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Sleeping Around NYC: Luma Hotel Times Square

When it’s time to settle in for some r&r you want tranquil and quiet.


A suite at Luma ©Dylan Patrick Photography Inc. 

Shari Hartford

Yes, Times Square is glitzy, loud, edgy and bright. And that’s just fine when you’re out and about walking to the theater and seeing the sights. But when it’s time to settle in for some r&r you want tranquil and quiet.

The brand-new Luma Hotel Times Square fits the bill and then some. Whether you are traveling on business or just visiting, this independent 130-room haven has it all.

Enter the small but very inviting lobby and take a seat to people watch. Or, if the time is right (after 5 p.m.) fortify with a complementary glass of red or white sangria from the lobby bar.

I headed up to my room-for-the-night after checking out the curated art that dots the lobby, hallways and guest rooms. The unusually large king room had a bird’s eye view of Times Square but was high enough to be able to observe without sound. Besides the hotel amenities we now expect, Luma boasts the best hotel Wi-Fi I have ever encountered, fabulous lighting, plugs galore and puffy, fluffy crisp white bedding that was oh so inviting.

A room at Luma ©Dylan Patrick Photography Inc.

Before bedding down, reserve a spot downstairs in the in-house restaurant, Ortzi, featuring chef, Jose Garces’ bold Basque cuisine. The extensive menu of small plates, entrees and curated cocktails and Spanish wines make this a very untypical – and welcome – hotel dining experience. No soggy burgers here. Instead feast on braised octopus with garlic (my fave), fava beans with Meyer lemons, oxtail, prawns, mussels… the list goes on and on. Or just try the Chef’s Tasting Menu if you can’t decide. Everything I tasted was delicious and reminiscent of a much-loved trip to Spain.

Can I be allowed one hotel complaint? The elevators are s.l.o.w. Consider this an example that not everything in New York City is at a frantic pace.

So check out Luma Hotel Times Square, and if you’re already here, Ortzi. These are two much-see stops on the Great White Way.

For more information, see lumahotels.com

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