hotel recs. for girls' trip

Old Nov 4th, 2006, 09:14 AM
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Please recommend hotels for girls' NYC trip. The three of us are in our 40s. Want security; luxury (3 star and up) but not stuffiness; do want some liveliness: not meat-market but lively public spaces, bar or restaurant, people watching. No preference on location yet. Thanks.
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Old Nov 4th, 2006, 10:56 AM
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Do you have a budget in mind per night including tax?
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Old Nov 4th, 2006, 11:12 AM
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Budget and WHEN is this for? Most importantly, will 2 of you be willing to share a bed or do you need 3 separate beds? Will one sleep on a sofabed? Or do you want separate rooms?

My point is there are lots of hotels with rooms with 2 queen beds but NO hotels with a regular room with 3 beds so you either need a suite hotel where one of you sleeps on a sofabed OR a 2 bedroom suite or more than 1 room.
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Old Nov 4th, 2006, 11:40 AM
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Also - budget matters a lot.

In Dec rooms cost probably double what they do in January - most of the year is somewhere in the middle.
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Old Nov 4th, 2006, 12:03 PM
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Budget not a primary consideration, but don't think we want to pay more than $600/nt. Do want to reserve just one hotel room for the three of us; don't need 3 beds (we're related).
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Most people like to stay in midtown (anything from 34 st -59 st.) Ironically most hotels I can think of in midtown that have lively bars with good people watching tend to have small rooms. These are the trendier places like the W Times Square, the Hudson, Bryant Park Hotel, the Royalton. One of the nicest hotels, the Sofitel, doesn't have a room for 3, to my knowlege.

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>the W Court or W Tuscany have some big rooms and at least one of them has a lively bar. They're next to each other in Murray Hill (east 30s)

>the Elysee is a smaller upscale hotel with good bar (the Monkey Bar) ok restaurant and great location for shopping.

>the NY Palace has spectacularly beautiful public spaces (bar, rest.) Great location for shopping.

If you don't stay midtown, the W Union Square, the Soho Grand, 60 Thompson are in fun areas.

I would stick your dates in on quikbook and see what comes up and then come back for more direction.
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My daughter stayed at the Benjamin and loved it:
http://www.thebenjamin.com/
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The WHEN is important. The same hotel room at the Benjamin is over 600.- in December and $230 to 300.- in Jan.
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Old Nov 11th, 2006, 09:29 AM
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Thanks, mclaurie, for your suggestions. The NY Palace and 60 Thompson seem like they might be both lively and secure.
The W hotels seem to fit the bill for their public spaces but have such mixed reviews on their rooms.
Know anything about Grammarcy Park hotel?
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Yes, a lot. The bars there are evidently over the top divine with expense being spared. The place recently underwent a massive renovation. Reviews look very mixed.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev..._New_York.html

The Gansevoort and the Soho House, both in trendy meatpacking district might appeal to you.
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While some of the rooms are small, the bar is lovely at the Hyatt. Be prepared for very expensive drinks though.

But, I don't really like the big, busy hotels, so I probably wouldn't stay in one.

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Old Nov 11th, 2006, 03:30 PM
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The Affinia hotels have some all-suite properties that get good reviews. We rented a two-bedroom, two-bath suite last May for about $650 at the Affinia Gardens. It was very nice. Large kitchen and living room. Great front desk service. On the Upper East side. They also have smaller suites.
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