NYC hotel help - my head is spinning!

Aug 5th, 2010, 08:09 PM
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October is an expensive time. I am coming to NYC with my daughters either the 2nd or 3rd week of October. So we need a room with at least 2 double beds as they can share a bed. I was able to make a reservation months ago for the Radio City Apartments for around $220 a night but they don't allow 3 in a room. The best deal I have been able to find recently is the Holiday Inn Midtown Central for $268 plus tax. Many other hotels are already booked. I am still looking at Hotwire and will probably book something through them to save a little money but even on Hotwire, rates for Oct are running in the high $200s to $300s.

I stayed at the Eastgate Towers last Christmas for a lower rate than what they are showing for Oct. This hotel is usually a great bargain. For your weekend, their room with two beds is $322 a night plus tax if you do non-refundable.

I would definitely jump on that Milburn hotel deal. I would book it now as you can always cancel. Prices will keep going up and up as it gets closer to Oct.
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Aug 5th, 2010, 08:12 PM
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On hotwire right now, for your dates, there is a hotel in the Times Sqaure/Theatre district for $249 a night. Given that it has a spa, it's probably either the Westin or the W. The good thing about these hotels is that they have either one king or two doubles. So, it's possible that you might have to share a bed, but at least it wouldn't be a double or queen. Starwood hotels have comfy beds, and $249 is a good deal for these hotels for this time of year.
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Aug 5th, 2010, 08:32 PM
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We spent a great few days at The Kimberley - rooms larger than average, great location, and kitchen with fridge, cooker, microwave - best hotel for my money in NYC.
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Aug 5th, 2010, 08:36 PM
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We've gotten weekend rates at The London NYC for under $300 and they had rooms with two double beds. I don't know about October.
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Aug 5th, 2010, 10:20 PM
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I am checking these all too as I am still looking for a deal a little earlier in Oct. The Kimberly for the OP's dates is running $375 a night (for my week even more). The London is running $399. Remember the OP wanted to spend $150 which of course isn't realistic in October.

I would seriously consider the hotwire deal bethke
mentioned. It is in Times Square/Theater District but getting either the W or Westin for that price in October is great. Unfortunately those prices are not available for my week in Oct. Don't know if you have ever used hotwire before but keep in mind that you pay up front and the payment is non-refundable. Unlike Priceline, you can request two beds. If you want to stay away from Times Square then I'd book the Milburn.
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Aug 6th, 2010, 01:25 AM
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Hi !

I've been to NYC in february and I stayed at the Pod Hotel! It's not really expensive $100 per room!

I was with my mother and we stayed there a week! The hotel was really clean, the bathroom really nice! The only matter, is the size of the room, we got the cheapest one and we had two beds but the room was tiny!
We still enjoyed our stay there because we spent most of the time visiting! I do recommend this hotel.

Regarding the location, it's a few blocks from the UN and 15-20 min on foot from 5th avenue. Moreover I don't know if u are arrving by plane but they offer a shuttle from and to the Airport for about $20 each! That's really cheap compared to taxis!

Hope this helps!
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Aug 6th, 2010, 03:56 AM
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we've stayed in NJ-the meadowlands. There are 3-4 hotels and a quick bus ride (under 10 min) to Port Authority bus terminal. Holiday inn, embassy suites are two. Anoher nice thing was free parking at the hotel. The first time we did this I was very nervous about the bus into NYC. No problem they run every 20 minutes.
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Aug 6th, 2010, 04:38 AM
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We stayed in June at Radio City Apartments (49 Street / 6 Ave.), just near Rockefeller Center. We had one bedroom apartment (2 queen beds), with living , small kitchen. I think that it was around 200 $/ night.
Very good location, large apartment.
We stayed there for a week, and we decide to stay again there next time when we shall be in NY.
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Aug 6th, 2010, 06:36 AM
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LOL! In my earlier post about LI City, I should have added "and a some posters will ridicule this idea" because I knew that was coming. However, I'm still waiting to see someone meet the OP's demand for decent $150/nt accommodations in Manhattan.

I fact, if I do see it, hell, I'LL book it.
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Aug 6th, 2010, 06:55 AM
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kpkorps-Me, too. Valtor-Radio City Apartments are a great deal but are sold out. People make reservatios there up to a year in advance.
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Aug 6th, 2010, 08:09 AM
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My now husband and i went to New York over the September long weekend in 2008 and we stayed at a fantastic Hotel. It was called the Hotel Belleclaire. It is located in Manahattan and about a 10-15 minute walk from time square. Its also a 2 minute walk to central park. There is also subway access ever block or two. The beds were by far the most comfortable beds I have slept on anywhere in the world...I would compare it with my bed at home. And the linens were..AMAZING! The room was a little small (one queen bed) but it was clean, modern and had a private bath. I checked their website and its saying that for 2 double beds and a private bath its between 279 to 309 night on the nights you will be there.

Expedia is quoting an average of $304.02 (CAD) per night and is quoting $299.00/night for 3 nights (US)
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Aug 6th, 2010, 08:48 AM
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I just re-did Beth's Hotwire search but this time put in 3 adults. It comes up for $269, but at least you're sure it will have two beds.
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Aug 6th, 2010, 09:07 AM
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sf7307-I thought on Hotwire you can request two beds even if you just have 2 adults. Is that not correct? Just curious as I haven't used hotwire much.

I kind of have to laugh about this thread. The OP was looking for something in the $150 range which of course isn't realistic for October. People are recommending hotels in the $300-$400 range. Coming to NYC during the busy time of year can certainly leave you reeling when it comes to hotel prices.
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Aug 6th, 2010, 09:32 AM
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I don't think (but I could be wrong) that you can actually request two beds.

As for NY in October, we were there in October '08 and used Priceline and STILL paid $310 a night (W New York).
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Aug 6th, 2010, 09:40 AM
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Thanks everyone for all the suggestions. I am looking into everything and am weighing out all the pros and cons of each.

To be clear, I wasn't really expecting to pay $150 a night - I just wasn't sure where people were getting numbers like that. From all of your feedback, I now know realistically what I need to spend.

Regarding the Hotwire suggestions for the Times Square W and Westin, what are everyone's thoughts on being right smack in the middle of all that action? Does a convenient location outweigh all of the street noise and commercial-ness (if that's a word)? For the same price, would you rather be in Times Square in either of those hotels, or on the UWS in, say The Milburn or the Belleclaire?

Thanks so much.
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Aug 6th, 2010, 11:05 AM
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It really depends on what you like. The Westin is on 8th so you are a little bit aways from the craziness of Times Square. The W is on Broadway so I would imagine that would be more crowded. If you have a higher floor in these hotels, the street noise shouldn't be that bad. The first new times I went to NYC, I enjoyed being in the Theater District but that was because I went to see shows and it was convenient. The location is also convenient to many of the tourist attractions for 1st time visitors such as Rockefeller Center, St. Patricks, etc.

The NYC residents here on Fodors recommend staying away from Times Square and I understand why. It is crowded, noisy and touristy. But you are a tourist. As I have spent more time in NYC recently, I like to get away from Times Square although I like Midtown West in the mid to high 50's. I love the UWS and it helps my friend lives in that area. It's a whole different feel so it's really want you want. Much more of a neighborhood feel and quieter at night. From the Milburn you can pick up the subway at 72nd St and 3 stops will put you at 50th, close to some of the theaters and 4 stops will be 42nd street. So it's a convenient location for the theatre district.

Another thing to consider is the hotel class. The W and the Westin are 4* and the Milburn is 2*. Not sure about the Belleclaire. So it also depends if this is important to you.
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Aug 6th, 2010, 12:18 PM
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I really like the UWS - as paula1470 says, it's a real neighborhood with lots of restaurants and shops and families out walking their dogs! And it's an easy subway ride to midtown.

In any case, you've now got some options to work with - hope one of them works out for you!
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Aug 6th, 2010, 12:18 PM
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Halloween weekend is a zoo. I don't think you'll find any bargains. If you plan to "see a few shows" staying in or near Times Square makes sense if you want to be able to walk. One way to get a room with 2 beds from Hotwire is to request a room for 3 people. That 4* hotel that bethke mentions shows up for $259/night when you say 3 adults. I think it's a great deal for those dates. You'd pay the same for the Milburn for a room with 2 berds and while I'm a big fan, unless you think you or Mom will be overwhelmed with Times Square crowds, I think staying in a 4* at that price near the theaters makes more sense.

There are other hotels/locations that would be within walking distance of the theaters but not in the middle of the Times Square chaos, but they're much much more money. is one nice option.
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Aug 6th, 2010, 12:21 PM
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PS Hotwire requires you pay at time of booking and it's not cancelable under any circumstances. If you think there's any chance the trip won't happen, Hotwire is not a good option for you.
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Aug 6th, 2010, 12:40 PM
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As a tourist I loved staying in the Theatre district. You are only a couple short blocks away from at least half a dozen subway lines. I love the energy and lights and people. If you want to avoid walking in Times Square, simply walk on 8th or 6th. The midtown v. neighborhood is really a matter of preference, and varies greatly person to person.

Though you can't request bed type on hotwire, I have actually never NOT gotten two beds when I request it. When I arrive at hotels, I VERY politely let whoever is checking me in know that I am on vacation with my mom, and if it is at all possible, we would greatly appreciate two beds. I've found that a huge smile and friendliness can go a long way, especially in these huge hotels that have a lot of rooms. Not guaranteed to work, of course, but it's always been helpful for me.
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