A spot of retail therapy may go some way towards curing your post-Christmas blues – combine it with a trip to New York, free kids admission to Broadway shows and a stay at The Hotel @ Times Square during New York Restaurant Week and your melancholy will evaporate altogether.
Trekking around the new year sales for bargains is sure to work up an appetite; thankfully 250 restaurants across the city participate in New York Restaurant Week, which offers gourmet experiences at give-away prices. Celebrating its 20th year this winter, the twice-yearly event has gone from strength to strength, extended to four weeks due to such high demand from locals and visitors! The event takes place between 16 January and 10 February 2012 (Monday thru Friday) Thrifty travellers can grab a three-course lunch for just $25 or $35 for dinner, allowing visitors to sample some of the best food in the city at a fraction of the menu price.
Sales across the city mean mega deals can be found in designer shops and the smallest boutiques. Savvy shoppers from outside the US can pick up international visitor discount cards at iconic department stores, such as Bloomingdales and Macy’s – just visit their customer service counters with photo ID in hand.
And the fun’s not all for the grown-ups… Between 5 and 9 February, children (aged six to 18) can get free admission to Broadway shows when accompanied by a full-paying adult. Shows include Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia, Spider Man and Sister Act… amongst others. The adult ticket price also includes free entry to Madame Tussauds on 7 February. http://kidsnightonbroadway.com/kids.php
Situated in the heart of Manhattan, just minutes from Fifth Avenue, Broadway and many central restaurants is The Hotel @ Times Square. The perfect base for shoppers, theatre buffs and food-lovers, this budget-friendly hotel offers complimentary continental breakfast, wi-fi and phone calls nationwide. What’s more, children aged 12 and under stay for free!
Prices in January and February start from just $134.99 per room per night (based on two sharing). To book, visit www.thehotelattimessquare.com
New York’s first-ever Hotel Week features discounts for select city hotels between January 6 and January 15. More basic hotel rooms, or those slightly off the beaten path, can be found for as little as $100 per night plus taxes, while fancier rooms can go for $200 or $250 per night — still a deal by city standards. There isn’t a central website or phone number to book Hotel Week rooms. Always mention Hotel Week when booking and know that these specific discounts are limited.
Other affordable hotels participating include…
the nyma, the new york manhattan hotel (212) 790-2710.
The Pod Hotel (212) 355-0300
Z NYC Hotel (Queens) (212) 319-7000