Architectural Gem in the Center of the Theater District
The legendary marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater sparkles in blue and gold, trumpeting the Late Show with David Letterman. Stationed in the heart of Times Square, the theater has welcomed guests from The Beatles to the Muppets and today shares a corner with the Ameritania Hotel New York, with a vertical sign that juts out a few stories above the theater’s marquee. This boutique hotel may not share its neighbor’s celebrity, but its channeled stonework and pediment windows form a classic Beaux-Arts building.
The lobby’s terrazzo-marble floor lead the way to the deluxe rooms, recently renovated in the spring of 2011, where checkered carpeting gives the spaces a modern vibe and accommodates supersize chess pieces. Reading lamps and wooden end shelves are built into the bed’s chocolate-colored leather headboard. Those looking to burn a few calories have access to yoga studios, cardio centers, and resistance-training pulley elevators at the nearby Gold's Gym. After working out, a pair of complimentary cocktails makes for a relaxing way to cap off the evening at the martini lounge.
Manhattan’s Theater District: Broadway Shows, World-Class Museums, and Stunning Architecture
Saturated in neon lights, giant billboards, and television studios, Times Square best captures Manhattan’s excitement, but there are several world-class cultural institutions scattered throughout the city. Just two blocks from Ameritania, The Museum of Modern Art and its impressive collection sit inside a five-story atrium, hosting such masterpieces as Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night and Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans. A mile south of the hotel, a pair of lions named Patience and Fortitude guard the main branch of the New York Public Library, where the Rose Main Reading Room stretches two city blocks. New York’s culinary offerings vary from seven Michelin three-star restaurants to its famous street-fare trucks, which serve quick bites from tacos to falafel to pies.