I am coming to NY later this month and thinking of staying at a hotel near Penn Station. Is this a safe area to stay? W. 35 and 8th Ave.
Single retired male.
It might not be the most glamourous location, but it will be functional and the area is reasonably safe.
I'm sure some locals will ship in with the current state of affairs, but the area will be busy until the late evening and beyond, but there could, like any large city, be people loitering, and begging for money / food etc. As it looks like you're from a big city, then standard street smarts are always needed.
The only hotel I can see there is The New Yorker, which has been around for years, and often mentioned on these forums.
Oh, I zoomed into google maps, and there is the Even and the Tryp, which are more modern brands of hotels.
Plenty of places to eat, drink and have fun near the hotel, good links to subways,
It was challenging during covid as a lot of homeless were staying in those hotels close to Penn and Times Square.
Anyhow - most of them moved. The area is functional and ok. Not great - but works for tourists now again
The area is part of the former Garment District where clothing manufacturers occupied tall buildings. There is a certain drabness to the place. There is good transportation in the immediate area and places like the Fifth Ave. retail area are within walking distance. Times Square with its transportation hub is but a single subway stop away.
Safe? Absolutely. The most "exciting" location? Not really.
There are some very good members on TA who can help with hotel selections based on your budget/dates and plans. Once you are near to a subway station, you can pretty m much get anywhere in the city.
If you list your budget in USD and dates, you will get some suggestions.
Whenever I arrive by train, my immediate instinct is to get out of that area ASAP. Not because I feel unsafe but it is part of Manhattan that I just don't like at all. Too many people, not much exciting to see or do. But, everyone is different.
Thanks for the suggestions.
I have been looking at Tryp hotel.
The Tryp is ok, especially if you have a large family since they have good sized family rooms. Otherwise I would opt to stay elsewhere in a more attractive area. Why did you pick it?
The Tryp can be very budget friendly for families, I have stayed da few times in their family suites. But as @NYWhiz asks, why stay there when other areas are much nicer?
I've stayed at Tryp in that area and really like the hotel. Bigger rooms. I also like that it is close to all kinds of transportation. Major subway lines are a few blocks away. I don't think the area is that bad. More exciting ? Not sure what that means.