|When I arrived today, the hotel was under some exterior work with|
the ground floor surrounded by scaffolding.
|The facade as it normally appears sans scaffolding in June 2008.|
Anyone who who has traveled only to Las Vegas will be sticker-shocked by the sky-high rates of New York City Hotels. Location, location, location is the saying and the more convenient the hotel is to Times Square, the likelihood there will be a high rate that goes with it. Click HERE to read my thoughts about choosing a hotel in Manhattan.
|The south side of the hotel faces Times Square and is covered with|
video billboards including the Coca-Cola sign (2009 photo)
|The video billboards at night (2009)|
The Renaissance Times Square is part of the Marriott brands of hotels. Marriott has classified this boutique hotel under category "8" in its rewards program. That is the highest tier and comprised of an elite group of 12 hotels. The category ranking is for the location, popularity and the luxurious feel of the hotel. Unfortunately service does waiver at Marriott's New York City hotels regardless of the rewards category and it is no different at the this property.
I first stayed at the Renaissance back in November 2001 and didn't return until 2008 after the hotel underwent a major renovation. In between I've tried other hotels in midtown. The hotel interiors today bears absolutely no resemblance at all to how it looked ten years ago. An interior that used to be indistinctive is now unique and modern. The exterior has not changed. The hotel is a shining black monolith occupying an area of a small city block created by the intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue. Almost any tourist who takes photos of Times Square will invariably capture an image of the side of the Renaissance that faces Times Square. If you see the Coca Cola video billboard from a Times Square photo, that's the Renaissance hotel behind it.
Upcoming posts will offer information about other aspects of the hotel such as the room assigned to me for this stay. In the meantime after the long flying time from Honolulu, it's time to take a quick rest, unpack, shower and get something to eat. As excited as I am to be back in the Theatre District, I've learned that taking these simple steps will help get my head into the Eastern Time Zone (there's a six hour difference between Honolulu and New York). Let another vacation of marathon theatre going begin.
|Times Square in the background in this July 2009 photo|
near the entrance to the Renaissance.