Nothing beats Times Square—it’s a must-visit destination for visitors, and with larger-than-life establishments and illuminated billboards, die-hard New Yorkers are still drawn to its energy. Of course, being in the middle of the hustle and bustle is a great experience, but there are a few high-perched places to take in a scenic view of The Crossroads of the World. Jarrod Mejia, who’s been an NYC concierge for five years and works at W New York - Times Square (1567 Broadway, 212.930.7400), shares his top picks for spots to enjoy Kodak moment-worthy views of the area.
“R Lounge at Two Times Square has one of my favorite views of Times Square,” Mejia says. Located on the third floor of the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel, this lounge offers a “panoramic view that overlooks the red glowing staircase in Duffy Square—allowing full immersion into the setting without getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the streets,” Mejia continues. “The sightline from here follows down Broadway and leads right up to the building at One Times Square, which is where once a year more than a million people gather to ring in the new year and see the ball drop.”
“Another spectacular view in Times Square is from atop the New York Marriott Marquis at The View Restaurant & Lounge,” he says. Spanning the 47th and 48th floors of the hotel, the revolving space completes a 360-degree turn once an hour, “ensuring the diners at this contemporary American hotspot some of the most wonderful views of the New York City skyline.”
"Lastly, we go up into the clouds on the 57th floor of the W New York Times Square Hotel’s Extreme WOW Suite, where the views will definitely take your breath away,” Mejia says. “The rooms oversized windows frame out a picturesque scene of Times Square all the way to Central Park, allowing a bird’s-eye-view perspective of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.” The two-bedroom suite’s rate is $4,500 a night.