During my Spring trip to New York City, I stayed at one of the Moxy hotels. This one was located in ’Times Square’. I put that in quotations because it wasn’t particularly in Times Square. It was definitely where you would want to be staying if you are going to be in New York though because it’s in the centre of every thing.
Let’s quickly talk about the hotel aesthetics and presumable target market. First things first, when I walked in, I didn’t see a single person over the age of 30 (and that’s obviously me just assuming). It was definitely a hotel for the youth, which also gave me fancy hostel vibes. I would say that the name of the hotel itself (Moxy) gives off ‘youth, party/fun’ energy. Also taking into account that ‘Moxy’ is written in all lowercase letters and is a pink neon color.
The front desk service also reflected what I just said about the energy it gave off. The employees were bubbly, friendly and loud. They have a fairly small lobby, which basically just consisted of a check-in area. You can choose to check-in using the machines or go up to the desk for help.
What is also very important to know is that the hotel has a complimentary luggage storage. Meaning, if you arrive before check-in (4pm) and want to explore the city, you can leave your luggage at the hotel. Same situation if you want to go exploring after checking out.
Now on to the rooms… When I said the hotel sort of feels like a fancy hostel, trust me. I say this because the rooms are pretty small – this was the smallest hotel room I have ever been in. Not only that, the amenities were similar to ones of hostels. Their hangout area (Bar Moxy), which was located on the 2nd floor was just full of couches and lounging chairs. There was a bar on that level and a tattoo shop right next to it.
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Our room was the Queen Room and it was 199 sf – which really made me wonder how big the double room was if the queen was still that small. The TV was mounted at the bottom end of the bed – pretty convenient actually. The TV could be controlled with your phone as a remote or with an actual remote which I didn’t discover until the second night.
The room didn’t have a closet, there were hooks literally all across the room though. So, these were meant for hanging up anything. There was no desk but there was a foldable chair which was also hung up on one of the hooks. The was no bar fridge or microwave, which are typically included in a standard hotel room. Well, a microwave is more of a privilege honestly.
The bathroom, however, had just about everything you would need despite it being on the compact side. I liked the ‘swimming pool’ theme it had though and industrial style features. There was a blow dryer, steamer and the shower was a rain shower – the water pressure was a 10/10 for me.
One of the main reasons why you would want to stay here is the fact that the rooftop of the hotel is actually the famous Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to get my own personal experience of the rooftop. There is a long line to the rooftop and unfortunately, you cannot access it through the hotel either. You just have to plan ahead if you want to go there, call and make a reservation just to secure your place.
Lastly, let’s talk about the rate. I was there from Friday to Sunday and paid $326 including taxes and additional fees. They do also require a $100 deposit at check-in which is refunded back into your account a few days after checkout. For this rate, breakfast was included. You can also have lunch and dinner there at $40 and $50 per person respectively – I would not recommend that though, they have a pizza spot downstairs. for the location and ‘vibe’ of the hotel, the price was reasonable.
All in all, Moxy Times Square is a perfect hotel to be at if you want to be in and around what is hip and happening in New York City. They also have a whole bunch of recommendations at the hotel and discounts for attractions and stores.
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