Btw these prices are kind of steep, but for NYC they're pretty good. Check out the last deal. November 4, 2001 New York Hotels Offer Discounts By SUSAN STELLIN N less than three weeks, New York City kicks off the holiday season with the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the day-after ritual of early-bird shopping and an assortment of concerts, performances and tree-lighting ceremonies. Normally, by now the city would be well into the busiest time period of the year for tourism, generally the three months between mid-September and mid-December. But at a time when things are anything but normal, and tourism ? though picking up ? is still well off its usual levels, New York hotels are offering special discounts and packages to attract visitors. Although most of the offers are subject to availability, which means they may be snapped up as tourists regain confidence in traveling, they offer an unusual array of discounts for what is typically a high-demand season. "I think there are some monumentally good buys right now, and I would expect those would continue right up through the Thanksgiving to Christmas holiday period," said John Fox, senior vice president for PKF Consulting, which specializes in hotels and real estate. Following is a sampling of packages and discounts available. Holiday-Theme Packages While some hotels are merely offering discounted rates, others have put together special packages with holiday or seasonal themes. For example, the Millennium Hotel New York Broadway, at 145 West 44th Street, (866) 866-8086 or at www.millennium-hotels.com, is offering a Millennium Macy's Shoppers Package from Nov. 1 through Dec. 30. For $179 a night, based on double occupancy in a standard room, guests get Continental breakfast for two in the hotel's Restaurant Charlotte and a booklet with coupons for free merchandise and 10 to 15 percent discounts at Macy's Herald Square. Shoppers who spend $35 or more receive a free Macy's tote bag or backpack along with samples and souvenirs. The package is valid Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The hotel also has a Broadway Lights package good through Nov. 25 that includes a room rate of $179 (based on double occupancy), Continental breakfast for two and a full rebate on one theater ticket per night (the published price from a legitimate ticket outlet). The Regency Hotel, on Park Avenue at 61st Street, (800) 235-6397 or www.loewshotels.com, is offering Holidays on Park rates from Nov. 16 to 23 and Dec. 20 to 30. During those times, a "superior" room will be $199 a night (normally $545) and a two-bedroom suite will be $800 (normally $1,320). The Mark Hotel, (800) 843-6275 or www.mandarinoriental.com, at 77th Street and Madison Avenue, began offering a discounted package in October that will continue until March 31. Prices for the Winter Choices package begin at $339 for a "superior" room and go up to $639 for a deluxe suite; the normal price range would be $555 to $925. The discounted rates are based on single or double occupancy and include a full American breakfast for one or two people; late checkout until 6 p.m., subject to availability; use of the health club; and shuttle service to the theater district on Friday and Saturday. The Inter-Continental and Crowne Plaza Hotels in Manhattan, (800) 327-0200 or www.new-york.interconti.com, are offering two special packages during the holiday season. The first, Half-Off New York, is geared toward leisure travelers and is available Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights through Dec. 18. The weekend special offers discounted rates with or without a package of amenities that includes 50 percent off all in-house charges; two free cocktails; and a museum guide from the Museums New York booklet with more than $50 in discounts. Without the package, discounted weekend rates begin at $199 at the Inter-Continental Central Park South, at 112 West 59th Street, $179 at Inter-Continental The Barclay, at 111 East 48th Street, and at $159 at the Crowne Plaza at the United Nations, 304 East 42nd Street; all rates are $20 extra per night with the package. All three hotels, as well as the Crowne Plaza Manhattan, on Broadway between 48th and 49th Streets, are also participating in the chain's national Triple Business Options special, available through Jan. 15. That includes a choice of three extra options, such as a room upgrade, a free full breakfast daily, one free pay-per-view movie, a $5 per night credit toward room-based phone charges, a free beverage or up to two weekend nights at 50 percent off the Triple Business Options rate. Since early October, the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, on Park Avenue and 49th Street, (800) 925-3673 or www.waldorfastoria.com, has offered discounted rooms plus two tickets to any Broadway, Off Broadway or Radio City Music Hall show (except "The Producers" and "Mamma Mia!"). Rates start at $399 a night for the basic package, $435 including a full American breakfast for two, $499 for a hotel suite and $599 for an adjoining Waldorf Towers suite. The Waldorf also has a special Bringing Magic Back to New York package, available Friday evenings, which includes room rates starting at $299 and two tickets to a magic show, with Steve Cohen, at the hotel. Weekend Discounts Rather than putting together special packages, some New York hotels are simply offering discounted rates. At the Omni Berkshire Place Hotel, 52nd Street and Madison Avenue, (800) 843-6664 or at www.omnihotels.com, rooms are $223 a night from Nov. 19 to 28 and Jan. 1 to 19, and $159 from Dec. 21 to 31, with both prices a discount of about 40 percent from normal rates. The Hudson Hotel, on West 58th Street at Ninth Avenue, (800) 444-4786 or www.ianschragerhotels.com, introduced a weekend special in mid-October, which is available through the end of the year, not including New Year's Eve. Guests who pay for one night get a second night free; so those who book for Friday night can stay Saturday free, or pay for Saturday night and stay Sunday free. Rates during this special start at $155 for a standard room and $350 for a deluxe studio. (The special may also be available some weekdays.) Morgans hotel, on Madison Avenue between 37th and 38th Streets, (800) 334-3408 or www.ianschragerhotels.com, and the Royalton at 44 West 44th Street, (800) 635-9013 or www.ianschragerhotels.com, have a stay-two-nights-and-get-the-third-night- free special running through March. It includes rates from $150 a night. Throughout the country, the Marriott hotel chain, (800) 704-8512 or www.marriott.com, is offering special fall weekend discounts of up to 40 percent off weekend rates through Dec. 14. The discounts are available at four hotels in Manhattan for reservations Thursday through Sunday. Rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott Midtown East, on Third Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Streets, and the Courtyard by Marriott Times Square South, on 40th Street between Sixth Avenue and Broadway, are $129 a night; rates at the New York Marriott East Side, on Lexington Avenue between 48th and 49th Streets, and the Renaissance New York Times Square, on Seventh Avenue between 47th and 48th Streets, are $179 a night. ??