What are five things to know about InterContinental New York Times Square?

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Here are some things you should know about InterContinental New York Times Square before you check in:

1. There’s no spa or locker room. Unlike many luxury hotels, InterContinental New York Times Square does not have a spa on site to use. This also means there’s no locker room to take a shower or steam room to relax in after a workout in the hotel’s 24-hour gym. However, just talk to the friendly concierge and they will be happy to recommend a spa in the area and book an appointment for you with ease.

2. It’s dog friendly. For owners who don’t want to leave their pup or kitty at home, the New York City hotel allows dogs and cats of any size. Just pay a non-refundable $250 fee for your stay and sign a waiver accepting responsibility of your pet.

3. There’s a 24-hour gym. Looking to work up a sweat? Head to the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel's 2,000-square-foot gym on the third floor that’s open 24 hours a day. Boasting views of 44th Street through its floor-to-ceiling windows, the facility has state-of-the art equipment, including Technogym elliptical trainers, Life Fitness treadmills and stationary bikes with touch-screens built into the TVs. There’s also a small area for free weights and strength-training machines.

4. The public spaces are busy. Given its central location around the corner from bustling Times Square and the Theater District, the luxury hotel’s lobby area is busy. During the day and early evening hours especially, expect lots of people waiting in line to talk to the concierge or a front-desk agent. The open-lobby Ça Va Lounge, at the entrance of Ça Va Brasserie, also bustles with people during the after-work hours. If a relaxing drink and privacy is what you are after, Ça Va Lounge is probably not your best bet as much of the seating is communal.

5. The breakfast is a buffet. Though there are a few à la carte items (try the egg white frittata with turkey bacon, spinach and tomato) on the breakfast menu, expect a morning buffet as the main option during your stay. The buffet at Ça Va, chef and restaurateur Todd English’s French-inspired modern brasserie, offers plenty of options. The seasonally focused menu includes choices such as freshly baked breads and pastries, and a fruit station with watermelon, pineapple, and bowls of colorful berries to put on top of granola and yogurt. Silver platters of hot entrees are filled with ham, bacon, scrambled eggs, corn pancakes and salmon Florentine.

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