Hotels offer slew of summer specials


NEW YORK -- This city's hotels have rolled out money-saving packages in an effort to heat up summer business.

Visitors will find everything from family-friendly deals to a package offering two rooms for the price of one.

The following is a sampling of what's available:

• Do you have a group of four clients traveling together? If so, then W Hotels is marketing a package just for them.

Under the company's Fourplay Package, clients who book one room for two receive a free second room for two.

The plan is available at the W New York, W New York-The Court, W New York-The Tuscany and W New York-Union Square.

It costs from $299 per night, double, and is available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 2, subject to availability.

For information or reservations, call (877) W-HOTELS.

• The nine members of Manhattan East Suite Hotels are offering weekend packages designed for couples and families.

The group's Rated R (Romantic) Weekend plan includes accommodations in a studio suite, two free cocktails at the Beekman Tower Hotel's Top of the Tower, 30% off the price of two adult tickets with Central Park Bike Tour, two half-price tickets for a NY Waterway Harbor Sightseeing Cruise, and a choice of free cocktails or dessert with the purchase of an entree at An American Place restaurant at the Benjamin Hotel.

The Rated G (Good Clean Fun) Weekend includes accommodations in a one-bedroom suite, a free child's ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket with the Central Park Bike Tour, two entrees for the price of one at Mars 2112 Restaurant and Bar, and two half-price tickets for a NY Waterway harbor cruise.

Both packages are available Fridays through Sundays through Sept. 1. Rates range from $153 to $294 for a studio suite and $193 to $293 for a one-bedroom suite.

The group's nine hotels are the Beekman Tower, Dumont Plaza, Eastgate Tower, Lyden Gardens, Plaza Fifty, Shelburne Murray Hill, Southgate Tower, the Surrey Hotel and the Benjamin.

For information or reservations, call (800) ME-SUITE.

• Members of Leading Hotels of the World here are participating in a Manhattan Summer Sale from June 15 through Sept. 15.

Nine hotels are offering rates up to 40% below high-season prices: the Carlyle, the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel, the Lowell, the Mark, the Peninsula New York, the Plaza, the Hotel Plaza Athenee, the Regent Wall Street and the Trump International Hotel & Tower.

At the Carlyle, rates start at $395, single or double, including daily buffet breakfast, use of the fitness center and a newspaper.

Rates at the Mark start at $299, single or double, and include a T-shirt, a roundtrip transfer to the theater district, daily newspaper and shoeshine.

The plan costs from $310, single or double, at the Hotel Plaza Athenee, including a transfer to the theater district, free use of the fitness center, daily newspaper and a choice of daily breakfast or parking.

For information or reservations, call (800) 223-6800.

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