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disneyholic family
06-22-2011, 08:08 AM
Since we're flying to WDW via New York, we're stopping on the way back home for 2 days - just to see the Book of Mormon (i bought the tickets 4 months ago).

And while i have every split second of our WDW trip planned, other than the broadway tickets, i haven't even made us hotel reservations in New York yet (for this august).

We used to always stay at the Waldorf, but it's much more than i want to spend this time.
But looking on trip advisor, i just don't know what to choose.

I've gotten to be very wary of trip advisor recommendations, as i know that hotels post fictitious reviews (good ones for themselves and bad reviews for other hotels)...

So i'm coming to you, whom i most definitely trust!! :lovestruc
anyone have a hotel they recommend in NYC? Or one that i should absolutely avoid? :eek:

any opinions you can share - good and bad would be greatly appreciated!!! :goodvibes

goofy4tink
06-22-2011, 08:17 AM
I have stayed at the Hampton Inn on 51st and 8th many times. It is a quick, safe walk to Times Sq. It has a very nice breakfast off the lobby....free to guests. It's my favorite spot to stay in.

disneyholic family
06-22-2011, 09:15 AM
I have stayed at the Hampton Inn on 51st and 8th many times. It is a quick, safe walk to Times Sq. It has a very nice breakfast off the lobby....free to guests. It's my favorite spot to stay in.

thanks!! i'll go look it up :)

roomthreeseventeen
06-22-2011, 09:57 AM
What's your price range? You might want to check out The Jane, (http://www.thejanenyc.com/) which is awesome, and you don't have to stay in Times Square.

wilderness_gal
06-22-2011, 11:03 AM
I go to NYC every year during the US Open and can wholeheartedly recommend Hotel Giraffe (Park Avenue South), Library Hotel (Madison Ave, midtown) and Morgans Hotel (Madison Ave, midtown). If you plan ahead, you can sometimes snag a really good deal at both the Library Hotel and Morgans Hotel. They all feature free breakfast in the mornings.

luke
06-22-2011, 11:24 AM
Only been to NYC once but the New York Palace is the best hotel I've ever stayed in. On Madison not far from the waldorf and right opposite St Patricks cathedral. The little courtyard that overlooks said cathedral is a real haven in the mad hustle and bustle of the city :)

:goodvibes

disneyholic family
06-22-2011, 11:53 AM
What's your price range? You might want to check out The Jane, (http://www.thejanenyc.com/) which is awesome, and you don't have to stay in Times Square.

i guess i'm willing to go up to about $300...

i don't think i want to stay in times square - i know it's been cleaned up since we lived in manhattan (a VERY long time ago) - but still, other than broadway, there isn't really any reason to be there...

i wonder if there are any nice boutique hotels either on the upper west or upper east sides...

it would be a different view of NYC for DD (who hates NYC, but loves chicago)..

disneyholic family
06-22-2011, 11:54 AM
Only been to NYC once but the New York Palace is the best hotel I've ever stayed in. On Madison not far from the waldorf and right opposite St Patricks cathedral. The little courtyard that overlooks said cathedral is a real haven in the mad hustle and bustle of the city :)

:goodvibes

interestingly, the palace has more reasonable pricing than the waldorf....

disneyholic family
06-22-2011, 11:56 AM
I go to NYC every year during the US Open and can wholeheartedly recommend Hotel Giraffe (Park Avenue South), Library Hotel (Madison Ave, midtown) and Morgans Hotel (Madison Ave, midtown). If you plan ahead, you can sometimes snag a really good deal at both the Library Hotel and Morgans Hotel. They all feature free breakfast in the mornings.

i was just looking at the library hotel, before i saw your post (it's ranked very high on trip advisor....
it sounds interesting..
off to check out the others.. :goodvibes

roomthreeseventeen
06-22-2011, 11:57 AM
Also, give a look at The Beacon Hotel. (http://www.beaconhotel.com/) on the UWS. It is right above the Beacon Theatre, very close to Central Park and Riverside Park, and across the street from Fairway Market, aka, the best coffee on the planet. :) You can get a suite there for about $300!

disneyholic family
06-22-2011, 12:10 PM
Also, give a look at The Beacon Hotel. (http://www.beaconhotel.com/) on the UWS. It is right above the Beacon Theatre, very close to Central Park and Riverside Park, and across the street from Fairway Market, aka, the best coffee on the planet. :) You can get a suite there for about $300!

that's not far from where we used to live (a million years ago)!! we were at 41 w. 72nd steet :)

looks interesting!

roomthreeseventeen
06-22-2011, 12:11 PM
that's not far from where we used to live (a million years ago)!! we were at 41 w. 72nd steet :)

looks interesting!

Wow, nice block! :) We live at 72 and West End.

luke
06-22-2011, 12:38 PM
interestingly, the palace has more reasonable pricing than the waldorf....

It was a reasonable £130 when we went too :)

:goodvibes

disneyholic family
06-22-2011, 02:42 PM
Wow, nice block! :) We live at 72 and West End.

small world! :goodvibes

EDuke98080
06-22-2011, 09:07 PM
My favorite hotel in NYC is the OMNI Berkshire Place. We have stayed there many times and you can find some really good online booking deals sometimes.

safetymom
06-23-2011, 04:40 AM
Marriott Marquis we love it. Hotel Pennsylvania avoid at all costs.

MaryKatesMom
06-23-2011, 07:42 AM
Marriott Marquis we love it. Hotel Pennsylvania avoid at all costs.

We've stayed at the Marquis many times and if you want a bustling tourist spot right in Midtown it is nice but the crowds have gotten to me. Plus last trip my DD's talked me into The View restaurant and I absolutely hated it.

We now stay at the Ritz Battery park. They have awesome weekend rates and the view of the Statue of Liberty are stunning.

disneyholic family
06-23-2011, 12:16 PM
Marriott Marquis we love it. Hotel Pennsylvania avoid at all costs.

thanks for the negative recommendation - VERY important!!! :goodvibes

roomthreeseventeen
06-23-2011, 12:17 PM
NYC's Worst Hotels. (http://www.tripadvisor.com/DirtyHotels) Not for the faint of heart.

jcb
06-23-2011, 01:08 PM
Beth,

You might look at oyster.com as they have numerous photos of many New York hotels.

disneyholic family
06-23-2011, 05:37 PM
NYC's Worst Hotels. (http://www.tripadvisor.com/DirtyHotels) Not for the faint of heart.

'dirty hotels'? sounds scary - i can't read any of the threads on the dis about uv lights and bedding, carpets, etc etc.....

Beth,

You might look at oyster.com as they have numerous photos of many New York hotels.

thanks!

YukiPhnx
06-23-2011, 07:13 PM
I'll be staying at Ameritania close to Broadway when I'm there at the end of August.

These hotel prices are so...pricey! But then again, I didn't even THINK to look at priceline. I usually book my hotels through expedia and travelocity. Their reviews are pretty reliable if you cross reference them with other hotel sites. I can't believe I didn't even think of oyster.com

mattincanberra
06-23-2011, 07:20 PM
I've been staying at the Andaz 5th Ave - I like it, it doesnt feel "big" (mainly because it isn't). It's part of the Hyatt chain - so you can earn points etc, but it in no way feels like a Hyatt, and it is opposite the NY Public Library on 5th Ave.

They do free wine in the "lobby" each evening, and coffee and pastries in the morning, the Restaurant is pretty good(it focusses on Local/Organic Foods), and they stock your mini-bar with free non alcoholic drinks and snacks each day.

Matt

SamSam
06-23-2011, 10:25 PM
11 years ago I stayed at Hotel Belvedere with 10 friends, we all enjoyed it immensely. It's an older hotel, 319 West 48th Street, walking distance to Times Square. It had a lot of character, which we all loved, and great staff.

disneyholic family
06-24-2011, 06:12 AM
I've been staying at the Andaz 5th Ave - I like it, it doesnt feel "big" (mainly because it isn't). It's part of the Hyatt chain - so you can earn points etc, but it in no way feels like a Hyatt, and it is opposite the NY Public Library on 5th Ave.

They do free wine in the "lobby" each evening, and coffee and pastries in the morning, the Restaurant is pretty good(it focusses on Local/Organic Foods), and they stock your mini-bar with free non alcoholic drinks and snacks each day.

Matt

that sounds really interesting..
i was just looking at the hotel elysee - part of the same chain as the library hotel....the hotel elysee also has continental breakfast in the morning and snacks through the day.......and i guess is smallish, though i don't know how many rooms it has....but it's a bit pricey...i wouldn't mind if we were only getting one room, but we need two rooms....but maybe...

11 years ago I stayed at Hotel Belvedere with 10 friends, we all enjoyed it immensely. It's an older hotel, 319 West 48th Street, walking distance to Times Square. It had a lot of character, which we all loved, and great staff.
that's further west than i want to be... i don't think i want to be west of seventh avenue.....and i'm toying with going east and north this time....to try a new area (different from where the waldorf is)...

I'll be staying at Ameritania close to Broadway when I'm there at the end of August.

These hotel prices are so...pricey! But then again, I didn't even THINK to look at priceline. I usually book my hotels through expedia and travelocity. Their reviews are pretty reliable if you cross reference them with other hotel sites. I can't believe I didn't even think of oyster.com

i used expedia when i reserved a room for DD - her trip to new york 2 years ago (she and her girlfriend)...
i did that one totally last minute....when they were already on the plane heading for new york (a 13 hour flight, so it's not like it was REALLY last minute)
i went onto expedia and got them a room at the milford in times square i think...it was only about $125 on expedia and on the hotel website it was $300....
i was worried the hotel would give them a terrible room because it was through expedia, but they were upgraded to one of the better floors....
my only problem with expedia is isn't it non-refundable? that's why i got DD's room only when she was on the plane....i knew she was on her way by that point...
and the only reason i took the milford was because it was so cheap and looked like a reasonably ok place for them to stay....

disneyholic family
06-24-2011, 06:27 AM
Marriott Marquis we love it. Hotel Pennsylvania avoid at all costs.

your favorite hotel, the hotel pennsylvania, is on sale on expedia for $179...
thought you'd want to know! ;)

disneyholic family
06-24-2011, 06:34 AM
ok....so here's a question for new yorkers, or for those very familiar with the city:

what neighborhood of new york has the warmest, quaintest feel to it?
it can be anywhere from washington square and up...east/ west, but no further south than washington square...

roomthreeseventeen
06-24-2011, 08:21 AM
ok....so here's a question for new yorkers, or for those very familiar with the city:

what neighborhood of new york has the warmest, quaintest feel to it?
it can be anywhere from washington square and up...east/ west, but no further south than washington square...

Ooh, good question.

For me, Greenwich Village, with parts of the Upper West Side being a close second.

disneyholic family
06-24-2011, 02:13 PM
Ooh, good question.

For me, Greenwich Village, with parts of the Upper West Side being a close second.

i never spent much time in greenwich village...actually no time at all....
funny that in 3 years i never managed to spend time there....
but from what i know of it, it might be a neighborhood that DD would really like....
DD really hates new york, but she's only stayed in business areas, never anything residential (park and whatever for the waldorf and the milford plaza in times square).....

roomthreeseventeen
06-24-2011, 02:16 PM
i never spent much time in greenwich village...actually no time at all....
funny that in 3 years i never managed to spend time there....
but from what i know of it, it might be a neighborhood that DD would really like....
DD really hates new york, but she's only stayed in business areas, never anything residential (park and whatever for the waldorf and the milford plaza in times square).....

Eeek, scary!

Yeah, definitely West Village. Soho is charming, too, in its own way, especially if your DD is a shopper.

If you're willing to venture into Brooklyn, Park Slope and Downtown Brooklyn are great, and have awesome restaurants. Also, Astoria, Queens.

JenniBugInPink
06-24-2011, 02:54 PM
Marriott Marquis we love it. Hotel Pennsylvania avoid at all costs.
It's been nearly 20 years since I stayed there I guess, but when we were there two astonishing things happened: A full blown FBI drug bust took place with guns drawn and guys in navy blue jackets with FBI in yellow on the back racing in through the door one door down from us. Yelling and screaming and the whole 9 yards. I kept looking for a camera cause it looked just like a TV scene. Apparently it was real. The guns, all 10 or so of them, looked very real as they were directly outside our door. You'd think they'd clear the area or something - one stray shot and we'd have been goners! :scared1:

The other astonishing thing happened the next day. My gall bladder decided it no longer wanted any part of me. The hotel was very nice and sent up the 'hotel physician', who got me to Roosevelt hospital (diety of your choice help me!) where they ran in fluids, pumped me full of pain meds and put me in a room with a lovely pagan women having a full blown ritual with her coven (I am not making this up!). My friend couldn't stay with me and took our scheduled flight home leaving me all alone while they got me more stable. Several hours later, after more drugs and more fluid, I left against medical advice and was poured into a plane and flew home with the help of some great airline personnel and much more pain medication where I went straight to the hospital and had said gall bladder removed. A good time was had by all. :laughing:

safetymom
06-24-2011, 02:59 PM
Oh my goodness!!! That is terrible. I used to be a part of some seminars there and the stories the people told about the rooms, the rats, etc. :(

disneyholic family
06-24-2011, 02:59 PM
Eeek, scary!

Yeah, definitely West Village. Soho is charming, too, in its own way, especially if your DD is a shopper.

If you're willing to venture into Brooklyn, Park Slope and Downtown Brooklyn are great, and have awesome restaurants. Also, Astoria, Queens.

DD is definitely not a shopper...
interestingly, i did spend time in soho way back when...
don't know what it's like now, but it was just coming around at that time...
a few little galleries and restaurants...
DH and i used to take the train down to his office in the trade center (so he could play around with his computer tapes - you know, those big mainframe tapes - hard to imagine, but laptops had not yet been invented back in 1980)...
then we would walk from the trade center back up to our apt on 72nd street, stopping in soho on the way for lunch....that was a nice walk...
one of my favorite memories... :)

roomthreeseventeen
06-24-2011, 03:02 PM
DD is definitely not a shopper...
interestingly, i did spend time in soho way back when...
don't know what it's like now, but it was just coming around at that time...
a few little galleries and restaurants...
DH and i used to take the train down to his office in the trade center (so he could play around with his computer tapes - you know, those big mainframe tapes - hard to imagine, but laptops had not yet been invented back in 1980)...
then we would walk from the trade center back up to our apt on 72nd street, stopping in soho on the way for lunch....that was a nice walk...
one of my favorite memories... :)

It's actually a REALLY nice walk now. Since Trump paid for the renovation of the West Side, Riverside Park (from the Statue of Liberty to somewhere in the West 200's) is absolutely gorgeous.

disneyholic family
06-24-2011, 03:03 PM
It's been nearly 20 years since I stayed there I guess, but when we were there two astonishing things happened: A full blown FBI drug bust took place with guns drawn and guys in navy blue jackets with FBI in yellow on the back racing in through the door one door down from us. Yelling and screaming and the whole 9 yards. I kept looking for a camera cause it looked just like a TV scene. Apparently it was real. The guns, all 10 or so of them, looked very real as they were directly outside our door. You'd think they'd clear the area or something - one stray shot and we'd have been goners! :scared1:

The other astonishing thing happened the next day. My gall bladder decided it no longer wanted any part of me. The hotel was very nice and sent up the 'hotel physician', who got me to Roosevelt hospital (diety of your choice help me!) where they ran in fluids, pumped me full of pain meds and put me in a room with a lovely pagan women having a full blown ritual with her coven (I am not making this up!). My friend couldn't stay with me and took our scheduled flight home leaving me all alone while they got me more stable. Several hours later, after more drugs and more fluid, I left against medical advice and was poured into a plane and flew home with the help of some great airline personnel and much more pain medication where I went straight to the hospital and had said gall bladder removed. A good time was had by all. :laughing:

was that at the hotel pennsylvania? sounds like a fun place....not...

disneyholic family
06-24-2011, 03:06 PM
It's actually a REALLY nice walk now. Since Trump paid for the renovation of the West Side, Riverside Park (from the Statue of Liberty to somewhere in the West 200's) is absolutely gorgeous.

oh wow....i didn't know that....i don't know anything about current day new york...
i have to check the map....one of the things i most love about new york is how much it's a walking city...i just love that...

JenniBugInPink
06-24-2011, 03:59 PM
was that at the hotel pennsylvania? sounds like a fun place....not...
No, the Marriot Marquis. It was a lovely place, really! And even with all that happened, I look back on it as a fabulous trip and a joyous experience. Because of it, I adore NY! Everyone couldn't have been more kind during the gall bladder fiasco, and we actually got to talk to a few of the FBI guys after the bust. It was all fascinating.

And everywhere I went, people just kept asking me to talk - they just loved hearing my Southern accent. I hate it. I think it sounds like gravel grating on a blackboard, but people just wanted to hear it over and over. I had the same experience @ WDW with a lovely lady from Wales. We just loved hearing each other talk. Made my husband crazy. :lmao:

disneyholic family
06-24-2011, 05:11 PM
No, the Marriot Marquis. It was a lovely place, really! And even with all that happened, I look back on it as a fabulous trip and a joyous experience. Because of it, I adore NY! Everyone couldn't have been more kind during the gall bladder fiasco, and we actually got to talk to a few of the FBI guys after the bust. It was all fascinating.

And everywhere I went, people just kept asking me to talk - they just loved hearing my Southern accent. I hate it. I think it sounds like gravel grating on a blackboard, but people just wanted to hear it over and over. I had the same experience @ WDW with a lovely lady from Wales. We just loved hearing each other talk. Made my husband crazy. :lmao:

i love southern accents too...
the mother of one of my best friends in high school was from tennessee....from memphis i think.....anyway, she was a genuine southern belle....and knew exactly how to get her way with men, even while they thought it was all their idea....it was fascinating to watch her....we northerners could learn a thing or two or three... :goodvibes

ok i'm off to look at the marquis again....i must have looked at 100 hotels already....so many interesting ones, i don't know which one to pick...


anyone have an opinion on the Ace?

disneyholic family
06-25-2011, 02:57 AM
so i just realized something - if i book at the very last minute on expedia, i can get really great rates...even the peninsula shows up on expedia at the last minute...(i played with dates next week as an experiment)...

maybe i'll reserve what i'm willing to pay now and then check again at the last minute on expedia to see if what i really want shows up at a reasonable rate....

mattincanberra
06-25-2011, 07:54 AM
so i just realized something - if i book at the very last minute on expedia, i can get really great rates...even the peninsula shows up on expedia at the last minute...(i played with dates next week as an experiment)...

Love the Peninsula (One of my fav hotels in the world is the Pen Bangkok), and the one in NY has an excellent (and amazingly expensive) Bar on the roof. Even if you are not staying, drop in for a late night drink, and watch the world go by.

pxlbarrel
06-25-2011, 08:15 AM
I have stayed at the Hampton Inn on 51st and 8th many times. It is a quick, safe walk to Times Sq. It has a very nice breakfast off the lobby....free to guests. It's my favorite spot to stay in.

That's the hotel I stay at too. It's safe and close to everything. Hampton Inn Times Square North is it's name.

disneyholic family
06-27-2011, 05:48 PM
That's the hotel I stay at too. It's safe and close to everything. Hampton Inn Times Square North is it's name.

i almost made reservations there, then at the last second (actually right after i made the reservation there) i noticed a similar level hotel immediately across from the theater we're going to.
directly across the street....
and given how much i hate walking late at night after the show's over, this will be a very nice change of pace.

the rate was a bit higher than the hampton, but it's brand new, so i guess it will be a little bit cleaner...i can always cancel and switch...

pxlbarrel
06-27-2011, 05:51 PM
i almost made reservations there, then at the last second (actually right after i made the reservation there) i noticed a similar level hotel immediately across from the theater we're going to.
directly across the street....
and given how much i hate walking late at night after the show's over, this will be a very nice change of pace.

the rate was a bit higher than the hampton, but it's brand new, so i guess it will be a little bit cleaner...i can always cancel and switch...

Not walking late at night is always a good thing. :)

Which hotel is it? You never know ... I might be in the market for a new place some day. LOL (I haven't been to NYC in 2 years and I miss it so much!)

disneyholic family
06-28-2011, 03:12 AM
Not walking late at night is always a good thing. :)

Which hotel is it? You never know ... I might be in the market for a new place some day. LOL (I haven't been to NYC in 2 years and I miss it so much!)

it's called The Pearl Hotel. it's a small boutique hotel right across the street from the Book of Mormon.

the Hampton is ranked#21 on Trip Advisor and The Pearl is ranked #33, so i guess that's pretty close:
here's the link on trip advisor
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60763-d1888977-Reviews-The_Pearl_Hotel-New_York_City_New_York.html

And here's the hotel website:
http://www.pearlhotelnyc.com/

if i didn't want to be right near the theater, i probably would have gone with The Library hotel....that one looks very interesting...
i'm not a fan of the times square area, but we've done that late night after theater walk across to the east side before (because it's impossible to get a taxi)....i really don't like doing that....

in any case, we're only going to be in new york for a day and a half (two nights), so being close to the theater is the most important thing..
the only reason we decided to stop off this time (on the way home from orlando) was to see the Book of Mormon...
we don't have time to 'do' new york.....a shame really, because DSIL has never been to NYC.....in fact he's never been to the US, so the whole trip is a very big deal for him....just getting a visa to the US was exciting for him - he didn't even mind the major pain in the derrière the US embassy can be... :eek:

roomthreeseventeen
06-28-2011, 08:48 AM
If you're going to be in town for such a short time, just don't sleep at all. :rotfl: There's plenty to do at 4am.:cheer2:

disneyholic family
06-28-2011, 09:41 AM
If you're going to be in town for such a short time, just don't sleep at all. :rotfl: There's plenty to do at 4am.:cheer2:

:goodvibes
maybe we'll do that!! as it is we'll be up at the crack of dawn and we'll go go go...
if we get into new york on time, i'll get us another set of tickets for something on monday night...i know most places are dark, but there's a few things...
the moment we get in, i'll call up to see what's available...
it will be between phantom, rent, avenue Q and wicked..

roomthreeseventeen
06-28-2011, 10:08 AM
:goodvibes
maybe we'll do that!! as it is we'll be up at the crack of dawn and we'll go go go...
if we get into new york on time, i'll get us another set of tickets for something on monday night...i know most places are dark, but there's a few things...
the moment we get in, i'll call up to see what's available...
it will be between phantom, rent, avenue Q and wicked..

Here's (http://www.playbill.com/celebritybuzz/article/110105-Weekly-Schedule-of-Current-Broadway-Shows)a list of the B'way shows that play on Monday night. This (http://www.newworldstages.com/) is the schedule for New World Stages, where Avenue Q is and where Rent will be when they open.

disneyholic family
06-28-2011, 11:50 AM
Here's (http://www.playbill.com/celebritybuzz/article/110105-Weekly-Schedule-of-Current-Broadway-Shows)a list of the B'way shows that play on Monday night. This (http://www.newworldstages.com/) is the schedule for New World Stages, where Avenue Q is and where Rent will be when they open.

thanks! i know that phantom's on monday....all 3 times we've seen it have been on mondays - what can i say, we like phantom, though the last time we saw it, we didn't like the voices of the phantom and christine....pretty much destroys it if their voices are bad....
Avenue Q is usually on monday too, and i think rent as well..
unfortunately, Wicked is dark on monday....so that's out...
if we get a late flight on wednesday we can catch a matinee (what can i say, i like my showtunes)

too bad the met is dark in the summer....i haven't been to an opera at the met since we lived there....i'd love DD to see an opera there...(i managed to brainwash her into loving opera too :goodvibes )

Danibelle
06-28-2011, 12:37 PM
Marriott East Side across from the Waldorf. The rooms are small but clean and you can walk safely in this area.

disneyholic family
07-03-2011, 03:23 AM
Marriott East Side across from the Waldorf. The rooms are small but clean and you can walk safely in this area.

thanks! we've made reservations at the pearl - right across the street from where the book of mormon is playing :)
it's a new little boutique hotel...