Correspondent Update: New and Improved Sheraton Times Square

1988- Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli and Whitney Houston attended a benefit at the Sheraton Centre honoring Michael Jackson
1988- Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli and Whitney Houston attended a benefit at the Sheraton Centre honoring Michael Jackson

The Times Square Sheraton may boast the best uptown location of any major hotel, and we love that it’s walking distance to Hell’s Kitchen, perfect for gays looking to party it up in Manhattan’s new gay mecca without having to worry about cab fare. In recent years, as Hell’s Kitchen has slowly been replacing gay outposts like Chelsea and the West Village, it’s become more and more logical to stay uptown.

The hotel recently underwent a massive $160 million renovation and it shows. The lobby has a grand feel about it, a classy lounge, a great restaurant and a terrific, below-level gym. The rooms themselves aren’t huge but feel intimate and cozy rather than small.  It’s still not a party hotel – you’ll notice plenty of families and children – but it’s one of the best options in a rapidly evolving area, where hot clubs and gay bars are now infiltrating what once was the sole hangout of camera-toting Midwestern tourists.

Once outside the revolving glass doors, you’re a five-minute walk to Central Park, Columbus Circle, and another 5-10 from Fifth Avenue shopping. In the other direction, you’re an equal distance from Times Square, Broadway, the Ed Sullivan Theater, and of course, Hell’s Kitchen proper. The hotel has been popular with iconic gay-popular celebrities, too, as witnessed by this classic photo from 1988.

Published by edsalvato

LGBTQ marketing, communications and travel safety expert; CEO of the LGBTQ Pavilion at the New York Times Travel Show; educator; public speaker; expert panel organizer and moderator

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