We are taking my mother-in-law to NYC for a show, dinner and a stay between Christmas and New Years, and need a few rooms. Unfortunately, I am unable to find anything in that neighborhood for under $350 + taxes, etc. and that is with a AAA discount. We are going to Radio City, Rockefeller Center, 5th Avenue for some shopping, etc., so we'd want to stay close by. I have stayed in that area numerous times, but not during this week. It is a good $100-150/night more.
I would use points or a certificate but all my points are committed to Rome in the spring and the certs are Cat 5 or less - which does not exist here.
Not knowing your specific dates, I would suggest consider the following ideas - just to get you brainstorming, essentially a 'mix and match' strategy;
Say for example 12/26 - 12/28 Some excellent AAA rates at SpringHill - $224, Res Inn $208 (Gem's and my favorite), Marriott East Side (tef's) $187
then for Sunday 12/29, use your mom's senior discount for a $254 Upper East Side CY (being plat gets you little there anyway, and as we've seen $$$ is worth more than points)
Etc etc - good luck Rock on Rockettes
Thanks, ERC. Unfortunately, I checked and could not find a Springhill in Manhattan or at least one available on the 27th. Also, the two Residence Inns I found, with AAA discount, were 'from' $484 and $379 respectively. Looks like there are a few other responses I will check, as well.
Thanks again. Odds are I am not searching in the right place.
Wow, you are correct - no listing at all for SpringHill on for 12/27 by itself. (or 12/27-29) You can get the $224 rate 12/26-28 or 12/26-29. Another one of the pricing surprises within our pal the Marriott Matrix. Good luck - stay at it, it's there. But definitely follow ssindc's advice, book something half way reasonable (and cancellable) and watch it like a hawk. Best wishes.
I get some good price quotes from tourism sites, like Texas Tourism and TN.
Myrtle Beach has it's own site that my son's friend in SC uses quite a bit.
NY might even have one. You might check to see.
psudad - you're pushing my buttons - this is one of my favorite topics - but, rather than reinvent the wheel, let me suggest you check this out: NYC - Market Pricing [and it's worth scrolling through - there lots of good information in there] ... My only high-level advice here is: act like a consumer (research, research, research), be flexible (don't get your heart set on a particular property), be patient (it's worth reserving rooms now, at the best rate you can get, with an eye towards cancelling and re-booking as rates fluctuate), and don't give up too early (my money says you'll beat the current rates at least twice if you're willing to cancel and re-book between now and then)!!!! GOOD LUCK!!!!
The least expensive Marriott property in the area I could find between Christmas and New Years is the Carleton Autograph Hotel which offers a rate of AAA rate of $269 between Dec 26th & 30th.
If you want to also consider Non-Marriott properties you may want to try using the Google Hotel tool: http://google.com/hotels
Search for Manhattan, NY with the desired dates and then on the Map Graphic you can choose which area of Manhattan you would like to stay in. I found quite a few listings between $161 and $300 for the same dates (12/26-12/30) for both independent and brand name hotels in the Midtown/Times Square District.