New York Hotels within Walking Distance of the Theater District

by Nicole Harms

For the ardent lover of the theater, nothing equals seeing a musical or play performed on Broadway. New York’s Theater District includes the areas from 53rd to 42nd street between 6th and 8th avenues near Times Square. The District has nearly 40 large theaters that host productions every night. Booking a hotel within walking distance of this district eliminates the need to hire a taxi to get to your show.

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Top-Rated Hotels

The Mandarin Oriental earned five stars from Forbes Travel Guide and a spot on Travel and Leisure’s “500 Best Places to Stay in the World” list in 2010, as did the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park. These two hotels are in the Midtown Manhattan district, with an easy walk to Broadway and its theaters. At the Mandarin Oriental, floor to ceiling windows in the guestrooms overlook Manhattan, the Hudson River or Central Park. Marble bathrooms and granite vanities remind the guest of the hotels high ratings. It has a fitness center, spa, pool and business center, and guests may bring their pets to stay with them. The Ritz-Carlton offers suites and guestrooms with couches, chairs and other furnishing similar to what would be found in a private home. Choose from park or city view rooms, and sleep on 400-count sateen sheets topping feather beds with your choice of seven different types of pillows.

Times Square Hotels

Times Square is one of the icons of New York City, and is part of the Theater District. The New York Marriott Marquis Times Square houses its own theater, the Marquis, on the third floor. It also has a fitness center and swimming pool for its guests. Rooms have views of Times Square and the city skyline, and also boast marble bathrooms. The Marriott Marquis Times Square houses The View, the only rooftop revolving restaurant in the city. The Doubletree Guest Suites Times Square is another option in this famous district of the city. This AAA Three Diamond hotel has two-room suites with living and dining rooms and a private sleeping area, making it the only all-suite hotel in Times Square. All rooms have refrigerators, microwaves and sofa beds. The hotel has a restaurant on-site and a fitness center.

Historic Lodging

Milford Plaza Hotel opened its doors in 1928, and today stands as one of the largest New York City hotels, boasting 1,300 rooms. The pet-friendly hotel sits in the middle of the Theater District and offers a 24-hour fitness center and concierge desk to its guests. The Time Hotel, which is three blocks away from the Radio City Music Hall and on the same street as the Ambassador and Eugene O’Neill Theaters, bowed in 1926. In spite of its historic nature, it maintains a modern urban feel through design and furniture choice. Rooms are equipped with Bose CD wave systems with iPod connectivity, flat-screen TVs and mini bars. The Edison Hotel, which opened in 1931, is also within walking distance of the Theater District. The hotel has a gym, a restaurant and café, and guestrooms with spacious sitting areas.

Specialty Hotels

Night, a specialty hotel in Midtown Manhattan, boasts urban Gothic décor and architecture, with the primary color scheme throughout the hotel being a stark contrast between black and white. Each room has a fully stocked mini bar, Bose CD system and feather duvet covering 400 thread count linens. Night offers its guests evening room service, nightly turndown service and same-day laundry. The Moderne is another specialty hotel near the Theater District, sitting just blocks away from Carnegie Hall. Modern art deco artwork and bold colors set this hotel apart from its chain competitors. It has just 34 rooms, so guests receive personalized attention. The hotel does not have its own fitness center, but guests receive discounted access to a nearby fitness center. The Washington Jefferson Hotel is another option for those looking for a non-chain hotel. Rooms here feature clean and uncluttered designs, ranging from the economy single twin room to a junior suite with a large sitting area and whirlpool tub. It has a small fitness center with weights, a treadmill and an exercise bike. Guests can dine in one of two restaurants during their stay.

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