Finding bed and breakfasts in New York Accommodations: Travel services list furnished apartments throughout Manhattan

Travel Q & A

in some of them, you stay alone and fix food yourself, and in others, you share space with a host.

August 18, 1996|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

Are there organizations that list bed-and-breakfast lodgings in New York City?

Here are some services that arrange bed-and-breakfast stays in New York. They all represent traditional arrangements in which guests stay in an apartment or house with the host, with whom they may share a bath, but they also arrange stays in accommodations without hosts -- furnished apartments that guests have all to themselves.

The services listed say the number of available accommodations with and without hosts is roughly equal. They say they have places in all neighborhoods of Manhattan from Tribeca to the Upper West and East Sides, and perhaps some in Brooklyn. They all advise making reservations as far ahead as possible, especially for the fall, October in particular. All prices include continental breakfast; apartments without hosts are usually stocked with breakfast food.

Aaah! Bed & Breakfast, Post Office Box 2093, New York, N.Y. 10108; (212) 246-4000, fax (212) 765-4229, lists more than 70 properties throughout Manhattan. Accommodations with hosts are $55 to $110. Studios without hosts are $90 to $125; one and two bedrooms are $110 to $240.

Bed & Breakfast (& Books), 35 W. 92nd St., Apartment 2C, New York, N.Y. 10025; phone and fax (212) 865-8740. Represents about 50 apartments. Accommodations with host are $85 to $100 a night for two people and $60 to $70 for one. A studio apartment without host is $100 to $120, and a one-bedroom is $130 to $160 (with a sofa bed, one bedrooms can sleep four). Incidentally, the service used to specialize in finding accommodations for people in the publishing field, hence the name.

Bed and Breakfast Network of New York, Suite 602, 134 W. 32nd St., New York, N.Y. 10001; (800) 900-8134 or (212) 645-8134. About 200 accommodations. Bed and breakfasts with hosts are $90 to $100 a night for two, and $60 to $80 for one. Studios without hosts and one bedrooms are $90 to $200 a night.

City Lights Bed & Breakfast, Post Office Box 20355, Cherokee Station, New York, N.Y. 10021; (212) 737-7049, fax (212) 535-2755. About 300 properties. Accommodations with hosts are $75 to $98.50; studios without hosts are $100 to $135; one- and two-bedroom apartments are $135 to $250.

Urban Ventures, Post Office Box 426, Planetarium Station, New York, N.Y. 10024; (212) 594-5650, fax (212) 947-9320. About 600 apartments. An accommodation with host is $35 to $60 a person. Studios without host are $65 to $110, and one- and two-bedroom apartments are $90 to $185.

What kind of weather can I expect in Spain (as far north as Barcelona and as far south as Torremolinos) and Portugal (Lisbon and the nearby coast) in late October?

In Barcelona, the average high in October is 69, and in November it is 62, so in late October, the highs should be in the mid-60s; you can expect the lows to be in the mid-50s. On average, there are nine rainy days in October with 3.4 inches of total precipitation and six rainy days in November with 3.4 inches. (New York has nine days with precipitation in October for a total of 3.5 inches, and nine days and 3.0 inches in November.) In the middle of the country, in Madrid, the high temperature should be about 60 and the low in the mid-40s; there are eight rainy days in October and nine in November, with 2.1 inches and 1.9 respectively.

On the Mediterranean coast in the south, where Torremolinos is situated, late October highs should be around 70 and the lows in the middle or upper 50s. There are five rainy days in October, with a total of only 1 inch and four days in November with 1.1 inches.

In Lisbon the late-October high would average 68 degrees and the low about 55. There are nine rainy days in October with a total of 2.4 inches and also nine in November, for 3.7 inches.

I understand the rock group the Cure will be touring in France in October. I would like to buy tickets for my daughter and her friend, who will be in France then. What is the tour schedule? Is it possible to get tickets from here?

The Cure's Swing Tour '96 does in fact go through France in October and early November. Here is the schedule: Oct. 10, Strasbourg, tickets $37; Oct. 14, Orleans, $31; Oct. 15, Paris, $40; Oct. 26, Lyon, $34; Oct. 28, Marseille, $38; Nov. 3, Toulouse, $37; Nov. 5, Rennes, $33; Nov. 8, Metz, $35; Nov. 10, Lille, $34.

It is possible to buy tickets from the United States; at these three services there should be someone who speaks English. The source with the most outlets is the FNAC ticket service, telephone (33-1) 49.87.50.50. The initials stand for Federation Nationale d'Achats de Cadres, but it is pronounced "fnahk." The service takes all major credit cards except American Express. Your daughter can pick up the tickets at a FNAC outlet in Paris or in another French city, or the tickets can be mailed to you for an additional $6. Otherwise there is no service charge for buying tickets. The FNAC representative will tell you the several locations in Paris and the sites in other cities.

If you want to buy a ticket for the Paris concert and use an American Express card, you can call or fax American Express Voyages, (33-1) 47.77.77.37, fax (33-1) 47.77.78.75, with the concert date and city and the number of your American Express card. You can pick up the tickets at the American Express office at 11 Rue Scribe, in the 9th arrondissement.

Another service that can get tickets for Cure concerts in France is Box Office International, (33-1) 49.95.08.06, fax (33-1) 49.95.04.69. It will mail the tickets to you for an additional charge of $3.80 per order, or you can pick them up at the service's office on the Rue St.-Georges in the 9th arrondissement. (Until someone makes a purchase, the company will not give its exact address or the code to press on the keypad to allow entrance at its front door.) The service takes American Express, Visa and MasterCard.

Pub Date: 8/18/96

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