A couple of months ago, I needed a bed for a night in midtown Manhattan, and I couldn't spend more than $250 (before taxes). In a city whose average room rate hovers near $280, this meant I was doomed to squalor, right? Wrong.
Despite the many raves it's gotten on Trip Advisor, I'd never heard of it. (And the hotel didn't know I would be writing anything about it.) But I'll be a repeat customer now.
The Blakely stands between 6th and 7th avenues, about two blocks from Carnegie Hall, four blocks from the Museum of Modern Art or
Oh, and there's more to this tip. The Blakely's concierge pointed me toward a great restaurant for a low-key but sophisticated dinner: La Bonne Soupe (48 W. 55th St.), a busy two-level bistro with a neighborhood feel. That's no small feat when you're on a thoroughly touristed block between the Peninsula and Warwick hotels. Dinner main dishes $16-$36, French onion soup a specialty.