Address: 264 W. 46th St. (at Eighth Ave.), New York, NY 10036
Phone: 800/826-6300 212/997-9200
Web site: www.broadwayinn.com
Size: 40 units Extras: A/C TV TEL$18 3 blocks away Transportation: Subway: S, 1, 2, 3, 7, 9 to 42nd St./Times Square; A, C, E to 42nd St.; N, R to 49th St
Prices: $125-$180 single; $160-$380 double; $275 suite
Rates include continental breakfast. Extra person $10. Children under 12 stay free in parents room.
Credit Cards: AE, DC, DISC, JCB, MC, V
More like a San Francisco B&B than a Theater District hotel, this lovely, welcoming inn is a real charmer.
The second-floor lobby sets the homey, easygoing tone with stocked bookcases, cushy seating, and cafe tables where breakfast is served. The rooms are basic but comfy, outfitted in an appealing neo-deco style with firm beds, good-quality linens and textiles, and hair dryers in the nice bathrooms. The whole place is impeccably kept - neatniks wont have a quibble. Two rooms have king beds and whirlpool tubs, but the standard doubles are just fine for two if youre looking to save some dough. If theres more than two of you, or youre looking to stay a while, the suites - with pull-out sofa, microwave, minifridge, data ports on the phones, and lots of closet space - are a great deal. The location can be noisy, but double-paned windows keep the rooms surprisingly peaceful; still, ask for a back-facing one if youre extra sensitive.
The inns biggest asset is its terrific staff, who go above and beyond to make guests happy and at home in New York; service doesnt get any better in this price range. And this corner of the Theater District is now porn-free and gentrifying beautifully; it makes a great home base, especially for theatergoers. The inn has inspired a loyal following, so reserve early. However, theres no elevator in the four-story building, so overpackers and travelers with limited mobility should book elsewhere.
Personal touches and reasonable rates give visitors a relatively relaxing way to enjoy the heart of the city.
No elevators, though the friendly hotel staff will happily lug bags up and down the three stories. While double-paned windows cut down on street noise, they cant completely block it out. Rooms at the back of the hotel are quieter.