Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Edison
At the grand opening of the Hotel Edison in 1931, Thomas Edison himself switched on the lights. Since that day, the glamorous, art-deco hotel has made appearances in The Godfather, Bullets Over Broadway, and Sex and the City. A recent renovation added modern touches while preserving the hotel’s vintage appeal.
- Happy hour: Indulge in free wine and cheese while enjoying live music from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.
- Sleep tight between the luxurious, 100% cotton Frette Turkish linens on your bed’s cushy pillow-top mattress.
- VIP experience: In addition to the standard amenities, guests who choose the signature rooms will enjoy premium amenities and services, including a separate VIP check-in area, a larger flat-screen TV, an iHome radio, Frette robes, a marble shower, a Keurig coffe maker, and an in-room safe.
- Have a drink at The Rum House, a vintage-inspired cocktail bar serving such classics as the Hemingway daiquiri and sazerac. The bar also hosts live jazz music.
- Sneak in a waltz beneath the high, finely preserved ceilings in the Edison Ballroom when it’s not in use.
- The lights of Times Square are just steps from the hotels’ doorstep, as are Rockefeller Center and numerous theaters.
Times Square, Manhattan: Flashy Neon Lights and World-Class Culture
Times Square is located at the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. 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 are a number of world-class cultural offerings in the area, ranging from museums to Michelin-rated restaurants. Buildings of historical and architectural interest include the Paramount Building and One Times Square, site of the annual New Year’s Eve ball drop.
Nearby, the Museum of Modern Art houses a trove of masterpieces including Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Claude Monet’s waterlily paintings, and Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans. Save time for a stroll through the museum’s outdoor sculpture garden, where dazzling installations are clustered around sparkling reflecting pools. About a mile north of Times Square, the David H. Koch Theater is home to one of the world’s foremost dance companies—the New York City Ballet, which stages contemporary works as well as classics like Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.