After stepping into the modern InterContinental New York Times Square in Midtown, you would never suspect that the always-buzzing Times Square is located right outside its doors. With a peaceful bamboo room behind the reception desk, soft neutral-colored couches in the lobby, a reflecting pool with a sculpture garden and décor that channels Mother Nature, this 607-room hotel gives you a welcome calm in the midst of a tourist storm.
This homage to nature doesn’t stop at Jeffery Beers International’s design; so far, at 36 stories high, it’s the largest new-build hotel on the East Coast to be LEED certified. The Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel's rooms boast touchscreen computers atop grand desks and spa-inspired bathrooms with luxurious walk-in showers. You can also relax in Ça Va, the hotel’s French-influenced brasserie created by celebrity chef and Forbes Travel Guide Tastemaker Todd English.
The building, whose exterior came from global design and planning firm Gensler, borders two neighborhoods, historic Clinton and the Theater District. One side of the New York City hotel faces the Hudson River and the shorter buildings are in Clinton, which means a better view, something that lawmakers thought of when they banned tall buildings in the area. Don’t worry, there are plenty of big buildings on the other side, and as you gaze through floor-to-ceiling windows — a perk of each room — you can see them, as well as the sparkling lights of the theaters and, if you are high enough, the tree tops in Central Park.