NYC lodging information!
LODGING WEB SITE:
fellow indiepop listie Jenn L. sent this to the indiepop list, and i thought it was worth posting here as well:
Subject: nyc popfest cheap accomodations web site
There is a company specializing in discounted hotel rates at quality hotels in cities including New York. The company is Quikbook, and you can book rooms through their web site at http://www.quikbook.com. The web site is great - it has all the information you need to make a decision. Quikbook also has hotels in Boston, Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Hope this is helpful.
HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM INDIEPOP LISTMEMBERS:
*From Karen C.*
Hotel Seventeen on 225 East 17th St. and 2nd Ave.
Telephone: (212) 475-2845
When I'm in NYC I like to stay at Hotel Roger Smith. (501 Lexington Ave., (212) 755-1400) It's a bit uptown but the rooms are nice and it's pretty cheap ($100-115 a night.)
If you have the $$ or are sharing roommates and want to spoil yourselves, stay at the Rihga Royal (151 W. 54th St., (212) 307-5000), that's nice, too.
I stayed at the new Soho Grand (310 West Broadway, (212) 965-3000) during CMJ and it was new wave & close to the action, but small and pricey.
*From Jen T.*
I've always had good luck at the Hotel Iroquois, 49 W. 44th St. (between 5th & 6th avenue?) -- phone number is (212) 840-3080. It's not 5-star, but it's clean, and the suites are BIG. There's a king size bed in the bedroom part, and a full-sized sleep sofa in the "living room" section (and cable tv!). There's also plenty of floor space and an efficiency section (with a stove and a fridge and a sink, I believe) and one bathroom.
During a CMJ music marathon weekend, we fit about 15 people in one suite (not very comfortably, but it can be done.) The last time I stayed there was November, 1995 and it cost $108.00 a night (which included tax and a few local phone calls.) If you split that 4 ways (at least), you're paying as much as a stay in a youth hostel.
HOSTEL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM INDIEPOP LISTMEMBERS:
Susan recently stayed at this hostel at the last minute and had good things to report. Also i (Maura) have had a friend stay there who said it's okay! This is the information from them from the first tweefest -- call for more recent quotes but Susan said the prices are about the same.
New York International Hostel (212) 932-2300 103rd. St. + Amsterdam Ave.; non-AYH members pay $3 more/night; $20/person/night dorm rooms, $23/person/night 4 bed room; reservations in advance with credit card only; no NY state residents allowed (out-of-state ID required)
OTHER HOSTELS: please note that this information was compiled in the spring of 1995 and may be a little out of date...call for current rates!
Banana Bungalow: (800) 6-HOSTEL or (212) 769-2441 250 W. 77th (between Bway + 11th Ave.); $12/person/night dorm rooms; reservations with credit card at least two weeks in advance; NON-U.S.A. PASSPORT HOLDERS ONLY
Big Apple Hostel: (212) 302-2603 119 W. 45th (between 6th + 7th Aves.); $50/person/night for 1 or 2 person room, $25/person/night for 4 person room; reservations recommended 1 month in advance; no NY state residents allowed (out-of-state ID required)<
Chelsea Center Hostel (212) 643-0214 313 W. 29th St. (between 8th + 9th Aves.) also a 19th St. location; $18/person/night dorm rooms + free breakfast; reservations recommended 2-3 weeks in advance; NON-U.S.A. PASSPORT HOLDERS ONLY
Chelsea International Hostel (212) 647-0100 251 W. 20th St. (between 6th + 7th Aves.); $18/person.night dorm rooms; reservations recommended 3 weeks in advance; STUDENTS ONLY
Gershwin Partners (212) 391-4202 23rd St. and 5th Ave.; $20/person/night dorm rooms, $65/night for a 2 person private room w/bath; NO reservations accepted for DORM rooms only; no NY state residents allowed (out-of-state ID required)
International Co-ed Student Hostel (212) 228-7470/-4689 (i forgot to ask where this is); $25/person/night dorm rooms; NO reservations accepted (first come, first served); CURRENT STUDENTS BETWEEN 18-25 ONLY
Kenmore Hostel (212) 979-8043 7 E. 27th St. (between 5th + 6th Aves.); $20/person/night dorm rooms, $65/night for a 2 person private room; no NY state residents allowed (out-of-state ID required)
please note that this information was compiled in the spring of 1995 and may be a little out of date...call for current rates!
Carlton Arms Hotel (212) 679-0680 160 E 25th St (bet. Lex and 3rd); Singles $44, Doubles $65, Triples $78, Quads $83; singles do NOT have private bathrooms!
Steve T. says: I've had friends stay at and report happily back from here. Each room is decorated by an avant-garde artist, which is weird and cool. A friend stayed in an all-astroturf room! Still pretty grotty, but for the price...
Friendship Inn (800) 777-6933 8th Ave. between 46th + 47th Sts.; Singles $65, Doubles $75, Triples $95; Quads $110 (all + tax)
Hotel Edison (800) 637-7070 or (212) 840-5000 47th St. + Bway; Singles $92, Doubles $102, Triples $112; Quads $122
Hotel Wellington (212) 247-3900 55th St. + 7th Ave.; Singles $99, Doubles $109, Triples/Quads $128 (all + tax)
Penn Plaza (800) 633-1911 34th St. West; Singles $75, Doubles $87, Triples $98; Quads $145
Remington Hotel (212) 221-2600 46th St. + Bway; Singles $80, Doubles $85, Triples $90; Quads $95 (all + tax)
Westpark Hotel (800) 248-6440 58th St. and Columbus Circle; Singles $75, Doubles $85, Triples/Quads $110 (all + tax)
Maura S. says, about how she chose these hotels: i looked in the phone book and looked for hotels that claimed they were affordable. they all had big ads, and aren't all *that* cheap, so i doubt they'll be too bad.