Post-Holiday Hotel Deals

Forget about finding a decent hotel room in New York City on New Year’s Eve. Unless you hit the jackpot between now and Friday night, or you are fine sharing a bed with cockroaches the size of rats, then you might consider waiting until after the ball drops in Times Square before visiting the Big Apple.

By exercising patience and waiting until the week after New Year’s to travel to “The City that Never Sleeps,” you’ll be able to preserve your budget well into 2012. According to travel experts, tourists who can hold off until January 6-15, 2012, to check out the popular travel destination will be rewarded with ultra-luxe hotel rooms with rates as low as $100 per night.

Sound too good to be true?

Not if you are lucky enough to snag a room during what some are hoping will be New York’s first-ever “Hotel Week.” The 10-day long celebration is modeled after the ever-popular Restaurant Week concept, and looks to attract tourists from around the world who want to get a taste of big city living without breaking the bank.

During the week you can score $100-a-night deals all over New York, from a new boutique hotel in Long Island City to properties in Times Square that include a continental breakfast. Nearly a dozen Big Apple hotels, including the brand-new Hyatt 48 Lex, as well as Hyatt’s stylish Andaz Wall Street, are opening their doors to members of the traveling public who don’t have a ton of money to drop on a standard hotel room in the heart of NYC.

In order to secure the discounted rate you will have to act fast. Participating hotels have blocked out rooms for $100, $200 or $250, depending on the property. However, the rates are subject to availability. In addition, you must mention “Hotel Week” when make your reservations. The Hotel Week extravaganza falls during what’s typically one of the slowest periods for New York City tourism. Event organizers are looking to change that, but need your help to do so.

Would you consider traveling to NYC for Hotel Week?

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.