- Hotel Pennsylvania -- I believe the Pennsylvania Hotel across from Madison Sq. Garden has
the best rates in town.
- Ameritania Hotel - 57th and Broadway - next door to David Letterman and 2
blocks from Central Park. Great location. I think they run about $125 a night. Mid Town. NOTES FROM PHIL March 2009: As I suspected, it has seen better days, but is on the ascendancy from seediness, instead of going in the other direction. The lobby looked a little dim, but everything was clean and comfortable. Lots of renovation work has been done; new wallpaper and carpets, the elevators are modern. The room is nicer than some I've stay in that cost 2 or 3 time as much. Large, comfortable bed with 4 big pillows, no signs of bedbugs. Modern bathroom with a big tub and plenty of hot water. Steam heat via radiator - non adjustable, but cracking the window regulated the temperature well, and there is an air conditioner for the summer. Close to two subway lines, lots of little restaurants of different varieties, and a block from the Stage Deli (a favorite of mine). The room (before tax) was about $92.50 - quite a value for a safe and clean spot like this. It's on my "approved" list.
- Hotel QT -- in that $200-or-so-a-night range, I have to say I really enjoyed the Hotel QT
. Hipster-approved rooms, but would be great for crews. Right off of
Times Square, so that's either a plus or a minus depending on your sensibility. Plus they got a little pool in the lobby no less...this dance ain't for everyone, just the sexy people.
- -- Red Roof Inn on W 32nd Street in Manhattan. Clean, close to everything, cheap.
- The PARAMOUNT Hotel -- by IAN SCHRAGER. Centrally located a half block west of Times Square. Smaller, european style rooms. If you are traveling with equipment, ask for one of their slightly
larger rooms. Good in-hotel restaurant, walking distance to Broadway theaters and subway
stations, and right next to Dean & Deluca for your morning fix. And I've never paid more than $200 a night... book thru Hotel Finder.com or
other service for significantly better rates than thru reservations.
The Villages areas
- The Jane -- charming and rooms start at $99 a night (tiny, with a shared bathroom) and top out in the $250 range, for something a little more lux with a private bath. West Vilage area.
- Larchmont Hotel -- Greenwich Vilage area -- 11th st, near 5th ave. Cheap small rooms, European style, meaning the toilet is at the end of the hall.
- Gramercy Park Hotel -- a few years back had rooms for about
$120 with tax. By Ian Schrager. Lovely, hip and fun. The drinks at the bar late 2009 were $20, and the rooms are probably priced accordingly, ie, $300 and up.
- Rivington Hotel -- designed well. SOHO. book in advanced, of course.
Upper West Side
- Excelsior Hotel -- For a first class experience at rates under $200 a night,
I like to book people in the Excelsior Hotel on 81st and Columbus area
next to the museum of Natural History. Upper West Side. If you book it in advance, and if you're not staying in the heart of tourist time (Nov./Dec. in NYC) then you can get those good rates -- otherwise the same rooms go for $350 or $450 a night.
Upper East Side
- The Franklin 164 E 87th St New York City, NY 10128 Phone: 212-369- 1000 -- upper east side. Not at all inexpensive.
- Hotel Wales 1295 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10128 1-212-876-6000 -- rooms small and dated. Somebody told me that the place smelled like sewage...they may have fixed that...
- Marriott Courtyard - this place is alright except that it's all the way on the east river and next to the FDR. But the rates are within the rehlm of reasonable for NYC. My brother stayed there and liked it. Same with my friend. They mostly chose that place because it's close to our apt.
- 70 Park Avenue -- (39th and Park) nice boutique hotel, good location, quiet,
well kept. $150-175 a night by Travelocity.
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