OK, reopening this thread as the trip is back ON!
Hubz booked a Groupon deal that I'm not happy with. It looks ick. Royal Park Hotel on the UWS. Thankfully, it is cancelable. Unthankfully, it's a hotel/hostel and private bath or not, reviews on TripAdvisor are NOT favorable. There is a VERY interesting photo of a sign posted on the front of the hotel just the other day about certain rooms being "perilous to life" from the Department of Buildings! https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60763-d1155229-Reviews-Royal_Park_Hotel-New_York_City_New_York.html#photos;geo=60763&detail=1155229 Help!
There is a 4* boutique deal on TravelZoo at the Iberostar 70 Park for $209/night, so I can't believe I can find something? There is SOMETHING going on in the city on May 16th...which is my birthday but I can't believe that's the reason. ;)
Priceline keeps popping up a hotel fee on nearly every one we try: For instance, today, 4* are giving us hotel fees in CPS, UWS, and TS, and the total price is rising significantly.
Our price from the Groupon deal is $671.21 total after all the fees, etc. We'd like to stay under $700 total (with fees and such, so on Priceline, highest bid of 160), 3.5* and higher, if possible. I don't want this hotel he's booked, so could add in 3* if needed further down the road, just to get something better.
And if we have to stay at the Royal Park, well, we will look at it as an adventure.
Would like something in central Manhattan near a subway (near being...10 minute walk?). I'm good with zones from West Village and US - EV north to UWS and UES, and what falls in between, unless you don't recommend. I'm not desperate to book today unless something comes up that is fantastic...I can play with it a bit. I'm ok with Hotwire or Priceline or even others, ok with boutique hotels. AND of course, I will always use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links here.