New York City deals heat up as season cools down
As families head home after the holidays and children return to school, New York City is on sale for travelers willing to brave the cold temperatures in exchange for lower prices.
New York's first-ever Hotel Week will feature discounts for eight city hotels between Jan. 6 and Jan.15. More basic hotel rooms, or those slightly off the beaten path, can be found for as little as $100 per night plus taxes, while fancier rooms can go for $200 or $250 per night — still a deal by city standards.
"Hotel occupancy dips considerably during the first week in January," said hotel publicist Nancy J. Friedman, who launched the Hotel Week concept with six of her hotel clients and two nonclients. "It's a similar model to Restaurant Week, which is so successful at filling up restaurants during quiet times."
Speaking of Restaurant Week, the city's 20th anniversary promotion starts Jan.16 and runs through Feb. 10 (Mondays through Fridays).
There isn't a central website or phone number to book Hotel Week rooms. Several hotels have created special websites for the promotions, while others require calling the reservations number. Mention Hotel Week when booking and know that these specific discounts are limited. Participating hotels include The Hotel @Times Square (212- 790-2710); nyma, the new york manhattan hotel (212-790-2710); The Pod Hotel (212-355-0300); and Z NYC Hotel in Queens (212-319-7000).
For visitors who won't be able to take advantage of limited Hotel Week discounts, more than 120 participating New York City hotels are offering discounts between Jan. 2 and Feb. 29, sponsored by NYC & Co., the city's tourism office. Discounts include a free night for stays of three or more nights, complimentary upgrades or complimentary breakfast. During the same period, a group of 20 luxury hotels is offering a free third night to visitors who book two consecutive nights at one of 20 participating "Signature Collection" hotels. Go to nycgo.com/thirdnight.
Theater-lovers can score two-for-one tickets during Broadway Week, Jan. 17 to Feb. 4. Off-Broadway theater week offers the same deal between Jan. 30 and Feb. 12. Tickets go on sale Jan. 4 for both deals.
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