Best long-stay hotels and B&Bs: Affinia Manhattan
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If you’re in town for business or pleasure for more than a month, you’ll probably want a cheaper deal and more amenities than you get during a standard hotel stay. These long-stay hotels and B&Bs offer good rates and home comforts. Though you’ll no doubt want to sample some of the city’s best restaurants and cheap eats, on-site kitchens give you the option to prepare your own meals. Many hotels also have laundry facilities, so you can spend less time looking for a laundromat and more time seeing the best sights and attractions in the city.
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The sprawling Affinia Manhattan, which opened as the Governor Clinton Hotel in 1929, is an amenity-rich base for an extended stay. The 618 white-and-gray guest rooms were recently given a casual, contemporary redesign by the ubiquitous Rockwell Group, with retro Anglepoise reading lamps perched on faux-leather headboards and playful splashes of orange and chartreuse. All the suites (which start at $169 per night for stays of 30 days or more) have kitchens, equipped with a fridge, microwave and two burners, and the white-tiled bathrooms are stocked with full-size shower gel, shampoo and conditioner. Some suites have terraces with views of the surrounding cityscape. The hotel offers some novel perks to make you feel at home: Select your pillow from a "menu” of six pillow types including buckwheat, Swedish memory foam, and even one that emits soothing sound. Wi-Fi and local phone calls are free for long-stay guests. The pristine gym is equipped with more than a dozen machines, plus free weights, and there's even a coin-op laundry room.
Get a taste of how affluent Upper West Siders live in this converted 19th-century townhouse little more than three blocks from Central Park. Rates start at a mere $100 per night for stays of 30 days or more. The spacious, immaculately maintained studios feature original mahogany floors, decorative moldings and (non-functioning) fireplaces; they're beautifully decorated with a mix of antique and high-quality reproduction furniture from the likes of upscale institution ABC Carpet & Home. All quarters have kitchenettes equipped with a fridge, stove, microwave and coffee maker; suite 6 has a wisteria-shaded terrace. Four-poster beds, flagons of brandy and an elk's head from Dubois, Wyoming, in the hall make this intimate inn a special retreat in the middle of the metropolis.
It may not be the height of glamour, but the Marriott Residence Inn is a comfortable choice for an extended stay (rates start at $179). Rooms are immaculately kept and big picture windows in the 34-story tower look out on to iconic NYC scenes such as Bryant Park or 1 World Trade Center in some high-floor rooms. The spacious studio-style quarters—which average more than 300 square feet—include kitchenettes with a full-size fridge, microwave, coffee maker and dishwasher (you can also request a hot plate) and either a breakfast bar or small table. You won't have to cook your own eggs, though, since a hot breakfast is included in the rate—the buffet is just off the third-floor Hearth Room, the sprawling guests' lounge-cum-work area, which is equipped with three free-to-use computers. A large laundry room (more than a dozen washers and dryers), gym and on-site store selling snacks, frozen meals and alcohol are further conveniences.
It's easy to pretend you're a (rather well-off) local in these cushy digs in Midtown East. Two former apartment buildings, linked by a stylish lobby and small guests' courtyard, have been turned into a long-stay hotel (one month minimum). Guest quarters start at 625 square feet—larger than many Manhattan one-bedroom apartments—and feature wall-spanning windows. The views from some rooms, especially those that look south over the river, are dazzling. The decor may lack personality, but the blandly neutral furnishings are unlikely to offend any taste. Kitchens are equipped with full-size stainless-steel ovens and fridges, plus a microwave and dishwasher. Internet and local calls are included in the rates and there's a decent-size laundry room and gym. Families with large bank accounts will appreciate the two- to four-bedroom apartments.
Get a room in Brooklyn or Queens Although the growing attractions of Brooklyn and Queens have been luring visitors for several years, the outer boroughs haven’t been seen as a base for tourists—until now. As ever-rising rents push young creative types out of Manhattan, and formerly diverse areas are homogenized by national chains, visitors in search of New York’s bohemian spirit may find the atmosphere they crave off-island. In Brooklyn, Williamsburg and Bushwick have adventurous music and art scenes, while Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Park Slope are great for dining and shopping. In Queens, Long Island City is an evolving art destination with a rising number of hip watering holes. Supply is keeping up with demand: Since 2008, more than 40 per cent of new hotel development has been outside Manhattan. Now that apartments in Brooklyn’s prime neighborhoods are fetching millions of dollars, it was inevitable that boutique hotels would follow. The first two opened in late 2007: Hotel Le Bleu has easy access to the cultural and commercial riches of Park Slope, while Williamsburg’s Hotel Le Jolie allows indie music fans the chance to spend the night in the hot spot after a gig. Newcomer King & Grove Williamsburg, which launched as Hotel Williamsburg in fall 2011, raised the bar with a 40-foot outdoor pool serviced by a cocktail bar, but the Wythe Hotel, created by a team that includes a popular local restaurateur, truly captures the neighborhood’s hip factor. Boer
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