RIU Hotels & Resorts has opened the new construction of 656 rooms Hotel Riu Plaza Manhattan Times Squaresecond establishment of the Spanish hotel chain in New York.
The hotel is located in the heart of Manhattan, surrounded by Broadway’s most famous theaters and a stone’s throw from Times Square.
“When we opened our first hotel in New York, one of my lifelong dreams came true. Words cannot express how we all felt when we saw the RIU name right in the heart of Manhattan,” said Luis Riu, CEO of RIU Hotels & Resorts.
“Today we reached a very exciting milestone, once again overcoming the great challenge of building a hotel from the ground up in one of the most competitive cities in the world. I couldn’t be more proud of the team behind this project and the opportunity to see our brand in the cultural and financial capital of the United States.
The hotel’s architectural details, interior design and artwork are inspired by the excitement of Broadway. The lobby is a perfect example, where huge masks inspired by the famous show “The Phantom of the Opera” elegantly welcome customers.
The new construction housing the hotel has 47 floors that take guests to the heights of New York. On the ground floor are the main hall and the “Grab&Go” cafeteria, as well as spacious lounges. The gym is located on the lower level. The first floors of the building house parking and a restaurant that serves RIU’s well-known breakfast buffet, while the rooms are located on the seventh floor and above.
These 656 rooms are designed in the modern and elegant RIU style. A facility fee covers additional services such as free Wi-Fi, luggage storage upon arrival and departure, bottled water in room on day of arrival, and unlimited gym access .
RIU took its first steps in Manhattan in 2016 with the opening of the Hotel Riu Plaza New York Times Square, its first hotel in one of the most dynamic economic centers and cities in the world. The opening of Riu Plaza Manhattan Times Square means the Majorcan chain now has two major hotels in prime locations in one of the world’s most popular cities for tourism.
With the opening of the Hotel Riu Plaza Manhattan Times Square, the company now has nine Riu Plaza hotels located in some of the most important and historic cities in the world: Hotel Riu Plaza España in Madrid; the Hotel Riu Plaza Panama in Panama City; the Hotel Riu Plaza Guadalajara in Mexico; the Riu Plaza Berlin hotel in the German capital; the Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin in the Irish capital; the Hotel Riu Plaza Miami Beach in Miami; the Riu Plaza Fisherman’s Wharf hotel in San Francisco; and the Riu Plaza New York Times Square Hotel and the Riu Plaza Manhattan Times Square Hotel, both in New York City.
In the years to come, Riu Plaza will continue to grow with projects in major cities such as Chicago, Toronto and London.
RIU recently purchased land in Chicago, where it will build a new 4-star hotel with 28 floors and more than 350 rooms. In London, work has already begun for the construction of a future 4-star hotel located next to Victoria Station, which will have 435 rooms and will open its doors in 2023.
Meanwhile, in Canada, Riu has chosen Toronto, the fifth largest city in North America, to house the new Riu Plaza Toronto hotel, with 350 rooms, meeting rooms, a gym, a bar and a restaurant.