My husband will be attending a conference at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers from May 3-6 2012. My baby son (who will be 10 months old) and I are hoping to join him.
If we do decide to go with him, we will stay in New York from Saturday 28 April to Sunday 6 May (8 nights), so my husband can have some time to enjoy the delights of NYC. My sister will also come across from London to join us, which will be lovely as we rarely see her, and it will also be very helpful for me as an extra pair of hands will be very useful in NYC! This will be my husband and my sister’s second visit to NYC, while I have been very fortunate to have visited a number of times.
I do not want to stay at the Sheraton. The reviews are generally pretty negative, but more importantly, my husband and I will need a room with a refrigerator and microwave, and preferably a separate bedroom (or 2 bedrooms if my sister is in the same room). I do not have any particular preference for location, but for my husband’s sake, I think it would be important to be close to the E or B/D subway line so it is easy for him to get to the conference.
So… I would like some advice on accommodation choices. I imagine the apartment type hotels would be best for us, however I am not sure what the best options in terms of room configuration would be, and which of the apartment style hotels would best meet our needs.
I think the options are:
-2 bedroom suite
-1 bedroom suite + separate room for my sister
-1 bedroom suite + room for my sister at a close by hotel
I am waiting to get some information about the cost of 2 bedroom suites (these do not seem to come up as an option when entering reservation information), so I do not know how expensive these would be compared with a 1 bedroom suite plus 1 separate room.
In terms of budget, I guess we would prefer to spend up to $350 (plus tax) per night for a 1 bedroom apartment, and my sister would prefer to spend up to $250 (plus tax) per night (but less for her if possible), however I am willing to pay more if required
The TA advice is usually to book a cancellable room now, and check for better deals at a later time. As May seems to be a popular time, when and where should I be looking out for these deals, and what is the likelihood of significant savings (vs getting a better deal now with a non cancellable room)?
I would be very grateful for advice or comments, and hope I have provided enough information for this.