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NYC's First Staybridge Suites Opens in May (And Completes a Tri-Pack)

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  Site Where: 340 West 40th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10018
March 16, 2010 at 1:25 PM | by | ()

Boy, has this block seen some hotel action in the past 12 months. West 40th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues in New York is home to The Distrikt Hotel and, if you recall, the Tri-Pack BT, consisting of a Four Points, a Fairfield Inn, and the straggler of the bunch, the Staybridge Suites Times Square. The Four Points and Fairfield Inn opened last summer and the Staybridge Suites will join them on May 1st—with an opening rate of $189 a night.

This is New York's first Staybridge Suites property, and brings 310 studios to a bustling location near Port Authority, Broadway, the Jacob Javits Convention Center, and everything else you can think of in Midtown. Which is probably why the hotel is being promoted as a "calming oasis". To wit:

From the moment of arrival, guests are welcomed by the soothing natural sounds of waterfalls in the lobby, where a striking gold-tiered column stands at the focal point. A crackling fireplace makes for a tranquil setting in the Great Room for guests to relax and unwind with a cup of coffee and a newspaper. Two additional water treatments coupled with dramatic floor to ceiling windows border the Atrium dining lounge, a peaceful setting for daily breakfast.

That sounds lovely and all—especially if you've just stepped off a bus across the street—but what we really like the sound of here is the convenience and value for money. Guests will get free WiFi (in-room and throughout the hotel), a free hot breakfast buffet daily, free mid-week beer and wine receptions, free laundry facilities, 24-hour business and fitness centers, in-room kitchens, and an on-premises 24-hour convenience store, Bridge Mart—stocked with drinks, snacks, sundries, and easy-to-prepare meals.

At the opening rate (available until June 30), this almost sounds like a better deal than our own NYC apartment. Bonus points for Staybridge being pet-friendly, too.

One note: the website is still saying "opening April 1st" but a rep assures us that May 1st is the first date you can make reservations, which was confirmed by our attempts via the online reservation system. And, yes, there are still $189 a night rooms available.

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