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Old 03-13-16, 10:51 AM
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Hotel suggestions for NYC in May

DW and I are thinking of going to the big apple for four nights this may.
the hotel choices are a little overwhelming.
We want a nice hotel in a nice area of Manhattan, and can spend up to about 350 a night.
Any suggestions?
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Old 03-13-16, 11:09 PM
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Definitely get a hotel. Those steam tunnels aren't as comfortable as they look.
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You'll need to check the pricing, but a couple of summers ago we stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Tribeca​ for a week. Conveniently located within easy walking distance of three subway lines, we had good access to everything we wanted to see in Manhattan. While the room wasn't large, I'm not sure that any hotel room in NYC can be called spacious. The staff was nice. The room was well maintained. Chinatown was within easy walking distance.
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Old 03-14-16, 11:38 AM
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I actually did a search of the waldorf astoria and was surprised that it was reasonably priced for such a swanky hotelhttps://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/wa/...execution=e1s5
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Old 03-14-16, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Altair 4 View Post
You'll need to check the pricing, but a couple of summers ago we stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Tribeca​ for a week. Conveniently located within easy walking distance of three subway lines, we had good access to everything we wanted to see in Manhattan. While the room wasn't large, I'm not sure that any hotel room in NYC can be called spacious. The staff was nice. The room was well maintained. Chinatown was within easy walking distance.
I'd highly recommend booking in an area like Tribeca. If you stay near Times Square, etc you'll be immersed in the craziest part of town 24/7. As Altair wrote, you can get pretty much anywhere in the city very quickly and easily from the quieter areas. Overall I'd say they are much better for starting and ending your days.

Keep in mind, if you have trouble booking in Manhattan, there are major hotels in Queens just over the 59th street bridge. You can take a bus or train and get into midtown in about 10-15 minutes and even walk or Citibike across the bridge if the weather is nice.
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I like this one, but may be top of your range, I may receive slightly lower rate as my stays are usually work-related and booked via work travel dept.

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Be aware that even expensive hotels in NYC have tiny rooms. You're typically paying for location and amenities...not room size.
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I stayed in Queens last time. At this hotel
Ramada Jamaica/Queens (NY) - Hotel Reviews - TripAdvisor

Small rooms, its in a area where its a mix of everyone. Like the Eddie Murphy movie " Coming to America". None of that Times Square 400 bucks a night exp which does not sound NYC to me.

Took me over an hour to get from the hotel to Chinatown. But at the time in 2010 it was like 70 bucks a night which is not bad for a hotel that IMO is 2.5 to 3 except for room size which you just have to accept cause its NYC.
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I stayed in Queens last time. At this hotel
Ramada Jamaica/Queens (NY) - Hotel Reviews - TripAdvisor

Small rooms, its in a area where its a mix of everyone. Like the Eddie Murphy movie " Coming to America". None of that Times Square 400 bucks a night exp which does not sound NYC to me.

Took me over an hour to get from the hotel to Chinatown. But at the time in 2010 it was like 70 bucks a night which is not bad for a hotel that IMO is 2.5 to 3 except for room size which you just have to accept cause its NYC.
Yes, Just over the Oueensboro/Ed koch/59th street bridge is Long Island City, a formerly industrial area along the east River which has been slowly gentrifying, to the degree where no one I know can afford to live there, or at least buy a home there. Idk how much you'd save in room prices, but the trip into Manhattan is very short - one stop on the Q32 bus or the Q and N trains, and just 4 stops to Grand Central Station on the 7 train, which is elevated and gives you some nice views of the NYC skylines before you enter the tunnel. The bridge itself is about a mile long and has a multi-user path, not too steep and walkable in about 20-30 minutes and bike in 10 or so. There's a citibike station at the foot of the bridge, very near all the trains and buses.
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I've spent the night in Penn Station. Not recommended.
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I've spent the night in Penn Station. Not recommended.
But it must have been very interesting!
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Your budget will allow you to stay pretty much in most hotels in NYC.
So maybe go by what your primary interests are. If you like Broadway shows;
then stay by midtown west. Museums; upper west side. Etc. and so forth.

I've never stayed at the Waldorf Astoria; but I live a few blocks from there. It's
a nice area.
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Try the W Hotel on Lexington Avenue. It is walking distance from Grand Central Station, and close to the Chrysler Tower. You should be able to get a decent room within your budget. As with any hotel in Manhattan, try to get a room on as high a floor as possible, the closer you are to street level, the noisier it is.
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