Do JourneyWomen Sleep in New York City?
From Nunavut in
Canada to Shanghai in China everybody knows about the magic of The
Big Apple. So many of us aspire to spending some time in New York
City with its celebrity spottings, theatre, museums, dance, funky
fashion and marvellous people watching. That's why we thought it
would be fun to ask our JW Network where they stay when they visit
this happening city. We knew that some of you would favour bed and
breakfasts, others would choose budget hostels while for some it's
always big splurge all the way. Here, in their own words, are the
down-to-earth descriptions of female-friendly 'Best New York Sleeps'
sent to us from over 40 women travellers around the world.
P.S. If you have
a B&B, hostel or hotel to add to this list, please write: firstname.lastname@example.org
describing in under 150 words why this is your favourite New York
address. Don't forget their contact information/website and please
remember to add your first name and the city you live in. We'll
be happy to add it to the list.
East Village Bed and Coffee..
East Village Bed and Coffee - My friends from Australia used
this one the last time they were in New York and really liked
it. They found it reasonable and clean and the owner friendly.
Access to a kitchen meant they were also able to save money on
Marilyn, New Jersey, USA
Courtyard by Marriott...
recommend the Courtyard by Marriott at 114 W
40th St, phone 212-391-0088. A perfect location for the theatre
district, shopping, work at the New York Public Library, or the
West Side restaurant scene. Helpful staff, a nice restaurant for
dinner, clean rooms great for work or relaxing, high speed internet
and wifi, and a lobby beverage bar dispensing 24 hour coffee,
tea, and hot chocolate. Concierge and desk staff are helpful with
recommendations and reservations! All my stays here, and there
have been several, have been productive AND fun!
Diane, San Francisco, USA
favourite hotel in NYC is the Hotel Edison...
location, location, location! My friend and I stayed there last
summer for almost a week and it is great for wandering about at
night....safe...near Time's Square and the theatre district. We
went out every night without worry. There is shopping nearby and
lots of restaurants etc. It is an old fashioned, art deco style,
smoke-free hotel and it worked great for us! Would stay there
again. Address: 228 West 47th Street (btw. 8th Avenue and Broadway)
Tel: 212 - 840-5000. Website: http://www.edisonhotelnyc.com/index.asp
Diane, Langley, Canada
Edison Hotel is wonderful - it is located mid-town,
is very retro due to a reno about five-six years ago, very trendy
with all sorts of interesting people staying there, very clean
and the staff are wonderful. The bar on the main floor is fun
and has windows to the street - book in advance as they are busy.
The Hotel was built in 1931 and is in the same Art Deco style
as Radio City Music Hall. he Hotel email is email@example.com
The Hotel features several restaurants, one is a piano bar &
lounge at street side - a fun spot. Rates start at about $150/night.
Shirle, Vancouver, Canada
On the Ave...
favourite boutique hotel in NYC is On the Ave
(2178 Broadway at 77th St). The ambience
is sophisticated casual, with very friendly staff, a grand piano
in the foyer, and close to great neighbourhood breakfast spots.
The bell captains are very knowledgeable and always recognize
and greet you on your return. The rooms are small (New York style)
but modernized and very clean. Prices can be negotiated so don't
go by the website rates. I always seem to get a better rate if
I call the hotel directly rather than book online. My daughter
and I stayed there for a week in the fall and had breakfast several
times at the Fairway Food Market located just a block down the
street. Very yummy fresh croissant baked with pear, gouda cheese
and apricot preserve... so delicious... especially with their
huge bowl of creamy latte. The hotel is close to the subway station,
Central Park, Lincoln Centre and many great shopping finds (I
found a wonderful pair of Italian riding boots in a store on our
way to breakfast one morning!). We definitely will stay here again.
Tammy, Vancouver, Canada
Park Central Hotel...
20-year old daughter and I stayed at the Park Central
Hotel in 2007 at 870 7th Ave New York. The
reason it was a great place to stay is: reasonable rates: for
New York City (3 stars). Rooms are smallish, but clean, nice decor,
and fine bed linens. The location: Midtown Manhattan: across the
street from Carnegie Hall and short walk to Rockefeller Centre,
The MOMA, Times Square, three blocks to Central Park, and one
block to Broadway Theatres. 1/2 block to a subway station. Approximately
$165 to $350/night. We felt safe and staff at the hotel were friendly.
Star Bucks coffee located right at the SE corner of the Hotel.
They gave me an AARP senior discount (I'm barely 55) but I saved
$150. They now have internet access in all the rooms. They stored
my luggage after I checked out. So we could 'sight see' on the
last day in town.
Valerie, Forest Lake, USA
just returned from taking a group to New York on a sewing and
fashion tour. We always stay at the Hotel Metro
located at 45 W 35th (between 5th & 6th). This is a boutique
hotel that serves a very nice continental breakfast each morning.
The location is great as you are two blocks from the Empire State
Building, one block from Macys, a half block from the subway or
bus plus within a few blocks of many trim, bead and fabric stores.
The hotel has a small restaurant that serves good food plus there
are many good restaurants nearby. The rooms have good beds, nice
linens, bath supplies, safe, iron, hair dryer, wireless internet
and there is a great workout room. The rooms run between $200-$300
per night. This visit they were doing some remodeling but they
should have that finished before long. The rooftop terrace will
be back for cocktails and a lovely view of the Empire State Bldg.
Tel: 212 947 2500. Website: www.hotelmetronyc.com
Marsha McClintock, Sew Many Options
Tours, Portland, USA
Bonus! She recommends
Indian restaurants in NYC...
good Indian restaurants in a new city isn't always easy so I thought
I'd pass the names of a few along JourneyWomen visiting my part
of the world. I recently went to Mainland Restaurant
(1081 Third Ave. in Manhattan) which was very clean, the food
was very good, the service was excellent, and the prices reasonable.
Based on what friends and colleagues have told me I can also recommend
Utsav (1185 Ave of the Americas), Jewel of India (in the theatre/Times
Square area) and Bukhara Grill (217 E 49th St). They are all a
bit pricey for dinner but each offers an excellent $14.95 lunch
buffet. Enjoy everybody!
Hope, New York City, USA