Hotel review: Hotel Mela Times Square, New York

Times Square, New York. Image: iStock/AndreyKrav

New York is one of the world’s brightest cities, its unique essence captured in countless films, books and TV programmes. The beating heart of this vibrant metropolis is undoubtedly Times Square, where humongous billboards dominate the area in a kaleidoscope of colour and light.

Within this city that never sleeps, you’ll be intrigued to find a pocket of peacefulness a 30-second walk from the spirited square; Hotel Mela Times Square is an Italian-style boutique hotel, with 234 guest rooms spread across 17 floors, a bagel’s throw from Broadway, Bryant Park and the Rockefeller Centre.

Image courtesy of Hotel Mela Times Square
Image courtesy of Hotel Mela Times Square

From the chandelier beneath the lobby’s seating area to the warm greeting smiles, you’ll notice a sparkle to the hotel as soon as you arrive – and every other time you’ll cross its front door. Our 16th-floor suite was equipped with everything we needed for a comfortable stay; a large double bed with marshmallow-soft pillows, a low bath for soaking after beating the city’s pavements (we walked everywhere, thanks to the hotel’s central location) and even a machine to make true New York-style coffee. We faced some problems with our machine at first – and again, as a testament to the staff’s dedication, they fitted us with a brand-new one, all while taking the time to show us how it worked.

Image courtesy of Hotel Mela Times Square
Image courtesy of Hotel Mela Times Square

The living area is home to comfy one- and two-seaters, ideal for curling up in as you overlook the tall buildings from your window or pore over the comprehensive guest guide, filled with recommendations, helpful numbers, local restaurants and, of course, the room service menu.

The hotel’s Saju Bistro is open to the public and guests alike, serving French fare with an American twist. The prices here reflect your NYC location; while we didn’t have dinner at the hotel, we opted for a tasty three-egg omelette for breakfast and were surprised by a plethora of delicious extras that come with the meal, like hash browns, fresh fruit and salads in abundance.

Image courtesy of Hotel Mela Times Square
Bryant Park, New York. Image: iStock/Boogich

If you’re not content with all the walking you’re bound to do during your stay, you can get your steps in at the second-floor gym; the running and rowing machines will definitely ensure you work up a sweat before, or after, a day of experiencing the breathtaking whirlwind of New York City.

Words by Tamsin Salfrais

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