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The HOTELS UNDER $200 List
Abingdon Guest House, 13 8th [12th/Jane] 212.243.5384The two townhouses that make up the Abingdon are over 140 years old. They have wonderfully creaky staircases, and many rooms have wood floors, brick walls and tin ceilings. Much care has been taken to create an inviting, residential feel that is authentically 'Village.' Note that there is no elevator (and as many as four flights of stairs).

Second Home on Second Avenue, 221 2nd [13th/14th] 212.677.3161Again, no elevator, and an unpromising exterior. Within, though, tastefully, if not luxuriously executed guest rooms in different themes (tribal, modern, Caribbean). A find.

Hotel Bedford, 118 E. 40th [Park/Lex] 212.697.4800Comfortable low-to-no-style lodging — if the blah, old-fashioned design doesn't matter to you, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the spacious rooms and fair number of amenities. In a city where hoteliers think nothing of charging a lot and offering little, it's nice to visit a hotel where the equation is reversed.

Broadway Inn B & B, 264 W. 46th [Bway/8th] 212.997.9200Simply designed quarters with a brick-walled lobby looks like the living room of an Upper West Side brownstone. Higher-priced rooms have kitchenettes and microwaves. Good for theatre-goers.

Country Inn the City, 270 W. 77th [Bway/WEA] 212.580.4183What a charmer. Four-poster beds, armoires, flagons of brandy, moose head in the hallway…you get the idea. As English country house as you'll find on the UWS. There's a three-day minimum, they accept no credit cards, no children under 12, and smoking is not permitted. It's a small price to pay for the small price you pay.

The Carlyle, 35 E. 76th [Mad] 212.744.1600. Discreetly glamorous old-world doyenne still packing plenty of star power.

The Four Seasons, 57 E. 57th [Park/Mad] 212.758.5700. I. M. Pei's version of 1930s Hollywood's version of Manhattan. A winning combo of high service standards, for which the Four Seasons hotels are renowned, and stunning public and private spaces.

St. Regis, 2 E. 55th [5th/Mad] 212.753.4500. There may be hotels in town with more gadgets and better views, but none matches the St. Regis for grace and civility. The rooms are little laps of luxury: high ceilings, silk wall coverings, and perfect beds.

Trump, 1 CPW [61st] 212.299.1000. Whatever you think of Trump, it's hard to imagine any New Yorker finding fault with the hotel that bears his name. It is simply beautiful. Rooms with a view over Central Park are the most prized and, on the ground floor, there's Jean Georges.

For a number of years, every time a bell rang, New York got a new boutique hotel. Here are some of the standouts (no bargain hunting here…):
The Bryant Park
The Dylan
The Maritime
The Mercer
60 Thompson
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Book Doctor by Esther Cohen
Oh the Glory of It All by Sean Wilsey
One Shot by Lee Child
Strange but True by John Searles (out in paperback)
Trance by Christopher Sorrentino (out next month)

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