Choosing a hotel in New York is not always a simple matter: Often the correlation between quality and cost appears slight. Convenience usually counts the most, and hotels closest to the business districts and attractions tend to be pricier. Be sure to ask about weekend package deals. Although the greatest concentration of hotels is in Midtown, there are definitely places worth seeking out Uptown and Downtown. And more and more places are opening in Brooklyn, which provide both easy access to great emerging neighborhoods as well as a quick commute to Manhattan. In some cases, they may even provide a bit of value. Practically every hotel chain is represented, although motels, cheap or otherwise, are nearly absent altogether.
You may be able to find affordable housing in New York—just bear in mind that cheap New York accommodations are probably going to be fairly pricey compared with most other cities.
If you are traveling on business, make it a point to inquire about corporate rates. Note that most hotels allow children younger than 18 to stay free in the same room with their parents.
Be aware that there are several major events in the city throughout the year, and hotels can often fill up around those times. It's worth booking well in advance whenever you choose to visit.
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