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Large families certainly have their work cut out for them when planning a trip to, well... anywhere. But that's especially true in the Big Apple, where locals are known to pay $1,000 per month to live in apartments that could easily be mistaken for walk-in closets. Add to that, the cost of getting around, finding affordable restaurants, and visiting all the family-friendly sights on your to-do list, and you might soon ditch your NYC plans altogether in favor of a less complicated destination (Maui, anyone?)
Enter the New York Palace, the acclaimed four-star property built inside a 19th century mansion on Madison Avenue. This spring and summer, the hotel is giving families a break with its "Family Values Promotion," the latest offer to benefit group travelers. Starting now, families who book a room on any weekend between Easter and Labor Day can book a second room at the New York Palace for 50 percent off. That's half off for an elegant, freshly-renovated hotel right in the heart of midtown.
Let's take a look at how this offer stacks up with other hotel rates in the area.
A quick look at the hotel's reservation booking tool shows a Superior King room can be had for as low as $299 per night on a weekend in mid-June. Not bad, certainly – The Benjamin ($351 per night), the Loews Regency ($449 per night), and the Viceroy New York ($413 per night), are all nearby properties with similar star ratings, and all charge a higher price for similar services.
Now, add a second room at half the price, which comes to $150 per night, and you're suddenly paying just $450 per night for two rooms: practically the same cost as one room at the Loews.
Available for stays Thursday-Sunday, the "Family Values Promotion" grants all guests access to the hotel's fitness center, as well as proximity to area attractions like the Broadway theaters, Rockefeller Center, and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Or, if you're traveling with kids, American Girl Place, F.A.O. Schwarz, and the LEGO Store.