Omni Berkshire or Courtyard Midtown East?

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Aug 3rd, 1999, 06:53 AM
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Omni Berkshire or Courtyard Midtown East?

Two adults, 2 kids, 10 & 13, in NYC for 6 days this month. We want to see the city on foot & bus/subway.

Omni - 52 & Madison @ $199 each night
Courtyard - 53 & 3rd @ $159 each 2 nights
$179 each 4 nights

Are there reasons to choose one over the other? Although the Courtyard is new & cheaper, will the Omni be much nicer, and the location much better?
 
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Aug 3rd, 1999, 08:32 AM
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Courtyard is a more convenient location if you'll be using the subways. It's very close to a station that has three train options and allows easy access to cross twon and sevral points downtown simply by chooisng the train rather than doing transfers. Additionally, if you walk a few blocks up 3rd Avenue you'll find an incredible selection of non-touristy restaurants where folks in that neighborhood dine out. There's something in every price range and they run all the way up into the 60's. Be sure to buy the "Funpass" for MTA. It allows unlimited rides for $4 per day per person on both buses and subways.
 
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Aug 3rd, 1999, 11:22 AM
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Although the Omni is an older building, it was gut renovated about 18 months ago. The hotel is a more exclusive property and several notches up from the Courtyard, it's all a matter of what you're looking for. Being located on Madison Avenue puts in in a far more exclusive area than 3rd Avenue from a real estate point of view. Also the Omni is around the corner from all of the tourist attractions on Fifth Avenue, such as Rock Center, St. Patrick's, The Plaza Hotel, Central Park and Saks to name a few. At the prices you quoted, I would choose the Omni. The Courtyard is also a good choice and as the previous poster indicated less expensive dining options are available near by.
 
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Aug 4th, 1999, 03:17 PM
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Thanks for the input. Although I'd love a more luxurious hotel, I think having those subway connections are a real advantage - we'll probably be wiped at the end of the day and not want to trek several blocks to our hotel. Unless anyone else has any contrary opinions.

Any specific restaurant suggestions for breakfast and dinner in the 3rd & 53rd area?
 
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