When I was a young whippersnapper with NBC living in Tel Aviv, I'd always try and book my home leave to New York at the Sheraton or the Hilton. They usually had the best prices for midtown and I was intent on accumulating frequent stay points. The idea of choosing an independent hotel was beyond my comprehension.
Of course, I now know much better. And it would be anathema to stay with a chain when we return to the Big Apple for our April 27th screening at the Pioneer Theater (buy tickets ahead of time, there are only 99 seats!). Our trip across the United States last year also taught us the joy of staying with Moms & Pops. New York's big challenge however: the best and most affordable places to stay are booked months in advance.
After much research and following the advice of those who know better on TripAdvisor.com, we came upon West Eleventh, a B&B in Greenwich Village -- ranked third on TripAdvisor...We liked it for the price, the decor, its independence, and most importantly for its location. In Heather's old neighborhood (I was notoriously Upper West Side when I was a NYC resident), next door to Magnolia Bakery (the Chronic-What?-Cles of Narnia). Yes, it's a three-story walk-up, but my top-floor apartment on West 87th Street was up four flights of narrow stairs. So there'll be much sweetness in nostalgia come the end of April. And joy in finding such a great place to stay in Manhattan's nicest neighborhood.