Monday, 3 November 2008

New York Times Square Hotel Mela

The Hotel Mela in New York City is ideally located less than one block off Times Square. This boutique hotel features small rooms, as with most hotels in central Manhattan. The following photo of a standard room with a queen bed shows the WHOLE ROOM (except for the bathroom).

However, if you arrive at the Hotel Mela with this expectation, then you won't be disappointed. The price is great for the location. Times Square and the Broadway Theaters are all within easy walking distance. The front desk staff were always courteous, and offered directions and maps. I highly recommend this New York hotel for those seeking a central location at a smaller, boutique property.

There are essentially 4 ways to get transportation from New York Airports to downtown Manhattan.
  • a) the infamous yellow cab - approx $50 from JFK, $30 from La Guardia, and $55 from Newark.

  • b) Super Shuttle van service - approx $21 per person from JFK, $16 from La Guardia, and $21 from Newark. While this is door-to-door service directly to your hotel, the route depends on the destinations of everybody onboard, and it could be a while before you reach your hotel.

  • c) bus service - New York Airport Service - $15 from JFK, $12 from La Guardia - bus service with direct service to Grand Central Station and Port Authority. Other destinations require transfers, and additional fares. One negative about NY Airport Service, it first makes a loop through all of the airport terminals before departing, so you can easily spend 45 minutes on the bus before leaving the airport property. From Newark, Olympia Bus to Port Authority is $15.

  • d) Public transportation - from JFK take the AirTrain ($5) and connect to the subway ($2), from La Guardia take the M60 or Q33 bus ($2).
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