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New York’s infamous neon wonderland is hustle and bustle at its best, and an essential stop for all tourists.

Locals might bemoan Times Square’s touristy hustle and bustle, but the neon wonderland is undeniably New York City's beating heart. Loud and chaotic, the crowded epicenter is one of the world’s most visited and recognizable tourist attractions.

This neighborhood was named for The New York Times, which moved its headquarters to the district in 1904. (the newspaper is now on Eighth Avenue; a stones throw away.) Times Square is nestled between West 42nd and West 47th Streets on Seventh Avenue. Having shaken off its reputation as a somewhat seedy area, visitors come in droves to experience the quintessential New York.

Lit up 24 hours a day, Times Square’s whirring news tickers, flashing stock exchange information and brash advertisements add to the ambience. There’s often a great assortment of local color to entertain visitors. You may find African drummers, jugglers, and dancers on any given day or night. For years the Naked Cowboy has been a tourist attraction: a street busker famous for playing guitar in his underwear. Impromptu musical performances and dramatic public speeches are common, and don’t be surprised if Mickey Mouse sneaks up behind you for a kiss. For a more sedate experience, Madame Tussauds Museum offers celebrities immortalized in wax. Broadway’s theater district extends off the center of Times Square. Hundreds of show-goers typically line up at the TIX outdoor booth to score half-priced tickets on the afternoon of performances in one of the 40 venues.

Those with a sweet tooth can get their fill at the enormous M&M’s and Hershey’s chocolate stores. Those seeking to watch the madness unfurl can pull up a chair in the square’s center, which is closed to passing traffic. Or, catch a movie in one of the area’s huge multiplex cinemas.

Times Square is brimming with memorabilia stores, from the upmarket to the kitschy, where you can snap up souvenirs such as “I Heart NYC” T-shirts and New York Yankees caps. There are also a wide variety of places to catch a meal, from fast-food to those famous New York delis that serve up huge bowls of Matzo ball soup and humongous sandwiches.

Times Square is located in the heart of New York City, on the west side. There’s a major subway station there and it’s easy to find a bus route through the area. Grand Central Terminal, the railway hub, is also located there.

Top Hotels Close to Times Square

Hotel Edison Times Square
Hotel Edison Times Square
4 out of 5
228 W 47th St, New York, NY, 10036
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $129 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in New York. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the family amenities ...
3.9/5 Good! (2,837 reviews)
"Felt like I was back with Capone! Fun safe and close hotel with plenty of options to put a smile on your face"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Hotel Edison Times Square
Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
4 out of 5
145 W 44th St, New York, NY, 10036
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $162 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in New York. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the convenient parking ...
3.5/5 Good! (6,157 reviews)
"Love this hotel! The staff is wonderful especially the doorman, they go out of their way to help you even going onto 7th Ave to get me a cab. I have stayed here many times and i Loved my city view but the furnishings need to be updated ."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
Row NYC
Row NYC
4 out of 5
700 8th Avenue, New York, NY, 10036
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $139 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in New York. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
3.5/5 Good! (3,823 reviews)
"Place was very clean"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Row NYC
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Times Square

Hotel Edison Times Square
Hotel Edison Times Square
4 out of 5
228 W 47th St, New York, NY, 10036
The price is $129 per night from May 30 to May 31
Hotel Edison Times Square
Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
4 out of 5
145 W 44th St, New York, NY, 10036
The price is $162 per night from May 30 to May 31
Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
Row NYC
Row NYC
4 out of 5
700 8th Avenue, New York, NY, 10036
The price is $139 per night from May 30 to May 31
Row NYC
Arlo Midtown
Arlo Midtown
4 out of 5
351 West 38th Street, New York, NY, 10018
The price is $215 per night from May 30 to May 31
Arlo Midtown
Margaritaville Resort Times Square
Margaritaville Resort Times Square
4 out of 5
560 7th Ave, New York, NY, 10018
The price is $176 per night from May 30 to May 31
Margaritaville Resort Times Square
Stewart Hotel
Stewart Hotel
4 out of 5
371 7th Ave, New York, NY, 10001
The price is $134 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stewart Hotel
YOTEL New York Times Square
YOTEL New York Times Square
4 out of 5
570 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY, 10036
The price is $157 per night from May 30 to May 31
YOTEL New York Times Square
Pod Times Square
Pod Times Square
3 out of 5
400 W 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036
The price is $159 per night from May 30 to May 31
Pod Times Square
Hilton Garden Inn Times Square
Hilton Garden Inn Times Square
3 out of 5
790 Eighth Ave., New York, NY, 10019
The price is $136 per night from May 30 to May 31
Hilton Garden Inn Times Square
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.