Where to Stay: A Look at Times Square’s Most Iconic Accommodations
There are 41 official Broadway theatres in New York City. If you thought it was difficult to decide which shows to see during your stay, wait until you’re sifting through the hundreds of hotels New York City has to offer.
But have no fear; we’re here to help. We’ve made a list of our top 5 hotels for Broadway lovers—all in the same neighborhood as your favorite shows, of course.
Omni Berkshire Place Hotel, 21 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022
The Omni Berkshire has a special place in Broadway history; in 1942 Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II penned their classic Oklahoma! in Suite 2100, which is now known as the Rodgers & Hammerstein Suite.
Perfect if you’re seeing: School of Rock, Once On This Island, or Rocktopia.
Hotel Shocard, 206 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036
It’s impossible to miss Hotel Shocard. Adorned with a marquee that stands out even surrounded by the lights of Broadway, the hotel makes the most of its narrow strip of West 41st Street. And that flashy sign isn’t just for show: your Broadway dreams will come true when you see your name in lights on Hotel Shocard’s illustrious marquee.
Perfect if you’re seeing: Aladdin, Anastasia, or Hello, Dolly!
Chatwal Hotel, 130 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036
The Chatwal Hotel has inherited a legacy; it inhabits the same historic building that used to house The Lambs Club, America’s first and oldest professional theatrical organization. Many of the most well-known and respected names of American theater and film have been Lambs, from Irving Berlin to Charlie Chaplin. Fred Astaire famously said, “When I was made a Lamb, I felt I had been knighted.”
Perfect if you’re seeing: Farinelli and the King, The Play That Goes Wrong, or SpongeBob SquarePants.
The Knickerbocker Hotel, 6 Times Square, New York, NY 10036
The Knickerbocker is another piece of New York History. The original Knickerbocker Hotel opened in 1906 and quickly became a go-to spot for the city’s artists, performers, and socialites. Mary Pickford, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and George M. Cohan (you know, the guy who wrote “Give My Regards to Broadway”) were all residents.
Perfect if you’re seeing: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, The Lion King, or Come From Away.
The Row NYC Hotel, 700 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036
The Row NYC Hotel has had many names. When it opened in 1928 it was known as the Hotel Lincoln and, at the time, it was the largest hotel in New York City. Since then it’s been the Manhattan Hotel, the Royal Manhattan, the Milford Plaza Hotel, the Milford New York Hotel, and finally, as of 2014, the Row NYC Hotel. One would remember it from the giant lit up “M” that sat atop the building from the time it became the Manhattan Hotel in 1958, all the way until 2011, when the sign was removed.
Perfect if you’re seeing: Kinky Boots, The Phantom of the Opera, or Dear Evan Hansen
And there you have it. Five places to stay on your next Broadway vacation. Now, which shows are you going to see?