Standard room, $300-$700; one-bedroom suite, $450-$1,000
N, Q, R at 49th St.; 1 at 50th St.; 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, S at Times Sq.-42nd St.
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As part of a thorough renovation of the Marriott-owned chain, the once workaday Times Square Renaissance now boasts rooms with bright blue and gold color schemes and fun textiles that reflect the theatrical energy going on outside. The amenities, too, got an upgrade, from the Aveda products in the bathrooms to the LCD TVs and technology “panels” that allow you to plug in laptop, cell phone, and other handhelds all in one place. Unsurprisingly, the Renaissance attracts a mix of families and cool, young types. The standard doubles are neither huge nor tiny, while the most striking design elements are found in the Jordan Mozer-designed lobby and lounge. Orb-like light fixtures, curvy periwinkle and apple-red leather chairs, and rich accent woods combine to make the look modern and warm at once; as opposed to steely and cold like the W Times Square just steps away.Pros
Families looking to splurge should take note of the one-bedroom suites, which have a pullout sofa in the main room that’s perfect for kids.
Prices are considerably higher than they were at the Renaissance of yesteryear, though that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not worth it.