My husband and I will be coming to NYC in September 2013 for 6 nights.
We haven't booked yet though - we're waiting until the new year when we will have the last of our money saved, and can then book our flights and hotel at the same time.
After extensive research we finally found a hotel that ticked our boxes and was also within our somewhat tight budget ($150 a night), which was the Z Hotel in LIS.
I have checked again to see that rooms are still available - obviously that's a risk that we take whilst waiting to book - and there are still rooms for our dates. BUT - they have now gone up by quite a lot, taking us outside of our budget. (About $400 more expensive now total.) This is the case via both the hotel directly and booking.com, which is where I previously found the best price.
So - my question is - is this a normal thing to happen with NYC hotel prices do people know? Is it to do with the fact that we're coming up to Christmas or something? (Although I'm not sure why that would affect Sep next year!) Are the prices likely to drop again in the New Year?