New York City: home to astronomically priced hotel rooms that are the size of shoeboxes. While that's bearable for a short stay, what's a longer-term visitor to do? How about considering one of these hotels that are especially suited for longer stays?
Paper Factory Hotel
Long Island City may not be exactly what you had in mind for a New York City stay, but hear us out. This newly opened hotel occupies a disused 100-year-old paper factory, so rooms feel spacious and suited to an extended stay. And the hotel is actually only three stops from Midtown Manhattan on the M and R subway lines. With a complimentary breakfast, on-site kitchen, and free WiFi, you can certainly save some money and, best of all, rates start at $145 per night.
Residence Inn Manhattan Central Park
Booking your extended New York City stay at the newly opened Residence Inn Manhattan Central Park will earn you bragging rights for having stayed in the tallest hotel in North America. Studio suites are all located on floors 37-65 and feature floor-to-ceiling windows, so you can take in the view of Times Square, Central Park, the Hudson River or the city skyline. Amenities such as kitchenettes, free WiFi, spacious desk space, complimentary breakfast, on-site laundry, and even a grocery shopping service mean that long-term visitors can make themselves at home. Guests staying in the extended stay suites even get to ride in a separate elevator from the overnighters. With nightly rates that start at $215, and go as high as $459, it is not the cheapest option, but the hotel does offer discounts of up to 20 percent for longer stays.
Opened near Bryant Park at the beginning of the year, The William offers 33 brightly colored and individually decorated suites designed very much with the long-term guest in mind. In fact, the hotel has a 30-night minimum stay policy! Services to keep the business traveler happy include free WiFi, spacious closets, grocery shopping, and complimentary access to a nearby gym. But if you have time for play as well as work, there is also a 24-hour on-site concierge service. Rates start at $255 per night.
Suites at the recently refurbished (and art-influenced) Affinia 50 in Midtown Manhattan start at 433-square-feet and have kitchens and a decidedly residential feel. WiFi is free if you make your reservation through the hotel's own web site, and services include a concierge, fitness center, and convenience store. The company has also teamed up with local grocery delivery service Fresh Direct, and is offering their services to guests. Out-of-towners can socialize with management and fellow guests at the hotel's complimentary wine hour hosted every evening in the Club Room. Studio rates start at $315 per night.
Viceroy New York
The 1,200-square foot Suite 57 at the Viceroy New York is ideal to be used as a pied-à-terre -- if you can afford it. Rates for this very classic, Mad Men-esque suite start at $5,500 per night. For your money, you get to enjoy elegant Paonazzo marble features combined with Iroko wood; vintage pieces and light fixtures custom designed by Roman and Williams, a custom bar, kitchen, walk-in closet and dressing room, and excellent views of Central Park. If you do throw down for this, please, invite us over for a drink.