Pros:central location, large rooms, upscale -and unusually quiet rooms
Cons:central location - right in the middle of NYC's heaviest tourist traffic
The Bottom Line: If you need (or want) to stay in this area of the city, Millenium Broadway offers a good bang for your buck.
and what higher recommendation can you give a hotel, than you will be back?
Let me start by saying I have stayed at many hotels in New York, all of which are in the semi-budget-travel price range, so I know from experience the range of hotels you will find in the $200/weekend night range. Millenium Broadway is definitely right at the top of my list.
As you can see from any map, a guest walks out of Millenium Broadway and down half a block to be right in the middle of Times Square. So, it's an ideal location for tourists, and not bad for theater-goers. This is, of course, a drawback, too, for those tourists and non-tourists alike who do not particularly care to be part of a throng. There's not much escaping that in this location.
Also, there is somewhat of a risk of throngs in the Millenium Broadway lobby. I was caught in one at check-in. Apparently tour groups use this hotel, so there are large groups coming and going (not all the time, but sometimes) which can really block up the otherwise very tasteful and elegant lobby area. On this point, though, I note on reflection that the lobby did not seem to offer any seating area, at least none that I noted during my stay. This is somewhat unusual.
The rooms are larger than I am accustomed to in Manhattan. In fact, my room had not only the beds but also a little sitting nook, with a loveseat and armchair. Whoa! Who knew you could find that in Manhattan in anything less than a four-figure-suite?! I enjoyed having the sitting area, since sometimes it is nice to relax in your hotel room, and it is not always comfortable to do so on a bed; a chair or sofa can sometimes be better.
My room had a spectacular view, looking south. I was on the forty-something floor, so I had a nice high view. Lower rooms probably do not offer that, but with that exception, this hotel offered the best view of any Manhattan hotel room in which I have stayed. Also, it was incredibly quiet, which is mindblowing, when you realize you are looking down at the Times Square Jumbo-Tron, but without the sound effects of same. The room was blissfully quiet, which in my opinion is a find in Manhattan.
I found the staff a little slow at check-in. The hotel offers express check-out, so I had no staff interaction on that end. The room, lobby and elevators were all very clean and well-appointed. All in all, it seemed a much nicer than average, quieter than average, larger rooms than average hotel, which offers to me more bang for the buck than other hotels in the city. If you don't mind the throngs of Times Square, I recommend Millenium Broadway.
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