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Garden Kitty
07-04-2011, 02:23 AM
I don't have much personal experience, but you might find the Fodor's Travel Guide page for NYC useful. (http://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/new-york/new-york-city/hotels.html)

They have picks in various price ranges

WindSpirit
07-04-2011, 02:33 AM
I stayed in this Comfort Inn (http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-new_york-new_york-NY041?promo=gglocal) (129 West 46th St, right next to Times Square) in January 2008. I think the rate was around $189 per night (I'm sure it's more around dates like Thanksgiving). I would stay there again. It was clean and quiet, and very close to everything I needed. Small rooms though.

Jayar
07-04-2011, 04:53 AM
I stayed there for work in 2007. It was really dumpy and filthy. Hope it has been done over since then. I was there with 5 other work people and noone was happy.


It is disgusting. Worst hotel I have EVER stayed in.

Jay and I are in NYC right now, and we always stay in the Park Central on 56th and 7th. You can get great rates (20% off if you stay 5 or more nights), and it has always been clean, quiet, and it has a gorgeous lobby. MANY Europeans stay here, so your mom might like it, too. Just 3 blocks from Central Park, Carnegie Hall is across the street, Lincoln Center is 10 blocks uptown, Times Square is 14 blocks downtown, and the NRQ subway lines are outside the side entrance. LOVE it.

oleada
07-04-2011, 05:57 AM
I stayed in this Comfort Inn (http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-new_york-new_york-NY041?promo=gglocal) (129 West 46th St, right next to Times Square) in January 2008. I think the rate was around $189 per night (I'm sure it's more around dates like Thanksgiving). I would stay there again. It was clean and quiet, and very close to everything I needed. Small rooms though.

I stayed at the Comfort Inn in Chelsea (18th W. 25th Street) last year for a similar price and also had a good experience. The rooms were small, but clean and modern. I believe there was also a breakfast included (but I'm not totally sure). The location is great, very cool and close to several subway lines. I'd stay there again.

nyrak
07-04-2011, 06:20 AM
It doesn't. :shuffle:

What is the name of the hotel and I can look it up? :)

Best Western President Hotel at Times Square

allezfred
07-04-2011, 09:59 AM
Thanks everyone for your suggestions! :cheer2:


Tell me more what about what she wants, the exact dates, how many people, etc.



She's on her own. We were looking at dates between 17-29 November. She plans to stay in NYC for a few days after she arrives, go down to North Carolina for Thanksgiving with my uncle's family and then back up to NYC for a few days before she comes home. She mentioned last night to me on the phone that she might travel to Upstate New York near where my grandmother used to live.

My mother, bless her, can be quite particular and fussy. She likes places that are elegant, classy with good service and attention to detail. All of which normally come at a price. :lol:

When she visits Dublin (usually only for a night though), she likes to stay at either The Westbury (http://www.doylecollection.com/locations/dublin_hotels/the_westbury_hotel.aspx) or The Merrion (http://www.merrionhotel.com/). Which are obviously not going to be possible in NYC, so maybe some options in or around $200-250 that get as close to that as possible?

She has lived and worked in NYC before and been back many times, so she knows the city well and I didn't get the impression that she'll be doing much sightseeing if any. She loves to walk though.

skatesindreams
07-04-2011, 04:05 PM
I've found Travelzoo to be a good source for specials at better hotels in NYC, and elsewhere.

BittyBug
07-04-2011, 04:16 PM
We've had good luck with On the Ave (http://www.ontheave-nyc.com/) (B'way and 77th). Great location (museums, shopping, Central Park) and it's right on the 1/9 if your mom would take the subway. It's a bit more modern than the two Dublin hotels you referenced, though.

KCC
07-04-2011, 04:53 PM
I used "vacation rentals by owner" several times, once in NYC, and got a full apartment (with kitchen, laundry, and living room) for less than the cost of a budget hotel. Would recommend at least checking it out. We had five people, so that made more sense for us -- might not be as good a deal for just one or two people.

WindSpirit
07-04-2011, 05:54 PM
I stayed at the Comfort Inn in Chelsea (18th W. 25th Street) last year for a similar price and also had a good experience. The rooms were small, but clean and modern. I believe there was also a breakfast included (but I'm not totally sure). The location is great, very cool and close to several subway lines. I'd stay there again. I think a free breakfast is pretty much standard in most hotels, if not all. There was a free breakfast in every single hotel I've stayed in the last 3 years, in different states.

Now I noticed the hotel I stayed in NYC has:

Free breakfast with hot waffles
Free wireless high-speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public areas
Free phone calls within the continental United States
That might be important for someone coming from abroad who doesn't have a US cell phone.

Tinami Amori
07-04-2011, 08:49 PM
Alone, 17-29 at arrival and departure, loves Merrion, likes to walk, know the city

Great! Right off the top, based on what you said, I have a strong feeling that if your mother loves Merrion Dublin, then I guarantee you! she will LOVE The Lombardy Hotel. But it is not the price range your request. But let me tell you about it anyway and for the future visits. Then I will have other selections below....:)

The Lombardy is a boutique Hotel, on 56th Street and 5th Avenue, few blocks from the East End Entrance of Central Park, Tiffany’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and in a very very safe area.

“Lombardy” although a hotel, is not really a hotel, all rooms, including Singles, are small apartments, each decorated by designers in various historic styles (mostly Old World, but some are Modernist, Bauhaus, 60’s Retro, with at least a small kitchenette area, and huge marble covered bathrooms some of which are right out of Milan’s Four Seasons.

Here are some fotos.
http://www.lombardyhotel.com/photos/index.cfm

The Lobby
http://excitingny.com/nyhotels/e-lombardyhotel-lobby.jpg
http://www.lombardyhotel.com/media/images/headerPhotos/history/1.jpg

Here is the main web-site with main foto which does do this hotel any justice.
For some odd reason the web-site designer chose all the “modern décor” fotos, but in fact most of this property is “Old World/Victorian/Regency style”.
http://www.lombardyhotel.com/index.cfm

The rates during regular times are $250 USD to $300 USD per night for Single room.

Unfortunately, just before and after Thanksgiving the Single rooms sold out, and they only offering Delux King, which is a small 1.5 room apartment, with a small kitchenette and sitting area, for $ 370 USD. (which maybe not so bad, considering that there are few great delicatessent and world-market grocery stores right around the corner, on 4th Avenue, with fresh food, and ready-made food, salad bars, and hot food sections, and she can eat at the apartment instead of eating out, and save).

I realize this is more expensive than planned, but for a woman her age, given she likes to be safe and luxurious, traveling alone, the Old World comfort of this hotel, the location, and the “home-feel” of an apartment, maybe worth the price for at least few nights.

Just a thought….. Because my mother, who are in the same situation and of the same preferences as your mother (she also likes Merrion Dublin), stays ONLY at The Lombardy after trying out 2-3 other locations in the past 5 years.

Now here are more hotels in the price category you request, but they will not be even close to the atmosphere of Merrion….

Next best thing is

The Belvedere Hotel, 319 W 48th St New York, NY 10036
(280 USD per day, during week before Nov. 23).
http://www.belvederehotelnyc.com/
(If Lombardy is not an option – BOOK THIS ONE)

HOTEL ST. JAMES, 109 W. 45TH ST., New York, NY 10036,
(230-250 USD per day, during week before Nov. 23).
http://www.hotelstjames.net/


Amsterdam Court Hotel, 226 W 50th St, NEW YORK, NY 10019
(280 USD per day, during week before Nov. 23).
http://www.amsterdamcourthotelnewyork.com/index.asp

The Edison Hotel , 228 W 47th St New York, NY 10036
(240-260 USD per day, during week before Nov. 23).
http://www.edisonhotelnyc.com/


Let me know if any of these work. That’s as close to Merrion Dublin as I know.
There are few other hotels, but they are specifically MODERN style, like The Moderne Hotel.

allezfred
07-07-2011, 11:56 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions! :cheer2:

Habs
07-07-2011, 05:00 PM
Next best thing is

The Belvedere Hotel, 319 W 48th St New York, NY 10036
(280 USD per day, during week before Nov. 23).
http://www.belvederehotelnyc.com/
(If Lombardy is not an option – BOOK THIS ONE)


Mr. Habs and I stayed at the Belvedere a couple of years ago and LOVED it. The room was very large, renovated and clean. Awesome location, great staff... we'd stay there again anytime.

Vagabond
07-23-2011, 05:21 AM
allezfred, you should also check this site: http://bedbugregistry.com/


The New York metro area has the worst infestation in the United States, with over 4000 bed bug reports.

:scream:

Scintillation
07-23-2011, 05:29 AM
My parents always like to stay at the Lucerne on West 79th and Amsterdam. It's a nice location and the staff is always helpful. Suites run at about $300-330 a night so I'm sure the smaller rooms are cheaper. Just a warning though: Where ever you go, be prepared to pay more than expected once you check out. They now add on a 25% occupancy tax and 13% tax for somethingorother to your grand total.