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I will be in May in new york city and i am looking for a good hotel around times square (between 40 and-55 streets and 5- to 8th ave.) My budget is ~$350. Any one have a recommendation?
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we recently stayed at Ameritania Hotel at 54th St. Google it. Convenient location with theaters n Times Sq. just round the corner. The lobby is funky red. Room is decent. Price around -$240. Certainly lower than your budget..
Is there a special reason you want to be near Times Square? So many first-time visitors think it's the center of everything. It's so much nicer to stay in a residential neighborhood, where you'll find more local shops and restaurants rather than national chains.
I particularly like the upper west side, a large vibrant, "real" neighborhood. Especially in May, it's nice to be near Central Park, Riverside Park, the Museum of Natural History, Lincoln Center and more. If you're seeing a lot of Broadway shows (the only real reason to be near Times Square), it's a short easy ride (one stop on the subway, or a quick direct bus ride), or a pleasant walk.
Probably the most-recommended hotel on the UWS is the Beacon. You should check reviews on tripadvisor, and compare rates with other popular UWS hotels -- Lucerne, Excelsior, Belleclaire, Milburn.
Another neighborhood to consider is Murray Hill, on the east side. Also very convenient to transit, and a short walk to many popular destinations. Recommended hotels include the Affinia Dumont and Affinia Shelburne.