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The Cheeriest Holiday Decorations at New York City Hotels, 2018 Edition

What’s the best way to thwart the darkness this winter? Light it up!

New York’s hotels seem especially merry and bright this holiday season. Even construction scaffolding is embellished. Maybe it’s the easy availability of LED lights. Or the primal urge to out-decorate the competition. Or perhaps it’s just a simple desire to drum up some cheer.

Can’t come to New York to see what’s aglow? Here’s a sample of what’s on view at Manhattan hotels Downtown, Uptown and in the middle.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Overnight New York! Read more

Who’s Afraid of the Dark? Not These Chic New York Hotel Hallways

A bright room number against a dark wall

A bright room number against a dark wall

Hotel hallways are a scene setter, a visual amuse-bouche before you dig into your room. You rarely notice them unless they’re battered or dingy or film noir scary. Usually they’re white or beige, some variant of pale.

But we’re seeing a darkening trend, walls bathed in gray, charcoal or to cut to the chase, black. The Refinery Hotel and NYLO New York are two less-than-a-year-old New York boutique hotels with dark halls. (The 11-year-old Maritime was an early adopter, sporting midnight navy halls as was the Royalton with deep gray.) Read more

Want to Pay $100 for a New York City Hotel Room?

Central Park after dark.

$200 a night: Central Park view at The Roger.

You’ll have to come to town in January.

But 12 hotels are offering rooms for $100 during the third annual New York Hotel Week, January 3 through 12, 2014.

Another $100 gets you 14 hotels in a spiffier range. And for $300 you can sample a pair of boutique hotels normally in the $400-plus range. Can Brooklyn Hotel Week be far behind? Read more

10 NYC Hotels to Check Out Before the Holidays Check Out

I finally got around to seeing the year’s top fashion documentary Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel.  In the spirit of her fabled Why Don’t’ You lists that spiced up an earlier iteration of Harper’s Bazaar, I offer Overnight New York’s Why Don’t You: the NYC Hotel holiday version. Here’s what to see and do at New York hotels while the holidays are still humming. Read more

Hotel Week NYC Returns January 4 to 20, 2013

The library at the Library.

January is the slowest of slow seasons in New York. And small wonder. The weather is dreary, days are still dark, and the holiday fizz has gone flat.

In short, it’s the perfect time to come to New York if you’re looking for deals. Read more

7 New York Hotel Libraries That Make You Want To Curl Up With A Book

Books at the Library Hotel

Books at the Library Hotel

I love hotel libraries, book-lined havens – or at the very least, a cozy room with a couple of well-stocked shelves – where you can climb into a big, squishy sofa or club chair. Sure, you can byo, but half the fun is discovery – that obscure novel you missed, a travel or photography book you’ve never seen or a Dutch design magazine you didn’t know existed. Read more

7 Hotels That Spin It For Bike Riders

New York isn’t Amsterdam. But since 1993, the addition of 100 miles of greenway paths has changed life for bike lovers. We wouldn’t recommend plowing into midtown traffic unless you’re Tour de France fit  – or a bike messenger. But the city’s growing network of bike lanes offers savvy riders a fun, pollution-free way to get from Point A to Point B and take in the sights that whirl by.

These five properties (plus bonus mentions) lead the growing band of hotels that house bikes to lend or rent to guests. (Condolences to the Hotel Gansevoort Meatpacking District, whose fleet of Puma bikes was stolen and, as of this writing, has not been replaced). Read more

Stuck With Thanksgiving Leftovers? Turkey + Gravy + Cranberry Sauce = Pizza at the Maritime Hotel’s La Bottega Restaurant

What to do with that leftover turkey, gravy and cranberry sauce sitting in the ‘fridge? If you run an Italian restaurant, there’s an obvious solution: make pizza. Read more