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Wyndham Trades In A Garden For A Tryp

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February 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM | by | ()

The new lobby at DoubleTree Times Square South

We told you last month that DoubleTree was planning on taking over the Wyndham Garden Times Square South—which, we can safely report, officially transpired. However, the rooms remain intact, as well as the ground-floor cafe, Greenhouse 36, so not much has really changed except for the name. And the added bonus of a welcome cookie.

But this neighborhood hasn't seen the last of Wyndham! Oh, no. Just one block south, this month the brand is launching Tryp by Wyndham Times Square South. So we thought we'd do a little compare/contrast to see which of these two (verrry similar) hotels is worthy of your dollar.

For starters? The price. For a random date (we picked a one-night stay on Feb 22nd), Tryp's lowest starting rate is $179, which offers a queen bed, iPod dock, and free WiFi. Meanwhile, DoubleTree will do you one better with starting rates of $152, and pretty much all the same amenities.

Both hotels have breakfast buffets downstairs, both hotels offer free WiFi, both hotels are a two-minute walk to Times Square (or the Javits Center, if you're into that sort of thing).

As with most other things in New York, it really just boils down to the numbers.

Or does it? When it comes to meeting space, Tryp offers 2,100 sq ft compared to DoubleTree's meagre 1,600 sq ft. Not to mention—Tryp is an entirely new hotel (though the building itself isn't), and after poking our heads in recently, we love the cool "world traveler" theme going on in the lobby. They've definitely nailed down the cosmopolitan look they were aiming for. The lobby (above) at DoubleTree, meanwhile, leaves us feeling a little 'meh.'

Stay tuned for more on Tryp!

And if you've got more to add on either of these brands—Tryp by Wyndham or DoubleTree—please drop a few comments below!

[Photo: DoubleTree]

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