True for the most part, although in NYC you want to try to go a little higher in star rating if you can (unless you're able to determine the likely hotel and you 'know' that it's a good one)... especially if you intend to BID for a hotel room since you then have no control/guess over the hotel within the zone that you may receive. Most NYC hotel rooms are small, but at the lower rating they tend to get even tinier, and at the non-chain hotels housekeeping and general upkeep can often be less than stellar. (i've stayed
It depends how you define the 'best option'... it may be the most economical; but it's not going to be the most convenient. Here are some decent options and you can try to determine which you think would be 'best' based upon your needs/budget (of course you can feel free to ask questions about any of them and we will do our best to comment/advise accordingly):
3* HOTWIRE Red Hook - Brooklyn South for $112
==> Days Inn by Wyndham Brooklyn Boro Park
... not my first choice as i don't think it will give you an 'city feel', but i included as it's the least expensive option (and you can also get a feel for what would be available at a lower price vs. if i didn't include this hotel). I don't know much about this area, but it's close to a subway station, although the commute to Times Square/Midtown would be about 55 minutes (that's a bit far to be considered convenient, imo... imagine staying by O'Hare and using the blue line to commute to Downtown).
4* HOTWIRE Long Island City for $168
==> The Paper Factory
... a short walk to a subway line that will have you into Midtown in about 20 minutes. Hotels gets good decent reviews.... but note that there is also a $23/nite resort fee at this hotel
4.5* HOTWIRE Long Island City for $184
==> Boro Hotel
... also close to a subway and about 20 minutes to midtown. This one has the best reviews out of any of the above, here there is a $19/nite resort fee so about a $12 difference between this one and the one above; you'll have to decide if that is money well spent or not in exchange for the higher star rating and better reviews.
From PRICELINE EXPRESS...
3.5* Long Island City (<-- CLICK HERE and confirm your dates on the landing page) for $170/nite with:
Free Internet in room
==> Wyndham Garden Long Island City
.... no reported resort fee here so a little more affordable than the last two above, similar in terms of convenience
Unfortunately anything in Manhattan that gets a better than 65% recommendation from previous guests is looking to be in the mid-$200's.
Thanks for using the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board.
Let us know your thoughts/questions and we'll take it from there.