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Staycation At The RIU Plaza Times Square

We have been fortunate that we have been able to take trips every year. As much as we love to get out of New York City, we also love our mini stay-cations too. Obviously we are in the best city in the world so when we can we take advantage of getting out of our neighborhood to venture into a new one. We recently stayed at the RIU Plaza Times Square Hotel. Located right in the theater district on 46th Street & 8th Avenue on restaurant row, the hotel is a welcoming sight in a bustling neighborhood.


As you walk into the hotel you feel like you are off in the Caribbean or somewhere tropical.  The bright purple hues bring a bright light to the city.



We were on the 26th floor in a standard room with a full sized bed. The room was small but it is New York. Space is limited. Nonetheless, the room was cozy. We had a view of 8th Avenue. In the evening, the 24 hr lights of Times Square shown through our window very brightly.



There is an executive lounge on the floor which offers Crown level and Suite guests a private area to relax, work and enjoy some light snacks.



With all its elegance, I was disappointed with the hallway on our floor. It was rather drab and looked like a hospital ward. They did have large black & white photos of the city but I would have like some color.


We don’t frequent Times Square that often in the evenings because it is so inundated with tourists, but since we were there we headed out that evening. We found a Brazilian restaurant on Restaurant Row which we had an amazing dinner. We also walked the Theatre District shopping court.


We had an amazing stay at RIU Plaza. With its central location and close proximity to everything, it is an ideal option for a visit. I look forward to coming back again.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

<3 Denise


  1. That room looks really nice and huge for NYC hotel standards. I love staycations!

  2. I’ve never stayed in a NYC hotel but your pictures alone gave me a little escape! The room looked incredible!

  3. Like your room and a large hang out space. My friends from France are coming to nyc for nye I hope they may have vacancies… this room may be perfect for them… thank you for suggestions

  4. What a great spot! It’s been a while since we’ve spent the weekend at a hotel in the city. I have to check this out – the location is fantastic.

  5. Kim Kim

    This looks like a great place for us to celebrate or anniversary

  6. Nichol Perez Nichol Perez

    Seems quite cozy. Times Square I try to stay away from because it’s so crowded but I would do a staycation there.

  7. Diane Sullivan Diane Sullivan

    Looks like an amazing place to relax with the family! We are always searching for great staycations!

  8. Looks wonderful there!! Will have to check it out for our next overnight stay in the City!

  9. Looks wonderful there! Will have to check it out for our next overnight stay in the City!

  10. Look’s like you had a lovely stay! I’ve always wanted to plan out a proper staycation – downtown has some of the nicest restaurants and shows, which all feel like they would be better enjoyed if you didn’t have to hop on a late night train afterwards 😉

  11. Oh fun!! We’ve never done a staycation in NYC, usually take the train 1-2 hours outside the city somewhere with a pool. But this place looks nice!!

  12. Gemarla Babilonia Gemarla Babilonia

    It’s been a while since we’ve stayed in a NYC hotel. This has a feeling of swanky but homey. Thanks for sharing!

  13. I love staycations and Times Square is such a perfect spot to play tourist. Looks like an awesome hotel.

  14. I have never even heard of this hotel. Wow I love it. Perfect location in the thick of it all and the rooms looked to be nice size. And big fan of staycations to explore the city you live in. Take a break for daily life and live a little I say

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