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Where Do JourneyWomen Sleep in New York City?


Hostelling International New York...

At 891 Amsterdam Avenue on Upper West Side, the location is brilliant, handy to the two primary subway lines and a block from Central Park, away from the 24 hour noise of Times Square and Broadway but with easy access to them. Our room was spacious and, up high and on a corner, the view's fantastic. It’s leafy and quintessentially the Big Apple, yellow cabs and all. Security was excellent and the price was right – the best value for money we found in New York. There are a diversity of guest discounts available from the hostel including theatre tickets and you can buy subway tickets and tour passes there. You’ll find all the facilities you need when travelling. The atmosphere was friendly and relaxed. We were much happier than our friends in an expensive, tiny, noisy hotel room closer to the action. It’s also suitable for all ages. We stayed in a family room with our then young child but it is ideal for travellers of all ages. We’d love to go back, soon. Address: 891 Amsterdam Avenue. Phone: 212-932-2300. Website:
Annette, Canberra, Australia


The Salisbury Hotel...

Why do I recommend the Salisbury Hotel? Location and size! The one-bedroom suite has approx 700 sq ft, easily sleeps five and a great breakfast is included in the rate. The location is perfect (123 W 57th St) -- close to Central Park, Times Square / Broadway, subways, and 5th Avenue. Many Manhattan sites are within walking distance. The hotel is a little dated, but very clean. The staff is friendly and helpful, there is a mini fridge in the room and a block away is a full grocery store with many other restaurants in the neighborhood. Website:
Marlene Hagen, Tallahassee, USA


Milford Plaza...

I love the Milford Plaza. It's a big hotel, offering an economical price and located right in the middle of Times Square (270 W45th). Based on their rates my travelling companion and I expected the worst but we were pleasantly surprised by the courteous service and cleanliness of the building. Our room faced the street and looked over the theatre district -- very fun! This is how their website describes their location, 'around the corner from 14 Broadway theaters, and just a short walk from Radio City Music Hall, the Rockefeller Center, 5th Avenue shopping, Herald Square, Times Square and the Javits Center. The Milford Plaza New York Hotel's Westside location is also extremely convenient to SoHo, NoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown and the West Village - all very popular New York City attractions and easily accessible by public transportation, located close by.' Website:
Danette, Toronto, Canada


Stay the Night Bed & Breakfast...

My favorite place to stay in New York City is called Stay The Night, a wonderful B&B located on a tree-lined street on 93rd Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue. You can't beat the location (fashionable Upper East side) and the rooms -- there are three of them plus an apartment -- all are beautifully decorated. According to their website, 'Within a five-minute walk you can visit the Guggenheim, the Cooper Hewitt and the grandest of all, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Every service you need from drug store to dry cleaner is on your doorstep.' You can reach the owner, Nick Hankin at 212-722-8300 or at Read more at their website:
Wanda, Charlotte, USA


Hotel Elysee...

Gutsy Women love the Hotel Elysee in New York! First of all, the 100 room Country French style hotel radiates the charm and elegance of a country inn, while offering a spectacular midtown Manhattan location (60 East 54th Street) for New York's best shopping, restaurants, art galleries and more. MoMA is just around the corner along with Tiffany's and Bergdorf's; need I say more? The Monkey Bar is a timeless New York City Classic, but our favorite spot in the Hotel Elysee is the Club room where they serve complimentary refreshments 24 hours a day including a lovely breakfast each morning and a vine and cheese reception on weeknights served by a very sweet and helpful staff. Our clients feel so at home at the Hotel Elysee, they can't wait to go back! Website:
April Merenda, Glenside, USA Gutsy Women Travel


Hotel Gansevoort...

Big Splurge! This is nothing like a B&B or hostel. Hotel Gansevoort located at #18, 9th Avenue at 13th Street is the first full-service luxury hotel in Manhattan's Meatpacking District. It is brain candy for parents (or single moms) who are travelling with their children and desperately need a sanity break or merely some quiet time. The Hotel Gansevoort has a package called "Honey, we're stuck with the kids" that includes a parents' night out (providing a licensed and bonded babysitter for four hours as well as guaranteed reservations at a "hot" restaurant, fresh chocolate-chip cookies daily, assorted board games, video games, a free movie a day, etc. Everyone but your wallet will be happy! Check out:
Sherry, Dijon, France


Bonus! Fast food heaven in New York City...

On a recent trip to New York, I found the Whole Foods Market on the lower level of the Time- Warner Building (part of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts) at Columbus Circle. A friend and I had tickets for a jazz concert on the 5th floor but didn't have time to eat before the show. What was the next best thing? To find a healthy fast food situation. Whole Foods Market was the perfect answer. This outstanding supermarket has a wide variety of gourmet prepared foods sold by weight. We thoroughly enjoyed tasting choices from around the world. Besides fabulous salads (don't miss the beet, orange and goat cheese mix), we sampled sushi, Indian, Mexican, Italian and Chinese food. For dessert we shared the chocolate bread pudding which was outstanding. The people watching was wonderful, the dining area was clean and our meals were fresh, tasty and very affordable.
Marilyn, Montreal, Canada





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