a VirtualTourist member asked on Jul 12, 2016
Hi. My hubby and I are travelling to New York for the first time in October and are planning on staying for 4 nights, 5 days, during the week. We are looking for hotel accommodation which is central, affordable, clean/modern has free wifi and maybe a breakfast included in their stay package (like an executive 3 star, if that's possible, hahahaha) - we don't want to pay extortionate amounts on accommodation (as the cash will be used for shopping instead!) but yet would like comfortable, clean accommodation where we can get a little peace and quiet during our down time - I'm not asking for much, am I? any suggestions or personal recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
NYC hotels and restaurants are pretty pricey. When we travel we are always surprised and how much more reasonable other cities are. Staying in an outer boro near the subway would be less expensive than Midtown. The Z Hotel in Long Island City is a subway stop from Midtown & a few steps from the subway. Since it's in Queens it's significantly less expensive & so are the good restaurants nearby. [original VT link]
There are less expensive & by that I mean from about $100 to $200 daily on [original VT link].
Sometimes you can get a really good deal at the Paramount. It is really nice and about a block off of Time Square. Ask for a room facing out.
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Agree that hotels in NYC are very expensive indeed.
Nevertheless, I stay in Midtown, Manhattan every year and have had good experiences in all the places I've used. All have been clean comfortable and good for 'downtime' (though earplugs are a good idea because the 'white noise' of NYC air con can be very distracting). Here are my reviews:
2016 I stayed at the Best Western Premier Herald Square in June. It was by far the friendliest of the 5 Manhattan hotels I've stayed at so far and i' stay there agin:
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2015 Hampton Inn W 35th St [original VT link]
and La Quinta Inn W 32nd St [original VT link]
2014 What is now The Gregory on W 35th St (stayed twice): [original VT link]
2013 NYMA W 32nd St [original VT link]
If you decide to stay further out do factor in the time and cost of getting into and out of Manhattan every day...and the potential discomfort if you need to travel during commuter periods. NYC is a very busy, crowded and congested city. You also need to be more careful about location than you would be in Europe. Although imo Manhattan from Central Park southwards is pretty much ok there are areas elsewhere which you might find uncomfortable.
I have used www.booking.com to find all my NYC hotels (and almost all the hotels I've used when I have travelled elsewhere). The reviews can only be posted by people who have booked through the site and completed their stay and I have not yet been disappointed. All the hotels have been exactly as I expected from the page info and their reviews.
Check in Secaucus NJ which is 30 minutes travel to NYC mid town. Many hotel options are available.