AKA Times Square is a late Romanesque revival high rise situated between the heart of Manhattan's theatre district and the corporate corridor of Avenue of the Americas offering privacy, sophistication, and attentive service.
Established in 2007.
AKA by Korman Communities is a product of four generations of Korman innovation, leadership, passion and hard work. Built on a sound foundation of family values laid a century ago, Korman Communities today represents creativity, integrity, market savvy, and proven performance in the real estate and investment arenas. Throughout its history, Korman family members have built more than 30,000 single-family homes, 10,000 apartments and 2 million square feet of retail and office space. In 2005, recognizing an unmet need in major cities for luxury extended stay apartments with hotel services, Korman created a new brand, AKA, with the purchase, renovation, and repositioning of eight high-rise properties in coveted urban areas, including four in midtown Manhattan. Today there are AKA's in New York City; Beverly Hills, CA; Washington, DC; Philadelphia, PA; and London, UK.
Company Info: Rating: 4.09
Address: 123 W 44th St, New York, NY, 10036
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1. Misha M.
In town on business for a few weeks, my company put me up here. No doubt the AKA Times Square is the perfect place for an extended stay in NYC.
The rooms are very spacious, 1BR style apartments (if you were renting this place in Manhattan it would probably cost $2-3K a month or so). Nice flat screen TV, stereo with iPod docking, high-speed internet, a full kitchen with brand new top-of-the-line appliances (a subzero fridge, for example), washer & dryer, a little study, clean bathroom, and a comfortable king bed. It really did feel like home (if only my place were this nice when I lived in the city).
The staff here are unbelievably welcoming and completely on point. My internet dropped out & two seconds after I called the front desk they came up to fix it. There was also a billing mix-up, which they hammered out without me having to worry at all. They clearly recognize that most of their guests are very busy while in the city, so they make the stay easy for you.
Be warned though: there's construction going on across the street and the noise can be very annoying (I got woken up every morning by a damn jackhammer). But there's nothing the AKA can do about it - so I don't hold it against them. I'd recommend asking for a room on the back of the building for the time being.
If you're coming to NYC for a while & can afford the bill - or aren't paying the bill =) - stay here.
21/03/09 | Link
| Rating: 5.0
2. Cindy K.
If you're going to NYC for the first time and want to be in the middle of all the craziness, this is a great place to stay, especially if you have a family. My husband and I stayed there in a 2 bedroom apartment with our twin toddlers and we loved it. The service was excellent and I wish I could give them 5 stars but it wasn't a perfect stay. The apartment we stayed in the first night seemed a little worn; the white bathroom tile had black grout in spots and it was very dark with extremely little light. (note to self: do not put white tile and grout in your bathroom shower. It's impossible to keep clean!) AKA moved us on the second day because our heater was broken. What a difference! Our second apartment didn't seem as worn, had more light and seemed to be a bit larger than the first one. The bathroom tile was clean too. No view (from either room) but we weren't expecting that anyway. To make up for the inconvenience of moving rooms, AKA apologized and gave us a voucher for breakfast or lunch.
Normally, after a bad first night like that, I would have been negative towards this hotel. But, I have to say, the staff is the star at this property. They chipped away at my negative feelings with consistent good service. All of the staff were warm and friendly, always helping us with the twins when they could.
Thanks AKA Times Square!!
10/12/10 | Link
| Rating: 4.0
3. Cindy Y.
We were so pleasantly surprised by this little gem of a hotel in the middle of times square. At first, I was reluctant to bring my two young children into the hustle and bustle of mid-town Manhattan, but the location was perfect, just off the main intersections of Broadway and 7th. The facility itself was perfect. The apartments were large and had plenty of space (at least for Manhattan). The kitchen was perfect - appliances were high-end Bosch and Sub Zero. It even came with in-room washer/dryer, which was key for a traveling family with kids who spill food all over their clothes. The rooms were surprisingly quiet. We were on the 4th floor, and while the main sitting room was a bit noisy due to the street noise, the interior bedroom was quiet and dark enough for my young 2 year old to nap.
The service at the hotel was also noteworthy. They were attentive but non-intrusive. Prompt and friendly. I was even beginning to suspect that New Yorkers were a lot less rude than I remembered. Then we went out on the streets and realized that I was wrong. New Yorkers were still rude, but AKA was exceptionally warm and inviting.
Truly a wonderful experience, especially for those traveling with small children and families!! Thanks, AKA!
28/04/12 | Link
| Rating: 5.0
4. Ed L.
At the heart of Times Square, this AKA location was perfect for my month long stay. Not your typical hotel, AKA have rooms like one bedroom apts, very trendy ones. Each unit has a bedroom--with a king-sized bed and small LCD TV, a study room, and living/dining room with stove, dishwasher, and fridge. Each room also has it's own wireless internet access and washer/dryer combo. The room amenities are definitely sweet.
On the top floor, there's a meeting room with access to computers and a gym. The gym has 2 treadmills and stationary bikes, and a set of dumbbells. Pretty much the most basic you can get and still get away with calling it a gym.
The service is here is outstanding, anything you want on demand. Big ups to the staff here. I asked for some shampoo and they gave me like 6 bottles in 2 minutes. If only alcohol worked the same way. Although it did not happen to me, my friend Margaret saw a rat in her room but maybe rats just have a thing for her. At AKA, you get the best of both worlds: the great service of a hotel and the spacious comfort of an apt.
19/08/08 | Link
| Rating: 4.0
5. Renee M.
Nice, central location close to Times Square but not right on it. Room(s) were clean, nicely decorated, and spacious. Would be great for an extended stay as really more like an apartment with the kitchen, washer/dryer, and separate office space.
Things that were lacking:
Tons of street noise, lots of light at night (need heavy drapes to make the rooms darker), and skimpy with the towels. Is it too much to ask for at least two full sized and a hand towel? Also the TV was a little too low and way off center from the bed. Made the viewing angle awkward and the remote function problematic.
Nice fitness and business centers, but no room service.
25/01/12 | Link
| Rating: 3.0
6. Derrick C.
Major points just for the visually jaw-dropping wow factor. This is one of the trendiest and most modern hotels I've ever stayed in. Mounted flat panel TVs, sleek leather furniture, sub-zero fridge, in-unit washer/dryer, just stunning decor all around. It made me feel like a VIP living in a fancy NYC loft. However some serious flaws:
1) The TVs are tiny 20 something inches and they're not in HD. Unheard of in this day in age.
2) The Macs in the business center had issues. Some of the wireless mice had were dysfunctional. Some of the desktops completely froze.
3) Noise pollution from Times Square - little you can do about that but you better bring earplugs.
4) Really awkward toilet position right up against the wall. I remember having to sit at an angle while pooping. Just strange...
So bottom line, looks can be deceiving...
28/01/12 | Link
| Rating: 3.0
7. Rita Y.
We stayed here during our one wk NYC trip. The bed is located in what I would call the living room which is a large room extending into the kitchen with high end appliances - Sub Zero. It was a pretty cold room, especially in the mornings. Our window faced the street which was pretty bright because of the neon street lights. Fortunately, pull down drapes helped block out more light on top of the blinds. It's quite modern looking with wooden floors, a washer/dryer and an additional room in the back to use as an office area.
This is basically a place for companies who send their employees to NYC for extended work stays. A lot of European visitors also stayed here. Aside from the coldness of the rooms, one of our linen closet doors was stuck during most of our stay and wouldn't open until the last couple of days. And the day before we left, one of the light switches in the bathroom wouldn't work so the light stayed on. I reported it to the front desk when we checked out but the desk staff acted as if they've known about these problems, "The door sometimes gets stuck" was the response.
"Maid service" was once/wk where someone would basically empty the trash and change our towels, fix the bed. They give you a tiny box of chocolates and a tray of green/red apples in the room when you check in and a tiny box of powder detergent for the washer. We washed our clothes at least 3 times during our stay. Even tho' it was a Bosch washer/dryer, they were not as quiet as I had hoped. The dryer was still loud since we were drying our clothes while trying to sleep, so I had to use earplugs. The furniture was minimal (bed, dining table/chairs, 2 chairs by window with small side table) and not much on the walls, so the room seemed to echo. The kitchen is fully stocked with glasses, dishes, utensils, knives, pots and pans.
You barely heard noise from the neighbors but one day while walking to the elevator, we heard a child down the hall proclaim, "I want to go home!" NYC is not a great place to bring kids.
On the 2nd floor, there's daily coffee and hot water until around 8PM and another room with 4 Apple computers and a printer for you to use. The one day we used the computers to purchase our tics for Ellis Island, 2 of the mouses wouldn't work. This seems to be a recurrent complaint by a prior Yelper.
Next door, is a gym with eliptical machine in front a TV and another room was a treadmill. We didn't really see this gym used very much during our visit but then, we were out most of the time.
The front staff is very nice and everyone tries to be helpful with our questions. It's located on an off street, so trying to flag a cab in the evenings during commute hours is much harder than in the AMs. We had to walk 3 blks to a major street to hail a cab to Brooklyn for dinner. Finding a cab to the airport for departure in the AM was much easier.
03/05/12 | Link
| Rating: 3.0
8. Tara P.
This was beautiful! It is an extended stay hotel right in Times Square on 44th between 6th & 7th. We went for a hotel party on New Years Eve in one of the penthouses and everything from the layout to the decorated interior was luxurious. Looking around the hotel penthouse there was, in addition to a living room, bedroom and kitchen... a mini dining room, a private office and a separate upper level den. HOLY CRAP.
There was also a Sony Flat Screen and iPod dock station set up in the living room included in the hotel.
Better yet, we were granted rooftop access to see the ball drop at midnight and a ton of confetti fell on the roof for us to dance around in. So beautiful and such a magical moment.
The front desk workers, Mike and Greg, were incredibly accommodating and helpful with anything we needed (New Years Eve, everyone needs help!).
Love the AKA!
04/01/13 | Link
| Rating: 5.0
9. Jax L.
Stayed here while traveling for work. It's like having your own mini apartment/flat in the city and my suite had a huge a kitchen, a washer and dryer, and even an extra (smaller) office-like room. All the appliances were modern and the room was very comfortable.
You can't beat this location in Times Square. You are in the middle of everything and there is so many things to see, eat, and entertain in walking distance.
The managers and staff were so accommodating and welcoming to my team's needs. We never had problems with meetings or for work. The only reason why I gave them 4/5 stars is because it's not cheap if your company isn't taking care of the bill. I wish I could stay at AKA's more often because it's like having your own home while on the job.
Also, if you are staying long term and are doing groceries in NY -- since you will more than likely not be driving around the city in a rental car -- most of the major grocery stores nearby can deliver your groceries. That saves you time and effort of carrying your goods a few blocks.
But love the AKA in Times Square and also stayed in the one in Philadelphia in Rittenhouse Square which was just as shiek and cozy.
15/02/14 | Link
| Rating: 4.0
10. Jake R.
Fancy hotel, great location. Mike at the front desk was extremely helpful. He's a valuable employee I hope he's there next time I'm in town!
09/02/15 | Link
| Rating: 4.0
11. Armee J.
Enjoyed my week stay here, it's a prime spot to be in, walking distance to Times Square, Hells Kitchen , Empire State Building. Friendly and helpful staff. The accommodations were wonderful. Felt right at home. Everything is available in the room. Cooking supplies, towels, comfy bed.
Coffee, tea available in the morning.
09/05/15 | Link
| Rating: 5.0