Afternoon Delight in NYC
February 15, 2010 12:07 PM   Subscribe

After months of hot and heavy cyber, and semi innocent face to face encounters, finally having that illicit tryst. For reasons I don't want to get into here, neither of our abodes is an appropriate place to do the dirty.

It's going to be a daytime thing, as we both work nights...but check in times are 3 or 4 pm at most Manhattan hotels. Would be more than happy to pay for a hotel that lets us in starting at noon, but can't find one, or are there any other options?
posted by anonymous to Travel & Transportation around New York, NY (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Do what I do when I'm traveling and am arriving in a city jetlagged and exhausted at 6am - book the hotel for the previous night as well as the "night" you are staying and call the hotel to confirm your really late check-in time. Many hotels offer a discounted rate for the first night for this scenario.
posted by meerkatty at 12:10 PM on February 15, 2010

Most hotels will let you check in before 3 if they have a room available at that time.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 12:31 PM on February 15, 2010

meerkatty has it. Either that or just take the night off.
posted by WeekendJen at 12:34 PM on February 15, 2010

Another option is to set up your tryst so that you meet for coffee or lunch first. Go by yourself a little early and try to check into the hotel; if they don't have a room open, then go get something to eat or coffee. If they know someone wants a room and the previous nights' group has checked out already, they will work to get it ready at the hotel for you ASAP, and you can go back and check in then.
posted by misha at 12:43 PM on February 15, 2010

Mod note: few comments removed - you know where metatalk is.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 12:47 PM on February 15, 2010

Any hotel that is not fully booked the night before should let you arrive at noon if you make the reservation in person, ie over the phone. You need to talk to a human, but "I need to book a room on the 24th with an early check-in" is polite hotel-speak for "and we'll be dropping the keys back at the front desk at 5 PM."
posted by DarlingBri at 12:47 PM on February 15, 2010 [2 favorites]

A friend of mine used to rent a studio space (acting or music or something) in midtown to spend some time with her boyfriend during lunch. Room was entirely enclosed and door locked - perhaps not ideal for a first time tryst, but a cheap option and by the hour. Not sure of the location but could check.
posted by slide at 1:23 PM on February 15, 2010 [2 favorites]

I've done early check in loads of times (when arriving on an early flight). Just phone the hotel, tell them that's what you want, and they'll be fine. Some places charge for early check in (or late checkout), but most don't, in my experience.
posted by handee at 1:27 PM on February 15, 2010 [1 favorite]

Unless the hotel was sold out the night before, a number of hotels will offer day rates on their rooms, you just need to be out of the room somewhere in the range of 5-7pm, depending on policies. Just call around and verify with the front desk staff.
posted by googlebombed at 2:19 PM on February 15, 2010 [1 favorite]

The phrase you want is "day rates." This site has several suggestions for NYC.
posted by ActingTheGoat at 2:36 PM on February 15, 2010 [2 favorites]

If it doesn't offend your sensibilities, there are probably some by-the-hour motels on 9th avenue.
posted by Jon_Evil at 6:29 PM on February 15, 2010

By the hour hotel sounds like what you're looking for.

"On weekdays, $59 ($65 evenings and weekends) will buy you three hours in one of its clean, functional rooms (some of which offer classically prurient mirrored walls and ceilings). Romantic Interlude rooms with hot tubs are yours for an additional $15. The manager points out that all the rooms have six channels of free porn, wide-screen TVs, and “black out” capacity for enhanced privacy."

posted by kathrineg at 6:56 PM on February 15, 2010

The NY Mag piece links to The Liberty Inn which I know is used mainly for this sort of activity. Clean and professional.
posted by the anticipation of a new lover's arrival at 9:08 PM on February 15, 2010

Seconding meerkatty's suggestion. Rather than going to a hotel thats "known" for this, just book two nights at a budget hotel and the place is yours for the day.

If you talk to them about your late check-in in the morning they may give you a 1-1/2 day rate instead of two. Like meerkatty I've done this when traveling on business because you arrive early morning and just NEED somewhere to relax and take a shower.
posted by vacapinta at 6:28 AM on February 17, 2010

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