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I will be sailing from New York City in December on a Holiday cruise, and, I'd like to take advantage of coming in a few days early to enjoy everything the city has to offer during Christmas.  I'd like a good, centrally located hotel that will allow me to go shopping and yet have easy access to Radio City Music Hall and Broadway.  I prefer 3.5 to 4.5 star hotels, and, I'd like to keep the price under $450 per night including taxes and fees.  What do you suggest?  Thank you in advance.

Michael, Mayfair, London, UK

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Hi Michael,

Pricing in December varies greatly, and, generally speaking the closer to Christmas Day you arrive, the lower the hotel prices.  Why?  Because most people do not make NYC a destination for Christmas Day, instead, it is a pre-Christmas destination for shopping.  Since you didn't provide exact dates, the following recommendations are based on December 18, 2012 - December 22, 2012:

InterContinental New York Barclay
111 East 48th Street    
http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/NYCHA

Hilton New York
1335 Avenue of the Americas    
http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-york/hilton-new-york-NYCNHHH/index.html

New York Marriott East Side
525 Lexington Avenue
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/nycea-new-york-marriott-east-side/

Sheraton New York Hotel
811 7th Avenue
http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=4

The Michelangelo Hotel
152 West 51st Street    
http://www.michelangelohotel.com/en/home.aspx

Hope this helps!  Enjoy your stay and enjoy your cruise!    

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