Standard suite, $279-$529; standard with view, $309-$389; two double beds, $409-$499; executive (with conference table), $549
1 at 50th St.; N, Q, R at 49th St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Times Square has become increasingly child-friendly in recent years–and the Doubletree Guest Suites is in on the game. Kids receive a warm cookie upon check-in, while parents can steal away to the hotel’s bar during happy hour. Room rates are comparable to nearby luxury hotels, but the Doubletree rooms are often twice as large and come equipped with a queen size bed, a pullout couch and two TVs. There's also a refrigerator, a coffee maker and high-speed Internet. The lobby skylights overlook the historic Palace Theatre and the blazing neon signs of Times Square. This particular Doubletree distinguishes itself from the chain by featuring contemporary furniture, a café, and various theater or shopping-centric packages. Return guests may find themselves treated to complimentary upgrades or little gifts in their rooms. And yes, it’s OK to eat those warm cookies in bed.Pros
The Doubletree is like a Disney resort gone vertical. With its bright murals and smiley staff, the hotel causes guests to leave the lobby whistling.
Guests might hanker for a more New York-specific experience.