We'll Take Manhattan - for Less Than $200 a Night
Hotel prices are by their very nature mercurial - and nowhere more so than Manhattan. In mid-March, we conducted an online search of three hotel booking sites (Expedia.com, Quikbook.com and Hotels.com) and SideStep.com (an aggregator site that looks for the best rates among a number of other sites), pricing double rooms for next weekend, May 12-14. Our budget: $200 or less per night, before taxes. We came up with 40-plus possibilities.
Our next step, and it was a daunting one: to separate the deals from the dross. After a flurry of overnight stays and property tours, we came up with 15 hotels we can wholeheartedly recommend. Since rates fluctuate depending on occupancy levels and season, we can't guarantee that rooms at these hotels will consistently be available for under $200 - but by searching several months in advance, we know that they will generally cost less than comparable properties during the busier times of the year. Here are our finds, in alphabetical order. Rates do not include taxes. - Anne McDonough
ILLUSTRATION: BY STEVE MCCRACKEN FOR THE WASHINGTON POST ; MAP: BY LARIS KARKLIS - THE WASHINGTON POST
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