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First Look: Inside the Lobby at Tryp Times Square South

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February 15, 2012 at 9:06 AM | by | ()

We had the opportunity to pop our heads in the new lobby at Tryp Times Square South, and judging from the scene on a random Tuesday evening at 7pm, the rooms aren't the only thing people seem to like about this place.

We don't blame them.

The lobby is bright, warm, colorful and big—and manages to simultaneously function as check-in counter, breakfast nook, work area, tapas bar, and general lounge area. Wooden vaulted ceilings and tasteful cream-and-black mosaic floors offer a sense of grandeur, but playful touches like the patchwork furniture, chalkboard menus, and the fake crossroads signs by the Front Desk bring the whole place back down to earth. At the end of a long "tryp," worn-out travelers deserve to play around in a lobby like this.

Right outside this lively scene is a dismal stretch of midtown near Penn Station, though you'd never know it from the way people were chatting and knocking back pints of beer. Through the floor-to-ceiling windows, pedestrians can pretty much see everything going on inside. It' a bit of a fishbowl, but that doesn't seem to bother guests.

Anyone who wants to get some work done—and not shut themselves up in their room—can set up at the far end of the lobby, where a long wooden table comes outfitted with a handy light strip that shines down onto the work space. An ideal work desk...that you happen to share with about twelve other people.

Word must have gotten out about this place, though, as rates are steadily climbing from the under-$200 rates we originally saw. From a quick look today at dates in early March, prices were hovering closer to $210 and up.

But if $150 is your limit, and a tryp trip to NYC is in the cards, don't forget you do have options.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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