New York meets Las Vegas in an unfortunate merger.
Located just across the street from the New York Times and a half block from Times Square, this hotel pairs the basics with flashes of garish style. Purple neon lights illuminate the entry area, and Indian and Japanese art grace the walls, giving it a Las-Vegas-casino-meets-Asian-brothel feel. It doesn't help that the front desk clerks are sectioned off behind a thick glass window, and a gazillion TVs erratically flash images. There are no special services here, the woman who works the front desk informed us, but she declared, We have the best rooms at the best prices at the best location. She's not far off base on the latter two points. The rates are cheap, and the setting is smack in the center of things. As for the rooms, they're clean and utilitarian—they come with beds.