Reasonable Four-Star Hotels Located Near Times Square

by Joy Uyeno

New York City's Times Square is an iconic landmark that is recognizable from countless movies and the annual New Year's Eve countdown, and hotels in the area can be costly, with standard rooms at luxury hotels running upward of $650 per night. Luckily, there are a handful of AAA four-diamond luxury hotels in the area with rooms for less than $300 per night, as of November 2010.

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Renaissance New York Times Square

The Renaissance New York Times Square houses 305 guest rooms and five suites in its 26-story building three blocks from Times Square. Since the area is constantly buzzing with action, the rooms are soundproofed. Rooms are decorated with contemporary, clean-lined furniture, including a chaise lounge for those who want to watch New York City in action. The Vivid Lounge serves a breakfast buffet and a la carte items each morning, while R Lounge offers a revolving menu of lunch and dinner options in a chic space with floor-to-ceiling windows looking right out onto Times Square.

The Kitano

The Kitano Hotel is just over a half-mile from Times Square and within walking distance of the New York Public Library and Grand Central Station. This Japanese-inspired luxury hotel has 131 guest rooms and 18 suites, all featuring sound-proofed windows and mahogany and cherry wood furnishings. The Hakubai Japanese Restaurant serves sushi, traditional bento-style meals and shabu shabu dishes (cooked at the table) in a space with traditional table seating or tatami floor seating. The Garden Cafe serves breakfast all week.

The Muse

Three blocks from Times Square, The Muse New York is a boutique hotel with 181 guest rooms and 19 suites. Guest rooms are decorated in a palette of gray-blue, black and white, with modern decor with an art-deco twist. The hotel is pet-friendly, with no weight or size limit, no limit on the number of pets per room and no additional fee. In-room spa services are available, and Pilates, yoga and core-strengthening classes are offered through the hotel's fitness center. The NIOS restaurant and wine bar is adjacent to the hotel, serving a revolving seasonal menu. The Muse practices eco-friendly techniques, including in-room recycling and use of efficient light bulbs, low-flow toilets and environmentally friendly laundry products.

The Westin New York Times Square

Less than a quarter-mile from Times Square, the Westin New York Times Square has 863 rooms and suites of various shapes and sizes. All rooms feature sleek-lined dark wood furniture set against a palette of whites, creams and grays. "Westin WORKOUT Guest Rooms" are guest rooms with a treadmill, weights, an exercise ball and a selection of workout DVDs, while "Spa Inspired Guest Rooms" include a Shiatsu massage chair and relaxing CDs. The hotel houses its own spa, which provides a variety of massages, facials and skin treatments. Shula's Steak House is open for breakfast and lunch throughout the week and dinner from Tuesday through Saturday, and also offers a weekend brunch. Bar 10 is a chic lounge space offering cocktails and light fare.

About the Author

Joy Uyeno has been writing about travel, food, fashion, culture and finance since 2005. For three years she wrote a column for the "Honolulu Star-Bulletin" aimed at young and first-time travelers. Her writing has appeared in several local and national publications, including the 2008 anthology "Honolulu Stories." She holds a Master of Arts in writing and publishing from Emerson College.