RIU Hotel Opens to Guests at 145 West 47th Street in Times Square, Manhattan

Construction is complete and occupancy has begun at the RIU Plaza Hotel, 48-story skyscraper at 145 West 47th Street in Times Square. Designed by Berg + Moss Architects and developed by Tribeach Holdings, the 519-foot-tall structure yields 353,000 square feet and 630 rooms. Transom Builders Group served as the general contractor for the property, which is located between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, a short walk from the heart of Times Square at the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue.

At the time of our last update in mid-January, some finishing touches were still being wrapped up on the exterior. Since then, the sidewalk scaffolding along West 47th Street has been dismantled, revealing the front entrance flanked with seating, tables, and plants.

145 West 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

145 West 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

145 West 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

145 West 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

145 West 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

A new vertical parking sign was installed along the eastern end of the lower floors, flashing bright orange and blue lights that evoke a vintage neon aesthetic.

145 West 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

The following photographs show the main lobby adorned with theater-themed decor.

145 West 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

145 West 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

145 West 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

The most dramatic appointment is the series of oversized theater mask sculptures surrounded by a flowing ribbon above the check-in desk.

145 West 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

145 West 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

145 West 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

145 West 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

A cafe is tucked into the back of the first level.

145 West 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

A mix of floor-to-ceiling mirrors and Art Deco motifs line the walls around additional seating and tables, with a theatre-style marquee wrapping around overhead.

145 West 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

The RIU joins a slate of several new hotels opening this year in and around Times Square to accommodate the massive surge in tourism in New York City from local, domestic, and international visitors.

Subscribe to YIMBY’s daily e-mail

Follow YIMBYgram for real-time photo updates
Like YIMBY on Facebook
Follow YIMBY’s Twitter for the latest in YIMBYnews

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *