Soho ... apartment rental

Old Jun 16th, 2011, 08:02 PM
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Soho ... apartment rental

Would like some info on renting an apartment in Soho for 10 days in July.
There will be 2 adults. Are there any rental agencies that you could suggest ?
Thanks in advance
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Old Jun 16th, 2011, 08:09 PM
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Forgot to ask about hotels in Soho that are not too expensive.
Any suggestions?
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Old Jun 16th, 2011, 09:09 PM
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The VAST majority of holiday rentals in NYC are illegal. "Not too expensive" is sort of vague. What is your budget for a hotel?
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Old Jun 17th, 2011, 01:53 AM
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Rental of apartments in NYC for less than 30 days is illegal.
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Old Jun 17th, 2011, 03:04 AM
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A couple of points.

First, what you are trying to do is illegal - subletting for less than 30 days is against the law.

Second, you are leaving yourself open to scams.

There was a piece just this morning on the local news about people from Argentina who were scammed by an ad on Craig's list for a SoHo apartment. The owner is trying to sell and put the info on a multiple listing service. Apparently the scammer trolls those services and then uses those descriptions and addresses to put fake listings on Craig's list.

The aparment owner has had 3 separate groups come to their apartment THIS WEEK, thinking they had rented the apartment. And since the renters had wred some or most of the money they were both out a substantial sum and forced to look for a hotel at last minute rates.

The city is now working with Craig's list to track down the scammer.

They pointed out that to identify scams look for postings that:

Have only email contacts - not a landline phone
Have grammar and spelling errors
Require that money be wired to them
Are too good to be true (this apartment was offered for $90 per night - clearly way less than you would have to pay for a luxury 2 bedroom apartment)

And finally, they reminded that doing this is illegal - so recouping any funds is essentially impossible since courts cannot enforce illegal contracts.
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Old Jun 17th, 2011, 05:46 AM
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Did not know it was illegal to rent an apt for less than 30 days.
In Calif, we do have vacation rentals. I am aware of all the scams on Craigs
list & others that I read about all the time. Their budget is around $250 a night.
Not sure that is possible in Soho. Thanks again
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Old Jun 17th, 2011, 05:50 AM
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I think your exact dates will be needed if you want suggestions.

Personally, when looking for hotels, I use a source like orbitz to see what the price range is for a given time. Then I cross check the individual hotel's website. They are usually around the same. You should probably do this to know if you are even in the ballpark.

Priceline is also an option if you can share a bed. Hotwire is another option.
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Old Jun 17th, 2011, 06:04 AM
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There are very few hotels in SoHo, and most of them are quite expensive and upscale. However I do believe they will be able to find a room for $250 or less, though probably not a suite with a kitchen.

There's a new Comfort Inn on Ludlow Street in the trendy Lower East Side. The area is dotted with excellent restaurants (many quite reasonably priced) and bars, but transit isn't great to that area. Still, it might be a fun place to stay. There's a Holiday Inn in Chinatown (that bills itself as "SoHo" even though it's a few blocks too far east), but even that is over $250 a night in July.

They might find a deal through Hotels.com or Hotwire, but they should not wait much longer because hotels in July are already booking up. They could bid on Priceline, but if they really want a hotel in a particular area, that's not a good option.
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Old Jun 17th, 2011, 01:46 PM
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You can check quikbook.com too. Travelzoo is starting to advertise discounts for July stays.

Bidding on Priceline is great for 2 or less travelers; there aren't rooms for 3 people on Priceline.
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Old Jun 17th, 2011, 03:07 PM
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If those two will share a bed, if not, not so great, at least in Manhattan, where many hotels do not have 2-bed rooms.
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Yes. Great for those who don't mind sharing a bed.
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Old Jun 20th, 2011, 03:26 AM
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The more affordable decent hotels in Soho are the Courtyard Soho and the Four Points Soho (there's also a Hampton Inn but don't really recommend it). Quikbook.com has something called secret sale hotels that works similar to Hotwire where you get the area, star level and amenities of the hotel and the price but not the name. Occasionally they have a Soho hotel.

If you want a small kitchen, the Canal Park Inn is a newish bed & breakfast that rents the equivalent of a small apartment. It's on the edge of Soho/Tribeca. http://www.thecanalparkinn.com/home.asp
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PS if you're willing to consider other areas of the city, there are suite hotels that provide the equivalent of an apt. but legally in a hotel that you can read reviews for. There are also a number of other b & b's that are actually vacation rentals in smaller buildings. West-eleventh.com and gvhabitue.com in Greenwich Village are popular and not far from Soho.
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We stayed at the Hampton Inn SoHo when it first opened a few years ago and it was fabulous. The location was terrific and everything should still be fresh and 'new' feeling. You can ask for a room facing the back if typical New York City street noise is a problem for you. We liked that hotel when we stayed and the rates were really good too. Rooms, like most in the city, are small.
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