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Times Square

Visit this iconic square with its dazzling surroundings and vibrant mix of people, and see what makes New York tick.

Times Square is the lively and hectic heartbeat of the city, a noisy and frenetic open space which is also one of the most-visited squares on the planet. It is found on Seventh Avenue, sitting between West 42nd Street and West 47th Street.

This area was named for the famous New York Times newspaper, which moved here in 1904 (it’s now located on nearby Eighth Avenue). While it would have had a down-at-heel reputation in the past, Times Square has been spruced up and has long shed its negative associations. These days it offers an authentic view into the chaotic but exciting way of life in “the city that never sleeps”.

Lit up day and night, with ever-changing news headlines, information from Wall Street and garish advertising, the square is an assault on the senses, and has an atmosphere all of its own. Live street entertainment is all around, from jugglers, acrobats and African drummers to the famous Naked Cowboy – a busker who has become a permanent and popular feature here, playing his guitar in his underpants. If you’re lucky there might be a flash mob or a passionate speaker while you’re in town, or you may even get to meet Mickey Mouse!

If you want to escape all the hubbub for a little while, visit the relaxed Madame Tussauds® and enjoy the lifelike sculptures of famous contemporary stars and figures from history, all fashioned from wax.

Take in an evening show on adjoining Broadway. One top tip is to visit the TKTS ticket kiosk for knock-down prices on tickets for the evening’s shows in one of the 40 different theatres. If you’d prefer to catch the latest Hollywood release, or a classic of the silver screen, visit one of the many cinemas in the area.

Lovers of sweet things will adore the enormous M&M and Hershey’s chocolate shops found here, while you can also find a seat in the pedestrian centre of the square and watch the world go by.

There are masses of souvenir shops in the area, catering for all tastes and budgets. Pick up a classic “I Heart NY” t-shirt or a New York Yankees cap. There are also a range of eateries to choose from, from fast food to giant portions of Matzo ball soup and sandwiches in one of the city’s famous delis.

Times Square is in the centre of New York, on the west side. A lot of bus routes and subway line stop at the square, and Grand Central Terminal train station is also nearby.


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Arlo NoMad £95
Arlo NoMad

Arlo NoMad

11 East 31st Street, New York, NY
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Midtown, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Empire State Building, Madison Square Park and Macy's. 33 St. Station (Park Av. S) is only a 4-minute walk and 28 St. Station (Park Av. S) is 5 minutes.

    Best Western Premier Herald Square £68
    Best Western Premier Herald Square

    Best Western Premier Herald Square

    50 W 36th St, New York, NY
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Midtown, this hotel is steps away from Empire State Building, 5th Avenue and Macy's. Times Square and New York Public Library are also within 10 minutes. 34 St. Station (Herald Square) is only a 4-minute walk and 42 St. - Bryant Pk. Station is 6 minutes.

      Aliz Hotel Times Square £71
      Aliz Hotel Times Square

      Aliz Hotel Times Square

      310 W. 40th Street, New York, NY
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Times Square and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Broadway and New Amsterdam Theater are also within 10 minutes. Times Sq. - 42 St. Station is 6 minutes by foot and 42 St. - Bryant Pk. Station is 7 minutes.

        Element New York Times Square West £77
        Element New York Times Square West

        Element New York Times Square West

        311 West 39th Street, New York, NY
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Midtown, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Times Square, Macy's and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. New Amsterdam Theater and The Majestic Theater are also within 10 minutes. 34 St. - Penn Station is 6 minutes by foot and Times Sq. - 42 St. Station is 6 minutes.

          Arlo SoHo £76
          Arlo SoHo

          Arlo SoHo

          231 Hudson Street, New York, NY
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Manhattan, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of New York University, One World Trade Center and National September 11 Memorial. Federal Reserve Bank of New York is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) away. Canal St. Station (Varick St.) is only a 2-minute walk and Canal St. Station (W. Broadway) is 6 minutes.

            Fairfield Inn by Marriott New York Manhattan/Times Square £73
            Fairfield Inn by Marriott New York Manhattan/Times Square

            Fairfield Inn by Marriott New York Manhattan/Times Square

            330 West 40th Street, New York, NY
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of New York Times Building and Times Square. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and New Amsterdam Theater are also within 10 minutes. Times Sq. - 42 St. Station is 6 minutes by foot and 42 St. - Bryant Pk. Station is 8 minutes.

              Four Points By Sheraton Manhattan Midtown West £73
              Four Points By Sheraton Manhattan Midtown West

              Four Points By Sheraton Manhattan Midtown West

              444 10th Ave, New York, NY
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and The High Line Park. Macy's and Times Square are also within 15 minutes. 34th Street–Hudson Yards Station is 6 minutes by foot and 34 St. - Penn Station is 8 minutes.

                The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City £126
                The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City

                The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City

                45 E 45th Street, New York, NY
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of 5th Avenue and Grand Central Terminal. St. Patrick's Cathedral and Rockefeller Center are also within 10 minutes. 5 Av Station (W. 42nd St.) is 5 minutes by foot and 47 - 50 Sts - Rockefeller Center Station is 8 minutes.