I’m partial to Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites. Both are Holiday Inn, so they offer Priority Club points.
They also offer free laundry (at the ones I’ve stayed at anyway; 8 in total). They have a free hospitality dinner Monday through Friday (free grub, beer, wine-- some nights the grub is only cheese and crackers, others it’s hamburgers, hotdogs or fajitas). They also offer weekly and longer-term rates.
Good Internet offerings, a little store in every hotel (honor system), a kitchenette so you can cook, and great cable (not the typical hotel cable with only 13 channels, 3 of which are ESPN and 6 of which are cable news).
I think the closest Staybridge/Candlewood Suites to NY is in Jersey City though.
Not a big fan of the Holiday Inn Selects; Holiday Inn Express offers free continental breakfast, though. On the higher end of the scale, the Crowne Plaza is a pretty sweet stay.
Homewood Suites and Courtyards are nice too. I’m just partial to the free laundry at the Candlewoods and Staybridges.
So I guess I’d recommend a Courtyard/Homewood/Candlewood-type hotel. It feels less “hotely” and they usually offer free food, and the desk people are usually nicer.
I’ve become somewhat of a hotel snob thanks to my job. I went Platinum in the Priority Club in 4 and half months this year. Which means I spent near $6000 at Holiday Inn hotels at the state-employee rate as of mid-May. And I didn’t even stay at Holiday Inns exclusively.
Home? What’s that?