Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Favorite New York Hotel for 5 people

This is my first post about New York!!!! I am ready to share with you the in's and out's of New York. For the past year and a half, I have been in denial about leaving what I think is the greatest city on earth. I hope you find my posts in the coming weeks interesting and perhaps you can refer back to them if you ever travel to the big Apple!

I just returned from a fabulous Bachelorette weekend in New York City. I was in charge of finding a place to stay for 5 girls. As most of you know, hotel rooms in Manhattan are not big and extremely expensive for what you get. It is very hard to find a hotel that has 2 queen beds and a pull out sofa. Most of the hotels I found in this extensive search were going to make me book 2 rooms which I found very frustrating. Long story short, I researched new hotel openings in NYC for 2012 and I came across this wonderful gem, TRYP New York City. Some of you who are familiar with NYC may turn your nose up at the location of this hotel as it is located on 35th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue. After living in an apartment in Herald Square for 2 years, this is the ideal location because it is close to all the subway lines and you can get anywhere in the city from here. I loved the decor of the lobby and the adjacent bar. Of note, the bar served up some delicious cocktails!
We stayed in the "family room" which had 2 queen beds, a sleeper sofa and a bunk bed! It also had two large flat screen televisions with every movie channel you can think of! We could have comfortably fit one more person in this room for a total of 6 people. Below is a picture of 1/2 televisions and the mini bar!

The bunk bed reminded me of a Murphy bed because it pulled out from the wall (terrible picture).
The shower in this hotel room was amazing. Check out the two shower heads. The rainfall is always nice but it never seems to give enough water pressure. This hotel had the genius idea to install another shower head that turned on simultaneously with the rainfall to give it the perfect water pressure. Yes, I am planning on having one of these in my house one day!
So you may ask what they charged for a room like this. The base price for 3 people was $260+tax. They did charge an extra fee for that 4th and 5th person however we split the room among 4 girls (we paid for the bachelorette) so the price per person ended up being less than $100/night for each girl. This is extremely cheap (by New York standards)! It is impossible to find a room this size and for this many people for under $400 with taxes. I recommend this hotel for bachelor/bachelorette parties, a girl's weekend, families, and even 2 couples that like to travel together. Everything was pristine and the service was impeccable. I have a feeling that prices will increase for this hotel in the coming weeks but if you are in need of a place to stay for a large number of people, keep this place in mind. I will be returning to New York in late spring and trying something totally new for accommodations, Air BnB. I will let you know how that goes and if it is worth trying!

Tips to booking an inexpensive hotel room in New York City:
  • Look for the newest hotel to see if they are offering a grand opening special.
  • Do not stay in Times Square. Hotel rooms cost significantly more in this part of town because they they take advantage of tourists!
  • Be careful of the pictures posted on the hotel website. Most of the hotel rooms look nothing like the website.
  • Yelp and Trip Advisor should be your best friend!
  • Rooms cost significantly less in the off-season, January-March, so if you want a deal, plan your vacation around this time and embrace the NY cold!
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