NYC hotels- 2 or 4 person limit?

Old Jun 30th, 2007, 11:25 PM
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NYC hotels- 2 or 4 person limit?

Great posts from many! How rigid are the hotels in enforcing the person/ per room limit? We're looking at a booking larger room (>450sq ft) to accommodate a family of 5, and are thinking of bringing everyone into the room, although the room limit is 4. Thanks for the feedback.
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Old Jul 1st, 2007, 02:52 AM
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The limits are enforced. Excess occupancy would be a fire safety violation, with legal penalties.
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Old Jul 1st, 2007, 05:56 AM
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Lobstershak, the limits definitely are enforced because it's huge liability for hotels. (It's also a $ issue). If you have a family of five, check into some of the all-suite hotels like www.affinia.com, which has several properties all over the east side of Manhatan. My personal favorite is the Affinia 50 (same nabe as the Waldorf), but all of their hotels are great and receive consistent rave reviews on this board and Trip Advisor.

There also are the Embassey Suites (Lower Manhattan) and Doubletree Suites (Time Square). Haven't stayed at either property, but again, have seen good reviews on both.
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The hotels decide on how many people can occupy the room due to the size (many CANNOT fit more than one queen or 2 twin beds - so the other people wopuld have no place to sleep). Separately, rooms do have limits based on fire codes.

If you want a room/suite for 5 people all you need to do is book it. Many hotels have this available. I would not attempt to put 5 people in a room reserved for 4 since there will not be anyplace for the 5th person to sleep - or bedding or towels etc. Nevermind that you could be prosecuted for theft of services.

And - if you try to sneak another person in and are caught it can be quite unpleasant. They may simply deny you the room - and you'll have nowhere - esp if the hotel doesn't have rooms for 5 - many don;t. They may require that you take a larger room/suite - at a higher cost - if they have it available.

You're really taking a chance with this.

Don;t understand why you simply don;t book what you need at a hotel that has rooms/suites for 5. Who wants to start off a vacation with this type of potential eembarassment/mess.
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thanks to all the responses - family of 5, with 3 small children - ages 5,6,7. I was hoping to get everyone together as the kids don't like to be separated at night, even at home! Even the suites have limits of 4 people, including the 2BR places we've scoured all over the city. any offered help is much appreciated.
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Old Jul 4th, 2007, 02:27 PM
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Try the Murray Hill East suites.
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Embassy Suites is great for families! We stay in them in many places..stayed in the one in Lower Manhattan last spring. On that trip, we had four adults. We had actually booked for three, and another person joined us at the last minute. We had no problems with the hotel. It was very nice!
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I see what lobstershak is talking about for the limits on 4 people. Even on the Affinia site, if you look at all the suites, the most they say is for 4 people. However, when I just punched in a date and put 2 adult, 3 children, some Affinia rooms came up particularly at the Affinia 50. So children may be considered differently depending on their age.

The Shelburne Murray Hills did say up to 6 people for their 2 bedroom but that's the only one I saw. Didn't check Embassy Suites. You might want to call Affinia 50 to confirm that 2 adults, 5 children is OK but they were letting you book it that way.
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Old Jul 4th, 2007, 05:21 PM
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I think you need to call the hotels directly. Part of what you're seeing may well be a function of the web site rather than the hotel's rules.

Try affinia.com - several hotels in that group have suites that will take 5 or 6 people.
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lobstershak,

The Best Western Hospitality House has 2 bedroom suites - each bedroom has a double bed & there is a also a double sofa bed in the lounge. Here's a link to their website;
http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwest...ode=33114#null

Here's another link to my trip report which contains more info on the Hospitality House;

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...1&tid=34778469

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We just stayed at the Doubletree Suites Times Square. If you get a 2 bed room, then w/the pull out sofa in the separate living room, it will sleep a family of 5 quite nicely. However, it is not an especailly inexpensive hotel and you may find you can do nearly as well--moneywise-- w/adjoining rooms in a budget locale, thus giving you the advantage of an additional bathroom.
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The Travel Inn on W 42nd would be able to accomodate your family and the nicest part is that the hotel is close to Times SQuare but without all the noise. You are also close to lots of restaurants and transportation.

My cousin, huband and 3 kids stayed there and the hotel even brought in a rollaway bed.

If you are driving, they also offer free parking for guests.

There is a pool on the roof which the kids will probably love as well.

Have a GREAT time.
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