Hotel Review: The Row NYC Times Square
I love boutique hotels that are fab and funky with a heaping dose of personality. While looking for somewhere near Times Square to stay during a recent trip, I came across The Row NYC. After perusing their website and seeing photos of the accommodations, I decided to book a room there and try my luck.
Located off of 8th Avenue just one block away from the bustling Times Square, The Row is one of NYC’s oldest hotels. It’s a 27-story wonder with 1000+ rooms, all which have been renovated and updated to give a modern studio feel. My room was decorated in bright orange with white furnishings—-almost like an IKEA fantasy land. The room was small, but for NYC, as a good size, and I enjoyed the LED flatscreen television and high speed internet. You would never know that this hotel was built in 1928!
I especially loved the lobby (which I failed to get photos off–epic fail), which boasts an eatery cafe during the daytime, and breaks out into a nightclub after hours complete with deejay, dance floor, and someone on the drums. With so many rooms, usually waiting for an elevator is a problem—not at The Row. Their elevator system is top notch. 8+ elevators that get all assigned to your floor only. You have to truly use them to see what I mean.
My room looked out over the back of the hotel, where I had glimpses of The Shubert Theater, home of the Broadway play Matilda. I truly enjoyed my experience and would stay there again in a heartbeat.
The Row NYC is well priced too. The average price per night for my stay was about $175 before tax, and that included breakfast for each of the four days I was there. For that area, you can’t beat it.
Below are photos of my room. I am told the M stands for Manhattan Hotel, which was then changed to the Royal Manhattan, which was then changed to Milford Plaza. It was reintroduced this year as The Row NYC. Nearby restaurants and eateries include The Shake Shack, Carmine’s, and Junior’s Brooklyn, which I personally ate at about three times during my visit.