|Riu Plaza Times Square: Image from Carribean News Digital|
Another day, and another new hotel has been announced for Times Square. The Real Deal reported on the transaction, with Riu Hotels & Resorts buying several lots on the corner of 46th Street and 8th Avenue from Glenwood.
The project is expected to be roughly 300,000 square feet, with Riu saying they intend to build a 600-room hotel. While the site is currently occupied by old tenements and parking lots, the future hotel may not be an improvement.
If the early rendering accurately reflects what will eventually rise, Midtown West will be graced with yet another ugly hotel. The hotel will supposedly have five stars, although the design reflects nothing remotely upscale about the project.
The location is also less than prime for luxury hotels. Most hotels in the neighborhood are typical of Times Square, which is budget to mid-range. Whether the hotel is luxury or not remains to be seen, but hopefully the design will be changed before construction begins. If not, at least it’s short enough not to be too noticeable.