Do the Math, Then Share a Bath

Sunday, November 18, 2007

What does $276.58 buy? Plenty, right? Not in New York, where that princely sum is merely the average cost -- as of September -- of one night in a hotel. Factor in food and entertainment and the message is clear: For the traveler of modest means, these are desperate times indeed.

But exactly what desperate measures do they call for? In other words, could it possibly be time you swallowed your pride, locked arms with the penniless student and the dusty backpacker, and took a chance on a room with -- gulp -- a shared bath? We investigated four Manhattan establishments with loos down the hall, and, believe it or not, some . . . weren't so bad. Heck, we'd even let our mother stay in a couple. For details, see Page P4.

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