Conveniently located in the middle of New York’s greatest block, Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel is just far enough out of Times Square to provide a sort of peaceful sanctuary, but close enough that you can reach New York’s main shopping districts within minutes. Just around the corner is an amazing little deli that is quintessential New York, with Philly cheese steaks and fro-yo. Right next to a subway stop, this hotel was in the perfect location to stroll through the streets of one of the most eclectic cities in the world.
Clean and comfortable rooms
The rooms are not particularly special, and might be a little bit tight. However, they are absolutely clean and the bathrooms are fantastic. Having two double beds in the room make it a little bit squishy, but the large screen TV provides some relaxing downtime for anyone whose weary feet cannot deal with pounding the pavement anymore. With a full mini bar, there is not much to want in the room.
When you look out of the window, you will feel as though you really are a part of the city. Surrounded by high-rise buildings, the hotel will really help you to understand what Alicia Keys meant by “concrete jungle”. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and it was pretty stable. On a side note, do be mindful when you are taking the elevators. Different elevators will take you to different floors and you don’t want to make a fool of yourself like me.
Food and drinks
You are in New York! Step out of the front door and you will find any number of fantastic cuisines. About two blocks away is a gorgeous little bagel shop where you can nab a blueberry bagel with a strawberry cream cheese for little over 5 USD. There is also an American staple in Hooters right around the corner where you can nab fantastically cheap and cheerful food for a reasonable price. This spot, however, is not for the faint-hearted.
For something a little more tasteful and gourmet, try Sake Bar Hagi just on the other side of Times Square. The food is so fresh and beautiful! At happy hour, you can even score yourself a cheap and fulfilling meal. There are also a number of sweet treats to try in New York. Visiting the M&M store, Hershey’s store, or the Godiva in Times Square is an absolute dream for anyone with a sweet tooth.
I loved strolling in New York, and it is so easy to do so with the traffic lights stopping for pedestrians pretty regularly. Everything is within walking distance if you are keen for a good walk around the city to make space for dinner. One day, I walked from my hotel to the East Village, across to Wall Street, then over to Staten Island and back again. That allowed me to justify chicken and waffles from Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem (must) for dinner.
If you do not enjoy walking, I would suggest you to take the subway. This is one of the easiest ways to get around town. Alternatively, you may download the Uber application and get around with your own private driver, all paid through your PayPal account.
What to do
Just a stone’s throw away from the hotel is the mecca of Times Square. There are rows and rows of shops where you can pretty much find everything that you need. For the ladies, head over to Forever 21 – an absolute three-storey shopping haven. For the men, there is a US Polo store with tops, hats and bags from the roof to the floor. For the kids, try out the Disney store (even I loved it!).
At the Sheraton, you are right in the middle of all of the theatre action. Just around the corner from the hotel is the Gershwin Theatre where Wicked sets the stage alive seven nights a week. On my first night in New York, I purchased last-minute tickets to Wicked, got a latte from Starbucks and then sunk into my chair, ready to experience the magic.
Sheraton is also near the iconic Central Park where you can go for a morning run or a lazy, afternoon stroll with your love. There is nothing more romantic than when the lights illuminate and create a beautiful soft glow.
There are plenty of other activities on the other side of Manhattan. Some top things to see include the Freedom Tower, Chinatown, Chelsea Rooftop Gardens, Museum of Modern Art, Little Italy, Webster Hall and The United Nations Headquarters.