228 W. 47th St. (between Eighth Avenue and Broadway), New York, United States
Doubles from: $99 to $299
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Is the Hotel Edison not the quintessence of Old Times Square? Since 1931, the Edison has held court over its corner of Manhattan. Its 780 rooms represent a slice of Times Square when “Deco,” not Disney, ruled the scene. The lobby is a fabulous, marbled tribute to yesteryear, and it buzzes with action during working hours.
Pros: Cool retro lobby. Convenient Times Square location. Comfortable (renovated) rooms. Cheaper than surrounding hotels.
Cons: The unrenovated rooms are dated and uncomfortable.
The Edison offers both renovated and unrenovated rooms—we strongly suggest requesting one of the recently renovated rooms when reserving. These are done in gentle yellow, with gray wall-to-wall carpet and handsome dark furniture, with beautiful round mirrors over work desks.
Older rooms are much less streamlined in look, with furniture in lighter wood, some clashing carpets and drapes and a mix-and-match color scheme.
Regardless, all rooms are equipped with TV, telephone, air conditioning and ironing board and iron. Wi-Fi is offered, although not for free. All rooms (and public spaces) are non-smoking. Bathrooms are equipped with a hair dryer.
There is an office center on the premises, and a gym on the 23rd floor.
There's also an infamous, not-to-be-missed diner on the ground floor, a dive of a place where the eats are cheap and the atmosphere is gloriously retro. We heartily recommend eating here.
Many of the Edison's guests are international. We hope they can appreciate the nostalgic blast of a vanquished Times Square that the hotel provides.
The Edison Hotel sits near the corner of W. 47th Street and Broadway, a spot that will make theater buffs scream, “Bravo!” The hotel is one minute from the northwest corner of the triangle that makes up Times Square and is next door to the (far more expensive) W Hotel. At 47th and Broadway you'll find the TKTS ticket booth (which offers same-day Broadway tickets at steep discounts).
This location will be ideal for tourists visiting New York who want an easy home base for most of their activities. Many museums, Central Park, and, of course, theaters, are within a short walk, as are several subway lines.
More seasoned travelers to New York, however, may scoff at sleeping in the midst of the crowds (and crowds, and crowds) of tourists. If you share these sentiments, head downtown.
User reviews in brief
Every review we’ve come across raves about the Edison Hotel’s location, which puts you in the middle of everything. Given this, most guests also found it to be a good value and quite a bit cheaper than neighboring hotels.
Complaints are mostly focused on the unrenovated rooms, which many guests found to be rather dingy, dated and depressing, and outfitted with tired furnishings. Remember to ask for a renovated room when reserving!
Subway: As the Edison Hotel is located just off Times Square, it’s easily accessible by subway. The N/Q/R stop at 49th and Broadway is located one block away. Many, many more lines are located nearby (see our map for details).
JFK: To get to the Edison from JFK, take the Air Train to the Howard Beach Station, then the A train toward Manhattan to 42nd Street / Port Authority Bus Terminal. Walk to the hotel (about 8-10 minutes).
LaGuardia: From LaGuardia, we'd recommend taking the New York Airport Service bus to Port Authority Bus Terminal, and then walking to the hotel (about 8-10 minutes). Or you could just take a taxi from the airport.
Newark: From Newark, take the Air Train to the NJ Transit station, and then any NJ Transit train into Pennsylvania Station. From there, take the Uptown C train to 50th Street Station, then walk to the hotel (less than 5 minutes).
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Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
- Handicap accessible rooms
About the Hotel Edison neighborhood
Midtown West is packed with tourists sights... and tourist-class hotels. Working west from Fifth Avenue to Eighth Avenue, the Theater District is home not only to all the Broadway babies, but to Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and the Museum of Modern Art. Not to mention Times Square—an entity within itself. Although most New Yorkers steer clear of this congested (and now pedestrianized) area, the neon lights, larger-than-life billboards, and wise-talking street vendors keep the visitors coming. And coming. And coming.