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Dreaming of a New York vacation? February is the cheapest month for hotel stays

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(Relaxnews) – If you’re ever in a New York state of mind, consider booking a trip over the next few weeks, as the results of a new study show that January and February are the most affordable months for sleeping in the city.

According to a report from NewYorkHotels.org, visitors can find a double room at a 3-star hotel for about $86 in February.

For a little more, travelers can upgrade to a 4-star property for about $102 a night.

At the other end of the spectrum, visitors on a budget will want to avoid the months of September and October which are the most expensive months of the year: the average nightly rate is more than double that of February at $200 a night for a 3-star room.

Count on spending about $231 during those months if you want to book a room at a 4-star hotel.

For the purposes of the report, midtown Manhattan was defined as the area extending between 59th Street down to 23rd Street.

On a day-by-day basis, New Year’s Eve is the most expensive night of the year, with hotels charging on average $361 and $416 for stays in 3 and 4-star hotels respectively.

Another tip: Hotel rates are highest midweek. Guests who stay from Sunday to Monday, for instance, can save an average of 30 percent less for their room compared to stays running from Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

Meanwhile, the latest figures out of the tourism office showed that the Big Apple attracted a record 58.3 million visitors to the city in 2015 — up 1.8 million from 2014.

Within that number, 46 million visitors hailed from the US, while 12.3 million were international tourists.

The biggest international source markets were the UK, followed by Canada, Brazil and China, which recorded a 14 spike in visits compared to the year before.

Here are the top 10 most expensive days to stay in Manhattan in 2016:

Dec. 31
Oct. 10
Sept. 26
Sept. 29
Sept. 30
Sept. 15
Sept. 28
Sept. 16
Dec. 2
Dec. 5

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