This week, I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening party of the Cambria Hotel & Suites NY – Times Square. It is the second Cambria Hotel from the Choice Hotels International chain to open in Manhattan. The party was lovely, with plenty of music, cocktails and fanfare. I met many Choice Hotel executives, members of other Cambria teams, and even the architects of the new hotel. Additionally, I was given a tour of a king and a double room as well as the hotel fitness center.
I somewhat expected a budget hotel in Times Square, but the Cambria is neither. It is a fashionable, classy hotel located between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas – just a short walk from many of New York’s iconic locations including Times Square and Grand Central Station, Bryant Park and Rockefeller Plaza, to name a few. The hotel has only one suite – the rest of the rooms are either kings or doubles, as the philosophy of the Cambria is that every guest is equally special.
As you can see, the party was festive:
The king and the double rooms were essentially the same, except of course for the beds. The size was good for a New York City hotel. Plus, it was planned with the modern tourist or businessperson in mind – free wi-fi, plenty of outlets, and a safe, microwave and mini-fridge cleverly built right into the closet unit! The bathrooms were also nice and the toiletries were from Bed, Bath and Body.
The fitness room on the second floor was impressive. The machines and equipment were new, plentiful and state of the art. There were windows, mirrors, clean air and good lighting, all essential to a healthy workout.
And finally, there was a gift bag for us. The choice was the long narrow bag, which had a glass in it, or a shorter wider bag, which had a flask.
The Cambria Times Square is a welcome addition to the selection of hotels in Midtown Manhattan. I have no doubt it will be a success!