Relief from taxi rate hike comes in form of hotel packages By Jorge Sidron / May 19, 2004 Share 1 -- NEW YORK -- Big Apple hotels are trying to soften the blow from a recent taxi rate hike. Earlier this month, the base rate for a taxi ride rose to $2.50, a 50-cent hike. The price for traveling a fifth of a mile rose from 30 cents to 40 cents, and a $1 surcharge was added for rides between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.• Apple Core Hotels, which operates five properties in Manhattan, is offering customers two free one-day, unlimited-ride MetroCards for city buses and subways as part of its Big Apple Unlimited package. Package rates, valid through July 31, range from $119 to $209, double.• The Jolly Hotel Madison Towers will reimburse guests up to $20 a day when they present their same-day taxi receipts. The Taxi Rate promotion will be in effect through Sept. 6 and is based on a minimum two-night stay. Rates at the hotel start at $189 a night, single or double.• The Clarion Fifth Avenue Hotel will deduct 10 cents from the rack rate for every mile guests travel from their homes to the hotel through Aug. 31. The maximum discount is $50.• The Washington Jefferson Hotel will take $10 off the total hotel bill when customers present their taxi receipts when checking out. The promotion applies to guests who stay Sundays through Thursdays until the end of June.To contact reporter Jorge Sidron, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.