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New York City is bringing back “Hotel Week” from January 4th – January 20th next year, so visitors (and locals) can try out various hotels at cheaper than normal rates. The concept is similar to “Restaurant Week” where expensive restaurants offer set menus for lower than normal prices. The hotels will be grouped in tiers and are available for a fixed price of $100, $200, or $250 per night. This concept was introduced in NYC last year, and some of the same hotels are available again this year. I noticed that while the Andaz Wall Street is sadly not on this year’s list, the Hyatt 48 Lex is again available, but at a higher rate this year than last year.
January is traditionally a very slow month in NYC, so it is a good time for hotels to lower rates to try and attract visitors. According to this site, “last year’s first ever Hotel Week generated 500 room nights for the eight participating hotels.” That doesn’t sound like a tremendous result to me, but it must have been enough to keep the concept alive for this year!
Each hotel has to be booked by their own individual channel. Some have websites where the Hotel Week Rates are bookable, while others must be done over the phone by mentioning the code “Hotel Week”. You can see the full list of hotels, rates, and the booking processes, at this website. Just to give you an idea, there are a couple Comfort Inns, GEM Hotels (in the Choice Privileges family), and similar going for $100 per night. Actually, even though the rooms are small, some of those GEM Hotels look quite nice for $100 per night!
Hyatt 48 Lex is going for $250 per night (it was $200 per night last year). I think that is a fair price for that property, and it would make it a close toss-up between spending 15,000 Gold Passport points for an award night or spending $250 + taxes/fees. I stayed there a few months ago on points and enjoyed my stay. I’m not sure it is the best property for families, but it was great for my solo trip. While it is slightly off-topic, I fully expect this hotel to go up in category for awards next year, just as it went up in category for Hotel Week.
Keep in mind that the lowest rates are for the basic room type, but some deluxe rooms or even suites are available for an additional charge. The hotels I checked were only available with double occupancy, but I did not check all participating hotels. As always, pay attention to the terms and conditions for the discounted rates to make sure they are the best overall value for you. Thanks to jimgotkp for posting this info on Milepoint!