RIU Hotel opens to guests at 145 West 47th Street in Times Square, Manhattan

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Construction is complete and occupancy has begun at the RIU Plaza Hotel, a 48-story skyscraper located at 145 West 47th Street in Times Square. Designed by Berg + Moss Architects and developed by Tribeach Holdings, the 519-foot-tall structure offers 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, just steps 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 in progress on the exterior. Since then, the sidewalk scaffolding along West 47th Street has been dismantled, revealing the main entrance flanked by seats, tables and planters.

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 has been installed along the east 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 hall 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 spectacular appointment is the series of sculptures of oversized theatrical masks surrounded by ribbon floating above the check-in counter.

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 away at the back of the first level.

145 West 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

A mix of floor-to-ceiling mirrors and Art Deco designs line the walls around additional seating and tables, with a theater-style marquee that wraps around the 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 increase in tourism to New York City from local, national and international visitors.

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