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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

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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

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$ - 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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