King, $109.99-$249; queen, $109.99-$279; double king, $109.99-$279; double queen, $109.99-$309; suite, $109.99-$529
B, D, F, M at 47th-50th Sts.-Rockefeller Center
$27-$30 for 24 hours.
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The telltale signs of a generic budget hotel are all present at the Hotel at Times Square: threadbare carpeting, sterile bathrooms, and bloated couches in the busy lobby. But hurried tourists can easily miss the finer details of this nineteenth-century, fourteen-story building. The Corinthian columns remain in the former Wentworth Hotel, as do the gilt trim of the building's façade. The former Super 8 was renamed in 2008, but no matter the moniker, its location in what's left of Little Brazil puts it within walking distance to Broadway shows and Rockefeller Center, and thus makes it popular with European backpackers and budget travelers. All of the rooms and suites have been renovated with flat-screen televisions, free Wi-Fi, and an updated décor that relies on warm colors and soft lines. A steep spiral staircase leads to the hotel's second level, and it's as harrowing as it is handsome. Luckily, the Upstairs Tapas Bar—and its nightly $3 pint special—is only one floor up.Pros
Applecore Hotels, the management company that runs the Hotel at Times Square and five other New York hotels, keeps guests (and guests-to-be) informed with a weekly newsletter and tourist blog that details special events, overlooked tourist destinations, information about Broadway shows, and traveling tips.
The fitness center consists of a mere five machines.