Hotels Near the Play Area of Broadway in New York City

by Jane Ellis

Most of the Broadway theaters in New York's Times Square area are on streets in a rectangular-shaped area that is bordered by West 41st Street to the south, 54th Street to the north, 9th Avenue to the west and 6th Avenue to the east. Staying in a hotel in this area is not only a good idea if you plan on attending a few Broadway shows; it also puts you within walking distance to Central Park, Rockefeller Center and many other famous New York sites.

Marriott Marquis Hotel

The Marriott Marquis is not only near the Broadway theaters, it is also home to the 1,600-seat Marquis Theatre, which has showcased such Broadway musicals as "Annie Get Your Gun" and "Damn Yankees." This hotel has more than 1,900 rooms and suites on 49 floors, and several glass elevators to whisk you to your floor. Rooms are large for a New York City hotel and have marble bathrooms and many have views of Times Square. On top of the Marriott Marquis is the revolving rooftop restaurant, The View.

Paramount Hotel New York

This is a 597-room hotel styled with a sleek boutique design. Built in 1928, with a 2009 renovation, this hotel mixes the old elegance of its architecture with modern furnishings in a convenient Times Square setting. The generally small rooms are typical of many New York City hotels. There is a restaurant, the Mezzanine, and a Dean & Deluca coffee shop on-site. The Paramount Hotel is near to the Richard Rodgers, Music Box and Imperial Theatres.

Michelangelo Hotel

The Michelangelo Hotel is close to the Times Square area, but away from the main hustle and bustle, making it a quieter stay for guests who like their hotels to be retreats from the action. This hotel, which greets guests with a elegant lobby accented by mottled marble floors, has a 2009 Four Star rating by Michelin, a Four Diamond rating by AAA, and has made the Travel & Leisure Magazine's top 500 "Greatest Hotels of the World" list. Conde Nast Traveler has also placed the Michelangelo on its "Best Place to Stay in the Whole World." gold list. The 179 rooms and suites are large, averaging 475 square feet, and feature Italian marble in the bathrooms.The Michelangelo Hotel, which was originally built in 1926, is near the Cadillac Winter Garden and Gershwin Theatres.

Amsterdam Court Hotel

This hotel offers Broadway theaters right outside its front door. The Gershwin Theatre is across the street, while the Winter Garden Theatre sits diagonally to the Amsterdam Court. This hotel has 110 guest rooms, which are small, but typical of New York City rooms. Although the hotel does not have an on-site restaurant, the Natsumi restaurant sits next door, as does a Subway restaurant. Other nearby eateries include an Applebee's and a Palm restaurant. The hotel describes its clean, simple decor as "Euro chic."

Doubletree Guest Suites Times Square

This 45-floor all-suites hotel is located in the heart of Times Square. The living rooms in these suites all features a pull-out sofa bed, a refrigerator and a microwave oven. The Doubletree Guest Suites has an onsite Broadway-themed restaurant, Ginger's, and a lounge in its lobby that is open for pre- and post-theater cocktails. The nearest theaters to the Doubletree Guest Suites are the Palace and the Lunt-Fontanne. Across the street from the Doubletree, a Broadway theater ticket discount outlet, TKTS, sells unsold day of performance tickets at a 25 to 50 percent off their regular prices.

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