Why this Big Apple bolthole promises a showstopping stay
New York’s glossiest arrival, Hotel Riu Plaza Manhattan Times Square dishes up dramatic design and sumptuous service in the city’s beating heart
For those of us yearning to hop the pond and sate our Big Apple appetite, the brand-new Hotel Riu Plaza Manhattan Times Square is throwing open its doors this winter. With design inspired by its Broadway location and the kind of service befitting a global city, this smart new haven blends New York hospitality and future-facing amenities, with convenience rooted at its core. With 656 rooms, it’s no shrinking violet either, making it an ideal spot for work reunions or large groups. And it’s just ten minutes from Grand Central Station.
Inside, décor pays homage to the cinemas and playhouses of its surroundings, with glossy marble floors, maximalist splashes of art and chic Art Deco features that echo the bold colour palettes of theatre banquettes and cinema interiors. Pockets of low-lit, neutral-toned spaces create a warm and inviting environment where guests can linger at leisure or drill into emails and admin, with Mac desktops and printing facilities available alongside ultra-rapid Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. If you’re busy-busy, the hotel’s ‘Capital’ Grab&Go supermarket-style kiosk is a godsend, kitted out with snacks and drinks from 7am to 9pm, while those with more time can enjoy a languid buffet breakfast each morning in the hotel’s restaurant.
As for the rooms, expect sleek and fresh finishes in soothing oatmeal and oak hues, mid-century modern fixtures, complete with a mini-fridge, air-conditioning and flatscreen TV. For families, interconnecting rooms are available in Deluxe King and Deluxe Family King rooms while Junior Suites measure a vast 38sqm, with a lounge area, sofa bed, and, for solace after a day pounding the streets, an alluring soaking tub.
Sculpt and tone between shopping stints at the hotel’s 24-hour gym, an industrial-style den decked out with free weights, TRX gear and state-of-the-art fitness equipment, where high ceilings, exposed brick, wooden floors and full-length mirrors create a motivational environment in which to work up a sweat. If al fresco exercise is more your jam, Central Park is a ten-minute jog away – the nearest entrance will lead you to Hallett Nature Sanctuary and The Pond at Central Park where nature-loving runners will find a spiritual home.
The hotel’s real boon is, indeed, its location, slap bang in the heart of the world’s most exhilarating city. Ten minutes away is the Museum of Modern Art where exhibitions Automania – an examination of 20th-century cars and car culture – and Greater New York, a celebration of local artists portraying the city, will be unveiled in 2022. Round the corner is Radio City Music Hall where, also in the new year, Lorde, The Script and Alicia Keys are set to headline. And how could any of us forget that the bright lights of Broadway are directly on your doorstep, where big ticket acts Mrs Doubtfire, Six and Hamilton regale audiences nightly. On your way home, swing by Dutch Fred’s around the corner for a nightcap for a deceptively powerful Dutch Punch, served in a demure tea cup.