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Fodor's Expert Review LUMA Hotel Times Square

LUMA Hotel Times Square, New York City, NY 10036, USA See on Map

Katy Smail

This modern boutique hotel opened in May 2017. Housed in a new glass building, LUMA Hotel offers sleek design and an intimate experience in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. The location is convenient for tourists and business visitors alike.

YOU SHOULD KNOW If you are looking for a peaceful getaway this may not be the location for you--LUMA sits right in the heart of some of New York’s busiest streets.


Clean and simple with functional design details and graphic art; the rooms include large interactive screens and floors made from recycled tires. White walls and large windows help the rooms to feel bright and spacious. The minimalist design hides many thoughtful details from plentiful USB ports to a hidden drawer beneath the bed with useful extras like a sound machine for difficult sleepers. There is complementary tea and coffee, and a turn down service with handmade chocolates.


The tasteful bathrooms have spacious glass walk-in showers with attentive touches like a low shelf to rest a leg whilst shaving. Colorful Etro products add a touch of European flair to an otherwise simple space.

No need to fight over mirror space; order one of the reasonably priced Glam Squad services and enjoy a manicure, blowout, or makeup application from the comfort of your room.


A compact check-in area sits alongside the intimate and bustling bar and restaurant. The friendly service, dark wood, and atmospheric lighting help you to instantly wind down from the chaos outside.

YOU SHOULD KNOW If you are someone who enjoys relaxing in a spacious hotel lobby then this may not be the spot for you; the space is very tight with only a couple of chairs.


The hotel has no on-site gym but offers free passes to the nearby Blink gym, or complimentary gym kits delivered to your room. If you prefer a more high-end experience, you have option to visit the slick Equinox gym across the street at a slightly discounted rate. Nearby Bryant park also offers fitness classes in the open air.


Ortzi, the restaurant from James Beard Award-winning Chef Jose Garces, sits on the ground floor and serves beautiful food inspired by the cuisine of the Basque Country in Spain and France. A hidden gem, it is a convenient surprise to have access to such interesting (and delicious) food and wine in the comfort of your hotel.

Take advantage of the Juice Press service offered by the hotel and order a healthy breakfast to be delivered to your room for the next morning.


The intimate bar looks out onto the street, allowing guests to enjoy a side of people-watching with their cocktails and tapas.


Getting Around

The perfect location for exploring Midtown Manhattan, LUMA is close to many of New York’s most famous landmarks; Times Square, Rockefeller Center and Central Park are all within walking distance. Well connected by Subway, you are right next to the B, D, F, M at Bryant Park and the N, Q, R, W, 7, 1, 2, 3 trains at Times Square.


A few blocks away, deep in Grand Central Station (11- minute walk) hides the famous Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant where you can enjoy raw oysters and seafood while New York life bustles around you. For a brighter option, Bryant Park Grill (4-minute walk) is tucked between Bryant Park and the iconic New York Public Library, offering American food and Parisian charm.


Lantern’s Keep (6-min walk) is a dark, elegant saloon with cocktails both unique and classic. For something more low-key, Croton Resevoir Tavern (3-minute walk) offers casual vibes and a cozy setting for a neighborhood drink.


If you are looking for a contemporary hotel in the heart of New York City, then LUMA is perfect. The space feels new and inviting, while the functional design helps to make your stay easy and effortless. Every aspect of modern life is covered--you can tackle business, glamor, and health all from the comfort of your stylish room, while the food downstairs feels like one of Manhattan’s best-kept secrets. A bright light to rival Times Square!


Breakfast Yes
Dinner Yes
Bar Yes
Room Service Yes
Valet Parking


Phones: 212-730-0099

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