Help Me Decide Between Two New York Hotels?

Old Apr 24th, 2012, 07:25 PM
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Thanks, starrs...DD is 24. The last time we went she was 11 so, as I said in my OP, this is a much different trip this time around! We are VERY excited!

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Old Apr 24th, 2012, 07:28 PM
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Thanks also to Bowsprit and everyone else who contributed.
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Old Apr 24th, 2012, 09:35 PM
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I thought I would add just a thought. 40th between 8th and 8th, is not a great block and at night will have very little pedestrian traffic, and it's VERY close to Port Authority, I'd say stay at the Hilton Garden. The hotel is very nice, just off 6th Ave and close to the subway, and lots of good restaurants close by and some shopping too. At night there will be lots of people on the street so it would be safer for you.
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Old Apr 25th, 2012, 12:20 AM
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There are people walking everywhere at all hours in NYC. Shows aren't over that late in the evening anyway; we often dine after an evening performance. 11:00 pm is not considered 'late' in the city, you'll be fine walking from place to place in this obvious tourist area.
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Old Apr 25th, 2012, 04:12 AM
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I've stayed at the Chelsea location on two occasions -- I much prefer the area to Times Sq (better value for local restaurants, less hectic, more pleasant to walk around). I've also walked back from B'way shows at 11 when it was too difficult to get a cab -- absolutely no problem or concern. Plenty of people on the streets, and nothing that I considered remotely threatening.
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Old Apr 25th, 2012, 04:52 AM
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No question for me that I'd stay in Chelsea. You'll be within walking distance of Chelsea Market and even the Highline (not close but walking distance), as well as many good restaurants (most of which are below 23rd St). But the Hilton Garden Inn is a convenient location, close to the subway and other services and very near FIT (though that block, like 40th between 8th and 9th) can be pretty desolate and quiet at night).

Both are newish hotels, and the Staybridge room will definitely be bigger, so that has to be a consideration, but I'd still choose the Hilton Garden Inn. No question for me.
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Old Apr 25th, 2012, 12:42 PM
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Another vote for Chelsea, especially at $100 less per night! Besides being a great neighborhood itself, it's an easy walk to the West Village, Meatpacking District AND your shows.

Have a great time!
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Old Apr 25th, 2012, 01:25 PM
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Thanks to everyone for your help--looks like the HGI in Chelsea is the winner; DD agrees. I couldn't have done it without you!

Next up...restaurant recs!
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Old Apr 25th, 2012, 01:27 PM
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It's a good choice.

Highly recommend West Bank Cafe for a pre-theater meal.
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Old Apr 25th, 2012, 01:31 PM
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Allright: What a great ongoing review for choosing between two NYC hotels. Hope it helped you make up your mind.

Can only guess how long the restaurant recs thread will go, and I will get a jump by saying: There are beaucoup places to go, but you are not that far from a cute little French Bistro - the oldest in NYC? see Tout Va Bien http://www.letoutvabien.com/

Tasty, inexpensive faire in a tres authentic setting.
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Old Apr 25th, 2012, 01:50 PM
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@Tomsd...oh, certainly it did! Very helpful.

DD loves French food--thanks for the rec, and I will take a look at the West Bank Cafe, starrs.
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Old Apr 26th, 2012, 04:07 AM
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"I would not pick the Staybridge - but as a native I loathe Times Square - and much prefer areas that are more livable and have better restaurant choices."

Once again, while I respect local posters, I think this poster missed the point. Sure there are many much more "livable" areas in the city, but the OP isn't going to LIVE there. And while this particular New Yorker may "loathe" Times Square, the hotel in question in not IN Times Square at all, but by nature of the trip, the OP will NEED to be going through Times Square quite a lot regardless of where she's staying. There's a big difference between where a tourist (especially one from a smaller town -- and all towns in the US are smaller, aren't they?) would stay and where that same person might want to live if they chose to move. That really isn't the point. While some posters talk about nice leafy areas as opposed to the mass of people and high-rises, they are also missing the point. Many of these tourists LIVE in nice leafy areas in their home town. What they don't have at home and may actually enjoy on their get away is what they don't have at home -- bright lights and high energy! They LIVE in quiet residential areas, why go on vacation and seek something just like (or more like) what they have at home? Do New Yorkers who live in big high-rise clusters of apartments purposely seek to stay in big high rise clusters when they go on vacation, or might they seek a quiet beach or mountains? Like others, most tend to like to vacation somewhere different from their home. Once again, they aren't talking about permanently living there!

But I'd also question the idea that the area around that Hilton Garden Inn has better or even more restaurant choices than the area near Staybridge (let's say within a 5 block area in any direction). I recently spent a week at the Manhattan Affinia which is about 2 blocks from that Hilton Garden Inn. While there may be lots of tiny little coffee shops and fast food places, I'd hardly say there is a fraction of decent but inexpensive nice sit down restaurants as there are especially along 9th Avenue near the Staybridge. The area around that Hilton is NOT particularly leafy, residential, or quiet -- and really is probably even less "upscale" than the area around Staybridge.

As a side note, Tomsd, the OP is staying on 28th Street, between 6th and 7th. You mention that Tout Va Bien (which I like very much, by the way) which is on 51st between 8th and 9th is "not that far away". If we're talking about restaurants within a similar 25 block area -- well, there is almost no limit to the restaurants we can talk about!
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Old Apr 26th, 2012, 05:18 AM
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Thanks, NeoPatrick, for your thoughts--excellent points and I agree--very articulate comments, much more so than me. If not for the price difference, which would pay for a weekend getaway in the Midwest, I would probably lean toward the SS for all the reasons you listed. I know we will have a great time regardless of where we stay.
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Old Apr 26th, 2012, 07:19 AM
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When all is said and done, these two hotels are really rather close to each other: 12 short blocks and 1-2 long blocks. That's nothing by NY standards, so talk of proximity to restaurants doesn't mean all that much. If they're going to the theater at least 2 nights, they can eat in the theater district. On other nights, they can walk, or hop on a bus and go wherever they want to eat.

For the difference in price, and since all other things are pretty equal, I think musicfan made the right choice.
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Old Apr 26th, 2012, 07:55 AM
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Good choice.. the queen beds would have been the deciding factor for me. I sleep better with a little extra space!
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I love Gascogne - also French - 18th & 8th. If it's nice out, they have an absolutely lovely garden out back.
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Old Apr 26th, 2012, 08:10 AM
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Thanks, panecott--watch for my Trip Report when we get back! I'll let everyone know how this decision worked out for us.

Yes, sassy...queen beds were a consideration. And the beds at HGI's are sooo comfy! Love their linens and pillows.

Another restaurant rec! Thanks YankyGal!
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Old May 30th, 2012, 01:23 PM
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We just returned last night. This hotel worked out great--Trip Report to follow! Thanks again.
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Old May 31st, 2012, 06:55 AM
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Glad to hear it, musicfan. Look forward to your TR.
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