Frequently asked questions
There is a total of 768 hotels that are currently open and operating in New York City.
Last Updated Jan 30, 2019
Results from STR’s 2018 HOST Almanac indicate that U.S. hotel industry revenues topped an estimated $208 billion in 2017. New York City contributed $11 billion.
NYC hotel operators are required to charge a number of taxes and fees, which make local hospitality regulations more complex and less uniform than others leveled throughout the U.S.
- NYC hotel room occupancy tax of 5.875%;
- NYC hotel room occupancy fee of $2/room for rooms priced at $40 or more;
- New York State hotel unit fee of $1.50/day, which is reported and remitted on the quarterly sales tax returns.
Accounting for these taxes and fees can present difficulties and nuances for hotel operators. While this seems small on a standalone basis, costs can add up over time.
According to the report by the Office of The New York State Comptroller, the industry contributed $1.8 billion in tax revenue to the City in fiscal year 2015, more than twice the 2006 amount.
According to the report by the Office of The New York State Comptroller, In 2015, industry employment in New York City reached a record 50,100.
- An entire apartment or home rented to visitors to visitors on a transient basis i.e. for less than 30 days; However, an apartment owner/renter (subject to their building restrictions and laws) can have up to two paying guests for less than 30 days provided each such guest has unobstructed access to every room and to each exit within the apartment and the right to use at least one bathroom.
- The legal occupant of the apartment must be present during the guests’ stay if it is for less than 30 days; and no key locks may be installed on any internal door as all occupants in the premises need to maintain a common household. Please note that New York State law also prohibits the advertising of an apartment in a Class A multiple dwelling (generally, a building with three or more permanent residential units) for rent for any period less than 30 days. Fines for doing so range from $1,000 to $7,500, and will be issued to the person who posts the advertisement.
- Guests and visitors staying in illegally rented apartments run the risk of being denied used of the facility as a consequence of enforcement action by New York City authorities.
Visitors looking to submit a complaint regarding an illegal hotel may either call 311 or click on the following link.
Whether you shop in Soho, or dinner in West Village, it’s not always easy to navigate New York City.
Below are some of the top apps and websites for getting around the Big Apple. Some are for avid public transit users, cab takers, and one solely focused on Central Park.
This live bus-tracking app shows you the location of actual buses on NYC streets, with green arrows on a real-time street map updating their location. This free app helps you know whether it’s worth waiting or if a walk might be quicker.
iTrans NYC Subway
This app finds the fastest route between any two New York City subway stations, taking into account current schedules and service changes. iTrans NYC Subway provides users with detailed maps and walking directions, and even works off-line.
MTA Subway Time
Track your train with this app, which provides live, up-to-date schedules for the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and L trains. Users can find nearby stations and receive alerts about any service delays to select lines.
This app provides you with schedule information based on the closest transit options near you; it includes everything from the bus to the subway to the PATH train and even Uber availability. Even better, this app travels well as it can be used in other participating US cities like Los Angeles, Boston and Washington DC.
MTA’s Trip Planner is a handy way to plug in your location and destination and find options for the quickest way between the two. You can add in personal preferences, like the maximum amount you’d be willing to walk.
Uber took the car-service world by storm with its system of quick pickups by licensed, independent drivers. Get a fare quote, connect with your driver and let the automated system do the rest.
Have you ever found yourself standing on the subway platform on a Sunday night, tapping your foot frantically only to find out there was work planned on your line? Well, the Weekender app is your guide to getting around NYC when construction alters your weekend subway service. The app displays all service changes so riders can navigate around diversions.