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Where to find decent lodging in NYC for around $200?

Where to find decent lodging in NYC for around $200?

Old Apr 4th, 2012, 07:12 AM
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I think it's unlikely he will find a decent hotel with private bathroom and 2 beds in Manhattan for $200/night on that weekend since even the Long Island City hotels are asking that price AND MORE for a room with 2 beds. He might win a bid on Priceline at around that price, but Priceline only guarantees one bed for 2 people in Manhattan.

I think if budget is set in stone, he should make a reservation at one of the Long Island City hotels that's near a subway station (and not all are) while it's available. The Country Inn & Suites has a promo rate of $127/50 but that's only for a room with 1 king bed.

The best thing I see in Manhattan is the Millenium Broadway on kayak.com (booking on kayak) for $250/night plus tax for a double double superior room cancelable with no penalty til May 3.
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Old Apr 4th, 2012, 07:20 AM
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Righto eks - that was you. However - as I recall - both you and Adu1 hammered moi when I wrote my review of Tout Va Bien -so my bad if I sometimes mistake you "old gourmands".

And my response to your ostensibly incorrect analysis of Banh Mi sandwiches:

...........BTW - for you Banh Mi/Num Prang fans - this webpage has some interesting reviews - http://gastronomyblog.com/ and out here in San Diego, my favorites did have the garlic/butter/spicy mayo sauce. (see NY Times article/reference below). Our first/trusty Banh Mi store was marvelous - and back then (over 15 years ago was when I first discovered these treats) - a great sandwich was only $1.25.

The proprietor was a real dynamo - and she also had a Banh Mi shop in "Little Saigon" in LA (run by her son) - and one in Long Beach (run by a daughter) - and a fourth somewhere else in Orange County - but then she sold them and the new owners here in San Diego didn't make their sandwiches as good. As a consolation however, a new Dim Sum place opened up in the other end of the Linda Vista/Asian shopping center and is very good, and they also offer Bahn Mi sandwiches, which are good but not like those my little Vietnamese lady had.

As previously noted - my favorite was the BBQ Chicken - but they had pictures of about 10 different fillings/offerings up on the wall (BBQ Pork/Beef etc) - and while I am a big pate fan - never liked what they offered in their sandwiches.

From the NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/08/di...pagewanted=all

"In New York, chefs are obsessing about precisely how to slice the cucumber, whether the carrot-daikon pickle should be crinkle-cut or julienned, and how to make the sandwich ever better, richer, spicier and bigger. “I think we’re the only ones using both butter and mayonnaise,” said Ratha Chau, the chef and a co-owner of Num Pang, a new sandwich shop in Greenwich Village. “And of course it’s a chili mayonnaise and garlic butter, and we toast the bread with the garlic butter first so that the outside is crisp and the inside moist.” At An Choi, which just opened on the Lower East Side, Tuan Bui, the 34-year-old co-owner, adds caramelized onions to the traditional filling of shredded roast chicken. He may be the first on the East Coast to serve the upscale delicacy banh mi thit heo quay — stuffed with banquet-style roast pork belly and slivers of crunchy pork skin."
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Old Apr 4th, 2012, 07:24 AM
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Forgot to add: The well established Vietnamese/Banh Mi places here in San Diego warmed both the baguette and the filling.

Again, I never cared for their pate but loved the BBQ Chicken.
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Old Apr 4th, 2012, 07:43 AM
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mclurie I have been searching for the same weekend for our trip, and the GEM hotel and the Comfot Inns I mentioned above in aMnhattan are pretty decent w/ private baths under $200 for that weekend.
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Old Apr 4th, 2012, 07:48 AM
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With 2 beds???
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Old Apr 4th, 2012, 07:55 AM
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Just called The Larchmont - worried if they by chance might have a room with double beds. They do have one "family" room - with a queen and two single beds - but it's $249, and not available during June 1st weekend.

My friend wants a room with two double beds.

Ergo - I don't have to utter the famous line: What a Stupid I am!!!

That was what the tres misfortunate Argentinean player - Roberto de Vicenzo - exclaimed when he learned that he did not tie for the 1968 Masters Golf tournament --- because he had signed an incorrect scorecard. What's worse - the error was inadvertently entered by his playing partner - Tommy Aaron, (writing a score of 4 instead of a 3 on a hole)- but you are in the final ruling - still responsible for your own scorecard being correct. Such a shame.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberto_De_Vicenzo
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Old Apr 4th, 2012, 08:06 AM
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Yes. Read my posts above. And I just rechecked for our trip a few hrs ago and those are all (Confort Inn Manhattan Bridge CI Convention Center, and CI THeater, and GEM MIdtown) still available under $200 with two beds.

I wonder if TomSD did any research at al for his friend before he came to us. I now see from his posts that he is very familiar w/NYC, he writes reviews of NYC restaurants, knows hotels there, and wants to debate ethnic sandwiches. I feel silly for sharing all the research I have done for our own trip. I'm outta here.
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Old Apr 4th, 2012, 11:27 AM
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emd3. I was asking about this for a friend and his son, and appreciate your response. FYI - I did not invite this cynical/non-topic response by Aduchamp1, or did you read it?

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Both are close to a Murray's Bagel shop - and other good places to dine.
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Old Apr 4th, 2012, 11:32 AM
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And Tuscan: Thank you also.
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Old Apr 4th, 2012, 01:21 PM
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I think Tom was referring to me when he wrote the ole gourmand. And while Murray's makes one helluva bagel, I have never seen it in the same sentence as dine. In fact they consider it a sacriledge to toast a freshly baked bagel and will not do at the shop.
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Old Apr 4th, 2012, 07:28 PM
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Adu: Maybe you need to read more, or change your outfits more frequently?
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Old Apr 4th, 2012, 07:50 PM
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Adu: Maybe you need to read more, or change your outfits more frequently

I love witty banter, but one must understand it first in order to reply.
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Old Apr 4th, 2012, 08:48 PM
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Sorry, just ignore my comment.
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Old Apr 5th, 2012, 03:11 AM
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www.betterbidding.com see calender of pricline wins
mid town 4 stars bidding priceline.com from $120 always
for me usually the Hyatt. For no bid econos parksavoyhotel.com
right atCentral Park or chelsealodge.com starhotelny.com
for budget.
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Old Apr 5th, 2012, 04:06 AM
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Check the rates at the LaQuinta that weekend. I like it for a nice basic hotel at a usually good rate.

(Ignore the dogs, digging up old bones)
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Old Apr 5th, 2012, 06:06 AM
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I agree with tuscanlifeedit that Hotwire may have a good deal for you (in their blind choice category). I just put in the dates of June 1st to June 4th and they had a 4-star in the Dupont Circle-National Zoo for $111 and they had another 4-star in Capitol Hill-National Mall for $137. We're going to Washington DC next week and are staying at the Eldon Suites which we got on Hotwire - listed as a 3-star for $124 a night. Being Cherry Blossom season we thought it was a good price; we'd been trying Priceline for two months but it didn't work out for our dates.
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Old Apr 5th, 2012, 09:24 AM
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I'm sorry, Tomsd. I just realized you were asking about NYC instead of Washington DC. We were recently in NYC where we got something on Priceline but now are going
to Washington DC on Hotwire. Too many trips make me goofy! In any event, still check Hotwire for NYC. If I were you, I wouldn't chose a hotel that has less than 90% approval rating by Hotwire users (it's listed on their website). Also, you probably wouldn't want something less than a 3-star or 3 1/2 stars because Hotwire star ratings are a little over-inflated compared to Priceline. Hope this helps.
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Old Apr 5th, 2012, 02:59 PM
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Excerpt from my trip report:

We’d snagged a great deal on a “Mystery” hotel through Travelocity. Someone on another travel site tipped me off that the 4-star mystery hotel would be Flatotel. The Midtown West/Times Square vicinity location seemed perfect—and we’re not fussy. So we grabbed it for $137/night—including breakfast.

Imagine our surprise when we entered our room. We’d been upgraded to a “suite”—which was actually, an enormous apartment. The 38th floor location was completely quiet. We had a full living room, dining room, kitchen, a king-sized bed in the spacious bedroom; 2 bathrooms (!); and a Jacuzzi tub in the bathroom. Oh, and did I mention the walk-in closet and two flat-screen TVs? It was immense for Manhattan. I wouldn’t call it posh; some of the paint and furniture was chipped. It’s not the Ritz—but it was far beyond anything we needed or hoped for.

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FYI, I've never been disappointed with a hotel booked through Priceline. I typically choose 4-star properties--and I know the area it will be in.
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