HotelChatter Flashback: When Sandy Did a Number on NYC's Hotels
Last year at this time, the Northeast was being wholloped by Hurricane Sandy. Today, we're taking a look at how all this affected the hotel scene. And we're still shaking our heads.
In New York City, the storm's devastation caused a a surge in hotel cancellations as well as unexpected and extended hotel stays. Yet thanks to the widespread power outages, especially in lower Manhattan, many hotels had to close down for a brief time. Hotels that weren't even open yet were affected too. The powerful winds snapped a crane on the building that will eventually house the Park Hyatt New York.
Once the storm had officially passed, we compiled a Post-Sandy Guide to New York Hotel Rooms where we listed the hotels that were open, had working electricity and most importantly, had rooms available. Sadly, rates were pretty jacked up.
All hell broke loose again when the city officially cancelled the New York City Marathon. But just before the cancellation, hotels were asking stranded hotel guests to leave so that they could accommodate the Marathon guests who had existing reservations. Then after the cancellation, marathon runners who had booked their pricey hotel rooms months in advance didn't even need them anymore. It was a bona fide hotel disaster. Here, two marathon runners vented to HotelChatter about the whole scenario.
A month later, the city was still working on restoring power to many homes, especially in the outer boroughs but as far as the hotel scene went, things were pretty much back to normal. And hotels were helping victims of the storm too, through various fundraising efforts.
Hotels were also hosting stranded residents though a government-funded hotel stay program. Which was a godsend for many, except for this pregnant woman when a reservation error at her Brooklyn hotel left her homeless for a while. Luckily, her stay was extended.
A year later, things are back in full swing at NYC hotels. The Andaz Wall Street has even gotten some spiffy new digs, after the storm closed some of its public spaces for seven months. And it looks like hotels are back on track with hosting marathon guests by offering several marathon-themed hotel packages. Most importantly, Halloween will NOT be cancelled this year. Woot.