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Thursday, September 17, 2009

New York Hotels

So I'm headed to New York for Thanksgiving this year. I have never been and have started researching hotels. My critieria:

1) Between $200-$300 a night.
2) Stay near Mid-Town.
3) Check In / Check Out times works.

STEP ONE: I first put in the information above into Expedia and to find some hotels that fit the above critieria. Then I check them on Trip Advisor and other review sites to find out what people are saying about them. From this information I make a first round list.

W New York: $263/night
Room Type:
The Wonderful Room - 1 Queen
My research for this hotel shows that Starwood Members sometimes get upgraded. Reviews overall are mixed with some saying the employees are a little snotty and the rooms are small but chic.

Millennium UN Plaza: $257/night
Room Type:
My research here shows big rooms with great views. Reviews also say that you should stay in the West Tower.

Paramount Hotel Times Square New York: $245/night
Room Type: Renovated Broadway Classic
This just got a bunch of reviews raving about the location. It did mention the rooms were small but that seems to be the case with New York.

The New Yorker Hotel: $265/night
Room Type: Metro Room-2 Doubles-Renovated Dbl
More mixed reviews. They mentioned poor service...not good.

Hilton Garden Inn New York/West 35th Street: $269/night
Room Type:
This place has rave reviews.

Ink48 Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel: $208/night
Room Type: King Deluxe Room
No reviews but it looks nice and is cheap for a four star hotel. Cheap is good!

Stay: $259/night
Room Type:
Very small rooms but otherwise amazing reviews.

STEP TWO: So now that I have my top eight list it's time to narrow them down. They are all in the Mid-Town area but some are in less ideal locations then others. I use Google Maps to plot them based on how close they are to stuff I want to see.

Check back tomorrow to see where the list is now.

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