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Old 04-26-2009, 12:04 AM
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What is the cheapest, yet safest hotel i can find near the Times Square area around July? Thanks.
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Old 04-26-2009, 12:25 AM
 
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What is the cheapest, yet safest hotel i can find near the Times Square area around July? Thanks.
Off the top of my head, the New Yorker and the Marcel Hotel. Neither one is in the Times Square area but both are close, meaning a short walk. Both are about 20 blocks south of Times Square, which is about 20 minutes walking (about 1 block per minute is a comfortable walk).

The Marcel seems to have better reviews on tripadvisor.com, but check for yourself.

No need to stay right IN Times Square area. The Flatiron/Gramercy Park area, where the Marcel is, is very interesting and busy also. The New Yorker is, I believe, near the Chelsea/Garment District areas. Both are still midtown Manhattan. Plus you will find yourself exploring much further south of here, so it's actually more centrally located.

The Radisson Martinique seems to have some good deals for July thru Expedia.com, check Expedia for deals and search for 2 star and higher hotels. Make sure to check the reviews there and also check the reviews for the ones that look good on tripadvisor.com.

Expect to spend in the $120 to $180 per night range. Believe it or not that's a CHEAP hotel in NYC. Also, if you dare to go cheaper, make sure you research well; NYC gets a lot of European visitors who are used to having a SHARED bathroom, so many cheaper and even mid-range hotels don't give you a private bathroom, so check for that. Or if it's worth saving money then get a hotel w/ a shared bathroom. Just make sure you know what you're getting, and you're OK with it, with any hotel you decide on.

As for safety, they're all pretty safe in Midtown Manhattan.

EDITED TO ADD: I just saw on Expedia a couple more - the Paramount, and this one is perfect, right in Times Square and they seem to have slashed prices for the summer, at least for now, so it falls into the $120's to $140's and up, and it looks like a beautiful hotel and seems to have decent reviews (check for yourself though); and it's got private baths in each room as far as I can tell

The other one is called the Thirty Thirty hotel, and it's in the Murray Hill Section, again about 20 blocks from Midtown, but a nice section of the city. Also called "curry hill" because of some great Indian restaurants there. Pretty mellow, residential area but within a few blocks in any direction you're on a busy street with EVERYTHING, so don't let the quiet neighborhood fool you.

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Old 04-26-2009, 01:50 PM
 
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You may also want to look at Hotwire and Priceline for some deals in Manhattan in July. It will be hard to get much below $100 as Manhattan is one of the most expensive markets in the US.

Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn offers summer housing in the $80s and is just across the bridge from manhattan.
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Old 04-26-2009, 02:00 PM
 
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Just remember there is very limited subway service in Murray Hill.

The Edison Hotel is on 47th, between 8th and B'Way, heart of Times Square, and is about $150/night.
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Old 04-26-2009, 04:49 PM
 
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We cruised to Bermuda last July from NJ, and stayed at the St James Hotel two days before and 5 days afterwards. We loved it and it was smack dab in the middle of TS. I checked out Trip Advisor and it gets pretty good reviews, and we had NO trouble with it at all, and would stay there again in a heart beat. We did not have problems with anything, nor anyone. The staff was great and very helpful. And, there is a wonderful deli right next door. For the money, and location, you cant beat it! Dot
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Old 04-26-2009, 05:50 PM
 
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I've stayed at the Paramount. Excellent location. One block to the center of Times Square. Rooms are teeeeeeny small. But adequate for 1-2 people. Very clean. Yea-private baths. Directly across the street is a theater,though I don't recall which one.

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Off the top of my head, the New Yorker and the Marcel Hotel. Neither one is in the Times Square area but both are close, meaning a short walk. Both are about 20 blocks south of Times Square, which is about 20 minutes walking (about 1 block per minute is a comfortable walk).

The Marcel seems to have better reviews on tripadvisor.com, but check for yourself.

No need to stay right IN Times Square area. The Flatiron/Gramercy Park area, where the Marcel is, is very interesting and busy also. The New Yorker is, I believe, near the Chelsea/Garment District areas. Both are still midtown Manhattan. Plus you will find yourself exploring much further south of here, so it's actually more centrally located.

The Radisson Martinique seems to have some good deals for July thru Expedia.com, check Expedia for deals and search for 2 star and higher hotels. Make sure to check the reviews there and also check the reviews for the ones that look good on tripadvisor.com.

Expect to spend in the $120 to $180 per night range. Believe it or not that's a CHEAP hotel in NYC. Also, if you dare to go cheaper, make sure you research well; NYC gets a lot of European visitors who are used to having a SHARED bathroom, so many cheaper and even mid-range hotels don't give you a private bathroom, so check for that. Or if it's worth saving money then get a hotel w/ a shared bathroom. Just make sure you know what you're getting, and you're OK with it, with any hotel you decide on.

As for safety, they're all pretty safe in Midtown Manhattan.

EDITED TO ADD: I just saw on Expedia a couple more - the Paramount, and this one is perfect, right in Times Square and they seem to have slashed prices for the summer, at least for now, so it falls into the $120's to $140's and up, and it looks like a beautiful hotel and seems to have decent reviews (check for yourself though); and it's got private baths in each room as far as I can tell

The other one is called the Thirty Thirty hotel, and it's in the Murray Hill Section, again about 20 blocks from Midtown, but a nice section of the city. Also called "curry hill" because of some great Indian restaurants there. Pretty mellow, residential area but within a few blocks in any direction you're on a busy street with EVERYTHING, so don't let the quiet neighborhood fool you.
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Old 04-26-2009, 08:38 PM
 
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Does the Paramount or St. James offer secure parking? Either off street or garage? Looking to spend a few days sometime late this year or early January. Thanks!
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Old 04-26-2009, 10:51 PM
 
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Does the Paramount or St. James offer secure parking? Either off street or garage? Looking to spend a few days sometime late this year or early January. Thanks!

We didnt have a car...does anyone in NYC have a car?? Everything was in walking distance for us and then one day we took the hop on hop off bus which we enjoyed...took the train once to Yankee Stadium.
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Old 04-26-2009, 11:11 PM
 
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I actually saw a garage nearby, but I also didn't have a car. I had flown in and got around via taxi,subway or my two feet.
You could call and ask them if they have parking.

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Does the Paramount or St. James offer secure parking? Either off street or garage? Looking to spend a few days sometime late this year or early January. Thanks!
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Old 04-27-2009, 02:23 AM
 
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Does the Paramount or St. James offer secure parking? Either off street or garage? Looking to spend a few days sometime late this year or early January. Thanks!
I'm guessing you're going to drive to NYC with your own car. If not, don't rent a car, it's not worth it, you don't use it in NYC.

I use this website:
Compare Parking Rates Daily/Monthly Garages Lots NYC Boston New York

It will let you find the cheapest daily parking in the area you want. My advice is to just find the cheapest one even if it's not right in the area of the hotel, and save some money. The Times Square area is going to cost a lot for parking, especially for a few days. Try the Murray Hill or Gramercy neighborhoods, or even Chelsea and Flatiron neighborhoods. It will be a ways away from your hotel but it's worth the savings. Either walk or subway to those neighborhoods (walking is only about 20 minutes). I would drop off the luggage first (just park on the street for that, just for a short while), then drive to whichever garage you have picked and leave the car. Then when it's time to leave, pack your bags but leave them in the room, go get the car, drive up, then get your bags and check out, and your car will be right outside.

And remember that MOST parking garages in NY require you to give the keys and the attendant will then park your car for you. If this is an issue, seek out a garage that lets you self park, but your options will be limited.
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