room with a view in NYC

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Feb 1st, 2005, 04:50 AM
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room with a view in NYC

Hi,
I know that this might be a question that many has asked before, but I'll ask anyway:
We are a Danish couple (early 30's) who will go to NY in october. It is my husbands first visit to NY, so I thought it might be fun to have a terrific city view from our hotel - that's what really impresses us Danes, we're not used to more than five floors! We are usually very fond of "design" hotels, so if the interior design is great as well it would be just perfect. Our budget is around $350 pr night, but if you know just the one and it's a little more expensive that it is OK.
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Feb 1st, 2005, 05:54 AM
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Views are very much at a premium in NYC and you $350 budget may take some work. Most hotels with views usually incorporate them with a suite and charge upwards of US$1000 per night.

Try Le Parker Meridian and book a suite on an upper floor. They are only two blocks from Central Park and the upper floors have fantastic views.

The Marriott Marquis or Renaissance in Times Square. The Doubletree may also have rooms with great views.

Places like The Carlyle, Plaza Athenee, Ritz-Carlton, and Pierre are just stupid expensive for a room with a view.

You should find some other great suggestions if you go the non conventional route (i.e. don't go after hotels and that advertise their view).
 
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Feb 1st, 2005, 06:27 AM
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GoTravel - thanks for your suggestions.
do you think it would be easier if we spent around $100-150 more? 500 a night tops.
what could we get then?
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Feb 1st, 2005, 06:36 AM
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I'd suggest the Library Hotel (libraryhotel.com). They have great romance packages to fit your budget.
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Feb 1st, 2005, 06:37 AM
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If you want to have a nice view of the skyline, you'd probably be ok staying in midtown / Times Square. The W Hotel in Times Square has the advantage of being on a corner, with no tall buildings next to it, so it is rather easy to have a nice view, especially if you are facing east or south. It is also a pretty cool hotel, and you may just find a great room with your $350 budget. Call or email the hotel directly, and explain what you want.
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Feb 1st, 2005, 08:18 AM
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I haven't checked, but what are the rates at the new Mandarin Oriental in the Times Warner? Aren't great views guaranteed there? I don't suppose that $350 budget would do it, but $500?
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Feb 1st, 2005, 08:53 AM
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The rack rate at the MO is somethig like $565 for the basic room. There may be some deals available now - but I don;t now about October.
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Feb 1st, 2005, 09:09 AM
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the westin essex house has great park views.
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Feb 1st, 2005, 09:11 AM
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Holy cow! For the heck of it I checked rates for the Mandarin Oriental for mid October and the cheapest standard room was $650 a night. Park view rooms started at $950 per night.

No way jose. No hotel is worth that much money for a standard room.
 
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Feb 1st, 2005, 09:20 AM
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I like the view of Central Park from the Essex House also.
Be careful- if you really want a certain view, you often have a hard time getting them to commit to giving it to you in the reservation in many of the NY hotels I've stayed in. Often they say it is based on availability at check-in.
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Feb 1st, 2005, 02:26 PM
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I had a great view at the Sofitel.
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Feb 3rd, 2005, 12:49 AM
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Thank you all for your help!
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Feb 3rd, 2005, 07:26 AM
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ditto on the view of Central Park from the Essex House. stayed there back in Sept 2004 and the hotel was very nice and the view was great.
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