It wouldn't be hard for a hotel's per-month rate to compete with, or even beat, the average monthly rent in New York City. Let's say you persuaded a hotel to dip down to $60 a night—with the guarantee that you'd be paying for all 30 nights at once, up front. That total, $1800, is not much higher than what you'd pay for a 1 Bedroom or Studio in the East Village or Williamsburg.
And in the case of the hotel, you'd at least know that your money was going to something other than just
a rat-infested hole the space itself. Service, when you're living alone, is a wonderful thing.
A standard La Quinta or Fairfield Inn rate hovers at around $130-$150 per night. But, just like Joy Bricker did at the TownPlace Suites, it's always, always worth asking if the hotel can negotiate a better rate. Just remember to smile at the General Manager. If all goes to plan, you're going to be seeing a lot of each other.
Would you give up your apartment to live in a hotel? Would it have to be a trendy hotel, or would a simple one do? How much would you be willing to pay? Let us know in the comments below!
[Photo: Best Western Plus, Four Points by Sheraton]