Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Where To Stay In New York?


Hi, I'm scheming accommodation in New York. I can't believe I am pouring over NYC maps. It's a bit exciting. I want to stay somewhere groovy and hip and not mainstream global hotel-ish. Somewhere that is blog fodder worthy! I want to share all my experiences with you. Any suggestions? The New Yorker looks like it has some history? Looking on Tablet, the Crosby Street Hotel looks to die for, with to die for prices (highly recommended to me by Anna, from Absolutely Beautiful Things). The Ace Hotel looks extremely hip and retro. Too many choices. I have high expectations of getting a good price. Am I delusional? I'm at the stage where I think every other country is more affordable than Australia. Hey, I think Paris is cheap. Any travellers out there with some good advice?

Show and Tell went well. He was happy with the class interest. Although I was not invited in to watch. I wistfully looked through the door and took photos through the glass. I could tell he wanted me in there as he kept looking at me. I think me not being in there was a distraction for him. He couldn't work it out. Neither could I. Is this the norm with other schools? Was I expecting too much?... wanting to see my boy show his lizards and hear him espouse great words on lizard life? I was so disappointed. 

Happy Tuesday!
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42 comments:

  1. A-M, have you looked at Airbnb rather than hotels?? Admittedly you will need to cater for yourself but you'll save a bit on accommodation.

    We used Airbnb for our Italian/Paris holiday and loved it. All of our apartments were in the city centres. Awesome........

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  2. oh ! and take a look at : http://www.athomeus.com/. Haven't used it but it's bookmarked for our next trip !

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  4. Can I suggest you have a look at www.hotelonrivington.com

    Great hotel, location excellent far away from the tourist traps, people watching at its best

    Shell

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  5. ....or here : http://staythenight.com/staythenight.html

    LOL....promise it's the last suggestion !!

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  6. http://www.thegreenwichhotel.com/
    Robert De Niro's hotel, gorgeous!

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  7. Hi A-M, just wanted to say happy Tuesday and also say if you're looking for good prices and a neat place to stay in NYC try looking at homes for rent websites. A good friend went to NY two years ago and got a two bedroom apartment a block away from Central Park for a steal of a deal. I'll have to get the websites from her but just Google "homes to rent" and see what comes up!

    Xx,
    Andrea

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  8. Oh thank you! I am looking them all up now. I got sidetracked with accommodation in East Hampton... ha, a place I love off peak is $495/night... in peak, when I'm there, $1700/night! I have no idea! I am just clicking on what stops my heart. A-M xx

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  9. Check out The Alex in Mid-Town. I have stayed there before and it is awesome x

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  10. I am sooo excited for you that you are going to NY!!! I wish I could suggest somewhere, but I think you're right, everywhere is cheaper than here. Or so it seems.

    My heart broke when I read about Show & Tell. I am a mum of ten (as you know) and every time I am asked to go to school to watch my little ones they scan the crowd for me, they glow with pride, they get so excited and equally are so disappointed and hurt when I have to miss something or I have to stand 'away'. It's hard to feel the hurt, but I guess I'd rather that, the connection and knowing they want it, than not having it at all :( Just may way of dealing with it I guess! x

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  11. i've also heard ace hotel is pretty hip & affordable (whatever that means these days!)

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  12. Hmm, delayed trip to the shed today, checking out all your recommendations. Thank you so much. xx

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  13. What grade is your litle one in? Unfortunately usually once they reach year 5 and beyond mothers are really banned from showing up for anything their sons do unless it is not in their class but in the auditorium where parents can attend if they wish,like the science fair or such thing. Its hard i know,but i am on my third son at the same institution and am used to it now! Good luck with your NY accommodation! Sounds like you have plenty of help out there in blog land with ideas! Cathyx

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  14. AM, Be careful with NY accomm. There are local laws that preclude you staying in anything other than a hotel for less than a month.Get on trip advisor & other such sites. Accomm is expensive for sure in ny but everything else- food shopping transport is relatively cheaper than here in Oz. ( Another discussion.) Books -try Rizzoli on W57th between 5th & 6th.
    Yes, you are going in peak season.
    Have fun planning
    Wendy

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  15. How exciting!!!!

    I've never been to NY but MrB and I will hopefully be there early next year. *fingers crossed*

    I plan on using Priceline.com to book our accomodation for our trip.

    You can read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priceline.com

    Have a lovely day <3

    B

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  16. Hi A-M, I stayed at the Ace as a journalist when it first opened and wasn't impressed. I got a media deal and was really pleased I didn't pay rack rate! The lobby is quirky in a private-boys'-boarding-school kind of way (and def worth a look), and the Breslin cafe is cool, but the rooms are dreadful. Try the NoMad next door instead. Same owners but diff aesthetic. Has just opened. Getting rave reviews. Look up the pix on their website. I think you'd like it more. We're staying there this week so will email you.
    Another gorgeous place I've just discovered is '280 Washington' B&B in Brooklyn. It's a grand mansion owned by a family that has recently renovated it and you would LOVE it! Google it to see the images. The interior is straight out of Vogue Living. And the owner is so lovely. I'm staying there next week, so will email you a review on that too!
    Crosby St is very expensive - perhaps too much. The Library Hotel is fab but also exy. Gramercy Park Hotel is where the celebs all stay. Look up Priceline.com for good deals.
    Warmest regards from Boston. (Another must-see!)
    Janelle xx

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  17. The New York trip just sounds soooo looveely. Very sad to read about your imposed exile from the classroom by that teacher! Bizarre and not very parent-friendly!! I don't understand that at all. Glad you took piccies anyway! Mx

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  18. A-M, compared to New York, Paris accommodation is cheap! We paid over $400 a night for our hotel, but we were a bit limited to something family friendly.

    I also agree with the poster above, it can be risky renting an apartment etc as it is illegal. Heaps of people do it, however we didn't want to take that risk. In Europe none of my family have ever stayed in hotels for more than 3 nights, we always book houses, gites, apartments etc, but in the USA the laws differ. Just be aware of it!

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  19. Hi A-M.

    It might be worth looking at Gwyneth Paltrow's guide to NY that was recently released on Itunes. Let me know if its any use to you. Looking forward to reading your blog posts from the big apple.
    http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id484566289

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  20. Sadly I can't offer any advice regarding NYC (it's *still* on my to do list) but I do know a little bit about classrooms and it saddens me to read that you had to stand outside the classroom and take photos through the glass. It's definitely not the norm at the school my two go to and wasn't how I approached things when I was a teacher of little ones myself. No harm was ever done by a proud parent standing up the back of the classroom, clicking away on their camera for a few minutes (in my experience anyway!) x

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  21. I'd suggest a b& b if you can find one. Good chance to meet the natives. Janelle has it right!

    I'm happy our school welcomes parents for special classroom activities. Especially when you have to drive "the boys". :)

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  22. Ooh - how exciting! Wish I was looking for accommodation in NY instead of packing boxes in Fibrotown...

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  23. We just spent 10 nights at the Crown Plaza right on Times Square - 4 of us shared, so made it affordable, but the area was great as we could walk to millions of things so easily! x

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  24. Exciting indeed! Unfortunately I am yet to visit NY so am unable to offer anything here. I am surprised about your 'lockout' frm your son's class though. I think parents should always be welcome (perhaps without distracting toddler accompanyment)to a classroom presentation etc...if the school and / or teacher does not have an open door policy, I'd be asking myself why? Education is a shared responsibility and therefor experience between parents / student / school.
    x KL

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  25. this is so exciting! I luff New York. promise me you'll check out Rizzoli and Henri Bendel.

    You are lucky. x

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  26. Thank you for all your comments and emails. I am spoilt for choice. Thank you! A-M xx

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  27. Hi A-M My husband and I stayed in NYC a few years ago and I spent probably at least a week on the net before we left home, looking for exactly what you are looking for .. We finally chose a cool and classy, interesting-looking hotel near Central Park. The reviews acknowledged that the rooms were small, but the floor boards were dark brown, the beds had all-white linen and the building itself was old, with wonderfully classic styling - and the Door man wore a uniform and looked like Eddie Murphy!
    It was awful! The room was the size of a small bathroom and the bathroom was the size of a very small cupboard (you could not turn around). We still say that the best money we ever spent on the entire 4 week USA trip was when we went crazy and booked into the Hilton Garden Inn on Time Square for the second and third nights of our stay, even when we couldn't get a refund from the first hotel! It cost some money, but after one night at the first place, I was willing to sell one of the children (just kidding :) to move. We literally RAN from Time Square back to Central Park to get our cases, then caught a cab back. (We had been out exploring in the sleet and had stepped into the Garden Inn for a pit-stop.) Talk about luxury! It was March and the weather was freezing, but after a hot bubble bath in our marble tiled en-suite, we so much appreciated the king-size bed and the space in our room - all with the wonderful view and busy-ness of Time Square directly below us! Bliss!
    So, my advice is: cute and cool can look a whole lot more appealing in photos than when you are laying in an unbelievably hard bed (we had a miserable, sleepless night),in a tiny, overheated room with thin walls :)
    Good luck! :)

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  28. You will have the best time A-M... wherever you stay. I can't imagine you will be in that room any longer than necessary! Pounding those pavements and soaking up the NYC moment... I know you will love it... xv

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  29. Vile - is learning not a team approach? Did this child not come from your womb? I am a teacher and I'd gladly have mums or dads in the room as we are all fostering the learning of each child.
    Unnecessary for you to wait outside A-M.
    they need to move into the 21st century!
    NYC - jealous!!! still...

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  30. Try quikbook hotels for deals in NYC. We stayed between Times Square and Central Park and while it's a handy spot you'll need to go elsewhere to eat - overpriced awful food near the tourist hub. The 'must see' list is endless but do go to Central Station. Have fun!

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  31. Hi AM
    I stayed for a week at the Chelsea Star when I was much younger and travelling - its not a back packers, small hotel and cheap, great location.
    You could probably do much better but it's very lovely and groovy.
    Cheers Fiona
    Ps airbnb good option also. Friends got an amazing apartment for super cheap.

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  32. I would say you were totally ripped off in the show-and-tell moment! That teacher is NOT NICE.

    We stayed somewhere small and dodgy in NYC, near the corner of Broadway and West 50th Street. I couldn't fault the location and we walked and walked for miles every day! Mmm, cream cheese bagels for breakfast...

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  33. Exciting new A-M. My favorite place so far. We stayed at the East Village Bed and Coffee - depending on where you want to be. But we wanted to explore a relaxed funky area with easy access to central areas. Loved it! The vibe is very fun and relaxed too. Best wishes in finding what you need - Im sure it will be a great trip.
    Take care
    rebecca xo

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  34. Hi A-M, Not sure my email got through, so apologies if this is repeated. check out Mel's blog, Georgica Pond, she is just re-living her trip to N.Y. last year & showing pics of gorgeous Ann Sacks & Waterworks bathrooms. I'm sure she would have some great tips on where to shop for your new house & online store. Mel has also visited the Hamptons & has some gorgeous pics of the homes in that area (hence her Blog name!). Looking forward to reading about your travels, kind regards,
    Wendy

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  35. New York will be fabulous I am sure! It is on my to do list also but not going until I have lots of pocket money .... :-) I would have to stay at least one night at The Waldorf Hotel.... Just because it is sooo iconic and romantic... In so many movies etc.... It is synonymous with NY... :-) however I did check out the B & B that Janelle suggested ... It does look positively gorgeous... Definitely bookmarking that one.... When we travelled NZ we stayed in a similar gorgeous B & B .. And it was a totally wonderful experience... Good luck with so many to choose from,.....

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  36. Oh A-M - so happy for you and excited you are coming to the Northeast US, but so sad that when you are here, I will be in (wait for it...) France! I so would have loved to have met you and shown you around a bit.

    But I highly recommend anything you find on Tablet.com. We use that site every time we go to NYC and they vet their hotels very well, we have never been disappointed. We've had so many lovely experiences staying in neighborhoods we might not have ever found just by picking hotels from that site (and purposely staying away from hotels in the tourist districts). There is nothing like leaving your hotel and walking to some lovely breakfast place and feeling like a local. I also do recommend airbnb.com for a stay as long as yours. Unless you are planning only a few days in NYC and the rest on Cape Cod, etc. I'd be happy to chat via email if you want more info about the area - lived here all my life! robin.birdinthehand (at) gmail.com.

    PS - Boo! Hiss! re: the teacher not letting you into the classroom for little one's big day. Karma will get her in the end....

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  37. Oh Robin! .... at least you are in France though! Will email you. xx

    Thank you so much for your help everyone. Travelling at peak time too, I am also mindful of price. Everything is still cheaper than here though! Thank you. xxxxx

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  38. The Standard Hotel! I have never stayed myself but have heard great things (and plan to stay there on my next visit). : ) Rachel

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  39. The Library Hotel on Madison is delightful. It is a small boutique hotel and its rooms are themed around the dewey decimal system. They also offer a complimentary wine and cheese hour!

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  40. Have a fantastic time Anne-Maree, wow, NY, here you come, love Posie

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  41. I stayed at The London NYC Hotel on W54th St, which was fabulous. Huge rooms, great decor, spacious Waterworks bathrooms, and centrally located to everything I needed. I'm more of an uptown girl, so I prefer to get downtown to the Soho parts of the city for day trips as I prefer what's on offer uptown, and the easy access to the Upper West and Upper East Side. It was also easy access to the convention centre for me. I suggest making an itinerary of all the shops and places you want to see during your stay and work out where the concentration is. I walk everywhere in NY, so I like being somewhere that's near all I want to see. I found midtown and above much better for access to the kinds of shops etc you'll be wanting to see.

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx