Stylish, practical and a whole lot of fun — Moxy Times Square ticks all the boxes for a discerning urban explorer, finds Farida Zeynalova
It’s everything a hotel in Manhattan should be — modern and central, with a pinch of sexy. From the get go, I feel like I’ve stepped into a funky, members-only club. Located on the corner of 36th Street and 7th Avenue (you can’t miss the neon purple sign), this boutique hotel has a strong contemporary feel to it — with an impressive rooftop bar, a fitness centre and 612 stylish guest rooms. I walk into the lobby, and it all feels wonderfully frivolous. The decor is edgy yet simple, with lots of wood — there are individual check-in desks with laid-back staff, innuendo-centric signs and mini bottles of water.
Beds range from bunk to queen-size, while rooms are uniformly small, albeit earthy and uber-comfortable. My Queen Room had minimalistic utility chic written all over it, with beige, grey and wood dominating the colour scheme. There are wall pegs instead of wardrobes, plus an inviting bed, a large flatscreen TV and a walk-in shower that resembles a chic, public swimming pool. There are also Muk hair and body products. The clamour from the street was as expected (who comes to NYC for peace and quiet, anyway?) — so the complimentary ear plugs came in handy when it was time to bed down. I particularly loved the stylish and practical space-saving fixtures on the walls, like the fold-up table and chair.
The hotel offers an array of free fitness classes, some of which take place on the Magic Hour rooftop. Classes are called #SWEATAtMoxy, and include fun sessions by the likes of Pound Fitness, a fun cardio workout inspired by drumming, which runs every Thursday morning and is guaranteed to work up a sweat. The full-body workout incorporates cardio, conditioning and strength training — and is perfect for busting the stresses of city life or upping energy levels. Fear not — if hardcore exercise isn’t your thing, there’s calming yoga and Pilates on offer, too — which is ideal for finding a bit of Zen among the fuzz of New York City. Another big name that’s brought its fitness and wellness expertise to Moxy is Bode, which introduced Bikram yoga to the city back in 1999. Classes are constantly changing, so keep an eye out on Moxy’s fitness timetable online to see what’s going on during your stay. There’s also a Fitness Centre, open 24/7, decked with all the workout equipment you’d expect to see in a busy city gym.
There are five bars and restaurants on site, but Magic Hour, the hotel’s jazzy rooftop bar, is definitely the showstopper. Dubbed an ‘urban amusement park’, it claims to be the city’s largest indoor/outdoor, year-round rooftop bar, and comes with an epic view of the Empire State Building. The theme up here is definitely ‘naughty’ — think statues of giant bunnies in provocative positions, a mini-golf area and an extensive menu of cocktails with names like Arnold’s Fore Play and Float My Boat. The space is also available for private events. I’d recommend this place if you’re in the mood for creative cocktails with friends, with iconic city views thrown in for free.
It’s the perfect place for those who don’t have hundreds to spend on accommodation but don’t want to miss out on the buzz of Manhattan life. If edgy, practical and affordable is your thing, Moxy Times Square is a sure winner.
Prices start from $139 (£105) per night.
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