InterContinental New York Times Square in test

New York is full of boarding houses and hotels. If you want to be on the safe side when it comes to standard, book into one of the well-known hotel chains – for example, one of the InterContinental hotels. One of them is located directly at perhaps the most vibrant place in Manhattan – the InterContinental New York Times Square. Editor-in-chief Frieda Hintze paid a visit to the hotel …

Passing neon signs and crowds of people, the black Cadillac takes you directly to the large revolving door of the InterContinental in New York's Times Square Although a ride from the airport to the hotel is not included in the room rate, it can be booked without further ado. The hotel's location is unbeatable: Just one block from Times Square and about a three-minute walk from the Port Authority subway station, you reside here in the heart of Manhattan.

A suite at the InterContinental New York Times Square: the view is gigantic.

InterContinental New York Times Square

The InterContinental is located directly on the busy Times Square.

InterContinental New York Times Square

But despite the central location, the hotel is quiet.

InterContinental New York Times Square: No included WLAN

Friendly and professional service at the reception desk. Those who are IHG Rewards Club members check in at a separate desk. Anyway, if you belong to the hotel loyalty program, you enjoy a lot of advantages at the InterContinental New York Times Square (as well as at the other IHG hotels). Perhaps the most important advantage for business people in New York hotels is that Wi-Fi is free. Otherwise, business travelers and all other guests who do not belong to the IHG Rewards Club have to pay a surcharge. This makes one wonder: What is unimaginable in European InterContinental hotels is apparently possible in the U.S. No free WLAN? They say America is the land of opportunity…

A fabulous view over Manhattan

Also unfortunate: Breakfast is not included in the hotel rate either. This is how many guests of the hotel keep it like the inhabitants of Manhattan – a coffee to go is enough for the start of the day. But at the InterContinental New York Times Square you will be compensated with something unique – a fabulous view. The hotel is a stately 36 floors high. From the 607 generously proportioned and finely appointed rooms and suites, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Manhattan, especially on the upper floors, thanks to the panorama windows. Even when sitting at the well-lit and neatly equipped workstation, you look out over the city lights. It could hardly be more beautiful to work. However, the central location does have one small disadvantage: even at night you can hear (at least slightly) the traffic coming up from the street. But that's hardly surprising, and it's forgivable: After all, you're in New York, the city that never sleeps.

InterContinental New York Times Square

The bar of the InterConinental in Times Square is also a meeting place for New Yorkers.

For business travelers..

Other key data for the InterContinental New York Times Square speak for themselves: Spacious meeting facilities and an elegant ballroom are offered by the hotel, as is a 24-hour, very well-equipped fitness center on the third floor (with a view of the 44. Street). The Ca Va Brasserie, which – as the name suggests – offers seasonal, French-inspired cuisine and a bar of the same name, is also worth a mention: Especially in the latter, not only hotel guests but also real New Yorkers enjoy a drink by the fireplace and in the club chairs. The atmosphere is also perfect for a relaxed business meeting. Especially recommended on the map is, of course, the Manhattan.