Once the day tripping in the City That Never Sleeps is through doesn’t there seem to be one extra thing you want to tick off on the New York City trip list?
After all you accomplished some out-of-this-world sightseeing with the handy NYC CityPASS that got you front-of-the-line status to six attractions. By day it was The Met, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and the Statue of Liberty. By night the mood morphed into a jewel box of glitter as you made your way to the top of The Rock and The Empire State Building. The 360 degree views were priceless.
And so was a night at The Moxy Times Square.
Located a few blocks away from Times Square in the esteemed Fashion District a hop skip and a jump away from the iconic Rock (you could walk it or take the subway), this new Marriott lifestyle urban concept hotel brings out the hipster vibe like nobody can.
Think infused fragrance upon entry, the clicking rhythm of vintage train schedule signs like in Italy revealing bold digital statements projected on the wall. The building itself, an old retrofitted 16-story office property that originally was a hotel takes up a corner block useful for people watching on busy 7th Avenue.
One of those easily Instagrammable NY spots , it helps the Wi-Fi is free throughout the property including super fast Wi-Fi in each room to help with the Netflix and Hulu binge-watching.
In this design-driven property everything is digital – get the apps, get the secured key card that gets you access to a secured elevator that takes you up to your floor. No buttons to push.
OMG – only the city’s largest all-season indoor/outdoor hotel rooftop lounge. Comprised of multiple bars with an urban amusement park theme, and yes, The Moxy Times Square even has unmatched skyline views.
These hyper-efficient bedrooms are designed by Toronto designers, Yabu Pushelberg. It’s got an ‘urban camping’ vibe. The bespoke furniture fits like a Swiss-Army-knife with individual pieces that hang on a peg wall when not in use. When you need a chair, a stool or a table, remove the collapsible campy wall piece, unfold it and now it’s ready to use. Cubbies under the bed provide storage, and the (surprisingly spacious) walk-in rain shower—its tiles printed with phrases like NO DIVING and DEEP END—has a cheeky YMCA vibe. Materials include leather, canvas, and wood-grained flooring that lend an organic sensibility.
The room is organic, changing as the day passes. Consider it an artistic expression of the guest experience.
The suite pluses – Love the nod to eco-fresh obsessed. There’s the drawstring-held canvas drape at the peek-a-boo door window for instant privacy. The DIY fold-out furniture makes sense for the intimate, space-challenged room. Window-rich, natural sunlight brightly lights up the place.
The suite drawback – Watch your personal items stored near the sink as puddles can form easily. I found out the hard way storing footware by it.
Amenities – For bedtime, Moxy Times Square guests are provided with the classic yellow 3M earplugs conveniently displayed bedside and for insomniacs use the retro phone and dial “Bedtime Stories.” Themes include “chill out,” “go out” or “pass out” from personalities Yogi Jipset Goddess, DJ Kitty Cat, and Blonde Abroad.
Overall impression: It will be moderately priced, but not at the expense of experiences, radiating a youthful energy but appealing to all comers. Aimed solely for a new generation of fun-hunting travelers, guests who want to be in the scene in the thick of uber hipsterdom will give it a thumb’s up. For the rest of us who want to get a good night’s sleep just use those complimentary 3M earplugs appropriately left bedside.
Photo credits: Ilona Kauremszky