I'm coming in for a family event and combining it with a long weekend with my husband, 9/19-9/22. Extended family lives or are staying on the Upper Eastside (the Wales) but my husband feels that is farther uptown than he wants to go. That weekend is super expensive but I got a fairly good cancelable rate at The Muse. Then I noticed a Fall weekend rate at the Mela - $269 including breakfast and it says I'm upgraded to a deluxe room. That's significant savings but I'm concerned because a lot of comments say the rooms are really small. We once stayed at the Shoreham and our first room was claustrophobically small - fortunately it wasn't the non-smoking room I requested and they upgraded us to a suite the next day.
I'm open to other areas although my husband doesn't want UWS (did that last visit). I've stayed midtown east by Grand Central and thought it was ok but somewhat boring at night.
We've already done most of the sightseeing/museums/boat cruises so its pretty much just walking the city - will do 9/11 memorial, high line and Chelsea market, see Kinky boots plus finally check out Century 21.
Any opinions or new ideas are greatly appreciated.