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Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel, New York
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The best hotels near Madison Square Garden

Put yourself right in Manhattan’s spotlight when you stay at the best hotels near Madison Square Garden

By Lena Hanano

A stay at the best hotels near Madison Square Garden puts you front row center at the iconic New York City landmark. Madison Square Garden has hosted the world’s most famous entertainers, with everyone from Beyoncé to Bowie performing within its hallowed halls. The arena’s location in Midtown—next to Manhattan’s transportation hub Pennsylvania Station—is a lesser known area for five-star stays, with many of New York’s luxury hotel’s showcasing Central Park surrounds. However, the area is renowned for its centrality and convenience. It is situated walking distance to many landmarks, such as Times Square, New York and The Empire State building and surrounded Koreatown, the Flatiron, and Chelsea, NYC’s beloved neighborhoods. If you’re flying in for a show at “The Garden”, there’s a plethora of exceptional hotels to choose from nearby. Here are our top picks for a stay near Madison Square Garden.

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Best hotels near Madison Square Garden

1. The NoMad Hotel

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Housed in a stunning converted Beaux-arts building, the NoMad Hotel combines modern sensibility with the hotel’s historic architectural magic. Designed by Jacques Garcia, the interior’s sumptuous aesthetic was inspired by the Parisian flat he grew up in.  The grand lobby mirrors its grandeur with bohemian rooms swathed in rich dark wood, cabernet-red velveteen chairs and a library with a whimsical spiral staircase. The lobby bar serves up some of the best craft cocktails in all of New York City and the critically acclaimed restaurant is a must visit. Helmed by chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara, the eatery is situated in a glass atrium with a lavish menu featuring dishes like an epic roast chicken served with black truffle, foie gras and brioche. The rooms feel like a Parisian pied-à-terre with hand-picked art, custom-designed furnishings, French writing desks and hardwood floors made from reclaimed maple.

2. Manhattan NYC, An Affina Hotel

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The high-ceilinged lobby of the expansive Manhattan NYC, An Affina Hotel retains its historic art deco design, while a recent David Rockwell Group renovation added in contemporary notes.  The new lobby seating area is designed to represent the Manhattan landscape and a sparkling chandler mirrors the city’s eponymous skyline. The 28-floor property includes a variety of modern, spacious room types.  Details, such as flower-painted walls and a simple, white and grey color-scheme with splashes of bright hues adds a bespoke touch to the contemporary spaces. The hotel also offers a state-of-the-art gym, a full-service American restaurant and bar and some special perks, such as a luxury pillow menu. The convenient Midtown location is also just a hop, skip and a jump away from Madison Square Garden.


3. Hotel Eventi

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The newly revamped Kimpton Eventi exudes a luxurious coolness with an ultra-modern lobby reflecting New York City’s urban roots. Think curated contemporary art lining the lobby walls, sumptuous leather sofas and white and grey marble coffee tables. The 292 guestrooms and suites feature a classic and modern aesthetic with neutral tones, large floor-to-ceiling windows with city views and opulent grey and white marble-clad bathrooms. Notable perks include lux custom Frette linens on the beds and a nightly wine tasting hour. The hotel’s three restaurants offer something for everyone, with items such as black garlic charred hanger steak and calamari fritti from The Vine and Portuguese fare from Michelin-starred chef George Mendez at Lupolo.

4. TRYP by Wyndham Times Square South

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The urban retreat is the first Tryp outpost opened by Wyndham in the U.S. and it beckons the hotel chain’s Spanish origins with an excellent tapas restaurant and Mediterranean-inspired minimalistic décor. Though housed on a nondescript, somewhat bland, New York City street, the property’s convenient location is walking distance to Madison Square Garden and Times Square. The large rooms feature high ceilings, lovely reclaimed wood floors and cool wallpaper. The hotel offers a variety of different room genres for every type of traveler, with digs outfitted with amenities such as bunkbeds, 3D television and even exercise equipment and workout clothes.  An expansive lobby hang-out space, Plaza Central, is cleverly designed as a work and relaxation haven for guests, featuring high-speed Wi-Fi and televisions.


5. Ace Hotel

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The funky boutique hotel group’s New York City base is conveniently situated a 10-minute walk from Madison Square Garden, yet set away from the chaos of Penn Station. The renovated 20th century office building in Midtown Manhattan has a historic past that is manifested throughout the Ace’s retro-modern design.  The lobby is a cultural hub, with rows of long wood tables and plush leather couches overflowing with freelancers on their laptops during the day and travelers imbibing on housemade martinis during the evenings. The lobby is swathed in hand-picked art, as are the rooms, which are spacious and outfitted with vintage-inspired furnishings. The hotel’s dining options are inspiring and must tries, especially the April Bloomfield-helmed Breslin Bar and Dining Room. On site is also a popular hipster hangout, Stumptown coffee, which serves up artisanal concoctions and a trendy oyster bar with killer cocktails.  New York’s very own Opening Ceremony also has a post in the hotel, and carries unique designer garb at a high-end price tag.

6. The Gregory

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The Gregory is inspired by its urban, fashion district surrounds and tailored to feel like a classic New York City townhouse. The hotel recently opened its doors in 2015 after a major reconceptualization and renovation. Its earnest beginnings started in 1903, when it opened as The Gregorian. Much of the charming original architecture remains intact and the elegant rooms feature a classic décor in a color scheme of black, grey and white. The hotel also offers options for dining and imbibing with Brendan’s Bar and Grill and a café that turns into a lively cocktail lounge at night. The boutique property’s Herald Square location, around the corner from the Empire State building, is just a 10-minute walk away from Madison Square Garden.

Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel, New York
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7. Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel

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The newly minted U.S. flagship property for Renaissance Hotels offers a one-of-a-kind digitally-enhanced experience with corridor walls responding to movement. Designed to interact with visitors, the technology elements also include a Discovery Portal, in partnership with us folks at Time Out, showcasing different New York City neighborhood guides. But the Renaissance’s novel digital features are just icing on the cake, as the aesthetic is stunning and modern. The lobby features hand-picked work by local New York artists and contemporary furnishings. While the rooms are a relaxing haven with a calming color palette, wood paneling, floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the spangled Manhattan skyline and luxurious marble bathrooms. The hotel’s facilities also make it easy to linger, with options such as an 8000-square-foot roof deck (the largest in NYC), Rock and Reilly’s Irish Pub and a stylishly designed lobby bar.

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