I'm going to NY for 4 days in november this year. I found a very nice 4 star design hotel in Queens called Z Hotel. It offers free breakfest, wifi and free shuttle to manhatan in the morning and pick-up at night. The room seems to be small but greatly furnished and with amazing views to Manhatan skyline. My doubt is if is a good deal staying outside Manhatan, even if the price is $151/day in a queen size room.
This hotel is actually very beautiful. A couple of my friends stayed here while visiting me and it was wonderful. The nice thing is that even though it's technically in queens it's in Long Island City which is almost an extension of manhattan. A lot of young, artistic, creative types live in the neighborhood and it's only one stop on the subway into manhattan!! Takes about 10 min from the hotel to grand central in the city!!! Good luck!! almost 8 years ago