Tips To Finding A Hotel In New York City

You’re finally taking the vacation you deserve, and you're heading to the Big Apple, New York City. You’ve read through all of the brochures, guide books and absorbed every blog post or print article you came across that talked about NYC. You've booked your flight, so you know your departure date and how long you'll need accommodations for. Now you have to find a hotel...

New York is not only a tourist Mecca, but a major destination for business travelers, theatre goers and sports fans and player. Most everyone visiting NYC needs to find accommodation so the demand for hotel accommodation is high. It's a supply and demand principle that a high demand for anything in limited supply translates into high prices, Thus there are few cities that hotel rooms are more expensive than in New York City. When booking a hotel to stay in New York it’s there are questions you need to ask of yourself, and then answer.

1.) Where in New York do you want to be?

New York can divided into districts, and which district you want to find accommodation in will determine both the availability of rooms and the price range you can expect to pay. Manhattan is where most New York tourist attractions are, but it is also the heart of the business and financial centre of the city, and its entertainment district as well. Thus the demand for hotel accommodations on the island of Manhattan, and anywhere reasonably close is quite high causing room availability to be limited. Likewise, If you want to stay in a trendy, upbeat district like Soho and Greenwich, you'll be competing for accommodations with a great many others.

2.) What can you afford?

Once you decide on where you want to be staying in New York you have to consider your budget. Hotel accommodations in New York range from mind boggling exorbitant to relatively affordable. What amenities are offered guests and a hotel's location are the major factors determining what hotels charge. Obviously the more upscale a hotel is, the higher the cost of a stay is going to be. Likewise, the more prime the location, the more costly your stay is going to be.

Visitors to New York needing hotel accommodations have two choices when it comes to the cost of their stay. Either decide you'll pamper yourself and book a room in a specific hotel you want to stay in or one located where you want to be, regardless of the cost. If you're on a budget you'll likely have to compromise on the amenities provided and location of the hotel you select, or both.

As an example of the range in prices you can expect to find, rooms at the 3 star Hotel Indigo Brooklyn start at around $100, whereas room rates at the newly renovated, ultra luxurious 5 star, New York Palace Hotel offer suites at $1000 per night as a weekend discount. This always budget conscious writer stays at the more than adequate, very well run Hotel Indigo Brooklyn whenever I have to be in the Big Apple. On my last stay (summer of 2013) I paid $117, and that was without any early booking discount.

When booking a hotel in New York City, or anywhere for that matter, remember that most hotels offer discounts to auto association members, members of travel clubs,, registered travel agents, and to anyone booking a reservation using certain credit cards. Some offer discounts to serving military personnel as well, while others offer free stays for kids and discounts for groups.

3.) Who, if anyone is traveling with you?

If you’re bringing children along, especially young children, not all hotels in New York are willing to open their doors to you. On the other hand, there are those that will not only welcome you and your kids, but even offer free stays for children under a certain age.

At the luxurious 5 star, Four Seasons Hotel, in Midtown Manhattan, children 18 years of age and younger stay free of charge when occupying their parent's or guardian's room, provided they use the existing bedding provided by the hotel.

At the 4 star, Novotel New York, located right on Times Square, up to two kids under 16 years old can stay for free when using existing the beds provided.

If you're bringing a pet the lists of prospective New York City hotels that you can stay at shortens. For travelers accompanied by their furry friends, try checking out hotels like 70 Park Avenue Hotel in Midtown South Central, Four Seasons Hotel, in Midtown Manhattan, or the Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side.

4.) What services or amenities do you need?

If you’re on a business trip, you’d probably prefer a hotel with Internet access, if not a complete business centre. If you’re planning to make presentations or hold meeting you'll want to know about meeting and conference rooms, as well as what sort of audio visual equipment is available.

Not all hotels in New York have Olympic sized pools, spas and fitness centres, so if you are maintaining a work out schedule you'll want to make sure facilities are available.

Some hotels in NYC offer a host of services, while others do not. Valet parking, concierge, babysitting and/or daycare, dog walking, guest laundry service airport shuttles, and so on are hit and miss, depending on the hotel. If you need a specific guest service you are advised to ask if it is available before booking.

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