From cocktails and cookies, to attentive service with a smile, hotels welcome their guests in different ways. But a property with a strong sense of hospitality can have a high impact on travelers that lasts much longer than a sugar rush. At EVEN Hotels New York Times Square South in Manhattan, taking a bite out of the Big Apple, includes making it easy for guests to stay healthy and fit.
Walking distance from Penn Station, Madison Square Garden and Times Square, the new build, 25 story hotel has 150 guest rooms. My 25th floor EVEN Better City View Wellness King room had all of the amenities one would expect including a city view, 40” HD television, Keurig® coffee and tea maker, mini refrigerator, complimentary Wi-Fi and plenty of easy to access electrical outlets and multimedia ports. The bathroom was spacious with a large walk-in shower complete with a rainfall shower head and environmentally friendly, large bottles of EO bath products.
But the list of unexpected pleasant surprises was lengthy. Along with hard wood flooring and adjustable LED mood lighting, all rooms have fitness training zones designed to make it easy for guests to keep active. My room had everything I needed; in addition to an illustrated training guide, the small but organized space was stocked with a Yoga mat and block, a foam roller, Stediball™ and disinfecting wipes to clean up with after a workout. EVEN Hotel New York Times Square South also has staying hydrated covered. Guests are given a complimentary water bottle to get their fill of free flowing filtered water and ice.
If the in-room workout regime somehow still leaves you with energy to burn, the hotel’s large, 24 hour Athletic Studio is just steps off the lobby. The hotel’s Keep Active Laundry Service even washes smelly workout clothes for free. All workout attire dropped off by 9am is fresh and clean by 5pm the same day.
After working out and exploring New York City, guests can burn more calories at the ping pong and foosball tables located just off the hotel lobby.
On-site Cork & Kale™ Market and Bar offers smoothies along with a selection of freshly prepared and grab and go selections.
Pets are part of the family at EVEN Hotels New York Times Square South. The hotel’s own pampered pooch/mascot, Wellington, can often be found hanging out at the front desk.
All EVEN Hotels locations are smoke-free. Smoking is not permitted within a 20-foot radius of the building.
Parking is available at a garage located across the street from the hotel.
Rates for a Wellness King or Double room at EVEN Hotels New York Times Square South range from $159- $599 per night. Book through the InterContinental Hotels Group website or a booking site like Expedia.
Review and photos by Dana Rebmann.