A couple of weeks prior to my trip to the East Coast, I was still undecided about whether I would pass through New York City or not during my stay, so I totally put off looking at hotel rooms until the very last minute. Once the travel plans were finalized, I was kicking myself for not having decided earlier.
I dreaded Kayak-ing or Googling because I expected even the cheapest of hotels to have sky high prices seeing that I was passing through during the holiday season, especially so close to new years. I ended up being totally right to dread, though, because hotel prices were indeed insane.
After more internet searching on all of the various popular travel sites out there, I ended up completely lucking out when I stumbled upon the Herald Square Hotel for, get this, $109 a night, so about $130'ish total with tax and everything. $109 a night hotel in the heart of NYC during new years? Unheard of. $109 in general is amazing for anywhere. I was expecting to fork over much more.
Location This hotel is located in the Flatiron District by many subway stations, as well as the Penn Station, which was fantastic for me because I arrived by Amtrak and ended up being able to walk to the hotel from the station. It's pretty hip and happening in the area with plenty of stores, restaurants and people.
Customer Service We were promptly checked in upon arrival. The lady that checked us in was really nice. When we called in with questions, they kindly answered them, and they also extended our checkout time by an hour and a half when we requested it. Extra bonus points when I found out that this is a family business because I like supporting those!
Room The room that I got was very tiny and quaint. My arrival there made me feel like I was really finally in New York City. The room was pretty much the size of the queen sized bed, plus room for a desk, closet and super mini bathroom.
Amenities The room was highly lacking in amenities, but for that price, that's passable. The four notable things that the room had was a large LG flat screen television with cable, a Sony Dream Machine for playing CDs and to read time, free wifi, and they also had an Aveda soap bar in the bathroom. Otherwise, it was lacking shampoo, lotions, mints, hair dryer and telephone. I did highly enjoy this one amenity in the lobby though. So very cool and nice of them. Oh, and did I mention there were candies on the table, too? :D
If you're looking for an inexpensive hotel to stay at in NYC and you don't mind a few missing amenities, then I highly recommend the Herald Square Hotel. Such a great deal!