For regular patrons of the Marriott hotel chains, like the Sheraton or the Westin, the Moxy NYC Times Square can be a bit of a shock at first. Instead of the long mahogany check-in desk you’d get at most Marriott hotels, your first impression at the Moxy NYC Times Square is an expansive two-story atrium with staffed podiums for checking in, surrounded by a marquis modeled after split-flat train schedule on both sides of the room. The marquis flashes 500 different song titles and lyrics 24 hours a day.
The Moxy is the Marriott’s newest lifestyle brand, designed specifically for the customer of tomorrow. Aimed toward younger guests who want to stay in midtown Manhattan without the exorbitant expense associated with more traditional hotels like The Ritz Carlton, The Peninsula and The Four Seasons, the Moxy Times Square is a boutique hotel with a truly unique style. The Moxy is located at 485 7th Avenue, in a 16-story neo-Renaissance limestone, brick and terracotta building erected in 1907. This landmark building was originally the Mills Hotel, which provided 1,885 rooms exclusively for men. Although most of its patrons, who paid only $25 a night, were blue collar workers, salesmen, and hotel and service industry employees, the hotel’s location near the theater district also made it popular with actors and entertainers. In the 1980s, the address became an office building, and was functioning as such until Marriott purchased it in 2014.
In September 2018, the Marriott opened the Moxy Times Square at this address, having turned the interior of the building into 612 bedrooms. And what unique rooms they are. The majority of guest rooms at the Moxy are considered “micro,” with around 200 square feet of minimalist, streamlined design. To make the best use of space, the rooms have under-bed storage, furniture that folds away, and a pegboard wall (in lieu of a closet) to hang clothes.
The highlight of each room is the walk-in shower. A glazed lava-stone sink is just outside the bathroom, leaving the toilet and shower together in one gray tiled room. Roomy enough to accommodate two, the shower is designed to look and feel like you are inside of a swimming pool.