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During the '80's I traveled often to NYC on business and with a very flexible expense account. I usually stayed in the '30's to the '50's, and got used to the Waldorf, Helmsley Palace, etc.

 

I no longer have that luxury, but I find I'll be in the Big Apple this summer. It's been nearly 20 years since I've been there, and I have no clue where to stay. I'm comfortable in midtown, but farther south in The Village, Chelsea, or SoHo would work too.

 

Basically, I'm looking for "suitable" accommodations which I wouldn't expect to match my previous venues.

 

Some suggestions, please. :*

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I'm mobile so can't post the long url but look for my posting about NYC hotels. It is probably on page two by now. Cause of my grandmas death its wiped me out money wise so I'm not going and can't report my findings.

 

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Greg

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Take a look at the Chelsea Star (http://starhotelny.com/index.php). I saw a client in there maybe a year ago. It was funky, but not in a bad way, and the rooms seem affordable. Looking on the web, it appears some of the rooms use a shared hallway bathroom, so book carefully if that's a deal-breaker for you.

 

Or the Milford Plaza (http://www.milfordplaza.com/) which I'm not crazy about but is sometimes affordable.

 

Or the Chelsea Inn (http://www.chelseainn.com/) which thinks of itself as a B&B says rooms start at $99-- if they're available. I've been inside once; you get what you pay for.

 

Kevin Slater

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>got used to the Waldorf, Helmsley

>Palace, etc.

 

Not a recommendation but a warning. Avoid the Waldorf even if you get a killer priceline rate. It has become a toilet. (New Waldorf Towers is a different matter but unlikely to be had except at top rates.)

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Try the Bowery Hotel (http://www.boweryhotel.com), new boutique hotel in SoHo and near Union Square. Transport from hotel to other city neighborhoods is very good.

 

http://www.boweryhotel.com

 

Other boutiques that sometimes offer good rates: Giraffe, Maritime, Library. Great style at all of them.

 

 

"I'd say that's a bit of an extreme reaction, now wouldn't you?" -- N.F. Bates

 

 

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If 75th and Broadway isn't too far out of the way for you consider the Beacon Hotel(http://www.beaconhotel.com). You should be able to get a room for around $275. The lobby is nothing but the rooms are great as they are large and come with a fully equiped kitchenette. The cross town bus is a block away and the subway is only two blocks away. There are a number of "inexpensive" restaurants in the area and Lincoln Center is very walkable. I love this place and wouldn't stay any where else.

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>Even that hotel in the Bowery is up to $575 a night.

 

SOMETIMES MUCH LOWER RATES SHOW UP ONLINE, ESPECIALLY AT THE LAST MINUTE.

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>the rooms

>are designed to be very small

 

IS THE ROOM WIDE ENOUGH FOR ONE TO SPREAD THE LEGS AND POINT THE TOES?

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>http://www.thepodhotel.com/

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Lankypeters

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Last time I was in NYC I stayed the New Yorker Hotel (part of the Ramada chain).

 

http://www.nypc.org/pix/NewYorkerHotel.large.jpg http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1040/1035546068_04e569c28d.jpg

 

http://www.newyorkerhotel.com/index.html

 

It's certainly not fancy or posh. Basically a clean, safe room to sleep and I've used it when I "hosted" my favorite guys.

 

One big plus is the location in mid-town. It's right on a subway line, near Madison Square Garden, close to Macy's, and a block from Penn Station. (I arrived by train so this was fantastic.)

 

I had a corner room above the 40th floor and had a great view of the city. My room was very much like it was in the 1940's with a claw tub bath and shower combo, pedestal sink, and small tile floors. It was staying a Grandma's house.

 

Got a fantastic deal on-line using Hotels.com.

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Last May I stayed in two hotels which were centrally located, but from what I received for the money (each charging over $200+ per night)-- I would not return again.

 

I made the reservations on http://www.Venere.com, a website that caters to foreign visitors to the States.

 

Try http://www.discounthotels.com or, as another wrote-- http://www.Hotels.com-- if not Hotwire.com.

 

As you know summer rates can be slightly astronomical for some!

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msnbc.com recently ran this; might be useful...

 

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23618347/?pg=10#TDY_Travel_50Hotels

 

New York City

Best Western Fort Lee

Rate: $100 to $129

Description: In the shadow of the Big Apple (eight miles from Times Square), you’ll find this comfy space in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Don’t overlook the state’s tax-free clothes shopping.

Phone: 201-461-7000

 

Gershwin Hotel

Rate: $109 to $135

Description: This hostel-inspired property is between the Empire State Building and the historic Flat-iron District. Rooms are small, but, hey, you’ll feel like a native.

Phone: 212-545-8000

 

The Riverside Tower Hotel

Rate: $109 to $139

Description: A few blocks from the American Museum of Natural History, this apartment-style space offers 120 rooms with small kitchenettes.

Phone: 212-877-5200

 

Saints and Sinners

Rate: $125 to $150

Description: This old B & B on a tree-lined street in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill neighborhood is a quick subway ride into Manhattan. (Shared baths.)

Phone: 718-855-9614

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RE: Use Travelocity.com to review all the hotels.

 

If you go to Travelocity.com and click on hotels, enter some dates, and you will see pages with a paragraph and photo of about 169 hotels, with a price. Scroll down and pick one. Not as good as a personal recommendation, but a good way to see much of what is available.

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The Best Western in Fort Lee may be affordable, but staying in New Jersey is not a good way to get the "New York experience." You will have to take a bus across the George Washington Bridge, then a long subway ride to get to anything you may actually want to do. That is particularly unpleasant if you want to do any late night activity in Manhattan.

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RE: Use Travelocity.com to review all the hotels.

 

I have to second trip advisor. Take some of the reviews with a grain of salt and some of the pics with bed bugs are not for the faint of heart.

 

Hugs,

Greg

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On my last visit I stayed at the New Yorker as well and was pleased with my room on the 28th floor or so. I had a full on view of the Empire State Building which tells you where you are when you see it lit up at night. Also got very good rates and entertained three of New York's finest escorts during my stay (Mick, Chris #3 and damned if I can remember the third), so having guests was not a problem. Also lots of towels, etc.

 

I've stayed at the Milford Plaza which was also affordable and featured full length mirror on one wall opposite the bed which was nice when entertaining yet another of New York's finest escorts (Jason Markus).

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You should always check the various discount sites. You can get a pretty good deal that way.

 

I've stayed at the New Yorker a few times...very basic but clean and safe. Excellent for entertaining. The Wellington at 55th and 7th, just two blocks from Carnegie Hall can't be beat for location. Small but clean rooms. Sometimes a good deal available. Another winner is La Quinta on W. 32nd St, just west of 5th Ave. This one doesn't show up on the discount sites but if you google La Quinta Manhattan you should find it. Again, small but adequate rooms and I have had some excellent times there!

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