I know what you’re thinking. It’s already the sixth of November, and I’ve only visited two Starbucks so far. I’ve less than 60 days left in the year — time is running out — and here I am slacking. Well, maybe I’m the only one thinking that, but I promise my commitment to the cause is stronger than ever. I just happened to have some friends from Florida visiting for the Halloween weekend, and obviously they wanted to see more of NYC than the insides of various Starbucks.
To kick things back into gear, I decided a trip to a Time Square Starbucks would do the trick. And I’ve had my eye on the Starbucks within The Marriott Marquis lobby for quite some time. Before I describe the Starbucks, let me say how grand this hotel is. No — it’s not grand as in pretentiously opulent — it’s just impressive. The location. The glass elevators. The views from the hotel rooms. The accommodations. The crowds. Everything. It’s very high energy and things don’t really calm down in the lobby until after 4am — don’t ask me how I know that. I will also add that a friend once got their luggage stolen from the lobby when they were checking in. So be careful.
As for the Starbucks… It is located on the southeast side of the building. It has a street entrance on 45th street as well as a glass door leading into the Marriott’s lobby. There’s no seating inside nor is there a restroom dedicated to Starbucks. Fortunately, there is a standing bar that wraps around the glass paneled exterior. This way, visitors can stand in the warmth of the Starbucks while they gaze out the window at The Minskoff Theatre (home to The Lion King) and Junior’s (a giant NYC diner that attracts thousands of pre/post theatergoers). I recommend trying Junior’s grilled cheese!
The Location… At the cross-section of the city — where 7th Ave meets Broadway. Surrounded by the beautiful lights of Time Square and directly across from Lion King and Junior’s.
The Convenience… Lots of hotels advertise that they “Proudly brew Starbucks Coffee” but the Marriott Marquis literally has its own licensed store. Pretty impressive and convenient for all who stay there.
The Seating… None. However there is a wrap around bar on the walls for those who wish to stand about.
The Size… Small and circular.
The Restroom… None in the Starbucks itself, but you could easily sneak into the bustling Marquis lobby.
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A licensed Starbucks inside the lobby of the Marriott Marquis in Time Square.