Why Stay in TriBeCa?

September 1, 2006 at 2:28 pm 2 comments

TriBeCa is a trendy section in Lower Manhattan – restaurants, shops Stella -- An upscale bedroom furnishings shop on West Broadway in TriBeCaand, of course, its annual film festival is well known. Chinatown, Soho, Little Italy and the financial district (Ground Zero) are all within walking distance. Last year, we stayed at the Clarion Solita Soho, in the Chinatown/Little Italy area. It was a terrific hotel at a terrific price. All new and modern. Great down bedding. Euro-style bath fixtures. Chic. But their rates went up significantly this year – maybe close to $100 more than we had paid – and I decided to explore other options. We stayed at the Cosmopolitan Hotel on West Broadway and Chambers. About $189 for two double beds. It’s an older building that’s been One of the many pocket parks in TriBeCanicely renovated. Not fancy. Clean and neat. Our bathroom was brand new. Worked quite nicely for our stay. (Although the lobby and halls smelled of mothballs, our room did not.)

Shuttle, Cab or Car Service?
Being a central location, we could easily store our luggage there on the last day of our trip and easily return to pick it up. However, it was at this time that I regretted not getting a roundtrip shuttle ticket for the The Mysterious Book shop around the corner from our TriBeCa hotelairport. At the time we were departing, the clerk suggested that cabs would be hard to find. I asked him if he could call a towncar for us. Inside the Mysterious Book Shop(The desk clerk at the Clarion last year arranged for a towncar – really a Lincoln Towncar – to pick us up. Cost far less than a cab. A nice way to travel.) He said they worked with one service and that it would be a $60 flat fee to Newark – less than a cab. We should have known something wasn’t quite right when the clerk told us the driver was the guy in jeans and a black t-Flowers and storefront landscaping is everywhere in TriBeCashirt. He drove a black SUV – cracked windshield, broken seatbelt latches, dirty car. Seemed more like somebody’s brother-in-law who maybe drove for a car service on the side. The receipt he gave me said Deborah car service. He charged us $70, not $60. Said he didn’t know anything about what the hotel clerk may have told us. (I did e-mail the hotel manager about this, but received no response.)

When we did cab it – to a Broadway show or down to the Staten Island Ferry, the fares were reasonable and the cabbies friendly and helpful. It was always easy to step into the street and hail a cab.

NEXT: Designer Purses (or not) on Canal Street

TIP:
1)Need a private bath? When looking for a hotel in New York, be sure to inquire if your room has a private bath. Don’t be surprised. Many “boutique” hotels are in older buildings with one bathroom on a floor.
2)The Leo House. Though we haven’t stayed there, the Leo House was highly recommended by two women sharing our shuttle from the airport. They visit New York every year for a getaway to take in Broadway shows – both live in Nova Scotia. It’s inexpensive, clean and really a Catholic retreat house on West 23rd Street in New York that rents out rooms and serves breakfast.

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  • 1. Mary Jo  |  September 1, 2006 at 3:05 pm

    And don’t forget — when you have a central location, the subway can be an easy and inexpensive way to get around. It’s also a good chance for people watching.

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  • 2. Candi  |  September 16, 2006 at 12:12 am

    “And don’t forget — when you have a central location, the subway can be an easy and inexpensive way to get around. It’s also a good chance for people watching”

    and there is no better form of transportaion in the city IMHO.

    I always buy a 7 day metrocard, even if staying only for a few days shy of the 7 days. it works for MTA buses too, and there are convenient buses right outside luggage claim at LaGuardia. I hand off my metrocard at the end of a the trip to someone on the on the way back to the airport. it is worth any amount of money to see the smile of a young mother of three know that one less expense would be taken out of her budget, if only for 3 days

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