Trying to decide and may just flip a coin, but thought I'd ask: Which do you prefer?
Not to mess you up but I recently stayed at the Sheraton Times Square and it was very very nice. The Marquis looked "too big" for my liking.
Neither. The best of New York is nowhere near those 5 blocks!
Thanks, Just being a tourist with my niece. More for her since I have had my share of New York and typically stay at a Fairfield.
I like the Marquis. Always have been given a nice large room, sometimes with a view of Times Square.
I live, work, and play in New York City.
Take your neice to the revolving restaurant at the top of the Marquis and choose another property to stay.
No one ever mentions the smallish, boutique, Autograph property located at 59 West 44th just off of Times Square known as the Algonquin. I do not think the hotel has doubles but a 1BR suite might work for neice and uncle.
If you have the means and there's a special occasion, consider staying in Midtown on 55th and Fifth at the St. Regis. The Museum of Modern Art reopened recently and it's two blocks away. Not to mention Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick's. Times Square is a nice walk from the St. Regis, and you can always take a cab.
Whatever you decide, best wishes for a wonderful time in New York.
We really liked the Marqui. Walking distance (one block) to Times Square, many Broadway Shows. Nice rooms, many with views of Times Square, great staff, nice lounge. Tours leave from just around the corner. Would recommend it for a tourist stay. Concierge booking for tours in the lobby area. Great New York food choices across the street. I'm sure you'll have a great time wherever you stay.
I recommend the Marquis: great location, excellent executive lounge and fitness center, large comfortable rooms, excellent staff. The Renaissance is ok my but my second choice in Midtown Manhattan is the Residence Inn Times Square, which is on 6th by Bryant Park.
I've stayed at the Marquis a bunch with my family. Always been great and always been upgraded to a TS view.
Not sure if this matters to you but Marquis has a lounge and Renaissance does not. They still offer free breakfast in their restaurant but its not a separate lounge. Marquis also has drinks and snacks in their's in the evenings.
I stayed at both Marquis and Ren Times Square this past fall. A few thoughts:
Enjoy your trip!
Personally, the Marquis seems to be designed primarily as a hotel for tourists. It's too large, the Lounge is always crowded (at least they have someone at the door--or at least used to--to ensure that only those with legitimate access are allowed in), the elevators are a disaster, and good luck getting a late check-out (even though it's supposed to be guaranteed). It's an endless zoo of activity fitting its location at the "crossroads of the world" but if you're looking for relaxation, I'm of the opinion you will not find it here. The two best things about the Marquis besides location--the views it offers of Times Square and the size of the rooms, which, by NYC standards, are very large.
I've enjoyed my stays at the Renaissance because it *is* a smaller property. Life outside the hotel doors is frenetic enough (as are most things in New York) and the MUCH calmer vibe of the Renaissance property across the board was very enjoyable relative to the chaos right outside its doors--and this is coming from someone that thrives on the chaos that the City is (despite the horror of his parents, who grew up there). For me, it is not a question--I'll pick the Renaissance every time if I'm able.
My opinion is avoid TS totally for accommodations. There are so many other properties within a 10-15 minute walk of TS that will keep you out of all the craziness that is TS, plus more than likely be located in areas with outstanding restaurant options to mingle with the locals and far fewer tourists.
Not part of your coin flip, just a thought from a guy who prefers the East Side Marriott, Algonquin (previously mentioned), Residence Inn Manhattan/Central Park to name just a few (so many more) within the 10-15 minute walk of TS.
With family and kids, Marquis! They’ll love the “heart of the action” feel to the property and it’s “Jetsons style” elavators!
If you are Plat+ then Older teens and adults will prefer the more restrained atmosphere and views from the elite breakfast room at the Renaissance.
Well, so said my kids when they were kids and teens when they were teens!
Thanks to all how replied. I appreciate the time and thoughtfulness of the advice. It is great to know the die hard Marriotters have so much knowledge and share with each other.
I travel to NYC frequently as both a tourist and business traveler. Both the Marquis and Ren are lovely and you can't go wrong. But, what is the ultimate experience you desire? Location is great for both. Service also great in both.
If you are spliting hairs: I personally enjoy the Renaissance bc I love to sit in their restaurant/lounge overlooking Times Square at night. It's a hidden gem and quite a "touristy" treat! Watching all the hustle/bustle/lights with a nice cocktail and some appys after a day's work is my cup of tea! You can also enjoy breakfast overlooking Times Square as well. My kids loved it when we were there at Christmas. And, it smells so good in this hotel; they have a signature scent.
However, I also enjoy the Marquis bc it's huge and hustley/bustley for other reasons...very touristy. My kids think it's so fun to ride the elevators. But, I don't stay at the Marquis for business unless Renaissance is sold out.
Enjoy the big apple; my favorite city on earth!
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