Five Myths and Tips for Purchasing Cheap Flights

Five Myths and Tips for Purchasing Cheap Flights

Myths and Tips for Purchasing Cheap Flights We’ve heard them all: the cheapest flights are sold on Tuesdays; the best time to buy a flight is at the last minute; clearing your browser’s cookies results in cheaper fares. Unfortunately, these myths are all FALSE. There is no specific day of the week to purchase a flight and airlines aren’t desperate to fill empty seats. Here are a few tips to help you find the best, most affordable flights for your next business trip or vacation at Q&A Residential Hotel in New York City. Tip 1: If it seems like a great deal, it is! Do not wait to purchase the flight because chances are the price will increase as time goes on. Tip 2: Book far in advance. Researchers discovered that on average a flight ticket will cost $200 more when booking within seven days of departure. The more time you allow between the date you purchase your flight to the date of your departure, the cheaper the tickets will be. Tip 3: Check other airline prices. Don’t be afraid to shop around as you may find a less expensive flight through another carrier. Skyscanner is a user-friendly, flight comparison website (for domestic and international travel) that won’t plague your computer with five pop-up windows. Tip 4: Flexibility is key. If you live in an area with multiple airports near you, research the cost of flying to your desired destination from each local airport. Or if you’re flexible on which dates to travel, choose a timeframe and browse various flights within those dates. Remember though, if you’re planning on flying to Florida...
Travel Pulse: Q&A Residential Hotel and the Return of Manhattan’s Financial District

Travel Pulse: Q&A Residential Hotel and the Return of Manhattan’s Financial District

By Charu Suri If you had visited the Financial District after hours on any given day — even a few years ago — you would have felt that it resembled some sort of gilded morgue, with its pristine bank buildings, restaurants and even grocery stores shuttered past 6 p.m. (the bankers work well into the night, but that’s another story). But today, the Financial District is actually trying — and succeeding in spades — to be quite trendy, hip and relevant. It’s not just the opening of Brookfield Place (formerly known as the World Financial Center) but also the hotels, restaurants and retail stores that are adding color and a homey vibe to a formerly sterile patch of Manhattan. One of the shape-shifting hotel players on the scene is the Q&A Residential Hotel, whose CEO, Steve Brown, has had a forward-thinking vision of both the space and the district as a whole since it was established last year. The hotel, which has 132 apartment-sized suites, is also in the very distinguished former AIG building, with its gleaming marble tiles. To be accurate, although most people know it as the AIG building, it is the former Cities Service Building, which was purchased by AIG in the 1970s. “We had the opportunity to be a part of the iconic skyscraper 70 Pine, a 66-story art deco landmark, which was a big draw,” Brown said. “Additionally, Q&A Residential Hotel is located in the heart of the thriving Financial District, in close proximity to most subway lines. It’s also near the downtown waterfront, exceptional shopping, and sightseeing musts and more, all located in...
5 Best Breakfast Spots in Lower Manhattan

5 Best Breakfast Spots in Lower Manhattan

Where to Breakfast in FiDi  In an area heavily populated with corporations and mistakenly known for its empty streets, it’s difficult to find a great breakfast spot in Lower Manhattan. Fear not, there are 5-star reviewer-rated breakfast joints all within less than 10 minutes walking-distance of Q&A Residential Hotel. Here are some top foodie breakfast favorites: Pearl Diner, 212 Pearl Street, New York, NY Located 3 blocks from Q&A, this iconic diner serves traditional breakfasts such as western omelets or pancakes with bacon. Leo’s Bagels, 3 Hanover Square, New York, NY One cannot visit NYC and not have a classic, hand-rolled bagel with schmear. Leo’s Bagels is located right around the corner from Hanover Square. Whether you need something quick or you want to sit down, the aroma of fresh bagels will have you coming back for more. Les Halles, 15 John Street, New York, NY One of the two locations in Manhattan, Les Halles is conveniently located 7 minutes walking distance from Q&A Hotel’s front door. The fare is a compilation of the best classics from the brasseries in Paris making it the perfect spot to sit down and enjoy brunch. French Café Gourmand, 9 Maiden Lane, New York, NY Dine in or carry out, this French-inspired restaurant offers everything from croissants to Croque Monsieur. Head down Maiden Lane and you’ll find this hidden gem before you hit Broadway. George’s Restaurant, 89 Greenwich Street, Mew York, NY Just under a 10 minute walk from the hotel, George’s restaurant truly captures the atmosphere of the Downtown Manhattan area. With over 100 different egg dishes and their most notable ‘Croissant...
Hotel Living in a New Era

Hotel Living in a New Era

Q&A Hotel App As the travel industry moves further into the technology arena, Q&A Residential Hotel is staying ahead of the game with new and innovative tools to advance your experience visiting our hotel. While staying at Q&A, guests are encouraged to download the Q&A Hotel App (free and available for all iOS and Android devices) to access all hotel and stay related information. Improve your stay at Q&A with these cool app features: Access to Hotel and Stay Related Information As a part of our green initiatives, the information normally found in a guest room binder or folder is now contained in the app. Whether you need to find out the check-out time or pet policy, simply open the app, click “The Hotel” and instantly gain access to all hotel and facility information. Since Q&A is an aparthotel with a full kitchen, the app provides step by step instructions on how to operate and troubleshoot any issues with the appliances in your suite. If you’re still experiencing difficulties, you can call the front desk from inside the app and speak with someone directly. Submit Requests When visiting Lower Manhattan for work or pleasure, it’s likely you’ll be on the go. By utilizing the Q&A app, you can submit a housekeeping or maintenance request in less than one minute. Q&A also provides expert concierge service available through your mobile device at a touch of a button. Submit a request or call instantly through your phone to speak to a live person. Transportation New York City is a big place and easy to get lost in. By using the app,...
Visiting the World Trade Center Transportation Hub

Visiting the World Trade Center Transportation Hub

While exploring downtown, you may have passed a large white, rib-like structure buried in construction fences and wondered what could it be. On March 4, 2016 the $4 billion World Trade Center Transportation Hub in Downtown Manhattan officially opened its doors to the public. Representing a child releasing a dove, this 911 memoriam stands over 160 feet tall nestled in the heart of the World Trade Center complex. Unlike your typical transportation station, the Oculus’ sleek modern interior is covered in white marble with steel beams all enclosed by glass creating an uplifting space full of light and movement. Inspiring hope to those who stand underneath this marvelous architecture, some have referred this space to the “public’s cathedral.” Designed by Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava, it is the world’s most expensive train station and by far the most unique. There are a few different ways to experience this marvelous structure. If you’re passing through WTC PATH station from New Jersey, as you leave your respective track, look for the long row of turnstiles near the central staircase to access the center of the Oculus. From the outside, head down Vesey Street towards the PATH entrance but before you enter the station, turn left down construction alley and follow the signs to the Oculus. Or, head underground through the West Concourse of One World Trade Center to the doors on the upper level marked “PATH Train: Fare Zone Only.” You will then notice turnstiles next to an elevator and staircase. Ascend down either and you will find yourself deep in the Oculus. This grandiose building not only serves as excellent Instagram...