Santa Visits NYC Hotels Early
New York City hotels are not as open on Christmas day as one might normally believe.
The Mandarin Oriental costs $655 on Christmas Day, up a marginal $30 from last year but is already sold out.
The Peninsula has a 10 percent increase in occupancy with rooms costing on average $100 more than 2004.
The Lowell Hotel still has some rooms left but at $400, not last year's rate of $310.
But the winner is the Ritz-Carlton who is charging $1,000 a night, up 20 percent from last year.
The official quote:
"It's unheard of," said the hotel's Jennifer Oberstein. "[Occupancy] was good in 2004 but its amazing this year -- and people are staying four or five nights instead of one or two."