Sunday, May 28, 2006
In the May 7 Travel section, we presented our picks for 15 great hotel deals in Manhattan -- all under $200 a night (before taxes and available when we did our research in mid-March). Then we asked readers to tell us about their favorite bargain digs in the Big Apple. Keep in mind that while the following eight hotels are reader-recommended, we haven't visited these spots recently to see for ourselves.
· David Weiss of Charlottesville is a fan of the Hotel Stanford (43 W. 32nd St. between Fifth Avenue and Broadway, 800-365-1114, http://www.hotelstanford.com/ ), a spot near Penn Station where he stayed with his granddaughter and six of her friends on a high school graduation trip. "The rooms are simple but fresh," says Weiss, "and appear to have been done over fairly recently. . . . We were able to put five of the young ladies in a very spacious suite that had two double beds and a sofa bed, while the other ladies took a room with twin beds." Continental breakfast is included in the room rates, which start at $149 double; Weiss has bunked twice in a "comfortable single" for $129. One warning: Weiss notes that the hotel has only one elevator, "so one must be patient at high traffic times."
· The Riverside Tower Hotel (80 Riverside Dr. at West 80th Street, 800-724-3136, http://www.riversidetowerhotel.com/ ) is only a block from an H&H Bagels and a Zabar's and blocks to the 79th Street subway station. And the hotel is such a deal, Austin Porter of Falls Church proclaims, "It's been years since my wife [has] stayed anywhere else." Porter says guests can expect simply a "room to sleep in," including a shower, TV and a half-fridge in a "clean and safe" environment. Doubles start at $99.
· Head to the Park Savoy Hotel (158 W. 58th St. off Seventh Avenue, 212-245-5755, http://www.parksavoyhotel.com/ ) if you want "a small hotel in a great location just a couple of blocks from Central Park," says John Flood of Vienna. Two years ago, Flood paid $125 for a double with bath; a reservations clerk quoted us $105 for a double for July. "The hotel is spotlessly clean," Flood notes, "and while the rooms are not large, everything works well and the beds are comfortable."
· Movie fan? Mike Cassidy of Alexandria directs film buffs to the Edison Hotel (228 W. 47th St. between Eighth Avenue and Broadway, 212-840-5000, http://www.edisonhotelnyc.com/ ), which has been featured in "The Godfather" and "Bullets Over Broadway." We found rooms starting at $170 a night double through the hotel's Web site. According to Cassidy, the Edison -- a half-block off Broadway in the Theater District -- is "an older hotel, but the rooms are clean and, although small, very quiet. Security is good and the staff friendly." He suggests using the money you save by going to Blue Fin, a restaurant around the corner.
· Rufus Horton of Landover tells us he's "almost afraid to mention two lodgings that I have found to be more than satisfactory for fear that they may become so popular that I will be unable to get accommodations there." The first is the Broadway Inn (264 W. 46th St. between Eighth Avenue and Broadway, 800-826-6300, http://www.broadwayinn.com/ ), in the Theater District. He stayed in a single room with a nice view that was "small but adequate. I was impressed with the cleanliness and the service." Singles start at $125 a night, doubles $169. His second suggestion is the 414 Hotel (414 W. 46th St. between Ninth and 10th avenues, 212-399-0006, http://www.414hotel.com/ ), a spot near Times Square where he paid $139 for a single. Horton reports that the room was "large and overlooked an inner garden . . . [and] a wide variety of goodies was available for the continental breakfast."
· Location, location. Susan Brooks of Fredericksburg says that's one of the big pluses of the Belvedere Hotel (319 W. 48th St. between Eighth and Ninth avenues, 212-245-7000, http://www.belvederehotelnyc.com/ ), which is in the Theater District and a quick walk to the "Today" show window, St. Patrick's Cathedral, etc. Even better: Rooms have a "kitchenette and a microwave and coffee pot, so you can save money and eat at least your breakfast in your room." Add in the fact that rooms are spacious and quiet, and it becomes clear why Brooks says the Belvedere "is rated as a two-star hotel, but is really more of a three- or four-star hotel." We found rooms advertised for $174 on its Web site.
· John Boffa of Washington wants the Manhattan-bound to consider the Roosevelt Hotel (45th Street and Madison Avenue, 888-833-3969, http://www.theroosevelthotel.com/ ), "an excellent hotel in a great location" -- three blocks from Grand Central Terminal -- where he says rooms are often offered at rates below $200 a night (depending on the time of year). You can walk to numerous midtown sites, says Boffa, including Rockefeller Center and the Museum of Modern Art. Though the room sizes are only average, Boffa tells us, "when in Manhattan, the goal is to be out on the town, and not in the hotel room."