AAA Three-Diamond Hotel with Political Pop Art in Times Square
Best Western President Hotel is open and accepting reservations during Hurricane Sandy.
New York City's Times Square, the most visited tourist attraction in the world, is a spectacle of round-the-clock entertainment. Electronic billboards stream videos on the sides of skyscrapers, neon signs announce the names of Broadway shows, and popular TV shows are broadcast live from studios above. The square overlaps with the legendary Broadway theater district, and is less than half a mile from performance venues such as Radio City Music Hall and Rockefeller Center. At the heart of this entertainment center sits the Best Western President Hotel, a stylish, AAA three-diamond-rated hotel. And within walking distance, there's a network of subway lines that can take you almost anywhere you want to go.
A recent $15 million renovation transformed the boutique hotel into a trendy spot, with chic, white-leather couches, plastic chairs, and dramatic lighting. True to its name, the hotel has a political theme: its purple color scheme represents a combination of Republican red and Democratic blue. The patriotic decor extends into guest rooms and suites, where silkscreen images of former Presidents adorn the walls, and American flags are painted on the furniture. You'll also find historical artifacts onsite, including Revolutionary War uniforms and George Washington's DVD collection. Downstairs, at the Primary Bar & Lounge, sip signature cocktails such as the Jackie O.
The hotel also houses two casual dining venues. Saigon 48 next door serves authentic Vietnamese fare, such as steamed noodle dishes and curried meats, and traditional sushi and sashimi plates anchor the menu at Aoki restaurant. In the morning, head down to the lobby lounge and check out the continental breakfast, or grab a table at one of the greasy-spoon spots nearby.
Times Square, New York: Flashy Neon Lights and World-Class Art Centers
Times Square is located at the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan’s Midtown West neighborhood. The famous address—affectionately known as the “crossroads of the world”—is home to hypnotizing billboards, giant wraparound news tickers, and the neon lights of Broadway. Beyond the glitz and gimmicks, there’s a handful of world-class cultural institutions, ranging from award-winning museums to Michelin-rated restaurants. A collection of historical buildings in the Square include the Paramount Building and One Times Square—the site of the New Year's Eve ball drop.
About half a mile from the hotel, the Museum of Modern Art houses masterpieces including Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night, Monet's Water Lilies , and Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans. Save time for a stroll through the museum's outdoor sculpture gardens, where dazzling installations cluster around sparkling reflecting pools. A mile north, the David H. Koch Theater is home to the country’s largest dance company — the New York City Ballet, which presents classic performances such as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.
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