By Terry Trucco
It’s cold, snowy and dark. Why would anyone want to come to New York in January and February?
Because it’s cheap. And oddly friendly. The city’s dearest restaurants are thrilled to give you a table (sometimes). You can score tickets to any Broadway show you want. And if the snow and fog subside, this is a splendid time to take in the view from the top of the Empire State Building without standing in line for hours.
Besides, you can’t go ice skating in Central Park — or at The Standard hotel — in May.
You can’t get a room at the Paramount, One UN and the SoHo Grand for much under $300 or $400 in May either, but I just found late January rooms for $104, $135 and $239 respectively.
This is the ideal time to check into that hotel you’ve always wanted to call your own for a night — the one with the sybaritic comforts, hip vibe or spectacular views — but abstained so as not to take out a second mortgage.
And today and tomorrow (January 6 and 7), a flash sale at New York’s Marriott hotels means you can lop off as much as 20 percent on already good rates for rooms through April 30, 2015 at The Algonquin, Marriott Marquis, JW Marriott, Renaissance hotels, the Marriotts on the East Side, Downtown and in Brooklyn and countless Courtyards, Residence Inns and Springhill Suites sprinkled around town.
What can you expect?
W Marriott Essex House New York
Jan 9 Normal rate $249. Sale rate $199
Jan 23 Normal rate $299. Sale rate $239
Feb 13 Normal rate $449. Sale rate $359
New York Marriott Marquis
Jan 16 & 23 Normal rate $259. Sale Rate $207
New York Marriott Downtown
Jan 23 Normal Rate $179. Sale rate $143
Book reservations online or by calling 1-800-228-9290 and using promotional code ADV. Save money. And who knows? The sun may shine.