What's A Poor, Stranded Business Traveler To Do In NYC When All The Hotels Are Sold Out?
Whoops, you can't have this one!
[Update: 6/6/12 3:34pm, After being in touch with the folks at HotelTonight, they reminded us that their rooms are bought separately and ahead of time. So even if a hotel is saying it's sold out, any room that appears on HotelTonight is still valid and bookable.]
Oh dear. Being the dauntless hotel predators that we are, we try to keep a positive outlook when it comes to the Manhattan hotel scene—crowded, yes, but hopeless? Never. And yet, today, we had to sit back and watch in horror as a colleague of ours struggled all afternoon in vain to find a hotel room for the evening.
Hotel after hotel continually turned him away, saying they were completely sold out. The Ace, Trump Soho, Eventi, Gramercy Park, Conrad New York, Yotel. All sold out. On a Tuesday night! And for many of the ones that still had rooms, prices were exorbitant (Indigo Chesea for $999/night? No thank you!)
The situation was pretty desperate, we admit. But where there's a will, there's a midtown hotel rate below $600/night. And what kind of HotelChatter-ers would we be if we weren't able to make at least a few practical suggestions?
For a sound night's sleep, read on!
First, we just need to get off our chests how appalled we were by some of the rates put forth by hotels with rooms still available as of 9pm. $869/night at W TImes Square? $600/night at Thompson LES? Poo-ey!
What we were able to find were rooms at DoubleTree Metropolitan for $310/night, or at Westin Times Square for $339/night, or Paramount for $314/night. Hudson Hotel also had availability, but their rooms are sooo teeny, you're probably better off dozing off on the subway.
Additionally, HotelTonight was able to dig up rooms at two well-established hotels, and with decent rates—namely The Roger and Hotel Wales.
Have you been in the same boat? Is there a hotel that you can always count on to have available rooms at decent rates? Let us know in the comments below!