Friday, June 21, 2024

Hotel Review: Tempo By Hilton Times Square Is The Perfect Spot For Business Or Leisure In NYC

On my most recent visit to New York City, I partnered with Hilton and booked a hotel in Times Square to experience the newest Hilton brand Tempo by Hilton located in the heart of the city at Broadway and 47th Street. Hilton by Tempo is a new stylish and contemporary lifestyle hotel brand designed for the modern traveler, and a perfect complement to the energy of Times Square. 

Hotel Review: Tempo By Hilton Times Square
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict

I chose the hotel because of its convenient location to many of the city’s holiday experiences in December. It is almost exactly halfway between the Bryant Park Winter Market and Rockefeller Center which were two of my main stops for my “24 hours in NYC for Christmas” story that I was working on.

The hotel is 36 floors and 661 rooms and is located at TSX Broadway, the city’s new 46-story entertainment and hospitality destination that will also be home to TSX Entertainment.

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Times Square Terrace Photo Courtesy of Hilton

TSX houses recording studios, a VIP Lounge, a Supper Club equipped with a stage for live and streamed performances, a retail space with hologram technologies, as well as a gallery and event space. Visitors can also enjoy two entire floors dedicated to entertainment and visit the Top Restaurants & Bars on a 10,000 sq ft terrace overlooking Times Square.

When you stay at the hotel you enter on 47th Street and take the elevators up to the 11th floor for check in. The lobby was welcoming and decorated with a large tree for the holidays. I was immediately greeted by friendly staff who checked me in at the Hilton Honors desk. My room had been prepared as feather-free based on my allergy request prior to arriving.

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When reserving your room, you’ll be met with 41 different guest rooms and suites. Tempo has taken on a unique way of booking a stay, with rooms that are catered to guests who want to Power Up or Power Down. The Power Up rooms include your own private Peloton bike and amenities to help you stay on track. In the Power Down rooms are amenities designed to help you get a restful night’s sleep.

Each room has either a queen bed or king bed, as well as rooms with more than one bed to accommodate families and groups. The rooms have beautiful floor to ceiling windows that overlook the city and a desk area to work making it the perfect hotel room for business or leisure. There are even multiple options for accessible rooms for those with disabilities.

Hotel Review: Tempo By Hilton Times Square
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict
Hotel Review: Tempo By Hilton Times Square
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict

My room was on the 28th floor of the hotel and high enough that I didn’t hear the street noise that is common at NYC hotels in the heart of the city. It was very spacious for an NYC hotel with the king bed option. My floor to ceiling windows overlooked the Red Steps in Times Square.

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The bathroom was bigger than most of the hotels that I had stayed at in the city in the past with a full size shower. The spacious bathroom also came equipped with ring-lit bathroom mirrors, Bluetooth speakers and bath amenities by Apotheke which were perfect to unwind at night and start my day.

Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict
Hotel Review: Tempo By Hilton Times Square
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict

Despite the tight spaces that businesses often are expected to fill in Times Square, Tempo has optimized their space, catering to guests and giving them a unique on the square experience. On the 11th floor, you’ll find the open Sky Lobby with dynamic communal and working spaces perfect for collaboration, along with a 24-hour fitness center with Peloton bikes and signature hydration station. 

Sky Lobby Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict

The hotel’s restaurant on the 11th Floor, HIGHBALL, is a cocktail bar and dining area offering modern twists on classic cocktails and an array of shareable plates of New York classics, as well as more elegant plates.

Hotel Review: Tempo By Hilton Times Square
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict

HIGHBALL is open Sunday through Monday with the following hours:

Breakfast: 6:30 am – 11 am

Lunch: 11 am – 2 pm

Dinner: 4 pm – 10:30 pm

Bar: 4pm – 12am (Last Call 11:45pm)

Happy Hour: 4 pm – 7 pm 

My friend and I enjoyed a dinner at HIGHBALL during Happy Hour with an ode to NYC with Nathan’s Mini Hot Dogs and Pretzels in a relaxed and cozy atmosphere away from the crowds. The food was amazing and the service was efficient and fantastic at the restaurant.

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Hotel Review: Tempo By Hilton Times Square
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict

I was only in the city for one day so I couldn’t spend a ton of time in the restaurant but I would have loved to relax and enjoy more meals at the lounge and HIGHBALL restaurant area. The lounge did also provide the perfect space on the morning after my stay to do some work while I enjoyed a quick breakfast pastry and sandwich with my morning Diet Coke before heading out to see The Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall which was less than a 10 minute walk away from the hotel.

While I was at the show, the hotel stored my luggage at no cost while I enjoyed my last day in the city before heading back to the airport for the next holiday adventure.

Hotel Review: Tempo By Hilton Times Square
“Ball Drop” Room Photo Courtesy of Hilton

Tempo by Hilton was a great option for my stay and I do highly recommend it when visiting NYC for business or pleasure. As we approach the New Year, make sure to check out Tempo’s unique “Ball Drop” rooms that have a direct view of the New Year’s Eve Ball in Times Square. 

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Amy Harris
Amy Harris is a writer and photographer who has been traveling for 20 years and flown over 2 million miles to visit over 80 countries on 6 continents. She is a freelance photographer for Invision by Associated Press, AP Images and Rex/Shutterstock. Her work can be seen in various publications and websites including: Rolling Stone, AP Images, National Geographic Books, Fodor’s Travel Guides, Forbes.com, Lonely Planet Travel Guides, JetStar magazine, and Delta Sky Magazine.

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