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Oh, Get a Room!
Great hotel deals in the city that (even now) never sleeps.

With the tourist industry scrambling to recover from the past few weeks' losses, there's never been a better time to convince your cousins or college pals to make that long-promised trip to the Big Apple — and we're not talking about an invite to crash on your couch. Through the end of the month (and in some cases, throughout the fall), hotels all around town are offering fantastic discounts. Come to think of it: Why not treat yourself to an urban weekend getaway? When you get the bill, just remember that you did it for the economy. — JENIFER VAN VLECK

 

Ameritania: 230 W. 54th St., between Broadway and Eighth Ave., 212-247-5000 or 888-664-6835
A favorite of young, hip international tourists, the Ameritania (home of the groovy Twist Lounge) has rooms with queen-size beds for $99 on weekdays, $118 on Friday and Saturday nights.

Beacon Hotel: 2130 Broadway, at 75th St., 212-787-1100 or 800-572-4969
With spacious rooms and a neighborhood feel, the Beacon is a good value. Through December, single and double rooms are $165 (regularly $180 to $195) and one-bedroom suites are $225 (regularly $250 to $325).

Boutique Hotel Group: 212-894-5200 or 877-847-4444
All five of this company's New York properties — favored by the fashion and publishing crowd — are offering discounts. Book online for the best deals. Some sample weekend rates (weekday rates may be slightly higher, except at the Hotel Wales):
The Franklin, 164 E. 87th St., between Lexington and Third Aves.
Standard room, $179 to $220 (regularly $259); superior room, $199 to $240 (regularly $279)

Hotel Wales, 1295 Madison Ave., at 92nd St.
Standard room, $245 weekends, $215 weekdays (regularly $295); suite, $335 weekends, $259 weekdays (regularly $395)

The Mansfield, 12 W. 44th St., between Fifth and Sixth Aves.
Standard room, $179 (regularly $295); deluxe room, $179 (regularly $355); suite, $199 (regularly $455)

The Roger Williams, 131 Madison Ave., at 31st St.
Superior room, $219 (regularly $300-$320); deluxe room, $239 (regularly $340).

The Shoreham, 33 W. 55th St., between Fifth and Sixth Aves.
Standard room, $255 (regularly $325); deluxe room, $245 (regularly $345-$395); suite, $295 (regularly $395).


Dylan Hotel: 52 E. 41st St., between Park and Madison Aves., 212-338-0500
The Dylan typically charges $350 and upwards per night. But through October 31, double rooms (with either two queen or one king-size bed) are going for $189; executive suites are $230. With the cash you'll save, treat yourself to an exquisite meal at Virot.

Gershwin Hotel: 7 E. 27th St., between Fifth and Madison Aves., 212-545-8000
Through October, this art-filled bohemian haven is charging $129 for a standard room (regularly $179) and $139 for a superior room (regularly $199).

Habitat Hotel: 130 E. 57th St., between Park and Lexington Aves., 212-753-8841 or 800-255-0482
Think of the Habitat — popular with students and budget-conscious Europeans — as a boutique hostel. For a limited time, rooms with shared baths are $79 through $105; rooms with private baths are $125-$135.

Herald Square Hotel: 19 W. 31st St., between Fifth Ave. and Broadway, 212-279-4017
The Herald Square's brand of minimalism isn't exactly Ian Schrager's, but if all you need is a centrally located, no-frills place to sleep, you've got a deal. Their "Support NYC" special rates are expected to be valid through the end of the year: single room with shared bathroom, $60; standard room with private bathroom, $99; double room, $120; triple room, $130.

Hotel Metro: 45 W. 35th St., between Fifth and Sixth Aves., 212-947-2500
At, this clean and modern Garment District hotel, a room with a queen-size bed (single or double occupancy), regularly $195 to $300, is $155 from October 1 through 11 and 17 through 31. Don't miss the unparalleled view of the Empire State building from the roof deck.

Hotel Wolcott: 4 W. 31st St., between Fifth Ave. and Broadway, 212-268-2900
Another Garment District bargain: Through October 15, all rooms, including a junior suite, are $80. Through the rest of the fall, rates are $99 to $129 or $150 through $180, depending on the week.

Howard Johnson Plaza: 851 Eighth Ave., at 51st St., 212-581-4100 or 800-426-HOJO
Through the month of October, weekday rates are running as low as $99; on weekends, expect to pay $109-$129. And what's a measly C note compared to the privilege of saying you've stayed in the Times Square HoJo's? The cocktail lounge is unforgettable, too.

Hudson Hotel: 356 W. 58th St., between Eighth and Ninth Aves., 212-554-6000
The Hudson's best deal is their "Breakfast in the Park" special: single or double occupancy rooms are $199 on weekends, with breakfast included. Good thing: You'll need a sustaining nosh after a night at the Hudson Bar.

Iroquois Hotel: 49 W. 44th St., 212-840-3080 or 800-332-7220
Through October 10, rates are $199 for a superior room (regularly $325), $219 for a deluxe (regularly $425), and $395 for a suite (regularly $625). From October 11 through November 29, rates are $249 for a superior, $249 for a deluxe, and $449 for a suite.

The Lucerne: 201 W. 79th St., at Amsterdam Ave., 212-875-1000
This quietly elegant hotel on the Upper West Side has double rooms for $160 (regularly $265) through October 31. Rates include continental breakfast.

The Parker Meridien: 118 W. 57th St., between Sixth and Seventh Aves., 212-245-5000
Pamper yourself with luxury amenities, 57th Street shopping, and a late breakfast at Norma's. On weekend nights through November 4, rooms start at $285, down from $370.

SoHo Grand: 310 W. Broadway, at Grand St., 212-965-3000
Now's your chance to live your Sex and the City fantasies: Current rates include a deluxe queen room for $199 and a grand room for $259. Regular prices are advertised as $374 to $529.

The Time: 224 W. 49th St., between Broadway and Eighth Ave., 212-246-5252
If your getaway includes a Broadway show, consider staying at this swank Theater District hotel. Current rates are $179 for a superior room (regularly $229 to $279), $199 for a deluxe, and $289 for a one-bedroom suite.

W New York: 541 Lexington Ave., between 49th and 50th Sts., 212-755-1200
Normally $299, a double room here is $199 per night during this weekend and next — which may even leave you with cash to blow on cocktails at Whiskey Blue or Oasis. (Rates are not guaranteed other days, but weekend discounts are common.)

W New York Union Square: 201 Park Ave. South, at 16th St., 212-253-9119
$319 per night may not sound like a bargain, but it is compared with the W Union Square's standard rate of $469 (for a double room). Rates were quoted for this weekend only — even in a recession, expect limited availability at this hot property.