NYC Hotel Near Broadway ????

Old Dec 13th, 2005, 11:18 AM
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NYC Hotel Near Broadway ????

Have reservations at both Milford Plaza and Hotel Edison for the 2nd weekend of January 2006.

Is there a better choice for about $200 per night ?

Which hotel is better ???? Pro's and Con's appreciated !!

Also planning to see Phantom of the Opera while in NYC.
Is that a good choice for two 50 something parents and their 23 year old daughter ??
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Old Dec 13th, 2005, 12:11 PM
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Although I have never stayed at either place, I have never heard a good thing about either hotel. I just received and e-mail from the Belvedere Hotel which is on 48th and 8th (not far from B'way) and they are running a special. When I put in your dates, they came up at $189 per night. It's called the NY1 special and includes breakfast. The hotel is nice and conveniently located. Not 5 * but a couple of steps up from the Milford Plaza.

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Old Dec 13th, 2005, 12:18 PM
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The Edison is fine; it is well located and very clean. It is not a luxury property but perfectly acceptable. I'm not sure how you made your reservation but I suggest calling the hotel directly and asking for a AAA discount (if you have a AAA membership) you will find that a double room is less than $200. The theater is very convenient for seeing a show or two as it is in the heart of the theater district. I have stayed there on and off for the past 15 years.
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Haven't stayed at the Edison before but did stay at the Milford a couple years ago. While not the worst place I've ever stayed, it was far from the best and for $200/night you should be able to do a lot better.
Milford's rooms are very small--I remember that I could not open the bathroom door completely because it hit the edge of the bed.
The only plus I can think of at the Mildford is its convenience within the theater district but there are dozens of other hotels in the same price range that are much nicer.
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Old Dec 13th, 2005, 01:39 PM
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sorry - I should have said the HOTEL is convenient to the theaters, not the "theater is convenient . . ."

Anyway, no reason to sweat over the Edison, you'll be fine.
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I stayed at the Edison earlier this year and it was absolutely fine, and so convenient for theatres and shows.
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Old Dec 13th, 2005, 03:16 PM
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In early January you should be able to get great deals. First of all, neither of the 2 hotels you have booked should cost $200 at that time. Look on quikbook.com The Milford shows up for $149/159.

In the budget category, the Belvedere is far superior to the ones you've picked and is listed at $174/184 on quikbook & $170/179 on hotels.com. The Best Western President is $153-$207 (different prices different nights) for a junior suite.

But for the family you describe, I would consider an apartment type setup for more space. The Best Western Hospitality which is an all suite hotel but not near Broadway gets better reviews than the BW President.

The Salisbury appears to be available on hotels.com for $175/$245 averaging to $205 night for a 1 bedroom apartment. This is an apartment/hotel.

I'm not a fan of Phantom but many are. It's been playing for a very long time so if you're familiar with the music and like it, you'll like the show.

Don't pay full price for it. There will be discounts available on broadwaybox.com so you can buy ahead online at a discount or wait until you arrive.
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Old Dec 13th, 2005, 03:29 PM
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I would check biddingfortravel.com or betterbidding.com to see how much others are getting rooms for through Priceline.com and Hotwire.com. Those sites recently helped me successfully bid for a 4-star hotel for $80 less that the 3-stars.
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does anyone recommend getting a hotel through pricelines"s bidding policy? thanks for all the good traveling info.........
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Old Dec 14th, 2005, 12:23 AM
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spark2: Depends how flexible you are, and how many people are travelling together. In NYC you will get a double room, but it may only have one bed. Sometimes the hotel will accommodate a request for twin beds, or two doubles, sometimes not (I've had experience of both). And look carefully at the areas you are bidding for, and remember that the hotel may be anywhere in the area.

Having said that, it is a good way of obtaining a room at a bargain price. I had no feeling of being treated as a second-class customer by the hotel staff - they want you to come again!

Read biddingfortravel.com for great tips on bidding, and don't bid as much as Priceline suggests.

But if it is important to you to be able to specify where you are staying and the exact type of room, give it a miss.
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Tou also might want to try www.hotels.com. I have found it to be one of the best sites out there.
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Old Dec 14th, 2005, 05:18 AM
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Thanks for the great responses.
However, I am going to look to have accomodations for THREE adults and want a room with two twin beds.
My understanding is MOST of these so called BIDDING web sites give you a price for only TWO people in a room.
So using these sites is risky as the price quoted doesn't include a 3rd person.

Am I incorrect ???
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Old Dec 14th, 2005, 06:33 AM
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IT's hard to do better in terms of price at this time of year, for $200 per night, unless you luck into priceline, though January prices ease off a bit.

Frankly, I wouldn't want to be staying anywhere near Broadway in mid-town, it's incredibly crowded, not pretty, and pickpockets abound.

There are lots of lists of hotels, not on Broadway, but in quieter neighborhoods that are also fairly convenient and much more attractive areas.

Try some of these 'medium' hotels' websites--I work for an organization that has vetted these
Affinia Hotels
Apple Core Hotels
The Carlton
Central Park Hostel and Inn
Chelsea Star Hotel
The Chelsmore Apts
Clarion Hotel Park Avenue
Fitzpatrick New York
Gershwin Hotel
Hotel Deauville
Hotel Roger Williams
Hotel Thirty Thirty NYC
Hotel 17
Hotel 31
Manhattan Broadway Hotel, 800-784-1180
Manhattan Lodgings
The Marcel
Murray Hill Inn
Ramada Inn - Eastside
Union Square Inn - (No Elevator)
The Vanderbilt YMCA
www.quikbook.com
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Old Dec 14th, 2005, 07:10 AM
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The pickpocket problem is no greater in NYC than any other metropolitan area. It can happen anywhere. Use common sense. To avoid the entire theater district over this is absurd.

There are many acceptable places in NYC to stay. Some people PREFER to be in the thick of action of the theater district, other people PREFER to be in a more quiet residential area. It all depends on the individual and no one person is right or wrong about what is "better".

Don, you are correct - if you need to accommodate 3 in your room don't use Priceline as they only guarantee a room with 1 bed.
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Three adults in a NYC hotel room will be uncomfortable, to say the least. I would think about spending a bit more money and either:

-- Using Priceline to bid on two hotel rooms; or

-- Grabbing two reasonably-priced rooms at one of the better Apple Core properties-- say, the Red Roof Inn Manhattan (in Little Korea on 32nd St., a quick cab ride from Times Square).

Phantom? Eeewwwww. Erzatz Puccini with a tinny rock beat? The big star is the chandelier?! I'd rather try to get into Wicked or Dirty Rotten Scoundrels....
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Old Dec 14th, 2005, 07:33 AM
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I've stayed at the Belvedere and it's now my favorite, affordable New York hotel. Broadway is only a block away, but you'd never know it at the Belvedere. The street is quiet and safe. There's a GREAT breakfast place up the corner and other places to eat within walking distance, too. A short walk to all the theaters. I would never have thought of staying in this location but the hotel is great, quiet, and so convenient.
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Old Dec 14th, 2005, 08:15 AM
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DonPats-

Priceline is NOT for you with 3 in a room. All the prices I quoted you were for 3 adults in a room. YOu can't sleep 3 people in 2 TWIN beds. You need at least 2 doubles/queens.

My recos were:

>the Belvedere-2 doubles on hotels.com or quikbook.com

>the Salisbury for a 1 bedroom suite on hotels.com for an avg/night of $205

>Best Western Hospitality on the east side, an all suite hotel.

Look at reviews of these on tripadvisor.com
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Agree with rjw on Wicked and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
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Old Dec 14th, 2005, 08:23 AM
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Wicked and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels are great, but if you are intersted in seeing Phantom, go for it; you should be able to get discount tickets and that might even free up some extra money for an additional show! RJW was a bit rude, the show is very enjoyable entertainment especially if you have not see it before.

FWIW, the Edison is nicer than the Applecore properties (nothing wrong with them, but they are more "budget" level than the Edison. Also, you'll find larger rooms at the Edison)
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Now grantop, I don't think I was being rude to the OP. Maybe to Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber (who is, let's be frank, a hack tunesmith with a genius for self-promotion-- and maybe two great songs in his portfolio)-- but not to the OP. I'm merely saying the money would be better spent on a better show. If there are fresh leads in Chicago (it goes stale really fast with the usual cast), even that would be a good choice. And I think one should try to see the shows that haven't been toured to death (oops, there goes Chicago!!).

But then again, it could be worse. What if Frank Wildhorn had a show on Broadway right now *shudder*...?!
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