So, you have decided to travel to New York! That’s great! This is a city full of things to do and people to meet. Of course, before you travel you must pick a good hotel that meets your travel needs. Here are some things you should look for when looking for a hotel in New York.
Pick an area that suits your budget. New York is a big city, and in some places just staying one night can be very expensive. And I’m not even talking about places like the Hilton or the for seasons, where you can end up paying up to $45,000! Good hotels are expensive, but if you are in a budget you can pick a hotel in a cheaper zone (although some of them are really, really crappy). Sometimes it’s better to look on the Web for places where you can rent a room, it’s much cheaper.
Make sure your hotel has Wi-Fi. Having Internet in you mobile phone or tablet is a must these days. I personally use it everyday to keep track of incoming faxes thanks to my Google fax number, and to stay in touch with people I meet. If you are a US resident you may already have Internet coverage (4G), but people coming from other countries will find that WI-fi is a must.
Read unbiased reviews. Sites like TripAdvisor have completely changed the way we search for an hotel. With just a few clicks you can find out what’s good and what’s bad about a certain hotel, and each member can leave a personal review of the place. Take the reviews with care though, both a good and a bad review come from a unique point of view. Of course, there are problems that apply for all, such as cockroaches on the floor! (Unless you love cockroaches!). In any case, reviews can give you a much more honest view of the hotel; official hotel sites are for marketing purposes, with retouched photos of an empty hotel and text that only pops out the good.
Check the star rating. A star rating is not the definitive proof of a good hotel, but it can give you an idea of what to expect. But as I said before, a 5-star hotel means having a big fat wallet. You can go down gradually until you strike the perfect balance between price and amenities.
Choose the right season. Like all popular places in the World, NY has seasons where people arrive in great quantities, so prices go up considerably. If you want to save some money, you should try moving your trip to the months where you find the lowest prices, which are: January, February. You can also find slightly higher prices on July, August, and December, between 16 and 28.
Well, there you have some tips that will help you choose a great hotel for your needs. Remember to always plan in advance, because sometimes it can be hard to find a free room in a hotel we like. Reservations are the way to go!