We are traveling to NYC 3/20-3/27. Plan to do typical touristy stuff. Looking for a well-situated hotel (or 2 hotels, I am open to moving mid-stay if that makes sense) which has a little elbow room and at least 2 beds + a sofa bed. I don't need super high-end luxury (and can't afford it!), but I love a good hotel and am willing to spend a bit more to get something comfortable and stylish. I would like a bar in the lobby and good restaurants close by. Breakfast included is nice but not a deal maker or breaker. Same with wine hours. I am currently looking at Casablanca, San Carlos and Affinia Manhattan. I am getting rates in the mid $300s at each for a 1 bedroom suite.
Does anyone have a preference between the 3?
Also, does it make more sense to stay put or divide the trip into a couple nights downtown (for Stanton Island, Tenement Museum etc) with remaining 4-5 nights in midtown?