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Ask HotelChatter: What's a Good Hotel in Midtown for $400-$450 a Night

October 7, 2011 at 11:52 AM | by | ()

Not a week goes by where we don't field a question about a hotel room in New York City. (Hello, people! We are knowledgeable about other cities too!) Nevertheless, New York is still a popular place to be and hotels are taking advantage of that this fall.

Last week we were on a mission to find a nice hotel room for $200 a night for October 16-19 and boy was it tough. When Hotwire is showing you rates of $259 and up, you know things are not looking good. Fortunately, we were able to find our friends a room for $199 for the first night at the Roosevelt and about $239 for the following nights. Of course, that's before taxes but that was about as good as it was gonna get.

This week we were tasked with a bigger budget for a midtown hotel room between $400 and $450 a night from November 16-23.

Our first recommendation, The Muse was going for just over the limit at $459 a night. BUT the hotel is offering a special 15 percent off rate if you book six nights or more, making it a doable $390 a night. Again, before taxes which are a lot in NYC.

Same thing was going on at Hyatt 48Lex which had rooms starting at $459 a night but booking an advance purchase rate got the rate down to about $413 a night. A better deal can be found at the Muse's sister hotel, 70 Park Ave for $254 a night for a King Deluxe room which we found on Expedia.

We also noticed that the fancy schmancy New York Palace hotel was also available for $413 a night on Expedia. That's for a superior guest room (aka no view) with a king bed along with a couple of Expedia extras including free dessert at participating BR guest restaurants. Interestingly, there was no such "deal" to be found on the hotel's website. They were quoting a total bill of $4,273.64 while Expedia was "just" $3,344.17. See, kids? Always, always shop around.

Got a hotel dilemma? Ask HotelChatter and we'll help you out. And please, feel free to ask us about hotels outside of NYC!

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