Rated 5 out of 5 by BJbenji excellent
great location , excellent rooms and very attentative staff at reception , bar and rstairants
July 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by JulesFink This Place is Outstanding!
I knew I couldn't go wrong when I booked 5 nights at the W.
From the moment we arrived, we were in love with our hotel choice. The doormen at the street were all extremely friendly & welcoming, ready to assist as needed. We made our way up to the 7th floor Living Room lobby for check-in. The staff member who checked us in was great! The excitement in her voice when she was telling us about our room & our view got me SUPER excited to get upstairs. We stayed in room 4912. It's a "Cool Corner" room with an awesome view! (We stayed here over NYE, so we were able to see & hear the performances on Times Square directly below our room.)
The room was clean. The bed was comfortable. The modern feel is exactly what we prefer when traveling. It was such a neat room to hang out in. And I loved that the windows open!! We were able to let in the cool New York air & hear the sounds of the city below. So even while we were upstairs, we still felt like we were part of the action. The cool thing, though, is that when you close the windows, it actually blocks out a LOT of the city noise! Yes, you can still hear it, but it's so muffled that it's ok. And with all the lights flashing around you in Times Square, the pull-down shades do a GREAT job of blacking out the room! A very well thought out design, for sure!
The bathroom is awesome! The walls are frosted glass - you can see silhouettes, but you can't actually see through it so there is still privacy. The vanity has a cool waterfall faucet, and the shower has a rain-shower head which was very relaxing. The shower was a good size.
We utilized room service for 2 meals - both were breakfast And the food was AMAZING! I sort of expected the food to be mediocre at best, but we were both pleasantly surprised with the presentation & flavor! We had a waffle, side of bacon, NYC sandwich, OJ & Coffee. Room service is obviously more expensive than eating at a restaurant, but we had early morning commitments, and preferred to pay for the convenience rather than having to make time to stop somewhere else to get food. Plus, after the first meal we ordered, we didn't mind paying for it again because we knew it would be fabulous!
We met with the Concierge staff a couple of times during our stay. They were all great, but Kelly stood out to us! He was very personable & great to work with! I had already done research on the sight-seeing portion of our trip, so we didn't really book anything with them. However, we had NO idea where to find good places to eat in the area. They made recommendations & booked reservations for us at a few different restaurants and they were ALL outstanding! I'm so glad we reached out to them in the beginning!
We absolutely loved the location of this hotel! This was our first time to New York, and we wanted to make sure we were right in the center of it all! And we were! If you're planning to visit NYC on New Year's, I would recommend this hotel! We stayed here over NYE, and I don't think we could have made a better choice! First of all, to get anywhere near Times Square on NYE, you have to prove that your hotel is there. Our room key with the "W" on it allowed us to pass through barricades that others only wished they could pass through. It felt like total VIP! Like I mentioned earlier, we had a view of Times Square overlooking the NYE performance stages. We made our way downstairs a little before midnight just to see if we could get in on the action on the street level. And we were! Totally wasn't expecting to be IN Times Square, in the middle of the excitement, at midnight, but thanks to the amazing location of the hotel, we were right there!!
But even if you're not here on NYE, the W New York Times Square is a great place to be! We were able to walk to so many great places - Central Park, Columbus Circle, 5th Avenue shopping, Rockefeller Plaza, NBC Studios, Grand Central Station, Bryant Park, and of course, you're in the heart of Times Square.
We had an amazing time here!! Definitely a 5 star experience all the way around! Can't wait to come back!!
January 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by aaronsbeach service was excellent
fantastic staff who catered to my every request,from concerige to bell hops, very comfortable rooms and took care of us like we were family
July 5, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by RJGuenther Trendy and Great Location, but Lacking in Value for Price
The W Times Square is aptly named. It's at the corner of Broadway and 47th Street and one couldn't ask for a more convenient location for theater-going.
The hotel is stylish to a fault, with a design concept that often places more importance on form than function. The relatively new W Leicester Square in London subscribes to the same philosophy, so I assume this is characteristic of the chain. The place feels more like a nightclub than a hotel, and while this makes for a chic and edgy atmosphere, it's not always optimal if you place a high value on comfort and convenience.
The street entrance feels (literally) cool, as you step into a foyer comprising a glass cube with water pouring over it from above and a bank of elevators at the rear. While there are bellmen outside at the street, there are no staff members inside the actual entrance, which might seem more "cold" than "cool" to some.
The elevator ride from the ground level takes you up to the seventh floor, which is referred to as "the lounge" (in any other hotel, this would be called the lobby). Once again, there's that air of cool detachment, as there are no staff members in view when one exits the elevator; it feels more like you've walked into a trendy nightspot (hence the "lounge" moniker), albeit one that is curiously devoid of patrons. To check in, you must go to the far left side of the space, through a colonnade of sorts, where the front desk is somewhat tucked away. The right side of the lobby is largely occupied by an actual bar. The entire space is dimly lit, which works in the evening but feels depressing during daylight hours. The front desk staff was adequate, i.e., they were reasonably friendly and professional, but I wouldn't go so far as to say that I felt valued.
After checking in, you must go around the back of the first bank of elevators and take a second bank of elevators to the guest rooms. Lounge-type music plays in all elevators at all times. Once again, this works in the evening but can be off-puttting in the morning. The interior hallways are dark and very chilly.
We had booked two non-smoking rooms for four nights and requested that they connect or adjoin. We also had a total of four reservations because the first three nights were booked with an offer code that required the final night to be booked separately. We were advised at check in that there would be no need to check out and back in for the final night, but the room keys were nonetheless invalidated on the third morning and we had to go down to the front desk and have new ones made. Our rooms did connect, which we very much appreciated, but only one of them proved to be non-smoking room. This was disappointing, but we didn't ask to be moved because we suspected that doing so might cost us the proximity we'd requested.
The rooms are not large, but they're not small by New York standards. Continuing the overall design aesthetic, they are furnished and decorated with trendy touches which again call to mind a chic nightclub. The beds and pillows are quite comfortable and the fairly large television is well-placed. Overall, the rooms were clean but beginning to show signs of wear (e.g., small stains and scuffs). The exterior surfaces of the windows were filthy, but I suppose it must be difficult to keep the windows of a skyscraper clean with so much renovation and construction going on all around. The closet is fairly small but lighted on the inside, and it contains an electronic safe. The bathroom is beautiful, but form trumps function as the walls are made of frosted glass panes that allow anyone in the bedroom to see the bathroom occupant in silhouette (this may be discomfiting to some). The walls of the rooms could use a bit more insulation, as a shower running in the adjoining room sounds like its in your room. The climate control system insists on maintaining a very specific temperature, so if you set it to 72 degrees and the temperature drops to 71 during the night, the heater comes on. We found this maddening, and the only way to get around it was to turn the A/C off completely.
All guest rooms contain a snack bar which I recommend you don't go anywhere near if you'd prefer to avoid a shock at check out, but that's typical of hotel room snack bars and not altogther surprising. The real surprise is the in-room WiFi - there is a per-use charge! We found this shocking in a property of this caliber and price point. Complimentary in-room WiFi is virtually standard in most upscale hotels today, and there are other Starwood properties within a couple of blocks of this location that offer this service. To add insult to injury, the front desk will not even print airline boarding passes for you; you must go to the business center on the fifth floor, where you will be charged for this service as well! We were appalled.
The W Times Square is an attractive property in a prime location, but it doesn't quite offer sufficient value for the price. When I hear "Whenever/Wherever", I don't expect a printout of my boarding pass to be too much to ask.
May 16, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by calypso16 W Hotel almost there
As this was our third visit and the prior visit raised the bar we had a big expectation.
The hotel needs some seating in the entry level as you sometimes need to wait for a taxi, etc. and coming back after a day of shopping you might need to catch yourself before entering the elevator.
The bar was not open until 3:30 and we did not attain an early check in so it forces you to leave the hotel if you want a cold drink while waiting for check in. The complimentary water cooler at the front desk was empty.
The two men at the check in were not particularly friendly nor accommodating and remarked my gold status was not applicable because of the rate I paid (!) I booked and paid for two fabulous rooms, with corner windows for my husband's birthday, paid for both rooms, (with our friends in room 2). They never recognized my husband's birthday. And only one room was ready at 12:30 and they chose to give it to our friends without consulting me first (we were all standing together so I could hardly object, it would have been embarrassing) and our room was not ready until they called my cell at 3:27 pm, late check in as far as I am concerned.
The check out gals were great. and very friendly and accommodating.
we'll give it another try, but this was disappointing.
July 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Niknack10 Wonderful Anniversary
In New York to celebrate my Anniversary with my husband since this is our first time we have been able to celebrate one because he was deployed. Staff was very pleasant. Acknowledge of our anniversary upon check in and an upgraded room was offered. Hotel is centrally located in the middle of everything. We had a room with a view of the Hudson. After having a very nice dinner and returning to our room, to our surprise there was champagne and chocolate coverd strawberries in the room from the Hotel (Brianna) Wishing us a Happy Anniversary. I wanted to personally thank her for helping to make this a very memorable anniversary.
June 7, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Chris2014 Good room but lacking a quiet area
The hotel was in an excellent location, next to Times Square, and a short walk from the subway. A good size room with excellent, clean en-suite, but 'chaise longue' was worn out. Reception area was adjacent to the bar which was often noisey with loud music. This made checking in difficult. After a hard day sight seeing it would have been nice to relax in a quiet lounge, but we had to go out of the hotel to find this. Beware: only the first bottle of water is free. We were not made aware that subsequent bottles would be charged at over $9 each. Staff were helpful and did at least negotiate a reduction in the water bill.
February 24, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Keith1234 Sleep
Frequent Starwood client...worse experience I've had to date at a Starwood property. Constant construction throughout the night keep us awake throughout. Needed a hotel the next morning to get the sleep I didn't get that night.
July 2, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by VSundar12 Solid NYC Hotel
I have stayed at this hotel multiple times over the past few years. The service has always been excellent. The staff is attentive especially considering the high traffic surroundings of the times square location. The gym is good and Blue Fin was excellent as room service.
SPG recognition is good but upgrades are tough. In all the times I have stayed there I have only received a suite upgrade once.The hotel itself is in good condition although the wear and tear of nyc hotels can be seen.
Overall I would say this is one of the better hotels I have stayed at and would recommend it again, especially for business travelers.
July 2, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Twizzzlirzzz Home Away From Home (literally, 38 blocks away from home!)
I live in NYC, but use any excuse to take a little stay-cation at the W Times Square. Two fabulous recent stays (one in July, one in August) have led me to book a third this coming weekend!!
The hotel is gorgeous, the staff ultra professional and helpful, and the rooms are spacious, well deigned and have great Bliss amenities. I've enjoyed the fitness center, the Living Room bar/lounge, excellent room service and plan to try out Blue Fin during my upcoming stay.
One final note....the slight fragrance in the elevators and lobby is dreamy....I wonder if (wish!) they sell it in their cool, eclectic lobby-level store?!
September 13, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Tim409 Not what I hoped for...
I have stayed at the W Time Square many times. I love the location and overall hotel facilities. Unfortunately this visit was not one of my better visits. Although requesting a suite upgrade as a Platinum member, I was not only not provided a suite, but was assigned one of the smaller rooms in the hotel. Being on the 54th floor, at least there was a terrific view. The room itself suffered some problems, including a broken shower control [which took two days for the hotel to fix], The thermostat also either was broken, or the maid kept changing it, as I could not get it to stay at 68 degrees. The toilet also clogged,
March 14, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Harold43 THE GREATEST STAFF
I was overwhelmed by the courtesy of the front desk,
staff and especially the efficiency of the housekeeping staff. The ground floor bellman are also to be commended.
June 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jane1989 Beautiful & Elegant Stay
Everything was perfect! The hotel is beautiful and the staff is friendly and helpful.
July 1, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Jeffron Unexpected
After almost a two hour wait for my room starting at 3:10 pm I was given a room across trom the elevator that wasn't made up or cleaned. No excuse. the desk staff wasn't too apologic about the incident. Times Square is Times Square, you just don't want to stay there. Many unusual people in attendance. at the Hotel.
Not what I consider up to "W' standards.
June 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sammy14 Excellent stay
This was all I expected, and more. Very happy with our stay. Great location, the room..AMAZING, view of Broadway and Hudson River.
I have to say that the staff was very helpful. I want to point out a few key people that made my stay incredible. Briana and Suzanna at the front desk, they should be the face of your hotel. They went above and beyond to make my stay as remarkable as it was. JAred, Concierge, was extremely helpful and nice to my wife as we peppered hiom with questions. Great job.
September 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by lemarrq Wonderful Weekend
We stayed for a three-night weekend to celebrate my bithday and had an amazing time. The location is perfect for shopping, dining and sights. This was not our first trip to NYC, but definitely the best so far. The door and lobby staff manage to be professional and "cool" at the same time and are just great service agents.
June 24, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Nammer Dissppointed
Although very convenient to all that Times Square has to offer, we were extremely dissappointed in the way our complaint was handled. We had to call security in the middle of the night because the room neighboring ours was full of five teenage girls that were up all night. After calling security, not much was done to address the noise issue and we barely slept as the noise went all morning. WHen I expressed my discontent with the front desk manager, they credited us only becuase we checked out a night early, but never offered any other credits despite our horrific stay. I would not recommend staying here .
February 24, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sam38 EXCELLENT LOCATION
Hotel Location is right in the center of Times Square.
Hotel Staff is so responsive to all your request and very well positive attitude.
Hotel does not have a pool. Rooms are small compare to same category in other areas. This is common for downtown hotels.
We Stayed in Fantastic Suite. I was expecting the suite to be like a suite, but it was not. Bed Room and living room was okay, but bathroom is so small. No rain shower, No Jacuzzi, No TV. We usually find these things in a suite of category 5 hotel.
Overall was not satisfied with the facilities. Other than that, Hotel is wonderful.
April 22, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by JoaquinXS The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
The Good: The employees were friendly and courteous; location is excellent; decent size room. Breakfast buffet in Blue Fin Restaurant was quite good.
The Bad: The room had a desk chair but no other. Made sitting and conversing awkward (we were told the extra chair was being repaired but no replacement was there). Storage is non-existent, save for one small drawer at floor level. Bathroom looks cool but is impossible to use - fixtures are extremely un-handy, no place to hold in shower, and semi-opaque glass puts one on display when in the bathroom. Overall maintenance of room just "ok"; I was expecting much better (clean enough, but not spotless; some wall paper not trimmed properly; electric cover plate not affixed properly; no plastic bag for ice; room safe inoperable, etc.).
The Ugly: The view. I was excited to find we had a corner room, less so when the view turned out to be the back of several billboards.I realize that is out of the control of the hotel but it was still a disappointment.
June 24, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Tofik great location
Good location. Comfortable. Good size rooms.
June 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by antonioflores i love but...
i love your hotel, but i think the restaurant need some improvemnts, the hostes is very ugly and inattentive she has a lot of empty tables, and when a gust ask for a table, she said, mmmh, you have to wait 15 minutes, all my two chairs tables are occupied.
i hink if a gust ask for a table, you just need to say, welcome.
June 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bonnie51 There is no better location than w Times Square
The W has exceptional service with a friendly, personal staff that made our trip worry free. If you want to be pampered then The W is the place to be. Easy access to great theaters, restaurants and one of a kind sights!
June 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Roadwarrior24 Weekend Get Away
The staff was absolutely perfect from dinner reservations to helping me find a store for a suit to finally allowing me to extend my stay when a meeting came up on Monday.
They are detailed oriented and very professional.
June 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fabian1978 Excellent staff at at trendy location
We had a grat stay at W Times Square. We had a great view from our room at de 52 floor. The staff was excellent. The only thing we missed is a coffee facility in out room.
June 26, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Travelnista Fine as long as you don't want/need sleep
Dimly lit ambiance which may work for some but not for me. Although the hotel is nice I found the service to be lacking. The check-in/check-out person was nice but I had to cal several times for items like blankets & a heater & when they brought the heater it was actually a fan! It got down to 50 degrees during my stay & after being caught in the rain I was surprised there was no heat. So despite the extra blankets it was still very cold & I ended up sick. The room was a little on the small side & the doors slam shut so its quite a symphony of noise when people are coming & going which made sleep almost impossible. Housekeeping starts early & the lady yells out before entering so even if she is down the hall you will hear her. Overall, this place is fine for those who don't want or need sleep.
June 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 Very nice!!
We were there for a ladies long weekend and had a wonderful time. We enjoyed the ambiance, the entry, the living room lounge. Some of the group didn't like the "darkness" of the place but I liked the modern feeling of it. The staff, concierge were very helpful, kind and courteous. I loved the restaurant Blue Fin and had excellent cocktails at the 7th floor bar. The only negative thing was that the reception folks had a difficult time hearing their guests when the DJ was playing at night. I would think that would be very annoying for them.
May 21, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by markysf WTimes Square
Hotel has a good location right in the middle of the action but the room was somewhat worn and dated. The bed was very comfortable however and convenient to most attractions in Manhattan. If you like to be around crowds, this is the hotel to be at. Very convenient to theater district. Staff treated me well and the hotel has good security.
June 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by AmandaP188 This hotel's service was excellent
The service at the W New york was excellent! The staff was very helpful and friendly. I traveled to NY with a group of 18, and could not find my wallet when we got there, the front desk was so nice in getting it all figured out and settled. The rooms were ready for us before the scheduled check in time, and after we stored our luggage all day after our check out, they had it stored conviently and on a separate floor so we could get all of our luggage without being in a crowded room.
I was soo pleased with every aspect of our stay at the hotel! I would highly recomend for large groups or groups with teens!
March 25, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Richard23 Disappointment
The room was fine, and obviously a great location - but we were woken up early when our next door guest starts taking the shower. We can hear the water running the entire time. And then, there was guests arguing outside the door in the hallway. To add final insult to injury, they added a $41 charge for mini-bar that we never opened (a day after we left the property). They did agree to take the charges off, but that's one additional phone call that I wouldn't have had to make. We would not be staying there during our next visit to NYC.
December 30, 2011
Rated 3 out of 5 by Kiki50 Not enough light
In the elevators, then the lobby, and then the room and the bathroom, the lights are very dim. The room's only curtain is a blackout, and you either open it and everyone sees you from the surrounding buildings, or you close it and even with all the light on, there is not enough light in the room.
At the Blu Fin restaurant, we asked for 4 different kinds of oysters (among other things), and the server just brought them and left without telling us what each one was. There were 2 managers (a man and a lady) standing close to our table, but they never once asked us if everything was alright, and it wasn't.
September 17, 2013