Location: 33 W. 37th St., New York, N.Y.
Drive time: Two hours.
The scoop: Just opened in late 2009, this 20-story boutique hotel is located within easy walking distance of Times Square, Broadway, the Empire State Building and other popular Manhattan attractions. The luxe lobby features a water wall, and the contemporary rooms are the perfect balance of comfy and chic.
Cost: Special March rates range from $229 to $279 for a standard king or queen room. Standard rates $259 and up.
Amenities: Complimentary “European-style” buffet breakfast featuring pastries and bread, charcuterie, cheeses, and all kinds of cereals. Savor the spectacular city skyline from the Top of the Strand rooftop bar and lounge, with its retractable glass ceiling and walls.
Don’t miss: Get the lowest rates ($229/night, double occupancy) Sunday-Monday or Monday-Tuesday through March 16.
Contact: (212) 448-1024, thestrandnyc.com