New York’s apartment-like hotels that are a great alternative to Airbnb

New York’s apartment-like hotels that are a great alternative to Airbnb

Last year was a busy year for Airbnb’s lawyers. In September, they filed a lawsuit against Santa Monica, arguing that a new law making unsupervised short-term rentals illegal violated the United States Constitution’s First and Fourth Amendments. In July, they sued Anaheim, challenging a law that fines short-term rental sites. And in June, they sued the company’s hometown of San Francisco over a law that penalises websites for posting properties by owners who don’t have a city permit. And that’s just in California. The company has hit similar opposition outside the US. Iceland has a new law that means apartments rented out for more than 90 days need a special licence, Berliners can’t rent out their entire flat (only a room), and Amsterdam has banned apartment rentals for more than 60 days a year. AKA Sutton Place Hotel, New York.  Arguably the biggest blow came in October, when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law making it illegal to rent out apartments for fewer than 30 days. If you’re someone who likes the convenience of having a kitchen and the savings that come from self-catering, your options in the Big Apple just dwindled. Or did they? It turns out that several New York hotels already offer apartment-like facilities and many more are jumping on the bandwagon. Here are some worth checking out. AKA AKA has five luxury long-term residences in Manhattan. Its flagship property is AKA Central Park, nestled behind The Plaza Hotel and just one block from the park. The property’s entrance on 58th Street is surprisingly discreet – perhaps because of the many celebrities and high-profile...
Golden Sleeps: New York, Houston and Chicago boast best hotels in US

Golden Sleeps: New York, Houston and Chicago boast best hotels in US

Golden Sleeps: New York, Houston and Chicago boast best hotels in US 969 US hotels scoop gold in Hotels.com Loved by Guests Awards 2017 New York, Houston and Chicago have the most award-winning hotels in the US chosen by guests Reviews out power star ratings as influence of guest reviews is on the rise US hotels named best for LGBT, business, ski, new and family NEWS PROVIDED BY Hotels.com Apr 03, 2017, 12:35 ET DALLAS, April 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — 969 hotels in the US have been revealed as the country’s ultimate hotel hotspots, according to the Hotels.com ®™ Loved by Guests Awards 2017, where the hotel guests are the real judges. New York, Houston and Chicago topped the list of award-winning cities in the US, but travellers can check into prize-winning properties in more than 608 towns and cities across the country. Travelers visiting the Big Apple had plenty of top rated options, with 15 hotels receiving 4.7 stars or higher. The Mark, Hotel Giraffe, The Library Hotel and Baccarat Hotel and Residences New York all received 4.8 stars, with the Q&A Residential Hotel, The Peninsula and 1 Hotel Central Park coming in with a 4.7 star ratings. Down south, Houston travelers were big fans of the SpringHill Suites, which received 4.9 stars. Other options for travelers are Hotel Granduca, which received 4.8 stars, and the Houstonian Hotel, which received 4.7 stars. Chicago visitors had some of the best options, with The Sono Chicago receiving a perfect 5 star rating. Other highly rated options were the Langham Hotel with 4.9 stars and the Talbott Hotel with 4.8 stars. Top...
Q&A Residential Hotel Rounds Out Offering with New Staff and More Amenities

Q&A Residential Hotel Rounds Out Offering with New Staff and More Amenities

(New York, NY) January 30, 2017 – Q&A Residential Hotel today announced key staff and amenity additions.  Recently, hospitality veteran Axel Fischer joined the Q&A team as General Manager, and Julianne Lewis joined as Sales Manager. Hotel amenities received a boost as well, with the completion of fitness center, La Palestra, and new menu items at Black Fox Coffee. City Acres, the two-level organic market, is slated to open this spring. “We’re thrilled to have such a seasoned team managing our hotel”, said Steve Brown, CEO and President of parent company Furnished Quarters. “Additionally, we can now offer guests more with their stay, including a huge luxury fitness and wellness center, gourmet coffee bar that offers breakfast and lunch, and soon guests can shop at a gourmet organic market located right in the building.” Axel Fischer joins Q&A Hotel with more than 15 years of experience in the international hospitality industry.  He most recently served as Hotel Manager for The Chatwal, a Luxury Collection Hotel by Starwood. Prior to that, Fischer’s executive level experience included Assistant General Manager at Dream Downtown and General Manager at Manhattan’s Night Theatre District hotel. Julianne Lewis, a seasoned hotelier, whose last role was with Accor Hotels, has now become part of the team as Sales Manager. Previous experience during her 15 years in the industry includes sales management roles at Interstate Hotels & Resorts, the Denihan Hospitality Group, and Gild Hall. La Palestra, the 21,000 square foot state-of-the-art fitness and wellness center has now completed all construction and is fully open.  Guests have access to top-of-the-line fitness equipment not typically found in most...
How To Stay In A Luxury NYC Hotel For Just $11.25 A Night

How To Stay In A Luxury NYC Hotel For Just $11.25 A Night

How To Stay In A Luxury NYC Hotel For Just $11.25 A Night (New York, NY) November 17, 2016 – Let’s face it: there aren’t too many things in New York City you can get for $11 – these days a sandwich is going to cost at least that amount. But on one special day this month, guests will have the chance to book luxury accommodations at Q&A Residential Hotel for just $11.25. Why? November 25 is Q&A’s first anniversary and Black Friday as well. The first 11 Q&A bookings made on 11/25/16 for dates from November 26, 2016 through December 29, 2017 will go for the low price of $11.25 in honor of this very special date. And, what you get for that is much more than a hotel room—Q&A is a hotel filled with spacious apartments that feel like home—many with separate living rooms, bedrooms, office alcoves, walk-in closets and multiple baths. Each features a full-sized kitchen complete with top of the line cookware–perfect for any upcoming holiday or family NYC gathering. Situated in the heart of Lower Manhattan, Q&A Residential Hotel occupies four floors of the iconic Art Deco skyscraper, 70 Pine. The hotel offers an upscale residential experience, along with a state-of-the-art fitness center, gourmet coffee shop, business center, and concierge services. Each spacious residence, ranging from 500 to 1,400 sq. ft. and huge by New York City standards, includes thoughtful custom-built amenities, such as bespoke furniture and king size beds; smart TVs with streaming capability and extra charging stations and outlets for all of your electronic devices. Disclaimer: Reservations are based on availability and...
Festive Family Vacation Ideas for the Holiday Season

Festive Family Vacation Ideas for the Holiday Season

Festive Family Vacation Ideas for the Holiday Season www.minitime.com/trip-tips/Festive-Family-Vacation-Ideas-for-the-Holiday-Season-article Family vacation ideas for the holidays By Jody Halsted A great family vacation idea for the holidays is indulging in The Breakers Palm Beach resort-wide winter dreamscape. (Courtesy The Breakers Palm Beach) Towering evergreens decked in ribbons and lights. Holiday classics playing in the background as you decorate sugar cookies. Letters to Santa sealed with candy cane kisses. There is really nothing more special than celebrating holidays with kids. It’s so easy to believe in the magic of the season as you watch their eyes sparkle in the glow of twinkling lights or you hear their sweet voices sing along to a favorite holiday song. Add extra enchantment and make new memories this Christmas with these wonderful family vacation ideas filled with the spirit of the holidays. Gift your kids with one of these family vacation ideas this Christmas Take advantage of Q&A Residential Hotel’s family vacation package for the holidays. (Courtesy Q&A Residential Hotel) Enjoy your own Christmas traditions while making memories with the Holiday Bliss family vacation package at the kid-friendly Q&A Residential Hotel in Lower Manhattan. In-room Christmas tree delivery, complete with lights and ornaments, will have the two bedroom apartment feeling like home. After stocking your full size kitchen with traditional favorites from FreshDirect, your family can enjoy an afternoon of ice skating at Brookfield Place. If you still have gifts to buy, don’t fret! Your Worry-Free stay includes a personal shopper experience at Saks Fifth Avenue, ensuring the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Holidays with kids at The Breakers Palm Beach in Florida...