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NYC hotel. Upper East Side (50th-70th), prefer under $250

NYC hotel. Upper East Side (50th-70th), prefer under $250

Aug 2nd, 2007, 07:10 PM
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Or travel to NYC a month later, when supply & demand are very, very different.
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Aug 2nd, 2007, 07:37 PM
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I've usually done very well with Priceline (even over New Year's Eve) and Hotwire for NYC. But, I book way, way ahead (in January for New Year's...).

Only once have I had to use our "backup" (Travel Inn, which has gone from $150 to $250 in the last several years), but that was actually the most convenient to our New Year's Eve destination.

It will be a challenge to find anything for $250 during the holidays, especially at this late date.

At good resource for price shopping is Kayak.com Once the results are presented, you can sort by price. Then, move the slider on the left to $250.

When I entered random early December dates, the Edison (usually around $200) came in over $500!

As someone else already mentioned, rates drop dramatically for January, February, March - and you have better luck if you want Broadway Show tickets.

Highly recommend shopping like the dickens and booking something you can cancel ASAP. While you're "hunting around" rates will continue to increase with the fill rate.
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Aug 3rd, 2007, 06:09 AM
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The rates in NYC are ridiculous, aren't they? Honestly, a traveler could snag a flight to Paris and stay in a sweet little 2* European hotel for the same price as a trip to NYC. It makes it hard to even justify a pleasure trip to New York (unless you're really tight on time I guess).
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Aug 3rd, 2007, 06:21 AM
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Early Dec. (especially the first weekend in Dec.) has become the most expensive time of year in NYC. Xmas shopping etc. $250 will be a challenge. You can check 1871house.com but I doubt they'll be in budget. The http://www.thegracieinn.com/ is not as nice but might work.

Betterbidding.com has a list that helps identify hotwire.com hotels by star level, area and amenities listed. You can check that but I still think your budget is unrealistic for that time of year.

If you want to consider an apartment, you could contact nyhabitat.com and see what they can offer. You might also check the London agency www.apartments2book.com who have contracts with some of the apt/hotels.
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Aug 4th, 2007, 01:55 PM
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New York hotels are expensive because they can be ... supply & demand.

Everyone wants to be in the city, particularly during the holidays, occupancy rates are very high, so one must pay for the privilege.

If prices were low, I'd be worried!
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Aug 4th, 2007, 03:48 PM
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Once again, all...thank you for your considerate help. From the looks of things, and from our own extensive exploring, we will forego NYC at this time. No big deal...my DW though it would be a good place to send her b'day..but we'll opt for a lovely local (California) substitute (we have many favorites) and not have take out a second mortgage.

Thanks again...you guys are the greatest...on all Fodor boards. Funny, I'm usually a contributor, rarely an OP..but I was overwhelmed by your rapid and sincere response.

Happy travels..

Stu and Roz Tower, L.A.
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Aug 4th, 2007, 04:52 PM
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bookmarking - thanks
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Aug 5th, 2007, 05:03 AM
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To dmlove's question on the Affinia 50 vs. lots of other hotels..the Affinia 50 like all the Affinia hotels are mostly suites (studios, 1 & 2 bedroom) that come with kitchens and are more like apts. than hotel rooms. The Courtyard, Flatotel & Intercontinental Barclay are mostly regular hotel rooms although each will probably have some suites (not sure those come with kitchens). The Residence Inn is all suites, but they're all studios (one large room) but do have full kitchens. The Blakely also has suites (studio and 1 bedroom) and some regular rooms.

The San Carlos and the Kimberly are also suite hotels near the Affinia 50.
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Aug 5th, 2007, 05:06 AM
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To the question, "... is another hotel in the Affinia chain that is better?"--the Benjamin is considered the top of their line in NYC and along with the Affinia Dumont, has an in house spa. Some of their hotels have restaurants. I don't think the Affinia 50 does. The Affinia Gardens is the most recently renovated. So in one form or another, I'd say those might be considered "better" but the 50 is very good and well located.
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Aug 5th, 2007, 06:46 AM
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Thanksgiving 2006 we stayed at The Kimberly. Don't remember the price, but we had two rooms. The rooms have a small kitchen, living area and separate bedroom. Very nice and good location, with good restaurant right next door. Check them out.
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