in Battlestar Gallactica and Vanilla Sky. Pets of any size are welcome at no additional charge and the concierge can arrange for grooming, pet sitting or walkies if your furry friend needs some pampering, too.
An excellent location, contemporary decor and friendly service make LUMA a great choice for families. Enjoy the convenience of a Whole Foods store right around the corner – but the big draw here will be Alina, New York’s first robot butler. Alina will deliver room service items and a complimentary game and memento for each child, plus tickets for the whole family to Le Carrousel at nearby Bryant Park – across from the Town Hall. When not making the rounds to the 130 guestrooms, Alina can be found at the docking station in the lobby.
Book lover? You’ll be in your element here at the Library Hotel. Floors are themed like library shelves and guests can pick a room stocked with books about architecture, travel, engineering and more. Carry your book to the library lounge or the rooftop terrace where there are plenty of reading nooks – along with complimentary continental breakfast and wine tasting in the afternoon. It’s the only place for a bibliophile to bookmark in New York. When it’s time to break the silence, walk over to the Town Hall for a concert of great music, from the likes of Laurie Anderson or Andrew Lloyd Webber.
A tip of the hat is due to the decorators of this former hat factory near Bryant Park. Industrial chic vibes can be found in the sewing machines used as work desks and the monochrome penny tiles in the baths. Enjoy a glass of wine upon check-in, then take in views of the Empire State Building from a view room – or head straight to the rooftop of this 197-room boutique hotel. Grab your hat and head for the Town Hall, just a seven-minute promenade walk away.
The Westin – in the heart of the Theatre District – has the perfect location for business or leisure travelers, close to Times Square, Madison Square Garden and the Town Hall. Catch a glimpse of the Hudson River or city views from oversize Corner King rooms. If jet lag has you up, there are many restaurants in the area to visit late – from grand to budget including the 24-hour Tick Tock Diner. Work those treats off in the well-equipped gym that’s also open around the clock.
Let the sunshine in through true floor-to-ceiling windows at the Hyatt Centric and get bathed by daylight in the Scandinavian-inspired décor – where blonde oak furnishings meet crisp white bed linens. By night, take in the twinkling lights of Times Square, the Chrysler Building or uptown Manhattan, all from your room. Catch a Broadway show or a performance at the Town Hall and stroll past flashing billboards, while mingling with visitors from across the globe in the heart of New York City.
To explore more hotels in the area, see our guide to the best places to stay near Central Park and the Flatiron Building, now bookable on Culture Trip. Whether you’re here for a long stay or a short one, you can always make your trip to New York worthwhile. Discover how to use your time wisely by feeding your creative and literal appetite at the city’s top arty areas and best restaurants.
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