New York City Hotel Tips by sourbugger
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He never stayed at his namesake
The 'Urban Cowboy' has become a fixture of New York in recent years. He stands around Times Square with his strategically placed guitar placed over his almost obscene white knickers.
The Carter hotel shares a number of characteristics with this street entertainer.
1) They are both licensed by New York City. The Carter claims to be an hotel, although many hotel reviewers would beg to differ.
2) They are both extremely kitsch. The lobby of the Crater is festooned with mirrors and strings of red lights that remind you of a terrible 1970’s disco palace where you half-expect to see a man in a white suit and medallion to saunter across the lobby singing “you can tell by the way I walk that I’m a woman’s man”
3) They both extract relatively small amounts of money from tourists. Then again, where else could you reasonably expect to find a relatively cheap bed (it has 700+ rooms) in NYC, when everywhere else is full.
4) They both occupy a prime location. The hotel is in the heart of Broadway on 250 West 43rd Street
There are certainly very many negative hotel reviews about this place, but if you accept it is just a cheap lodging place in an excellent location then “You pays your money and takes your choice”
Unique Qualities: Just expect a Black & White TV in the room on it’s last legs with virtually no reception, a bathroom with the odd tile or two cracked or missing and a bed that has seen more action than a Muhammad Ali fight.
On the upside the rooms are generally larger than the average, and generally free from infestation.
One final thought – there is one major difference between the Urban Cowboy and the Carter. The Urban cowboy must receive regular maintenance in the gym to keep in tip-top shape, but the Carter hasn’t benefited from an ounce of maintenance since 1937.
Address: 250 West 43rd Street, , New York City, New York St
Comparison: least expensive
Wow - a swinging cat.
You may well of heard of the term 'not enough room to swing a cat', and in some places I've stayed in Hong Kong or Tokyo you could not even get a cat in the room with you...before you attempted to swing it.
This Comfort inn is certainly limited in space, but the rooms are ergonomically laid out to suit the sort of traveller who wants a decent night's sleep in a mid-range hotel without unnecessary frills.
The lack of space also applies to the breakfast room which is a little disappointing and the exercise room (or should I say kiosk) which if it held three people would probably consititute ground for a divorce settlement.
As the hotel is part of a chain it will also regularly turn up on Hotel discounting sites.
Unique Qualities: The location is on the other hand excellent, close to Central park, a Subway station, Museums and a lively area with good restaurants and bars nearby.
Staff were also friendly with nice little touches like humourous e-mails pinned up in the lift (elevator) at times.
Address: 31 W 71st St, New York, NY 10023
Comparison: less expensive than average
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