The lobby of this relatively new hotel is colorful and brilliantly contemporary. The front desk is directly in front of a courtyard. In the courtyard grows a metal tree – a man-made piece of organic art. At night, when my family and I headed out the door to experience New York, the lights in the yard played up the colors and made me wonder what was real out there and what was not.
Upon our arrival, the front desk staff greeted me with unusual warmth. Throughout our stay, staff talked to us in a personable on-on-one way rarely seen in hotels. As this was a special trip, a graduation present for our nineteen-year-old son, I especially appreciated each friendly staff member we came across.
THE MANHATTAN SUITE
We didn’t share with our son, Tyler, that we had a spectacular suite. He led our little group into the room and switched on the lights. Had the room been filled with people yelling, “surprise!” he wouldn’t have been more taken aback by this fantastic suite. The skyline expanded from one end of the room collection to the other in floor-to-ceiling windows. Tyler headed straight there to hunt down the Empire State Building. His next stop was his room, a study complete with desktop computer and iHome stereo system with a sofa bed pulled out just for him. After a quick comfort check (the bed passed), he headed to the enormous couch and switched on the giant TV.
My husband and I took time to not the finer details like the gorgeous drapes and plush sculptured carpet. Our room, which could also be a standard room when it is sectioned off of the suite by a locked door, featured a top-quality bed and linens and a long bathroom with soaking tub. We also had our own desktop computer and still more expansive windows.
When everyone was done exploring, we settled into posh robes and ordered Tower Heist on pay-per-view. After the movie, we stuck it out for a bit more and watched a channel previewing the shows currently on and off Broadway as well as other entertainment and dining options in the city. We all agreed it seemed a shame to fall asleep and miss out on a moment of living this life. Just before bed, we noticed the undeniable glow of Times Square out the bedroom window.
Should you book the Manhattan suite and still wish to venture beyond your room, Chef Todd English heads the restaurant Ca Va Brasserie. The restaurant is as beautiful and impressive as the rest of the hotel and boasts three separate dining areas. There is also a lounge, a 24-hour fitness center and 10,000 square-feet of meeting and event space.
Tyler’s smile didn’t fade from check-in to check-out. I know he’ll remember this trip for his entire life as will my husband and I. To make some suite memories of your own, I absolutely recommend the Intercontinental near Times Square.
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Towering 36 stories above the city, the InterContinental Times Square features 607 luxurious guestrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline and Hudson River. Drawing upon natural elements, the rooms are designed to evoke the feeling of a chic Manhattan residence, and average at 350 sq. ft. amongst the largest in midtown. Each room includes spacious work station, 42 in" HDTV and a spa-inspired bathroom with walk-in rain shower accentuated with blue mosaic tile. Situated just off the Times Square neighborhood, known as the "Crossroads of the World," the hotel brings the InterContinental touch to one of New York City's most popular areas. The hotel is close proximity to the Broadway Theatre District, Central Park, Fifth Avenue shopping, and many major transportation centers in Manhattan making it a convenient base to explore the city. Featured at the hotel is the Stinger Cocktail Bar and Kitchen, a lounge experience by Celebrated Chef Todd English. Guests are welcome to indulge in worldly comfort food alongside bespoke cocktails and an extensive offering of wine and beer. Offering signature cocktails three sized options and large batch punch-bowls the lounge at the Stinger brings the art of craft cocktails to Hell's Kitchen and the Theater District. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental New York Times Square Hotel New York City