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Friday, January 21, 2011

Cheap New York hotels: Big city romance, small-town prices

Enjoy the relaxing and romantic lounge at the Renaissance New York Hotel 57.

By Susan Johnston

Your love may not cost a thing, but Valentine’s Day can definitely set you back a few bucks. With these three cheap New York hotels, you’ll set the stage for your dream romantic getaway without forcing you to take an extra job.

1. Renaissance New York Hotel 57
Guests rave about this hotel’s high-quality accommodations and prime Manhattan location. Take a quiet stroll through Central Park or show-off your musical tastes with a performance at Carnegie Hall, all found nearby. The recently renovated Renaissance New York Hotel 57 retains much of its classic charm with birch wood paneling and stunning architectural details. It also includes modern amenities like fitness and business centers, high-speed Internet and babysitting services.

2. Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel New York City
The Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel New York City is the perfect place to impress your special someone. With retro 1960s details and modern conveniences like high-speed Internet and a full-service business center, you may decide to stay in for the night. Why stay in, though: You’re in the Big Apple and within walking distance of numerous Broadway theaters and the fashionable shops of Park Avenue.

3. Hotel Mela
Travelers desiring the convenience of Times Square without the crowds and noise will love Hotel Mela. This 228-room hotel is one block from Times Square and features a tranquil décor inspired by the colors of nature, deluxe plush mattresses with Egyptian cotton sheets, flat-screen TVs and complimentary wireless Internet. Impress your date with your lingual skills by conversing with the multi-lingual staff.

Don’t let your bank account hold back your inner Casanova! Plan a Valentine’s Day to remember at one of these high-end New York hotels.

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Susan Johnston is a freelance writer based outside of Boston. She visits New York City at least once a year and loves trying out new restaurants, attending Broadway shows and strolling through Central Park.

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