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Lodging Alternatives in New York City

Apartment Rentals vs. Suite Hotels

For your trip to New York, you may want a little more space than the city's typically tiny hotel rooms provide. Some travelers consider apartment rentals, but there are many good reasons to stick to hotel suites instead. Why? First, apartment rentals of less than 30 days are now—with some very limited exceptions—illegal in New York City. Furthermore, apartment-rental scams are prevalent. In some published reports, potential guests have arrived to find that the apartment they rented does not exist, or that they are paying for an illegal sublet. In some cases, travelers have lost their deposit money, or their prepaid rent (note: never wire money to an individual's account).

There are a few reputable providers of short-term rentals. But many Fodorites have turned to suite hotels and bed-and-breakfasts with apartmentlike accommodations to guard themselves from possible scams. We've noted some of their most enthusiastic recommendations.

Local rental agencies that arrange rentals of furnished apartments:

Abode Limited (800/835–8880 or 212/472–2000.

Manhattan Getaways (212/956–2010.

Suite suggestions from Fodor's Forums (

"For a week or less, there's no need to risk being scammed or renting something illegal by renting a private apt. There are loads of suite hotels and B&Bs at all price levels that will provide the space and convenience of an apartment, many with the amenities of a hotel including the ability to be able to read reviews of them before you book and know what you're getting. Affinia ( is a group of seven suite hotels at various prices that's well regarded. Milburn Hotel ( and the Salisbury Hotel ( are some of the more popular independent budget options." –mclaurie


B&Bs booked through a service may be either hosted (you're the guest in someone's quarters) or unhosted (you have full use of someone's vacated apartment, including kitchen privileges). Reservation services:

Bed-and-Breakfast Network of New York (134 W. 32nd St., Suite 602, between 6th and 7th Aves., New York, NY, 10001. 212/645–8134 or 888/707–4626.

City Lights Bed-and-Breakfast (212/737–7049.

"West Eleventh ( and Abingdon Guest House ( are two of many B&Bs in the village with some charm, but are only good for two people." –mclaurie

"Also try B&B Manhattan ( which has very nice studio and 1-bed apartments in Chelsea and GV. A friend stayed with them last year and liked it a lot." –tomassocroccante

Updated: 2014-06-25

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