The soon to open Sanctuary Hotel in Times Square, New York is offering rates from $149 – $249 as part of a dress rehearsal to allow guests to discover the hotel before it actually opens next year.
This by itself isn’t unique, but there are a few details about the Sanctuary that make it a little bit more interesting. For starters, the hotel is still currently operating as the Portland Hotel, which bills itself as the best cheap hotel in Times Square.
But the new and about to open Sanctuary is not really an economy hotel, and will be charging nightly rates from $400. Since the hotel has been in this state of transition for quite some time now, it’s like they’re permanently stuck in some kind of twilight zone between being a cheap hotel in New York and a more upscale one.
It’s not really a bad thing, since the hotel has been nice enough to offer these dress rehearsal rates on and off. So guests will get to stay in a brand new hotel with an illuminated glass floor lobby and plush guest rooms with flat-screen television sets and crystal chandeliers for rates that one would normally pay at a cheap dump. Read More »