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SSMAC: Good New York Hotel Rates for Veterans

By July 17, 2008

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The Soldiers', Sailors', Marines', Coast Guard and Airmen's Club is located in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan, and offers rates as low as $25 per person a night for active military cadets; Retired Military, Widows/Widowers of Retired and Veterans pay $55 per person a night (reservations require a valid credit card). The SSMAC is non-profit club and therefore not affiliated with the federal government. It receives no grants or subsidies. They operate at about a $300,000/yr. deficit and depend on tax-deductible individual donations beyond the room revenues. Check their Web site for eligibility requirements. You'll find that if you serve or have served in the U.S. armed forces, you can stay in New York for a fraction of the going rates on Manhattan hotel rooms.
July 24, 2008 at 2:45 pm
(1) AJ says:

I’m a native Brooklynite living in the DC metro and I always stay here when I come up to NYC. Its clean, safe, comfortable, and they have a small galley-style kitchen where you can store your groceries and fix a bite to eat before heading out every morning. You can’t beat the surrounding neighborhood either. The staff is friendly and can answer any of your questions. Well recommended.

July 24, 2008 at 3:12 pm
(2) Mark says:

Thanks for the comment, AJ. I am glad to hear there is a place like this to honor those who have served (or are serving).

September 8, 2008 at 1:58 pm
(3) S.L. Butcher says:

Close to Grand Central Station and in a good neighborhood, SSMAC is a terrific bargain. I always stay there when in NYC; do wish there was an elevator, but the price, clean showers, and kitchen make it all the better. Desk staff have been especially nice.

May 16, 2009 at 6:46 pm
(4) Frances says:

If you stay here, understand that the place is nasty, and the bathrooms are located down the hall. The showers are located in a different area that the toilets. I am an active duty 02 , with my husband, we paid $120 a night. We also stayed in the “deluxe” room at the cost of $150 a night. The rooms were nasty, icky, and the beds were worn-out. The front desk gals were rude. Checking in was a process that lasted 30 minutes.
I don’t understand how the other reviewers could report such a glowing report. The showers are moldy, and the shower-heads remind me of summer camp.
If you do stay here, I would recommend that you take shower shoes, your our towels, and a pillow…oh also some lysol.
I think next time we are going to try our luck on price-line.
The location was wonderful, and we did have a delightful time visiting NYC.

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