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12/12/14 — gotham-magazine.com
10 Year-Round Rooftop Bars & Warm Drinks to Sip at Each

Apple Core Hotels recently announced the opening of two brand new rooftops... and you need to check both of them out. Sip on a hot toddy or a hot spiked cider (with either whiskey or rum) and be one of the first visitors.

Cloud Social, 6 W. 32nd St., 212-904-1092;
VU46, 59 W. 46th St., 212-382-3045

Source: http://gotham-magazine.com/dining/articles/rooftops-open-all-year-in-new-york-serving-warm-cocktails

11/25/14 — incentivetravel.co.uk
Apple Core Hotels announces two new rooftop bars in midtown Manhattan

Apple Core Hotels, the midtown Manhattan hotel group known for its centrally-located, stylish and affordable hotels, has announced the openings of two rooftop bars. Cloud Social at nyma, the new york manhattan hotel and VU46 at The Hotel @ Times Square are the latest additions to the New York sky scene sweeping the city.

Situated at nyma, Cloud Social has spectacular views of the Empire State building. Set on the hotel’s 17th floor and with room for 120 guests, Cloud Social is located in Korea Town and features an expansive terrace with laid-back lounge-style seating. A tempting array of cocktails (priced from $12/ £7.50) includes the signature Asian Cosmo made with Absolute Citron, Triple Sec and Cranberry Juice over shaved ginger, and The Manhattan Cloud with Makers Mark Whisky, Vermouth and Bitters. An impressive seasonal beer and cider selection includes Shipyard Pumpkin Head and Angry Orchard Crisp.

Meanwhile, mere moments from Times Square, VU46 sits on the 14th floor of The Hotel @ Times Square and has a more intimate feel, with space for 70 patrons. Winter warming specials (from $10/ £6.50), include Hot Spiked Cider, Chocolate Martini and Hot Toddy.

Both venues will be open daily year-round and have enclosed indoor and heated outdoor seating. Happy hour specials run from 3pm to 7pm each day with prices starting from $5/ £3.20 for beer and wine.

Says Vijay Dandapani, President of Apple Core Hotels, “Rooftop bars are a quintessentially New York attraction and we’re thrilled to add Cloud Social and VU46 to our portfolio. Both establishments fill the void in Manhattan for reasonably-priced rooftop venues with a relaxed atmosphere and slick service.”

Source: http://www.incentivetravel.co.uk/news/hotel/23593-apple-core-hotels-announces-two-new-rooftop-bars-in-midtown-manhattan

11/14/14 — yahoo.com/travel
This Week in Travel: Military Moms Get Free Vacays, a "Top Chef" Opens a New Restaurant, and More

[...]

Bars

The polar vortex may be on its way to N.Y.C., but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the rooftop bar. Two new all-season rooftop hotel bars opened Nov. 13: Cloud Social at the New York Manhattan Hotel, and VU46 The Hotel @ Times Square. Both venues are open year-round and have enclosed indoor and heated outdoor seating. Plus, Gansevoort Park Avenue also recently completed a major design overhaul of its all-season rooftop, offering a warm, inviting atmosphere - just in time for winter!

[...]

Source: https://www.yahoo.com/travel/this-week-in-travel-news-nov-14-102551368172.html

11/13/14 — citybizlist.com
Hotel Group Announces Two New Rooftop Bars In Midtown Manhattan

Apple Core Hotels Is ‘Raising The Bar’ With New, Year-Round Venues Atop Its Centrally-Located Hotels

Apple Core Hotels, owner and operator of five centrally-located, moderately-priced Manhattan properties, announces the openings of rooftop bars at two of its premier locations: Cloud Social at nyma, the New York Manhattan Hotel and VU46 at The Hotel @ Times Square. Both venues are open year-round and have enclosed indoor and heated outdoor seating. Each features unrivaled happy hour specials from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day, including select $4 to $6 beer, wine and shot specials. However, great prices aren’t limited to just happy hour; craft beers regularly start as low as $8, wine $10 and mixed drinks $12.

Perfectly situated atop nyma, Cloud Social is Korea Town’s newest rooftop attraction. It features an expansive terrace, ample table and lounge-style seating, and offers stunning vistas of the cityscape, including the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center. The indoor bar is enclosed by a glass atrium and incorporates a long communal table with tradition barstool seating. Their seasonal beer selection includes Shipyard Pumpkin Head and Angry Orchard Crisp. Additionally, a smaller, more intimate balcony is located off the eastern side of the bar with single party seating and city exposure through openings in the hotel’s arching limestone exterior. The space can accommodate nearly 120 guests.

“Rooftop bars are a quintessentially New York attraction and we’re thrilled to add Cloud Social and VU46 to our portfolio,” said Vijay Dandapani, President of Apple Core Hotels. “They fill the void in Manhattan for reasonably-priced rooftop venues with a relaxed atmosphere and high-quality service.”

Located just steps from Times Square is VU46. Perched high upon The Hotel @ Times Square, the rooftop bar features a heated outdoor terrace with Manhattan skyline views and seating. Similar to Cloud Social, the inside space is sheltered by a glass atrium and includes a bar with additional seating. Providing a more intimate atmosphere, the location accommodates a smaller crowd of approximately 70 people. Drinks include a selection of domestic and international beers, as well as signature cocktails including an Asian Cosmo made with Absolute Citron, Triple Sec, and Cranberry Juice over shaved ginger and The Manhattan Cloud made with Makers Mark, Vermouth and Bitters. Cloud Social is located at 6 West 32nd Street (between 5th Avenue and Broadway). For more information please call (212) 904-1092 or visit www.cloudsocialnyc.com. VU46 is located at 59 West 46th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues). For more information please call (212) 382-3045 or visit www.vu46.com.

Source: http://citybizlist.com/article/222146/hotel-group-announces-two-new-rooftop-bars-in-midtown-manhattan

11/12/14
Hotel Association of New York City Names Leadership for 2015-16

Vijay Dandapani elected chairman, succeeding Geoffrey A. Mills

NEW YORK, Nov. 12, 2014 - The Hotel Association of New York City today announced its new slate of officers for 2015-16, including the election of Vijay Dandapani, president and COO of Apple Core Hotels, as chairman.

Mr. Dandapani, a longtime member of the Hotel Association’s executive committee and board of directors, is a veteran of the city’s hotel industry with experience in property acquisition, hotel renovations and new technology implementation. He has been instrumental in Apple Core’s growth and development since joining the company in 1993.

“It’s a tremendous honor for me to serve as chairman of the Hotel Association and to work alongside our esteemed president, Joe Spinnato, in leading one of the industry’s most venerable organizations in the greatest city in the world,” Mr. Dandapani said. “I am pleased and honored to succeed Geoffrey Mills who has been an effective chairman and an integral part of our board of directors for more than a decade. On behalf of the entire organization, we thank him for his exemplary service.”

A native of India, Mr. Dandapani was recognized in 1998 by Crain’s New York Business as one of the top 100 minority business leaders in New York City. In 2002, the Asian American Business Development Center, New York selected him as one of 50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business, an award presented by Mr. Hector Barreto, administrator of the United States Small Business Administration. Mr. Dandapani also serves on the boards of directors of NYC & Company, the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association, and the International Hotel Motel & Restaurant Show at the Javits Center.

The Hotel Association’s full list of officers for 2015-16 follows.

Chairman - Vijay Dandapani, President and COO, Apple Core Hotels

Vice Chairman - Herve Houdre, General Manager, InterContinental Barclay (InterContinental Hotels Group)

Secretary - John Fitzpatrick, President and CEO, Fitzpatrick Hotel Group - North America; Mr. Fitzpatrick previously served as chairman from 2011-12

Treasurer - Leland Lewis, General Manager, Roosevelt Hotel (Interstate Hotels & Resorts)

Joseph E. Spinnato will continue to serve as the Hotel Association’s president through 2015 when he will retire, a post he has held for 27 years.

Established in 1878, the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. is one of the oldest professional trade associations in the nation. Its membership includes 275 of the finest hotels in New York City, representing more than 76,000 rooms and 50,000 employees. http://www.hanyc.org/

Source: hotelbusiness.com, Hospitality-Industry.com, HospitalityNet.org, HotelNewsResource.com, BizJournals.com, HospitalityDesign.com

11/2/14 — irishmirror.ie
Start spreading the views: Rory Tevlin finds himself in a New York state of mind

Frank Sinatra famously crooned: “It’s up to you New York, New York.” And boy did Ol’ Blue Eyes have it right – there is so much to see and do in the city that never sleeps you couldn’t fit it all during just one trip.

[...]

We stayed in The Hotel at Times Square which is part of the Apple Core chain of hotels. It couldn’t have been more perfectly situated for the uninitiated who want to take in as many sights as possible.

Turn left at the entrance and within two minutes you’re on Fifth Avenue. Turn right and before you know it you’re into Times Square and Broadway. And starting at $254.99 a night for two, it’s very reasonably priced in comparison to many others. Friends of mine paid significantly more for their hotel, which was much further off the beaten track.

Ideal for business people or tourists, its spacious rooms also mean that if the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple gets too much, you can always chill out in comfort.

[...]

Source: http://www.irishmirror.ie/whats-on/arts-culture-news/start-spreading-views-rory-tevlin-4552916

9/30/14 — 4hoteliers.com
The Lure of Family Business: More Customer (and Employee) Friendly?

That family businesses endure longer often stretching into successive generations is received wisdom, but are they also more welcoming to customers, employees and even innovation?

With regard to the last of those, a recent Insead (Europe's leading business school) paper has a somewhat surprising conclusion with regard to innovation. Despite a known reluctance to take on additional debt or other external financing measures fearing the dilution of control, attributes which are thought to hinder innovation, family firms put out more patents than similiarly situated non-family firms. Among the reasons for their lead in new ideas is a longer time horizon, better governance structure and better availability of traditional capital sources as lenders tend to trust family businesses more so than others. The outcome for employees, at least during adverse times such as the great recession, also appears to favor those who work for family businesses as they are less inclined to lay off personnel than their more corporate counterparts.

That was the conclusion of a couple of Michigan based universities who say that family owned businesses place a premium on being loyal to their workers with some owners claiming that even "during times of belt-tightening the last thing they want to do is let employees go". Their apparently altruistic behaviour includes reducing distributions to themselves with as many as 58 percent of those surveyed saying that family members would take a pay cut before the business could consider reducing the workforce. The foregoing suggests a more receptive environment for better products and services and therefore a better magnet for customers; particularly more loyal customers.

An academic study in the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Studies points to a mixed bag with the authors noting that "consumers evaluate family businesses better in terms of service, frontline employee benevolence, and problem-solving orientation, and worse in terms of selection and price/value. Results further indicate higher consumer trust in family business management policies and practices, frontline employee trust, and satisfaction but no differences in loyalty. The study goes on to show differential effects in how image elements influence customer loyalty directly as well as indirectly through trust and satisfaction.

In sum, on the customer acquisition and retention front family businesses have been slow to bring out their considerable strengths particularly on the social equity front. That the latter can be a magnet was proven by Hilton in its social media stance that embraced opponents of California's Proposition 8. No hotel chain in the US that is family-owned (and there are a few that are out there) puts its family ownership at the heart of its value proposition than Drury Hotels which proudly states "family ownership makes Drury Hotels distinctly different and assures you of quality and consistency every time you stay".

Given their long running success it is a message that other similarly situated firms ought to emulate.

Source: http://www.4hoteliers.com/features/article/8598

9/24/14 — Polly Weeks
New York has the best of Friends

Can it really be 20 years since we first met our TV Friends, asks Polly Weeks on a visit to the Big Apple?

As water spouts from New York's Pulitzer fountain, I count the number of hours I've spent staring at this iconic sight.
Yes, this fountain is the fountain.
It's the one from the opening credits of all 236 episodes of Friends. It's hard to believe September marks the 20th anniversary since Joey, Chandler, Ross, Phoebe, Monica and Rachel first appeared on our screens, sparking a successful 10-year run.
Sadly, there are no planned reunions, but it's possible to visit locations popularised by the show. Although filmed in Los Angeles, the sitcom was set in New York, so I set off to the Big Apple to catch up with old Friends.

THE ONE WHERE THEY VISITED THE LOCATIONS

Actually, scrap that about the fountain. It isn't really in the series at all! Realising the real Pulitzer fountain would dwarf the show's stars, producers opted to build a much smaller replica.
This is one of the many nuggets of information I glean from an On Location Tour of New York, which features a very popular Friends section.
We also stop at the corner of Bedford and Grove streets in Greenwich Village, outside a very recognisable apartment building. It's far smaller than I expect, but our guide explains the film crew used clever camera angles to make it look more like one of Manhattan's famous skyscrapers.

THE ONE WHERE THEY EARNED A LIVING

Rachel's office, well, Bloomingdale's, where she was an assistant buyer, seems a good place to start. The massive department store attracts a steady stream of tourists and fashionistas, and many leave with their iconic "little brown bags".
Just around the corner, I see the Solow Building, which doubled as Chandler's office, where he worked as an IT procurement manager (and we still don't really know what that is).
As I'm by Fifth Avenue, I head north to Museum Mile, which was frequented by another dependable employee, Ross Geller. His love of dinosaurs landed him a job as a palaeontologist at the New York Museum of Natural History.
The other big attraction is the planetarium. Remember the episode when Ross and Rachel got a little physical beneath a simulated solar system display? I must say the show doesn't make me feel amorous - quite the opposite, in fact. It's so relaxing I almost nod off.

THE ONE WHERE THEY ATE OUT

Forget sophisticated eateries - I want something akin to the Moondance Diner, where Monica had to skate around the restaurant and dance on tables when tunes came on the jukebox. Right by Times Square is Ellen's Stardust Diner, which bears a striking resemblance. Here, staff take turns singing songs to amused guests who regularly pack out the place.
I also discover the more serene Tick Tock Diner, where we sit in retro booths and eat hearty food. There may be no roller skaters, but Monica would approve.

THE ONE WHERE THEY SAW THE SIGHTS

After spending the day sightseeing with Monica and birth mother of their adopted twins, Erica, Chandler bursts through the front door wearing a Statue of Liberty hat and declares: "New York is awesome".
I make my way to Liberty Island to see why he was so amazed. Close up, Lady Liberty is absolutely gigantic - 92m, to be exact - and although it's possible to climb her, you'll need to join a queue.
Most people are happy just to walk around the base, admiring the green (caused by the weathered copper exterior) statue. Visit the gift shop and for a couple of dollars and you can pick up one of the sponge hats Chandler wore.

THE ONE WHERE THEY HUNG OUT

I'm disappointed to discover there's no real Central Perk in Manhattan, so I decide to search for an alternative. The research begins in the comfort of The Hotel @ Times Square, where I'm staying, which is conveniently close to the downtown attractions.
The Apple Core hotel has - as well as free breakfast, giant beds and big TV screens - free Wi-Fi. I make the most of it, scouring the internet for coffee house options.
It's not easy because most are far too hip. Let's face it - Chandler's not cool. He owns two copies of the Annie musical soundtrack and loves Miss Congeniality (to be fair, it is a classic).
But on my final day, I find the Tea Lounge in Brooklyn. It has sofas and a bare brick wall. But the abundance of MacBook Airs is a sign a lot has changed in the 20 years since Friends first aired.

THE ONE WHERE THEY WORKED OUT

Keen to finish my trip with a burst of energy, I head to Central Park where Rachel and Phoebe went jogging. Throwing aside all inhibitions, I attempt Phoebe's distinctive running style, which Rachel described as "a mix between Kermit the Frog and the Six Million Dollar Man".
Running like you do when you're a child - arms spinning, legs out wide - is liberating, although people look slightly alarmed when I head in their direction.
Unfortunately, my trip has come to an end. If only I had longer - I'd find the perfect foosball table and seek out the smelly cat Phoebe famously wrote a song about.
As I board the plane home, I recall the episode when Phoebe and the gang were desperately trying to stop Rachel flying away forever. If only someone could halt my flight by telling passengers there's something wrong with the left phalange...

IF YOU GO

On Location Tours' New York TV & Movie Sites costs $US40 ($A43) a person. See onlocationtours.com for more details.

For information on New York tourist attractions, such as the CityPASS, which saves 41% on six attractions, including the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island, see nycgo.com.

* Polly Weeks was a guest of Apple Core Hotels (applecorehotels.com).

Source: http://www.travelweekly.com.au/holidays/destinations/visiting-old-friends-in-new-york
http://www.windermerelocal.co.uk/travel-review-new-york-1.1160101
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9/16/14 — 4hoteliers.com
Machine Learning and Customer Attitutes

A recent issue of the McKinsey Quarterly touches upon a couple of oft-repeated but still little understood topics: combining big data to get bigger marketing and bringing artificial intelligence to better understand customers.

The former points out how "technology (alone) is not enough; what’s needed is a practical approach for creating a workable partnership" between the CMOs and CIOs and, in particular, for marketing departments to know what to look for.

Per the Quarterly, fusing the two areas is perhaps best achieved by creating areas of excellence that span both departments with an emphasis on transparency with "scorecards" on progress. The establishment of "translators" who can bridge potential gaps in understanding between somewhat divergent specialties.

That may call for retaining a "business-information officer" whose role includes translating business strategy on an enterprise-wide basis resulting in a more "effective use of big data and other technologies" thereby setting apart winners from losers.

The other article in the Quarterly's goes on to herald the coming of the "second" machine age when machines "overcome the limitation of mental power" as opposed to the first machine age when the limitations of muscle power was overcome.

Pointing out that "machine-learning algorithms are actually as good as or better than humans" at many things that are thought of as uniquely human capabilities, the article notes the exponential rather than geometric growth that it brings about as data and computational capability grow exponentially.

Further, the results of "previous machine-learning exercises can be fed back into the algorithms resulting in each layer becoming a foundation for the next layer of machine learning with the whole thing scaling in a multiplicative way".

The foregoing when applied to customer behavior data can result in clear pointers as retailer Pier 1 Imports did when they used advanced predictive data analytics and machine learning to fullfill their goal of understanding their customers and serve them better with a more personalized experience across all interactions and touch points within their brand.

It is not clear that Gallup used machine learning to gauge hotel customers' needs but the polling company earlier this week came up with the results of a survey across all segments of the hotel industry and found that what customers want depends to a considerable degree on the segment with a few elements like value price, reputation, room quality and location spanning all segments. A notable if somewhat obvious finding was that "engaged" customers provide a "financial premium".

Unfortunately, a mere 20% of hotel guests were "fully" engaged with those belonging to higher-priced hotels' being more engaged.

The ability for hotels on the lower end of the price scale to engage customers may not necessarily be limited as more often than not it merely requires offering services such as "nicer" television for which they are prepared to pay. That seems like an opportunity to improve profitablity at more than one level.

Source: http://www.4hoteliers.com/features/article/8572

9/4/14 — 4hoteliers.com
The Skinny on Discount Sites: When Discounts Can Sometimes Equal a Premium

Summer travel which is reaching its Labor Day climax continues to bring on a spate of articles on how to get better deals on airlines, hotels and other travel products and services with tech apps leading the charge;

Techcrunch has a report on the latest entrant Roomlia which promises to 'provide the fastest hotel booking on mobile' while 'taking on' established player Hotel Tonight.

Techcrunch notes that Roomlia "offers discounted hotel rooms up to seven days in advance with only a few clicks to complete booking. Unlike Expedia and its counterparts, Roomlia links you directly with your chosen hotel the moment you book, as opposed to negotiating rates and payments through the hotel site and the hotel itself."

The seven day horizon is a key distinction that could enable the newbie to muscle its way into a market that Hotel Tonight has virtually owned since its launch some three years ago as both business and leisure travelers who are not quite comfortable with the idea of landing up in a city without a confirmed hotel booking are likely to prefer it.

Others on the do-not-pay-full-price who continue to be on the ascend are YAPTA featured over six years ago on this blog. The Wall Street Journal's Middle Seat column of August 28th 2014 has a headline "Yapta Alerts You to a Cheaper Airfare in Time to Rebook Your Flight" and notes how "one corporate travel executive saved about $12,000 on a business-class fare to Shanghai, above, from Tampa, Fla., using the Yapta fare-searching tool".

Interestingly, the article brings up how some cities are more price inelastic than others as research shows "some cities are a lot more volatile for airline prices than others. Tickets leaving from San Francisco were the most volatile of 15 major airports for business travel, Yapta found, and departures from New York's LaGuardia Airport were the least volatile." LaGuardia's proximity to Manhattan evidently leave both airlines and the airport authority unbending when it comes to pricing.

The surge in travel intermediary websites that purport to give consumers the upper hand in pricing does not always ensure the consumer comes up trumps. The UK's Daily Mail notes how some long standing "discount" websites like Cheapoair, eDreams and Ebookers actually end up charging the customer more than what is available on airlines' websites. In one example cited customers paid a whopping 60% more for the same fare on the same day on the airline's (easyjet in this instance) site.

For sheer quirkines few can beat the discount offered by Sounkyo Mount View Hotel in Kamikawa, Hokkaido. The hotel has recently been offering a 500 yen discount to customers who have either no hair at all or sport buzz cuts.

The Mount View does offer a business rationale for the discount saying that hirsuite customers cause more work for housekeeping by clogging bathroom drains as well as a more thorough cleaning of beds and carpets.

Source: http://www.4hoteliers.com/features/article/8540

9/1/14 — therealdeal.com
Ian Schrager’s NYC return

[...]

Vijay Dandapani, president of Apple Core Hotels — which owns several mid-priced Midtown hotels — said Edition retains the dark-toned interior ambiance of Schrager’s earlier projects, but addresses some of their flaws. The Hudson Hotel and the Paramount Hotel, for example, were known for their small rooms. But Schrager has enlarged the rooms this time around.

[...]

Source: http://therealdeal.com/issues_articles/ian-schragers-nyc-return/

8/14/14 — travelweekly.com
N.Y.'s Apple Core Hotels feature 'Central Park Zoo' summer package

The Hotel @ Times Square and Broadway @ Times Square Hotel (pictured), both Apple Core Hotels, are offering the Central Park Zoo package for four through Sept. 15. The package includes accommodations in a room with either two double or two queen beds, continental breakfast daily, reimbursement of four Total Experience tickets to the Central Park Zoo (for two adults and two children) and a map of New York landmarks. Rates start at $262.99 per night for a minimum two-night stay through Aug. 31 and increase to $362.99 from Sept. 1 to 15.

Apple Core Hotels
Phone: (800) 567-7720 and mention the promo code ZOO

Source: http://www.travelweekly.com/For-Travel-Agents/Travel-Product-News/NYs-Apple-Core-Hotels-feature-Central-Park-Zoo-summer-package/

8/6/14 — incentivetravel.co.uk
Pumpkins, puppets and parades in NYC with Apple Core Hotels

Autumn in New York has something different for everyone – with cool, crisp days and blue skies – not to mention, pumpkins, ghosts and ghouls galore. Enjoy an autumnal break in the Big Apple and stay in the heart of the action with Apple Core Hotels at nyma.

Here are some exciting ideas for how to make the most of your autumn adventure in New York:
• Try a cup of delicious apple cider at the world-famous Union Square Greenmarket - a fantastic place to find locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables at this time of year. Regional farmers come to this outdoor market to sell fresh produce and other award-winning goods including meats, farmstead cheeses, artisan breads, pickles, jams and syrups. Visitors can also enjoy cooking demonstrations from some of New York's hottest local chefs.
• Don’t miss Oktoberfest on 20 September at Central Park and East 72nd Street. Enjoy a pitcher or two of German brew and bratwurst before dancing the evening away with lively German bands and entertainment.
• Every year, over 50,000 people in fancy-dress participate in the spirited Village Halloween Parade through Greenwich Village. It’s the largest public Halloween event in the country with elaborate costumes, puppets, and floats that take months to create. The parade route is along Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street on 31 October.
• Visit PumpkinFest, the city’s annual celebration of the harvest season, with pumpkin carving, a haunted house, puppet shows and a doggie-costume competition for four-legged New Yorkers! Based around Bethseda Fountain, watch out for fun spooky costumed characters creeping around the stalls.
• Don’t forget to take a stroll through Central Park and see the leaves on the trees change colour at this time of year, dotting the city with yellows and reds. The peak of autumn foliage, when the colours are their most glorious, is in late October, making it one of the romantic and scenic times to visit Manhattan.
• Last but not least, support runners from around the world making their way along 26 miles across the city at the New York Marathon on 2 November.

Apple Core Hotels’ nyma offers convenience, comfort and outstanding value and the hotel is within walking distance of the best Manhattan attractions including the Empire State Building, Macy's, Broadway, Madison Square Garden and Times Square.

A one-night stay in nyma starts from $225/ approx. £135 per room per night (two sharing). Excellent free-of-charge amenities include WiFi internet access throughout the hotel, continental breakfast, free calls nationwide, 24-hour business centre and in-room coffee makers. Children under 12 can stay free with parents, too. Just a few blocks from Grand Central Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the hotel is easily accessible from all the city's airports - JFK, La Guardia and Newark - by taxi, bus or rail.

Source: http://www.incentivetravel.co.uk/news/hotel/21589-pumpkins-puppets-and-parades-in-nyc-with-apple-core-hotels

8/4/14 — keepontravellin.com
Follow the ‘Made in Chelsea’ cast to New York with Apple Core Hotels

New spin-off show ‘Made in Chelsea: New York’ sees the cast of the ever-popular E4 reality show swap Sloane Square in London for Times Square in the Big Apple in August.

Spencer Matthews, Mark-Francis Vandelli, Lucy Watson and Jamie Laing are amongst the ‘Made in Chelsea’ cast who have moved to Manhattan for a summer of partying in the city that never sleeps.

Leaving the familiar surroundings of SW3 behind, the affluent socialites will enjoy no end of dinner parties and glamorous soirées as they splash the cash embracing Manhattan’s lively social scene.

Follow the cool crowd to New York without the sky-high prices by staying in the heart of Manhattan with Apple Core Hotels’ nyma, the new york manhattan hotel. With prices from just $215/ approx. £125per room per night, guests can splurge on cocktails and shopping instead. And with the most favourable exchange rate in almost five years (£1/ $1.70), shoppers will be quids in.

Within walking distance of the best Manhattan attractions including the Empire State Building, Macy’s, Broadway, Madison Square Garden and Times Square, and just a short taxi ride from the West Village, Apple Core Hotels’ offers convenience, superior comfort and outstanding value.

Source: http://keepontravellin.com/follow-made-chelsea-cast-new-york-apple-core-hotels/

7/28/14 — travelglitter.com
The Wild Side of the Big Apple with Apple Core Hotels

This summer, check out the wild side of New York City, with new “Central Park Zoo” packages offered by Apple Core Hotels.

The package, which includes up to four “Total Experience” admissions to the Central Park Zoo is available at The Hotel @ Times Square and Broadway @ Times Square Hotel, both located in the heart of Manhattan.

The package also incorporates Apple Core Hotel’s complimentary “3-for-free” deal which includes complimentary continental breakfast, Wi-Fi and unlimited nationwide calls. Additionally, children under 13 stay free when sharing their parents’ room.

The “Central Park Zoo” Package

• Complimentary daily continental breakfast and in-room coffee
• Reimbursement of four “Total Experience” tickets to the Central Park Zoo
• ($16 in advance, $18 in person for adults; $11.50 in advance, $13 in person for children)
• Guide map pointing out NYC landmarks
• Standard room accommodations; either two double beds or two queen beds


Source: http://www.travelglitter.com/wild-side-big-apple-apple-core-hotels/

7/15/14 — 4hoteliers.com
Apologizing to retain customers

Douglas Horton, an American clergyman is reputed to have said that 'being sorry is the highest act of selfishness, seeing value only after discarding it';

Selfish or not, the notion of using an apology as a customer rentention strategy is increasingly being used in service industries like airlines and hotels where customers see value in an apology more so than in anything tangible or material leading to better customer retention after service snafus.

This week's Wall Street Journal's Middle Seat column has an article entitled "the Art of the Airline Apology". Among the interesting nuggets in the article is a2009 study by researchers at the University of Nottingham's School of Economics in the United Kingdom which found that apologies can be more valued by customers than even compensation.

Another study of t00 customers who posted negative comments on the German site of eBay found that more of them (45%) withdrew their negative comment pursuant to an apology than the 21% who withdrew it when offered the equivalent of $7.

The Middle Seat notes that SouthWest airlines uses "software to perform triage on upset customers. Computers look for keywords that show up in the letters, then sort the notes into four personality categories: Feelers, Drivers, Entertainers and Thinkers. Customer relations agents then write to that type of personality." Apparently, the US Dept. of Transportation levies fines on airlines that do not respond substantively to customer complaints.

For some airlines like United with a high number of complaints that has prompted the establishment of a department with nearly a thousand employees, all geared around responding promptly to customer grievances.

Apologizing as a strategy appears to have instantly paid off for the owner of several hotels in the Bay area including a prestigious resort in Napa, Ca. Unlike in the Chick-Fil-A case, which also involved an intolerant antediluvian perspective on gay couples, the principal here was quick off the mark with an apology. That enabled him to keep the honor of being a Grand Marshal for the city's Fourth of July parade.

Horton's musings notwithstanding, a strategy of offering an apology for service and other lacuna, whether real of perceived as so by the customer, is one that is relatively inexpensive with evidently exponentially greater returns as compared to the traditional propensity to upgrade, offer discounts and/or comps.

It would of course, be helpful if at the same time organizations use it as a teaching moment to minimize if not avert a recurrence.

Source: http://www.4hoteliers.com/features/article/8454

7/10/14 — 4hoteliers.com
Frequency Programs: Tearing Up Tiers?

Colloquy, the 'go-to resource for loyalty intel­ligence' for over two decades in their tireless search for insights into loyalty programs takes another look at loyalty program tiers and what they mean to consumers;

Their most recent paper offers a somewhat startling conclusion that a full third of respondents, all subscribers to loyalty programs, were unaware of the "tier" they were at.

The muddled consumers could be forgiven as anyone who has enrolled in a program, whether for hotels or airlines or retail, is often confronted with what looks like an unscalable ladder before any meaningful rewards come their way.

Colloquy's study (predictably) notes that members of the lower tiers of loyalty programs are almost twice as likely to believe that is too difficult to meet the requirement s for the higher tier level.

More searingly, in what would easily fit into today's class warfare debate, they find that people with incomes below $50,000 per year are fifty percent less likely to earn their way to a higher tier than those with incomes over $100,000 per year.

If the latter seems obvious, another finding is that a third of those residing in the bottom tier "do not think they are properly acknowledged for their level of participation"; something that can be easily attested to by anyone who is in the bottom tier of an airline program although those who clambered up a couple of rungs probably have a not too dissimilar experience.

On the plus side (for the purveyors of loyalty programs) a full 69% of respondents have no problem with people buying their way onto a higher tier.

The latter is something airlines, United in particular, has cottoned on to as evidenced by its prodding to customers at almost all stages via a non-sequitur to "earn extra award miles" given that it involves paying and not earning miles.

Also on the right side of the ledger for businesses is the finding that 75% of respondents saying that they "approve of businesses giving preferential treatment to customers who spend mroe money.

The takeaway from the study is that although technology has made it easier for customers to participate in very personalized programs the tiers need to be more "micro-segmented" internally with a greater focus on the middle tier which offers the most potential in terms of mobility for the customer and revenues and loyalty to the business.

Source: http://www.4hoteliers.com/features/article/8442

6/27/14 — incentivetravel.co.uk
A literary adventure in NYC with Apple Core Hotels

New York City has been brought to life by many great writers and has served as the backdrop for countless romances, mysteries and thrillers. Enjoy literary heaven in the Big Apple and stay in the heart of the action with Apple Core Hotels at The Hotel @ Times Square.

Within walking distance of the best Manhattan attractions - including the Empire State Building, Macy's, Broadway, Madison Square Garden and Times Square - and a short taxi ride from the West Village, Apple Core Hotels’ The Hotel @ Times Square offers convenience, superior comfort and outstanding value.

Here are some exciting ideas for how to make the most of your literary adventure in New York, including inspirational festivals, intriguing bookshops, and the real-life locations of some of your favourite tales:
• Don’t miss the Brooklyn Book Festival, (15 - 21 September), the largest free literary event in NYC, with an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. This stylish and diverse gathering attracts thousands of book-lovers of all ages. Events include literary games, free readings and film screenings. Parties take place across Brooklyn in parks, shops, theatres and libraries.
• Stop by Manhattan’s St Mark’s Comics and find out about the latest superhero antics as well as sourcing vintage classics, toys and sci-fi collectibles. Comic book aficionados come from across the globe to check out this popular venue.
• Browse the quirky and newly-renovated Strand Books, in the East Village, which has over ‘18 miles of books’ with both new releases and rare out-of-print classics, making it one of the city's most beloved literary landmarks and a booklover’s treasure trove.
• The New York Public Library is the third largest library in the world, with over 53 million items. On the corner of Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, visit the library’s beautiful murals, rotating exhibits and vast reading room with its massive oak tables, and see the building’s exquisite exterior with its two famous marble lions, Patience and Fortitude.
• Take a break at the nostalgic White Horse Tavern in Greenwich Village’s Hudson Street, a popular stomping ground for New York’s literary community since the 1950s. Welsh poet Dylan Thomas famously drank his last whiskey here and other famous patrons have included Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan and Norman Mailer.
• Last but not least, don’t forget to drop by the The Central Park Zoo Carousel, mid-park at 64th Street, featured in J.D. Salinger's ‘The Catcher in the Rye’. Or follow in the footsteps of Truman Capote’s New York socialite Holly Golightly from the 1958 classic ‘Breakfast at Tiffany's’ - grab a croissant and head to the infamous Tiffany & Co store on Fifth Avenue to enjoy breakfast as you window shop.

A one-night stay in The Hotel @ Times Square starts from $225/ approx. £132 per room per night (two sharing). Excellent free-of-charge amenities include WiFi internet access throughout the hotel, continental breakfast, free calls nationwide, 24-hour business centre and in-room coffee makers. Children under 12 can stay free with parents, too. Just a few blocks from Grand Central Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the hotel is easily accessible from all the city's airports - JFK, La Guardia and Newark - by taxi, bus or rail.

Source: http://www.incentivetravel.co.uk/news/hotel/20836-a-literary-adventure-in-nyc-with-apple-core-hotels

6/26/14 — easier.com
Follow the ‘Made in Chelsea’ cast to New York

New spin-off show ‘Made in Chelsea: New York’ sees the cast of the ever-popular E4 reality show swap Sloane Square in London for Times Square in the Big Apple in August. Spencer Matthews, Mark-Francis Vandelli, Lucy Watson and Jamie Laing are amongst the ‘Made in Chelsea’ cast who have moved to Manhattan for a summer of partying in the city that never sleeps.

Leaving the familiar surroundings of SW3 behind, the affluent socialites will enjoy no end of dinner parties and glamorous soirées as they splash the cash embracing Manhattan’s lively social scene. Follow the cool crowd to New York without the sky-high prices by staying in the heart of Manhattan with Apple Core Hotels’ nyma, the new york manhattan hotel. With prices from just $215/ approx. £125 per room per night, guests can splurge on cocktails and shopping instead. And with the most favourable exchange rate in almost five years (£1/ $1.70), shoppers will be quids in.

Within walking distance of the best Manhattan attractions including the Empire State Building, Macy's, Broadway, Madison Square Garden and Times Square, and just a short taxi ride from the West Village, Apple Core Hotels’ nyma, the new york manhattan hotel offers convenience, superior comfort and outstanding value.

A one-night stay at nyma, the new york manhattan hotel starts from $215/ approx. £125 per room per night (two sharing). Excellent free-of-charge amenities include WiFi internet access throughout the hotels, continental breakfast, free calls nationwide, 24-hour business centres, fitness centres and in-room coffee makers. Children under 12 can stay free with parents, too. Just a few blocks from Grand Central Station, Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the hotels are easily accessible from all the city's airports - JFK, La Guardia and Newark - by taxi, bus or rail.

For more information, visit applecorehotels.com or mydayinnewyork.com.

Source: http://www.easier.com/123682-follow-the-made-in-chelsea-cast-to-new-york.html

6/17/14 — 4hoteliers.com
Ancillary Charges: What's Left Out in 'All-In' Pricing

The onset of the summer travel season usually brings out a spate of articles that seek to inform consumers of the best deals and 'traps' to avoid;

A bete-noire of travel writers but often a favorite of companies, big and small, is 'add-on' fees that usually are all but hidden from unwary consumers. An article in Marketwatch suggests "eight ways to fight hidden fees".

The column begins with ostensible good news on the government front saying that "the U.S. Department of Transportation just proposed cracking down on many of the dreaded airline surcharges for checked bags, carry-ons and advance seat assignments, starting sometime next year" but quickly goes on to note that "isn’t trying to do away with these fees; it simply wants airlines and third-party travel sites like Expedia and Travelocity to fully disclose the fees when passengers buy their tickets."

As a money-spinner, excess baggage fees generated over $3bn last year with another $2.8bn for the particularly aggravating "change fees". So it's unlikely to go away anytime soon.

Nevertheless, few rub salt in passenger wounds as effectively as Ryanair where there is almost never an opportunity to change flights; what's worse Ryanair often changes flight timings with nary a thought for connecting flights from other airlines, which also often are non-refundable and with change fees, passengers may have to contend with.

Hospitality has sought to emulate airlines in this regard with the high probability of earning customers' ire in equal measure on what regulators term "drip fees". Marketwatch notes that many resorts have resumed adding “resort fees” to bills with some going so far as charge for a safe that’s in the room whether or not it is used.

Other "surcharges" include housekeeping fees, concierge charges, energy-use fees, wi-fi costs, luggage-storage fees for storing bags before rooms are ready or for keeping after checking out and a "mandatory" $10 bellman tip fee.

Given the foregoing, a recent article on Havard University's blog by a pricing consultant with a headline "Adding Fees That Consumers Won't Hate" seems like a non-sequitur. It recaps the recent settlement of a class action lawsuit by Ticketmaster which heretofore had broken down its pricing based on admission to an event and then "tack on additional charges such as convenience, facility, order-processing, and delivery fees to purchases.

The suit had claimed these fees were misleading as consumers were unaware that the company was making money on them. The consultant points out that consumers evaluate "prices sequentially" on their merits and if they judge add-ons as excessive are unlikely to buy.

It is a point that hotels and resorts should take note of with regard to the spate of fees that has attracted the attention of travel experts but yet to catch the regulator's eye.

Source: http://www.4hoteliers.com/features/article/8389

6/8/14 — mibusinessmag.com
Summer in NYC

[...]

Accommodation

Since I would want to be in the thick of it booking a centrally located hotel is essential and I could opt for Apple Core Hotels – either The Broadway @ Times Square, The New York Manhattan Hotel aka nyma, or The Hotel @ Times Square. All the aforementioned are affordable with great amentities such as WiFi, continental breakfast, free nationwide calls, 24 hour business centres and fitness centres. Also children under 112 can stay free with parents, which is a brilliant deal.

Furthermore, the hotels are accessible to JFK, La Guardia and Newark airports and just a few blocks away from Grand Central Station, Penn Station and Port Authority Bus Terminal.

[...]

Source: http://www.mibusinessmag.com/2014/06/08/summer-in-nyc/

6/7/14 — 4hoteliers.com
Nymwars - Anonymity and Customer Feedback

Nymwars may sound like a Scrabble bingo but it is short-speak for how users identify themselves on various social media platforms and UGC (user-generated-content);

Specifically, it refers to a tug-of-war between users who wish to remain anonymous and parties who demand the use of real names in online or virtual communications.

That ongoing tussle leads to larger question. Does the ability to give feedback anonymously lead to more constructive outcomes for business enterprises enabling, at a minimum, a more nimble response? Perhaps.

Most UGC sites such as Tripadvisor allow for monikers that are pseudonyms but only after the site has verified the identity of the poster. Apart from the tedium associated with registering it necessarily curtails spontaneity and, more importantly, limits a quicker response from the merchant.

While there are many UGC and other platforms that already afford anonymeity few, if any, offer real time feedback to businesses that the latter can use to react instantly. Sites that allow pseudonyms include AVVO (legal search), Urbanspoon (restaurants), Zillow (real-estate), RateMDs (Doctors' review) and Angie's List (crowd-sourced review site).

A recent tech-entrant is Quibble which culls customer feedback of any kind via text messages and provides a real-time stream to merchants. The principal presumption underlying the business model for Quibble is that by allowing anonymous and quick text messages businesses, particularly in the service industry, can seek to avert negative UGC comments.

At the employer-employee level anonymous feedback has long been recognized, if little used, source for the free flow of information to enable better work processes. A HBR blog report from a year ago points to the benefits of anonymous feedback suggesting that even "confidential" feedbacks where names are associated fail to elicit a thorough and accurate response.

At another level, the fact that some if not many consumers and users of the internet seek more than a degree of anonymity as well as the ability to keep aspects of themselves private was underscored by Google's recent implementation of a "right to be forgotten" measure that is particular to Europe.

Presumably, those features will be, at some point, extended to businesses as well providing relief to particularly to those who have been savaged at times by rigged comments or having come under new management seek to overcome negatives from the past.

Source: http://www.4hoteliers.com/features/article/8372

5/22/14 — amny.com
NYC hotel rooftops open to the public

Vu Bar
La Quinta Manhattan, 17 W. 32nd St., 212-991-8842, Vunyc.com
The view: Close-up view of the Empire State Building
Rooftop height: 14th floor
The scene: Laid-back young adult crowd
To drink: Celebrate summer with a caipirinha (cachaca and fresh limes muddled in sugar, $10)
To eat: Through June 15, feel free to order food for delivery. After that point, a menu of bar bites, like wings and dips, will be available.
Pro tip: The $5 happy hour, from 5-7 p.m. on weekdays and all day on Sundays, makes this one of the more affordable rooftop destinations in town.

Source: http://www.amny.com/eat-and-drink/nyc-hotel-rooftops-open-to-the-public-1.8156362

5/19/14 — observer.com
NYC’s Best Rooftop Bars

VU Rooftop Bar
Address: 17 West 32 Street
For the social media savvy young adults who want to Tweet their trip pics including some astonishing skylines, opt for an alternative to the pricey Top of the Rock Observation Center. The recently renovated La Quinta Manhattan, best known for its indoor/outdoor rooftop VU bar, offers stunning views of Manhattan. The $25 you would have spent on a Top of the Rock ticket can go toward enjoying a drink and earning “likes” on your newly posted, close-up shot of the Empire State building. This non-pretentious rooftop bar is open all year and offers a daily happy hour from 5-7pm on weekdays and all day on Sundays

Source: http://observer.com/2014/05/nycs-best-rooftop-bars/#axzz32CBAA6lL

5/19/14 — thrillist.com
80 NYC ROOFTOP BARS: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

[...]

MIDTOWN WEST

VU Rooftop Bar
17 West 32nd St
It’s happy hour all day on Sundays, plus there're great views of the Empire State Building.

[...]

Source: http://www.thrillist.com/drink/new-york/rooftop-bar-nyc

5/16/14 — hotelinteractive.com
Landmarked Manhattan Building Pays Homage To Architectural History With New Beaux-Arts-Inspired Lobby Redesign

Apple Core Hotels, which owns five centrally-located Manhattan properties, unveils a lobby renovation at the historic, Beaux-Arts 32nd Street hotel, originally The Aberdeen, in time for the building’s 110th anniversary. The redesign and repositioning of the hotel’s lobby and breakfast room, at what is now La Quinta Manhattan on West 32nd Street, juxtaposes turn-of-the-century architecture with the technology and convenience of today and the design aesthetics of a boutique hotel.

Interior Designer Jessica Shaw of Moment Design + Productions oversaw the lobby renovation of the landmarked building. Shaw’s design enhances La Quinta Manhattan with Gilded Age décor, furniture, and custom photography throughout the hotel to reflect the sculptural brick and limestone exterior of the property.

“Design features are inspired by the architectural and decorative detailing of this landmark building,” said Shaw. “The renovation is a simplistic and clean homage to the Golden Age of New York during the Beaux Arts period, when the building’s history first began.”

With European style and influence, the redesign incorporated elaborate, sculptural decoration with conservative modern lines. Visitors are greeted at the entryway with a black and white photograph of the upper levels of the building transposed on a floor-to-ceiling glass wall. The photo brings the outside in with a closer look at the Baroque style windows, limestone and brickwork of the facade. The bold, horizontal courses of limestone found on the lower portion of the building’s exterior served as inspiration for a modern, tiled wall art installation with integrated strip lighting adding depth and bringing a feeling of old New York glamour. A communal technology docking and work station, complete with free WiFi, centers the lobby and enables connectivity for today’s mobile traveler, while a seating area in the back is complimented by art-deco paneled walls and a fireplace where guests can enjoy the timeless atmosphere.

Anchoring the lobby is the redesigned breakfast room which brings a modern feel to this busy public area. Taking the place of walls, Shaw and her team have installed elegant, ebonized wood slat screens surrounding the dining area. These screens, which serve as architectural art themselves, enhance the open floor plan while serving as an innovative way to blend the two spaces.

“During this renovation we took the opportunity to redefine the space, adding subtle design nods to the structure’s history which dates back to 1904,” said Vijay Dandapani, President of Apple Core Hotels. “Guests can enjoy a completely refreshed lobby experience while still receiving the quality of service and amenities Apple Core Hotels has become known for in a convenient midtown location.”

Apple Core Hotels offers the most comprehensive list of complimentary amenities among independent and small chain properties located in NYC, including the hotel group’s famed “Three for Free” amenities – complimentary Wi-Fi throughout all properties, phone calls to anywhere in the U.S. and Canada, and continental breakfast offered daily. A state-of-the-art fitness center rounds out additional complimentary amenities available to guests.

The La Quinta Manhattan is also known for its indoor/outdoor rooftop VU bar that offers stunning views of the Empire State Building and the heart of New York City. Conveniently located near the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden and the Fashion District.

ABOUT APPLE CORE HOTELS
Apple Core Hotels is a group of five, centrally-located, midtown Manhattan hotels that offers the most comprehensive list of complimentary amenities of all independent and small chain properties located in NYC. All five properties feature: free Wi-Fi Internet access in all rooms and public spaces, free nationwide and toll-free calling, complimentary daily breakfast, fitness facilities, business centers, in-room video games, movies on-demand, and an iPhone docking station. The properties are located within walking distance to must-see New York attractions such as the Empire State Building, Times Square, Central Park, and Macy’s. Apple Core Hotels properties include nyma, the new york manhattan hotel, on 32nd Street west of Fifth Avenue; the smoke-free Broadway @ Times Square, west of Sixth Avenue on 46th Street; The Hotel @ Times Square, on 46th Street off Sixth Avenue; the landmark La Quinta Manhattan, on 32nd Street west of Fifth Avenue; and the Ramada New York/Eastside, at 30th Street and Lexington Avenue.

Source: http://www.hotelinteractive.com/article.aspx?articleID=32922

5/15/14 — lodgingmagazine.com
Apple Core Hotels Unveils Lobby Redesign

NEW YORK—Apple Core Hotels, which owns five centrally-located Manhattan properties, has unveiled a lobby renovation at the historic, Beaux-Arts 32nd Street hotel, originally The Aberdeen, in time for the building’s 110th anniversary. The redesign and repositioning of the hotel’s lobby and breakfast room, at what is now La Quinta Manhattan on West 32nd Street, juxtaposes turn-of-the-century architecture with the technology and convenience of today and the design aesthetics of a boutique hotel.

Interior Designer Jessica Shaw of Moment Design + Productions oversaw the lobby renovation of the landmarked building. Shaw’s design enhances La Quinta Manhattan with Gilded Age décor, furniture, and custom photography throughout the hotel to reflect the sculptural brick and limestone exterior of the property.

“Design features are inspired by the architectural and decorative detailing of this landmark building,” Shaw said. “The renovation is a simplistic and clean homage to the Golden Age of New York during the Beaux Arts period, when the building’s history first began.”

With European style and influence, the redesign incorporated sculptural decoration with conservative modern lines. Visitors are greeted at the entryway with a black and white photograph of the upper levels of the building transposed on a floor-to-ceiling glass wall. The photo brings the outside in with a closer look at the Baroque style windows, limestone, and brickwork of the facade. The horizontal courses of limestone found on the lower portion of the building’s exterior served as inspiration for a modern, tiled wall art installation with integrated strip lighting. A communal technology docking and work station, complete with free WiFi, centers the lobby, while a seating area in the back is complemented by art-deco paneled walls and a fireplace.

Anchoring the lobby is the redesigned breakfast room. Taking the place of walls, Shaw and her team have installed ebonized wood slat screens surrounding the dining area. These screens enhance the open floor plan while serving as an innovative way to blend the two spaces.

“During this renovation we took the opportunity to redefine the space, adding subtle design nods to the structure’s history which dates back to 1904,” said Vijay Dandapani, president of Apple Core Hotels. “Guests can enjoy a completely refreshed lobby experience while still receiving the quality of service and amenities Apple Core Hotels has become known for in a convenient midtown location.”

Source: http://www.lodgingmagazine.com/apple-core-hotels-unveils-beaux-arts-inspired-lobby-redesign/

5/15/14 — newyork.com
Rise and Shine: Best Free Hotel Breakfasts at NYC Hotels

As the saying goes, there’s no free lunch. But there is free breakfast. Many New York City hotels offer a complimentary breakfast, either as part of the nightly rate or as a special offer to its premium members. Of course, free often translates into mediocre — stale rolls, those little packets of grape jelly, instant coffee. But, there are some hotels that serve morning meals that are a cut above.

Of New York City’s budget hotels, the Apple Core Hotels, which runs the popular and newly remodeled La Quinta Manhattan near Times Square, has one of the better complimentary continental breakfasts, including cereal, oatmeal, donuts, pastries, fruit, hard-boiled eggs, coffee and tea.

Source: http://www.newyork.com/articles/hotels/rise-and-shine-best-free-hotel-breakfasts-at-nyc-hotels-42442/

4/26/14 — economist.com
Room for all, for now

[...]

If Airbnb were to keep growing at its current rate—its listings are doubling every year—the Texas study suggests that by 2016 the dent in budget hotels’ takings will be 10%. With their high fixed costs, that could push many of them into the red. Of course, Airbnb may hit the limits of either supply or demand before then, but smaller hotels are already blaming it for their woes. “I see a direct correlation between our revenues going down and [Airbnb’s] going up,” says Vijay Dandapani, the president of Apple Core Hotels in New York. “We had continued growth until Airbnb.” The financing round that Airbnb has just closed, valuing it at more than all but the four largest global hotel groups, suggests that investors agree.

[...]

Source: http://www.economist.com/news/business/21601259-there-are-signs-sharing-site-starting-threaten-budget-hotels-room-all?fsrc=rss%7Cbus

4/9/14 — travelpress.com
Apple Core Hotels, THE RIDE Team Up

Apple Core Hotels’ The Hotel @ Times Square, nyma, the new york manhattan hotel, and La Quinta Inn Manhattan have launched an exclusive partnership with THE RIDE, a city tour experience that turns the streets of New York into a moving stage with a theatrical and entertaining twist.

Hotel guests can purchase discounted tickets at each hotel’s concierge desks for $64.99 and enjoy the opportunity to travel through the heart of Manhattan and experience a Broadway-quality production that goes above and beyond a typical bus tour.

“New Yorkers and tourists see entertainment as an integral part of their everyday lives, and we’re looking forward to expanding the value of offerings we provide to our guests,” said Vijay Dandapani, president of Apple Core Hotels. “We are excited to partner with THE RIDE because we share a similar clientele – people who appreciate quality value and a tremendous experience.”

THE RIDE takes passengers on a 6.7-km excursion through midtown Manhattan, peppered with surprise live performances, improv comedy, and audience participation at iconic city sites including Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, Central Park, Columbus Circle and more. The multi-million dollar, custom coach busses feature stadium-style seating, panoramic views and the latest visual and audio technology, including plasma screen TVs and LED lighting.

(http://applecorehotels.com, http://www.experiencetheride.com)

Source: http://www.travelpress.com/apple-core-hotels-ride-team/#.U0a-WeZdV4F

4/2/14 — t2conline.com
Apple Core Hotels Partner with The Drama Desk Award Winning THE RIDE

THE RIDE, New York’s multi-million dollar spectacular fleet of traveling theatres has become an integral part of Times Square’s Broadway theatrical community and Seventh Avenue’s fashion district. After 42 sold-out months, the award-winning and critically acclaimed phenomenon has strategically partnered with three of those neighborhoods’ charming, affordable and centrally-located hotels: The Hotel @ Times Square (59 West 46th Street), nyma, the new york manhattan hotel (6 West 32nd Street) and La Quinta Inn Manhattan (17 West 32nd Street).

The alliance establishs a special V.I.P. discount ticket arrangement for The Hotel @ Times Square The Hotel @ Times Square guests at these boutique, historic, independently chic and amenities-laden hotels for all scheduled performances of THE RIDE, the now virtually sold-out experience that Broadway’s stars and music industry titans are favoring over all else. The Apple Core Hotel experience is a guest-obsessed event. THE RIDE is an audience-obsessed adventure. Their alliance is a winning opportunity for the clients of the participating chosen Apple Core Hotels.

Each Hotel’s Concierge Desk has been provided with a special connection to THE RIDE’S Times Square Box Office which is now dedicated to providing these Hotels’ guests with V.I.P. treatment and affordable discount specially arranged tickets.

Award-winning like always attracts award-winning like. THE RIDE’S reinterpretation and re-imagining of the immersive experience has captured the unanimous acclaim of Broadway’s critics.

Apple Core Hotels’ turn-of-the-century attention to detail combined with today’s technology and convenience has garnered even more acclaim from the Hospitality Industry’s reviewers, bloggers and reporters.

In announcing the alliance, THE RIDE’S CEO/President, Richard Humphrey said that, “The partnership between these two visionary and accessible brands creates a gateway to even more opportunities for the over 53 million tourists expected to arrive in Manhattan in 2014.”

La Quinta Inn Manhattan La Quinta Inn Manhattan “New Yorkers and tourists see entertainment as an integral part of their everyday lives, and we’re looking forward to expanding the value of offerings we provide to our guests,” said Vijay Dandapani, President of Apple Core Hotels. “We are excited to partner with THE RIDE because we share a similar clientele – people who appreciate quality value and a tremendous experience.”

Apple Core Hotels are a group of five, centrally-located, midtown Manhattan hotels that offers the most comprehensive list of complimentary amenities of all independent and small chain properties located in NYC. All five properties feature: free Wi-Fi Internet access in nyma, the new york manhattan hotel nyma, the new york manhattan hotel all rooms and public spaces, free nationwide and toll-free calling, complimentary daily breakfast, fitness facilities, business centers, movies on-demand, and in-room iPhone docking stations. The properties are located within walking distance to must-see New York attractions such as the Empire State Building, Times Square, Central Park, Macy’s, and iconic Fifth Avenue shopping. Apple Core Hotels properties include nyma, the new york manhattan hotel, on 32nd Street west of Fifth Avenue; the smoke-free Broadway @ Times Square, west of Sixth Avenue on 46th Street; The Hotel @ Times Square, on 46th Street off Sixth Avenue; the landmark La Quinta Inn Manhattan, on 32nd Street west of Fifth Avenue; and the Ramada New York/Eastside, at 30th Street and Lexington Avenue.

Source: http://www.t2conline.com/apple-core-hotels-partner-with-the-drama-desk-award-winning-the-ride/

4/2/14
Apple Core Hotels Get Swept up in Beatlemania

Package Deal

Do you have the entire Beatles song catalog memorized or know their life stories like the back of your hand?

If you answered yes to either of those questions, this package is for you.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in America, two Apple Core Hotels properties, the Hotel @ Times Square and Broadway @ Times Square Hotel, are offering the “Beatlemania” package for two now through May 1.

Guests booking this package will have the chance to watch Strawberry Fields, a Beatles tribute band, perform at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.

The package includes accommodations, complimentary daily continental breakfast and coffee, city guide map that points out Beatles landmarks, and reimbursement of two Saturday Beatles Brunch tickets.

Tickets must be purchased by guests themselves and are $44 each in advance and $47 each at the door. They can be purchased here.

To get reimbursed, present receipts to your hotel’s front desk and a maximum of $94 will be refunded to the credit card on file.

Rates start at $291.99 a night, based on double occupancy. Children under 13 stay free when they share a room with their parents.

Call 1-800-567-7720 or 1-212-790-2710 and mention the promotion code “BEATLES” to make reservations.

Phone: (800) 567-7720 and mention promo code "BEATLES"

Source: http://www.travelwithval.com/apple-core-hotels-get-swept-up-in-beatlemania/

3/23/14 — nymag.com
Where to Stash Mom

My College-Age, Concert-Bound Brother and His Buddies

Broadway @ Times Square Hotel
129 W. 46th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-221-2600
Chip et al. are coming to town for a show at Irving Plaza. Stash them in the Broadway at Times Square, where rates starting at $204 a night include a basic but clean room with a phone, coffeemaker, and flat-screen TV with onDemand, plus free Wi-Fi, gym, laundry, and a complimentary continental breakfast. The toiletries are severely limited, but the boys won’t be bathing anyway.

Source: http://nymag.com/travel/visitorsguide/17557/

3/20/14 — huffingtonpost.co.uk
Eat America

The Top US City Food Tours

New York Pizza and Beer Tour
New York's another city with a wealth of food tours to choose from, but I can vouch for some of the pizza and beer joints visited on the Food Tours of NYC tour of Greenwich Village. The fascinating history of the neighbourhood is told in visits to three famous pizza parlours and three equally famous bars. Follow in the footsteps of Bob Dylan, and see the bars where literary legends like Dylan Thomas and F. Scott Fitzgerald drank.
How to Get There: Stay with Apple Core Hotels.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mike-gerrard/eat-america_1_b_4987575.html

3/17/14 — travelweekly.com
'Beatlemania' at New York's Apple Core Hotels

Travel Product News

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in America, Apple Core Hotels' the Hotel @ Times Square and Broadway @ Times Square Hotel are offering a Beatlemania plan. The package, valid for a two-night minimum stay through May 1, is priced from $291.99 per night and includes accommodations at either hotel with continental breakfast each morning; reimbursement of two Saturday "Beatles Brunch" tickets at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in Times Square; and a copy of a map pointing out Beatles landmarks in Manhattan such as Strawberry Fields and the Lennon Mosaic in Central Park and the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway.

Apple Core Hotels
Phone: (800) 567-7720 and mention promo code "BEATLES"

Source: http://www.travelweekly.com/For-Travel-Agents/Travel-Product-News/Beatlemania-at-New-Yorks-Apple-Core-Hotels/

3/16/14 — nydailynews.com
Travel Deals and Steals for Sunday, March 16

Have some fun in the U.S. Virgin Islands at Frenchman's Reef, relive Beatlemania in New York, and a visit to Washington, D.C, is always a capital idea

BEATLEMANIA LIVES ON

Head home to New York City’s very own Strawberry Fields to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in America. The party’s happening at the Hotel @ Times Square and the Broadway @ Times Square Hotel.

Steal: Book the “Beatlemania” package for two. Enjoy complimentary daily continental breakfast and in-room coffee, a Saturday brunch at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill — featuring Strawberry Fields, a look-alike and sound-alike Beatles tribute band. The package also includes a city guide map pointing out iconic Fab 4 landmarks in Manhattan, including Strawberry Fields and the Lennon Mosaic in Central Park, the Ed Sullivan Theater, and many more spots. This package starts at $291.99 per night for standard queen bedroom accommodations. A minimum two-night stay is required, and the steal is offered now through May 1.

Experience: The Strawberry Fields Saturday Beatles Brunch buffet will take you on a Magical Mystery Tour complete with mop-top hair, black suits, thin ties and the first four albums of Beatles music. Among the hearty brunch offerings: buttery scrambled eggs, smoked bacon and sausages, cinnamon brown sugar French toast, aged-cheddar-baked macaroni & cheese, barbecue with Memphis-style sauce, buttermilk biscuits, fruit cobbler with pastry crust, shrimp and Andouille sausage jambalaya and more.

Book it! This offer must be booked by phoning Apple Core Hotels’ reservation department at (800) 567-7720. Mention promotion code “BEATLES.”

Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/travel-deals-steals-sunday-march-16-article-1.1720903

3/14/14 — travelwithkids.about.com
Apple Core Hotels - New York City

We all know the Big Apple is (a) expensive, and (b) so very worth visiting. So it's good to know that a bunch of centrally located well-priced properties in Manhattan have grouped together as Apple Core Hotels.

These Apple Core Hotels include:

The Hotel @ Times Square, 59 West 46th Street
New York Manhattan Hotel, at 6 West 32nd Street
La Quinta Manhattan, 17 West 32nd
Broadway @ Times Square Hotel, 129 West 46th Street
Ramada Eastside -161 Lexington Avenue

Depending on the choice of hotel, guests can walk to Central Park, Madison Square Garden, The Empire State Building, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and other New York City landmarks (not to mention kiddie landmarks like the flagship Build-a-Bear Workshop store, above.)

Families will like, about Apple Core Hotels:

central location
low price range (for New York!)
complimentary breakfasts
12 o'clock check-out
free local calls
free in-room long-distance calls anywhere in the US
frequent family packages

Keep in Mind:
Only kids under 13 years old stay free in parents' room; the charge for an extra "adult" (for example, a teenager) could be in the range of $35 (depending on season and room configuration.) Maximum number of people per room is four.

See also:

Top Things to do in NY with Teens
Great Toy Stores in NYC
Check prices for the New York Manhattan Hotel, at Kayak.com
Check prices for La Quinta Inn Manhattan, Comfort Inn Times Square, Ramada Eastside, and The Hotel at Times Square

Source:http://travelwithkids.about.com/od/newyork/a/apple_core.htm

2/27/14 — petergreenberg.com
Daily Deal: The Beatles Take Manhattan

Beatlemania lives on. The Hotel @ Times Square and Broadway @ Times Square Hotel, both located in the heart of Manhattan, are offering a “Beatlemania” package to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles arrival in the U.S.

Valid March 1, 2014 through May 1, 2014, room rates start from $291.99 plus tax (minimum two-night stay), and include overnight accommodations and brunch at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill where members of Strawberry Fields, the renowned Beatles tribute band, will perform. You’ll also get a map showing iconic Beatles landmarks—including Strawberry Fields and the Lennon Mosaic in Central Park—plus free breakfast and complimentary Wi-Fi.

To reserve, call 800-567-7720 and mention the code “BEATLES”. This offer cannot be booked online.

Source: http://petergreenberg.com/2014/02/26/the-beatles-take-manhattan/

2/27/14 — parade.condenast.com
Take Your Kids to a Broadway Show—Free!

[…]

But thanks to the fabulous Kids Night on Broadway program, he’s already rubbed elbows with the stage’s best and grew up with an inspiring insider’s view of the world of theater. The annual program runs through Sunday, March 2 and allows adults to take kids from ages six to 18 to a Broadway show for free. Not only does this cut the cost of tickets in half (allowing affordable orchestra seats for kids to really feel immersed), the program also offers discounted parking (10 hours for $10) and free eats for the six- to 18-year-old patron at dozens of Midtown eateries. The Broadway@Times Square even has out-of-towners covered with $139 rooms with two queen beds. (And complimentary perks abound: breakfast, wifi, newspapers, US calls, a small gym, and no fees for kids under 13.)

[…]

Source: http://parade.condenast.com/266226/

2/27/14 — gazettegroup.com
Turn the Big Apple green on March 17

BEING Irish is something that is celebrated almost every day of the year, but with the arrival of St Patrick’s Day, it is the perfect excuse for the world to really paint its towns and cities green.

The celebration is considered serious business in New York City, with the Empire State Building going green for the occasion, and everyone who is anyone claiming an Irish connection somewhere down the bloodline.

With more than 150,000 people marching in the New York City parade every year, which has been held annually since 1762, heading stateside this St Patrick’s Day could be the ideal way to celebrate your heritage with a little difference.

While watching the marching bands on Fifth Avenue is probably already appearing on your must-see list, there are plenty of other shenanigans around the Big Irish Apple to check out.

For something a little different, head to the Irish Art Centre on 51st Street on March 17 and catch an afternoon of authentic Irish music, with performances from the NYC Harp Orchestra, as well as Irish dancing performances by the Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance.

There’s also a tin whistle workshop and Irish language lessons on the agenda, along with crafts, films and a good old music seisiun, too. For those with an interest in film, the Craic Festival series (presented by Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey) starts on March 6.

It’s a three-day event that takes place at the Tribeca Cinemas at 54 Varick Street, celebrating the newest generation of Irish filmmakers.

Highlights include the opening night US premiere of Danny Boy, starring Gabriel Byrne, and the US premiere of 14 Days, directed by Dermot Lavery.

The Craic Music series also runs from March 7-8, and is bound to bring in the crowds with the line-up that is headlined by The Rubber Bandits and Duke Special.

To follow your cultural adventures, there’s always a good Irish bar around the corner for a pint of Guinness and a little visit back to Irish soil. One of New York’s most historical offerings is McSorley’s Old Ale House on 7th Street.

Established in 1864, it’s NYC’s oldest “Irish” tavern, and has seen the likes of Abe Lincoln and John Lennon – and a host of civil rights and union movement activists – pass through its doors. Think “sawdust-strewn floors and history-patched walls” – it wasn’t until the 1970s that women were even allowed to enter!

In fact, a visit over Paddy’s weekend coincides conveniently with the much-celebrated St Paddy’s “Luck of the Irish” pub crawl (www.pubcrawl.com).

The event takes place this year on Saturday, March 25, taking in bars such as the Village Pourhouse, Traffic East and American Whiskey, and tickets must be purchased in advance.

However, if your idea of culture is soaking up the sights of the city rather than the closest bar, then perhaps a ramble through the Little Ireland district of the Lower East Side could be the order of the day.

Big Onion Walking Tours (www.bigonion.com) host a special St Patrick’s Weekend Irish New York tour, taking you right through the role of Irish immigrants in the history of New York City.

The Lower East Side is said to have boasted more Irish residents than Dublin during the 19th century, and walking tours take place on March 15 and March 16.

As for where to stay, just one block away from the main parade route lies The Hotel @ Times Square – a trendy boutique hotel located in midtown Manhattan.

Located just a few blocks away from the Irish Art Centre, and a short subway ride from the Tribeca Cinemas, the hotel offers complimentary continental breakfast, wi-fi and phone calls nationwide. You can stay for about €142 (at current exchange rates) per person, based on double occupancy in March.

For further information or to make a booking, see www.applecorehotels.com/the-hotel-at-times-square, or call 0044 808 178 6363. (Note that flights and transfers not included.)

Source: http://www.gazettegroup.com/outabout/turn-big-apple-green-march-17/

1/29/14 — hotelmanagement.net
Hotels are increasing security with better technology

[…]

Criminals are increasing their use of technology as well, said Vijay Dandapani, president of Apple Core Hotels, a group of five boutique hotels in Midtown Manhattan. He has seen hackers create a free Wi-Fi hot spot that looks as if it is offered by the hotel, to record guests’ keystrokes and gain access to their data.

[…]

Source: http://www.hotelmanagement.net/security/hotels-are-increasing-security-with-better-technology-26454

1/29/14
Hotels Use Technology to Boost Security

[…]

Criminals are increasing their use of technology as well, said Vijay Dandapani, president of Apple Core Hotels, a group of five boutique hotels in Midtown Manhattan. He has seen hackers create a free Wi-Fi hot spot that looks as if it is offered by the hotel, to record guests’ keystrokes and gain access to their data.

[…]

Source: http://www.internationalmeetingsreview.com/technology/hotels-use-technology-boost-security-98017

1/28/14
Valentine’s Day in New York

If you are looking for something different to do for Valentine’s Day or a place to propose why not consider a trip to the Big Apple and stay at the New York Manhatten Hotel? Take advantage of their indie movie night promotion and make a weekend of it. Couples who book a two-night stay will receive free tickets to a midnight showing at the city’s trendiest indie theatre Sunshine Cinema, plus free popcorn!

This is an exclusive package from nyma, the new york manhattan hotel who is offering a free midnight indie cinema date with stays throughout February (including Valentine’s weekend). Get FREE tickets to a midnight showing at New York’s best independent theatre Sunshine Cinema on 143 East Houston Street and snuggle up to watch a cult classic. The hotel will even throw in a free bag of Sunshine’s famously delicious popcorn! Located in a 1909 vaudeville theatre, late-night viewings include Pulp Fiction, Monty Python and The Thing. Cosy and comfortable, the cinema has won a host of awards and is just a short subway ride away from the hotel.*

Hotel facilities also include free continental breakfast, free wi-fi and national phone calls. For more information visit www.thenewyorkmanhattanhotel.co.uk and to book call freephone 0808 178 6363, quoting VALENTINE. *Please retain receipt for full reimbursement

Source: http://blog.theukweddingshows.co.uk/wedding-plans/valentines-day-in-new-york-5776/

1/27/14 — nytimes.com
With Better Security Technology, Hotels Shore Up Blind Spots

[…]

Criminals are increasing their use of technology as well, said Vijay Dandapani, president of Apple Core Hotels, a group of five boutique hotels in Midtown Manhattan. He has seen hackers create a free Wi-Fi hot spot that looks as if it is offered by the hotel, to record guests’ keystrokes and gain access to their data.

[…]

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/28/business/with-better-security-technology-hotels-shore-up-blind-spots.html?_r=0/

12/5/13 — metro.co.uk
Late travel deals: Canada, New York, Swedish Lapland and more

USA

The big-budget window displays in New York’s department giants overshadow independent Christmas markets. Try the Grand Central Holiday Fair, New York’s only indoor market, which runs until December 24 at Vanderbilt Hall selling art, clothes, jewellery and collectible toys. Alternatively, brave the cold at the Columbus Circle Market, a more sociable event in Central Park toting traditional gifts alongside international cuisine.

The Broadway at Times Square Hotel is offering double rooms from £94.49 per night, including breakfast, wi-fi and free child stays, for stays between December 15 and 25. www.applecorehotels.co.uk

Source: http://metro.co.uk/2013/12/05/late-travel-deals-canada-new-york-swedish-lapland-and-more-4215429/

11/28/13 — thestar.com
Australia travel: G Adventures’ offers discounts of 15 per cent

New York hotels’ Rock-the-Rink holiday package includes skate rentals at Rockefeller Center, Virginia museum shows film costumes, plus Eurail pass discounts

Rock the rink in New York City
Two Big Apple properties, The Hotel @ Times Square and Broadway @ Times Square Hotel, are offering Rock-the-Rink holiday packages that include skate rentals for up to four people at The Rink at Rockefeller Center and four hot chocolates from nearby La Maison du Chocolat. With accommodation and the hotels’ “3-for-Free” amenity package, which includes free continental breakfast, free WiFi and unlimited domestic calls, Rock the Rink starts at $249.99 (U.S.) plus taxes, per night, with a two-night minimum stay. Kids under 13 years old stay free in their parents’ room. Rock the Rink is available Dec. 1, 2013-Feb. 28, 2014 with some black-out dates. Call 1-800-567-7720 (promo code SKATING).

Source: http://www.thestar.com/life/travel/2013/11/28/australia_travel_g_adventures_offers_discounts_of_15_per_cent.html

11/26/13 — travelwithval.com
Two Holiday/Winter Packages from Three NYC Hotels

The Hotel @ Times Square and Broadway @ Times Square Hotel

Both hotels are offering the Rock the Rink package December 1 through February 28, 2014.

Package rates start at $249.99 a night, based on double occupancy. It includes skate rentals for up to four people at The Rink at Rockefeller Center, four hot chocolates from La Maison Du Chocolat, and complimentary continental breakfast and in-room coffee.

A two-night minimum stay is required and blackout dates apply. Children under 13 stay for free when staying in their parents’ room.

Guests must present receipts to the front desk to receive credit to their credit card on file in the amount of maximum $80 per room ($48 for skate rental and $32 for hot chocolate).

To book, call 1-800-567-7720 or 1-212-790-2710. Mention promotional “SKATING.”

Source: http://www.travelwithval.com/two-holidaywinter-packages-from-three-nyc-hotels/

11/26/13 — huffingtonpost.co.uk
Get Your Kicks: The Top Ten Songs That Inspired Me to Discover America

New York, New York, a helluva town

Everybody tells you New York is something special, one of the greatest cities in the world, but you have to experience it to know that they’re right. It’s a breath-taking buzzing place, from the top of the Empire State Building to the tip of Manhattan where you take the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. For me, mooching round the streets of Greenwich Village and discovering it still has that village feel, and clubs where the likes of Bob Dylan and Paul Simon played are still there.

How to Get There
You can find affordable hotels in Manhattan, such as the Apple Core Hotels group.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mike-gerrard/top-10-america-travel-songs_b_4336853.html#s3148014title=New_York_New

11/25/13 — irishtimes.com
Bordeaux for the ladies, winter sun from Shannon, New York at twixmas

Ask Joan

We would like to bring our grandson to New York over Christmas for his 16th birthday. We would go for three days and we could fly with Aer Lingus from December 28th-31st. We are not sure about accommodation, we want something central. We have been there many times before so know our way around. Will all the sights be open over the holiday time? – GOF, Dublin.

New York is the city that never sleeps and you will find that all the attractions will be open. They only usually close for one day at Christmas.

[…]

Look at applecorehotels.com…and nycgo.com for tourism information.

Source: http://www.irishtimes.com/ask-joan-1.1602891

10/15/13 — vancouversun.com
Big Apple has hotels to fit every visitor's budget and itinerary

[...]
$ - Apple Core Hotels (www.applecorehotels.com) These five moderately-priced hotels in prime Manhattan locations offer an impressive list of complimentary amenities including: free Wi-Fi Internet access, free nationwide and toll-free calling, complimentary daily continental breakfast, fitness facilities, business centres, movies on-demand, and an iPhone docking station. Located within walking distance to must-see New York attractions, they include nyma, the new york manhattan hotel, on 32nd Street west of Fifth Avenue; the smoke-free Broadway @ Times Square, west of Sixth Avenue on 46th Street; The Hotel @ Times Square, on 46th Street off Sixth Avenue; the landmark La Quinta Manhattan, on 32nd Street west of Fifth Avenue; and the Ramada Eastside, at 30th Street and Lexington Avenue. Rates from $120 per night.

Source: http://www.vancouversun.com/travel/Apple+hotels+every+visitor+budget+itinerary/9030584/story.html

10/3/13
Top happening halloween for kids and their parents: la & nyc

Providing the perfect playground for the US’s favourite festival, New York will come alive with the un-dead next month. From ogling shop fronts full of pumpkins and petrifying paraphernalia, to joining the city’s biggest party of the year; the annual Halloween Parade, a trip to the Big Apple at this time promises spine-tingling excitement and hilarious Halloween fun! This year is the 40th anniversary of the Halloween Parade and for those wanting to take part, nyma, the new york manhattan hotel is offering a special ‘Parade Promotion’ on stays in October.

Situated in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, nyma is perfectly located for the parade, which takes place on nearby Sixth Avenue. Only those who dress up are allowed to participate, therefore nyma’s special promotion includes a $40 gift voucher to spend on fancy dress at the city’s biggest costume shop, New York Costumes with every stay. Offering a vast selection of costumes, wigs, masks and props, this East Village shop even has a celebrity following, with Chloe Sevigny, Hugh Jackman, Kate Hudson and many more famous faces having graced its rails.

Once suitably attired, join hundreds of puppets, numerous bands, dancers and artists and thousands of revellers in costumes of their own creation for a night to remember, or head to Times Square or Madison Square Garden for more Halloween horror. Alternatively, those wanting to visit earlier or avoid the masses can enjoy the promotion during the weeks preceding the event, as there is no escaping the excitement and anticipation of Halloween in the city that never sleeps!

Centrally situated on West 32nd street, nyma, the new york manhattan hotel provides guests with a host of FREE amenities, including free continental breakfast, free wi-fi and national phone calls, a free fitness suite open 24 hours a day and free stays for children aged 12 and under. The Parade Promotion is available throughout October, from US$274.99 per room per night (which equates to £88 per person). The rate is based on two sharing and includes one night’s stay and $40 per couple to spend at New York Costumes. Quote code: HALLOWEEN. Minimum stay two nights.

Source: http://go-get-lost.com/top-ten-halloween-happenings-for-kids-their-parents-los-angeles/

9/18/13
The perfect place for star spotting in New York City

When you take a NYC trip, keep your eyes open for some of the most famous faces in the world. From the clusters of luxurious and high profile residences all over the city, to the locations of big-screen films, you may also have the chance to visit the most prestigious TV stations and studios for free.

NYC is fully packed with a lot of celebrities, especially in the midst of Midtown Manhattan, where you will find the Broadway @ Times Square Hotel, where you will be offered a free breakfast and Wi-Fi and the rooms are a mere £82 per person for each night this October.

Just steps from the doors of Broadway @ Times Square Hotel, some of the world’s most iconic stars have homes in Manhattan including Samuel L Jackson, Nicole Kidman and David Bowie. Within a 10-minute walk from the hotel, look out for Matt Damon’s apartment on W 88th Street, Al Pacino near W 79th Street and Bono just off Central Park West.

In addition to the scores of high-profile homes in the city, this year the Big Apple broke its own record for the number of TV shows filmed within the city, including HBO’s ‘Girls’, ‘Boardwalk Empire’ and NBC’s ‘30 Rock’. Hot stuff in Hollywood too, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ featuring Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed in Queens Supreme Court this year while Will Smith’s ‘Winter’s Tale’ (set for release in 2014) was shot in Manhattan Surrogate’s Court.

If finding a film set proves too tricky, go all out and register to watch a TV show for free in one of New York’s famous TV studios. Located on Times Square, just up the road from the hotel, the ABC studios host iconic daily TV show ‘Good Morning America’. Catch the nation’s favourite hosts Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Sam Champion and Lara Spencer film live on weekdays at 7am (though expect to queue from 6am!). It’s always best to reserve a spot online for a free backstage tour.

If early mornings are a little off-putting, register online for tickets to the famous ‘Late Show with David Letterman’. The world-famous late-night comedy show has been running since 1993 on CBS and features celebrity guests and musical acts. Recent guests include Serena Williams, Jake Gyllenhaal and Queen Latifa. The Late Show films on 1697 Broadway at various times in the afternoon and evening throughout the week. Tickets are awarded on a lottery basis.

Stay just a short walk away at Broadway @ Times Square Hotel and enjoy complimentary breakfast and wi-fi. Double rooms start from $254.99 (under £82 per person) plus taxes in 2013. To book visitwww.applecorehotels.co.uk/hotels/broadway-at-times-square-hotel or call freephone 0808 178 6363.

Source: http://www.worldwidetraveldirectory.co.uk/the-perfect-place-for-star-spotting-in-new-york-city/

9/10/13
See Orlando Bloom as Romeo on Broadway

A contemporary stage revival of Romeo and Juliet officially opens on Broadway on 19 September – a Broadway debut for Orlando Bloom, as Romeo.

Produced by five-time Tony nominee, David Leveaux, the play has been well received in preview at the Richard Rogers Theatre for the last fortnight.

To mark the run (up to 24 November 2013), The Hotel @ Times Square has launched an exclusive two-night ‘Shakespeare In Love’ package from US$539.98 (approximately £174 per person), also including $30 towards theatre souvenirs and concessions. Additional nights are available from US$266.69 per room per night.

Located on West 46th Street, just minutes from the theatre, The Hotel @ Times Square provides guests with free amenities, including continental breakfast, Wi-Fi and national phone calls plus use of a fitness suite (open 24 hours a day).

Find out more here or call freephone 0808 178 6363 and quote the code LOVE. Book tickets for Romeo and Juliet.

Source: http://www.101holidays.co.uk/news/travel-deals/orlando-bloom-romeo-juliet-broadway

9/3/13 — webanews.com
September Shenanigans In New York

With nyma, the new york manhattan hotel

Visit New York in September and discover a host of interesting, unusual and high-profile events taking place in the city from book and film festivals to cut-price theatre tickets and an Italian extravaganza, plus rooms start from under £95 per person per night (with free breakfast!) at nyma, the new york manhattan hotel.

Broadway Week: 2 – 15 September

Kicking off today, Broadway Week offers exclusive two-for-one tickets to a huge range of the best selling Broadway shows with until 15 September, including Annie, Wicked, Chicago, The Lion King and Mamma Mia.

Feast of San Gennaro: 12 – 22 September

Attracting more than one million people to its heady streets, the annual Feast of San Gennaro takes place in historic Little Italy. Revellers can enjoy roadside music and colourful parades, food stands and even a cannelloni-eating contest!

Brooklyn Book Festival: 16 – 22 September

Head to the Brooklyn Borough Hall for all things book this September. With a packed schedule of readings and panels on indoor and outdoor stages, plus plenty of local events in cafés, libraries and bookstores, it’s the perfect place for any bookie. Participating authors at the Brooklyn Book Festival include Karen Russell, Jamaica Kincaid and Sam Lipsyte.

New York Film Festival: 28 September – 14 October

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the New York Film Festival is the place to see cutting-edge films before they make it big. Bringing some of the world’s most creative cinema to the city, this year’s offering includes Searching For Jason, a portrait of Jason Holliday filmed in 1967 as well as new film Flight from Robert Zemeckis, starring Denzel Washington.

nyma, the new york manhattan hotel is centrally located in Midtown Manhattan and offers rooms in September from just $294.99 per double room (under £95 per person), along with FREE continental breakfast, FREE child stays for under-12s and complimentary wi-fi. To book, call freephone 0808 178 6363 or visit www.thenewyorkmanhattanhotel.co.uk.

Source:
http://webanews.com/september-shenanigans-in-new-york/

7/19/13
NYC with freebies

SPECIAL
NYC with freebies

Apple Core Hotels:
Celebrate the reopening of the Statue of Liberty with the "Lady Liberty" package at the hotel's two Times Square locations. the package will reimburse up to four "Crown Tickets" (two adults and two children; regularly $12 for kids and $20 for adults) to the Statue of Liberty. Rates start at $224.99 per night and the package is valid through Aug 31. Restrictions apply. To book, call 1-800-567-7720 and use promo code "Lady Liberty."

Source:
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution eDeal Spotter

7/9/13
A NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

ONE is the city that never sleeps while the other is a sleepy seaside resort.

With only a two-hour drive separating the hustle and bustle of New York City from the golden sandy beaches of The Hamptons, they make a perfect twin-centre break.

We started in the city, staying at The Hotel@Times Square in midtown Manhattan, just a ten-minute walk from Fifth Avenue.

Wall Street-bound businessmen in grey suits, trainers and designer sunglasses wove expertly in and out of a sea of shoppers and tourists making their way into Saks and Louis Vuitton.

In the blistering midsummer sun we headed south to Union Square Greenmarket on East 16th Street, where we welcomed the shelter provided by the stalls' multi-coloured awnings.

Launched in 1976 with a handful of producers, Greenmarket now offers produce from more than 140 regional farmers, fishermen and bakers selling everything from ruby red peppers to fish caught in The Hamptons.

After buying a bag of sweet white nectarines we made our way downtown to Tompkins Square Park in the more alternative East Village for an outdoor evening screening of Donnie Darko.

Thirty-something hipsters with thick handlebar moustaches, green anchor tattoos and quiffs swigged red wine from brown paper bags while bare-footed children chased butterflies across the grass.

The sun set behind the screen and cheers from the neighbouring baseball game were drowned out as the film flickered to life.

Before heading home we made a pit stop at Mexican restaurant Dos Caminos in the trendy Meatpacking District.

Don't waste your time on main courses such as enchiladas, which are a little watery.

Go straight for the main attraction - their guacamole, which is so delicious there are internet pages dedicated to guessing what's in the recipe.

The following day we soared 70 floors to the top of the Rockefeller Center to enjoy panoramic views of the city, from Central Park and Harlem right down to lower Manhattan.

After grabbing the best burger I've ever eaten from fast-food joint Shake Shack on Eighth Avenue, we rode the subway north to Yankee Stadium to watch the Yankees take on the Seattle Mariners.

With baseball games lasting an average of three hours, we settled into our nosebleed seats with hot dogs and a vat of Budweiser.

The following day, after a two-hour drive east of New York, the constant hum of 30,000 taxi cabs was replaced by the sound of foaming waves lapping over a 17-mile stretch of golden sand.

We had arrived in the celebrity hangout of East Hampton.

Gwyneth Paltrow is a regular visitor and Jay-Z and Beyonce are rumoured to rent a house here every summer for an eye-watering £40,000 a month.

Our hotel was a little more affordable.

Huntting Inn lies at the heart of Main Street.

With mahogany furniture, walls lined with books and The Palm steak restaurant tagged on to the side, it's no wonder the likes of Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson and Steven Spielberg are regulars.

National Geographic has labelled Main Street the most beautiful in America, each side lined with boutiques and pastel summer homes with grand marble pillars, white picket fences and manicured lawns.

Snow-white swans laze on the village green and thousands of amber fireflies illuminate the evening sky.

Jon Bon Jovi's bar and restaurant the Blue Parrot adds a bit of grit to this otherwise pristine town. The Tex-Mex menu, simple wooden tables and dim lighting make this the perfect antidote to the glitz and glamour.

Next morning a 15-minute walk took us to Hampton beach, passing Ocean View Avenue and Lily Pond Lane. Beatrix Potter couldn't have dreamed up quainter streets.

A group of teenage girls from the Big Apple casually discussed which beachfront houses their parents had rented, while eyeing up the golden-haired, bronzed lifeguards playing volleyball.

Later we headed to East Hampton Point bar and restaurant where we plonked ourselves on the terrace just in time to watch the sun dip into the ocean.

Despite the chino-wearing crowd it attracts, the beer there was the cheapest we'd had all holiday.

The next morning we drove 30 minutes to Montauk, the most eastern point of Long Island which sticks out from the mainland like a pointed index finger.

The area is remote and almost secluded but Montauk Point Lighthouse is worth the drive alone.

After tackling the narrow steps we were granted five minutes alone on a balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

We felt like the only two people alive as the salty air whipped our faces and we gazed into the blue abyss.

It was a world away from the buzzing metropolis.

Source:
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/travel/view/325314/A-New-York-state-of-mind/

7/2/13 — travelchatter.dailymail.co.uk
Manhattanhenge: The sunset spectacle that will light up New York on 12 July

New York is known for many things – the height of its skyscrapers; the glorious diversity of its population; the 24-hour carousel that is its nightlife; the atmospheric clanking noise made by the motion of its subway trains – and is generally referred to as 'the Big Apple'.

But next week will see something else that can be considered big, round and revered take centre stage in the city that supposedly never sleeps. What’s that? Why, the sun.

July 12 – a week on Friday – will witness the latest example of what has been described as 'Manhattanhenge'. The term was coined by Neil deGrasse Tyson, an American astrophysicist, to explain the fact that, on two days each year – roughly three weeks either side of the longest day – the setting sun aligns exactly with the streets of the Manhattan grid (which run roughly east-to-west), creating a phenomenon akin to the annual solstice celebrations at Stonehenge (albeit without the 'zany' mysticism and men in unusual hats).

The magic moment will be 8.23pm. And if you stand on any Manhattan Street (as opposed to Avenue, as these run north-south) with a clear view across the world’s most iconic island, you will be able to follow the dying of the of the day above New Jersey.

Streets recommended by Tyson include 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd and 57th – with 34th and 42nd likely to prove especially photogenic during this particular solar disappearing act thanks to the presences of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building respectively.

Tyson also advises that the further east you stand, the greater the effect – all those tall structures giving the sunlight a frame as it streams down these narrow urban corridors.

For those with a love of statistics, the equivalent pre-solstice sunset was at 8.15pm on 29 May. And the same spectacle occurs in reverse, with the winter solstice and the sunrise over Brooklyn and Queens, on 5 December and 8 January (better wrap up warm for that).

Of course, this celestial extravaganza is not a New York exclusive. It takes place in any city with a symmetrical grid system and an uninterrupted view of the horizon. Thus, you can also experience it in Montreal ('Montrealhenge'; 12 July), Chicago ('Chicagohenge'; 25 September) and Toronto (you guessed it, 'Torontohenge'; October 25). The day varies according to the exact angle of each city's streets (none of these named cities have a grid that is laid out precisely east-to-west and north-to-south). The phenomenon is also more likely to occur in a North American city, where streets and avenues tend to run at right angles, rather than in a metropolis such as London, where the jumble of curved roads and higgledy-piggledy alleyways mean that the sun’s rays never have an unobstructed path.

But New York is perhaps the most famous venue for this heavenly show. Cameras ready.

Where to stay: If you fancy catching Manhattanhenge in person, The Hotel @ Times Square (001-212 719-2300; www.thehotelattimessquare.co.uk) is a solid option – partly because, despite its name, it perches at 59W 46th Street in Midtown Manhattan, meaning that the sun’s antics can be enjoyed on the doorstep. Double rooms from $205 (£135).

More on New York, meanwhile, via the official tourist board guide at www.nycgo.com.

Source:
http://travelchatter.dailymail.co.uk/2013/07/manhattanhenge-the-sunset-phenomenon-that-will-light-up-new-york-on-12-july.html

7/2/13 — travelwithval.com
Daily Deal: Hotels give Statue of Liberty ticket holders a break

The Lady Liberty package being offered by The Hotel @ Times Square and Broadway @ Times Square includes breakfast, a bottle of water per person and reimbursement of crown tickets from Statue Cruises for up to two adults and two children. It is good for stays between July 4 and August 31.

Crown tickets gives visitors access to the Statue of Liberty’s crown, priority entry into the boarding queue, access to the grounds of Liberty Island and, an audio tour of Liberty Island.

Rates start at $224.99 per night, based on double occupancy in a room with a queen bed. Rooms with two double beds go for $251.99 per night, based on double occupancy.

A two-night minimum stay is required and transportation to Battery Park is not included. Children under 13 stay for free when they share a room with their parents.

Tickets to the Statue of Liberty are only available by reservation and can be booked online by clicking here.

Guests staying in a room with a queen bed must present their receipt to the front desk to receive credit to their credit card on file in the amount maximum of $40 per room towards two adult crown tickets for admission to Liberty Island. Those staying in a room with two double beds will receive up to a maximum of a $64 credit towards two adult and two children tickets.

This offer is based on availability and can be booked by calling Apple Core Hotels’ Reservations Department at 1-800-567-7720 or 1-212-790-2710. Mention promotional code “LADY LIBERTY.”

Source:
http://www.travelwithval.com/hotel-stay-includes-visit-to-reopened-lady-liberty/

6/27/13 — LAtimes.com
Daily Deal: Hotels give Statue of Liberty ticket holders a break

As the Statue of Liberty prepares to reopen to visitors on July 4, one Manhattan hotel brand is ready with a Lady Liberty package. The Hotel @ Times Square and Broadway @ Times Square are offering rooms starting at $225 a night that include reimbursement to guests holding sightseeing tickets to the statue's crown.

The deal: The offer favors travelers who already have tickets to visit the statue's crown. (I had a hard time finding times and dates available in late July and early August). The offer requires a two-night minimum stay and is available only by phone when you ask for the Lady Liberty package.

The package comes with daily breakfast, a bottle of water and reimbursement of crown tickets for up to $40 for two adults in a room with a queen-sized bed or $64 for two adults and two children in a room with two double beds (prices start at $252 a night).

When: The offer is good July 4 to Aug. 31.

Tested: I called and found the package available for a queen room July 21-24 and July 28-31 for $225 plus tax. Rooms in the same time frame cost $213 a night plus tax, so for a little more you receive the ticket reimbursement perk. I also found the package available for four from Aug. 2-5 with two double beds for $255 plus tax. Note the package applies only to crown tickets, not just a visit to Liberty Island or the base.

Info: Apple Core Hotels, (800) 567-7720

Source:
http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-new-york-apple-core-hotels-20130626,0,3314838.story

6/25/13 — familytraveller.com
CENTRAL AND AFFORDABLE

Hotel @ Times Square is perfect for first timers who want to see the sights. Located within easy reach of the Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the Theater District, the Museum of Modern Art and Grand Central Station. Plus, children under 12 years stay for free!

Rooms: This super-central hotel offers a deluxe family suite which has two connecting rooms with one king and one queen bed, and a shared bathroom.

Price: From £130 per night per for a family of four. Book your room on the Hotel @ Times Square website.

Source:
http://www.familytraveller.com/travel/10-of-the-best/family-friendly-hotels-in-new-york

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