The Edison – New York City, by Liz Granirer

Front of The Edison HotelHotel: The Edison

Location: Just off Times Square in Midtown Manhattan, a matter of a few minutes’ walk to bus stops and subway lines, or a doorman will get you a taxi outside the front door. Alternatively, if your business is in Midtown, with its grid-system streets New York is an easy city to navigate on foot.

Highlights: New York is notoriously short on living space, so the Edison’s bedrooms are welcomely generous in size. There are two styles: the Classic is just that, with a timeless elegance in the decor, useful work desk, flat-screen HDTV, iHome iPod docking station, safe, individual air-con and heating controls (so you get to decide how hot or cool the room is), iron and ironing board, hairdryer, bathtub and C.O. Bigelow bath smellies. Signature rooms have been recently refreshed with soothing grey tones and orange details and come with all the amenities of a Classic room plus free Wi-Fi, complimentary bottled water and daily weekday newspaper, Keurig coffee/tea maker and marble bathroom with shower.

A room at The Edison

Perhaps most extraordinary of all in this city of glass and steel is that the Edison offers 30 suites with private terraces. There’s something totally decadent about having a bit of outdoor space and taking in the skyline night and day, so if your budget allows, these are the ones to go for.

You might imagine that in such a big, busy hotel – there are 810 rooms and suites – service might be brisk and impersonal, but it is just the opposite. Staff greet you warmly, and when you catch their eye around the lobby you’ll always find a smiling face and someone who wants to help. For your peace of mind, a security team checks that everyone going upstairs is a hotel guest, which is a much appreciated service if you’re a solo female traveler.

There’s a 24-hour fitness suite kitted out with the latest machines and it’s kept impeccably clean. Next door to this is the business centre, with computers and complimentary boarding-pass printing, as well as vending machines to keep you going if you have to work late.

Two in-house restaurants are scheduled to open later this year: Bond 45 – something of a New York institution, serving high-end Italian cuisine – is moving in and will be the place to entertain clients over dinner. Accompanying it will be a new Friedman’s restaurant, open 24 hours a day and serving American classics like pancakes, waffles, eggs how you like them and toast for breakfast; soups, burgers and sandwiches for lunch, along with an extensive dinner menu.

New York mural at The EdisonWhy go? Business travellers can enjoy the Times Square Hotel Deal, which includes 25% off the Flexible rate for a Signature or Classic room, complimentary Wi-Fi, complimentary bottled water, early check-in and check-out (based on availability). Plus, there’s 24-hour access to the complimentary business centre and fitness suite. You’re also bang-central for the best entertainment in town, whether that’s dining, bars or theatre. Let the excellent in-house concierge service book your tickets, arrange tours, airport transfers or dinner reservations. There’s also a free walking tour which leaves from the hotel. Ask about signing up – you’ll be glad you did.

Need to know: Check-in to one of the 810 rooms or suites in this 4-star is at 3pm, check-out 12 noon. Rates start at $129 (approx. £98) per room per night. offer:  10% off Best Available Rate plus complimentary Wi-Fi for Classic Deluxe and Signature rooms and suites. Please use promo code MAIDEN when booking your reservation either by phone or online at (proof of membership is required.  Register Here)

Maiden-voyage insider info: Find out more about what New York has to offer, read our city guide and meet New York Ambassador Somi Pak

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