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Where Do JourneyWomen Sleep in New York City?


Evelyn Hannon

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: 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.


The East Village Bed and Coffee..

The 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 meals.
Marilyn, New Jersey, USA


Courtyard by Marriott...

I highly 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


Hotel Edison...

My 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 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:
Diane, Langley, Canada

The 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 The Hotel features several restaurants, one is a piano bar & lounge at street side - a fun spot. Rates start at about $150/night. Book early.
Shirle, Vancouver, Canada


On the Ave...

My 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. Website:
Tammy, Vancouver, Canada


Park Central Hotel...

My 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


Hotel Metro...

I 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:
Marsha McClintock, Sew Many Options Tours, Portland, USA


Bonus! She recommends Indian restaurants in NYC...

Finding 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





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