Hotel Review: Renaissance Hotel, Times Square, New York City

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I stayed in the Renaissance Times Square the very first time I visited New York and I was totally and utterly smitten as our cab pulled up to the hotel. Times Square was shining bright for me! Fast forward 10 years, and our first visit to the city since leaving our New York lives on a travelling mission, and we were staying in the Renaissance Times Square for New York Marathon week.

Renaissance Times Square

We stepped out of the cab into the craziness of Times Square and stepped into the sleek and calm Renaissance hotel. After checking in at the ground floor reception desk we took the elevator to the 4th floor lobby where the VIVID Breakfast Lounge, the R bar  and the concierge desk are located. The guest rooms are accessed by transferring to a second bank of elevators on the 4th floor.

Ground floor reception:

Renaissance New York Times Square

Check in:

Renaissance New York Times Square

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The Rooms

We were allocated a room on the 26th floor overlooking Broadway. The room was spacious with a large king size bed, a chaise lounge, a workspace and a flat screen television.

The bed is incredibly comfortable and the room was very clean and quiet. I don’t mind some street noise but we couldn’t hear any from 26 floors up. The windows opened slightly and it was great to let in some fresh air and city noise.

Renaissance New York Times Square

Our room overlooked Broadway and we could check out the Hershey store and Morgan Stanley from our window:

Renaissance New York Times Square

Renaissance New York Times Square

The Bathroom:

Renaissance New York Times Square

The R Lounge

My favourite place in the entire hotel! I love the R Lounge and its spectacular view of Times Square. It’s a fantastic spot for an evening drink and the cocktails are delicious. It’s sometimes closed for private parties but we had no trouble squeezing in a few nightcaps when we stayed and they accept reservations.

Renaissance New York Times Square

View from the R Lounge:
Renaissance New York Times Square

The Lobby

It’s all happening on the 4th floor! As well as the R Lounge there’s the VIVID Breakfast Lounge and the lobby bar and seating. I love the lobby and its modern décor.

The lobby seating:

Renaissance New York Times Square

Renaissance New York Times Square

The Bar:

Renaissance New York Times Square

Marriott Rewards Platinum Benefits

As a Marriott Platinum Elite member I received the following benefits:

  • 500 Marriott rewards points on arrival
  • breakfast for two in the R Lounge from Monday to Friday (1000 points in lieu of breakfast at the weekend)
  • one appetizer in the R Lounge from Monday to Thursday

Renaissance New York Times Square

Eating breakfast in the R Lounge is an amazing elite perk. I don’t think anything beats admiring the panoramic views of Times Square as I munched on my bagel!

Breakfast:

Renaissance New York Times Square
Breakfast in R Lounge
Renaissance New York Times Square
Breakfast in R Lounge

Overall

The Renaissance New York is one of our go to hotels when we visit New York. I love the midtown location close to some of the popular tourist sites and within easy access to all the Subway lines. The R Lounge is my favourite places to soak up some Times Square energy and enjoy the outstanding views.

The hotel has everything we want and need for a New York stay and, as a result, we just keep coming back!

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