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Curbed's Hotels Week Starts NOW! Plus, A Chance To Win $500

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Pack those bags and get ready for a five-day trip through New York City's hotel scene—Curbed's second annual Hotels Week begins right this second. We'll be going inside Midtown's classiest new hotel, taking a look at the most extravagant amenities (diamond ring, anyone?), and finding hotel rooms that won't break the bank. Plus, we will round-up the best hotels for pet-lovers, the hottest swimming pools, and the loveliest bed and breakfasts. And of course, we'll update the Hotel 18 to answer the question "Where should I stay in NYC?"

As always, we're open to your tips and suggestions. Do you have a hotel horror story? Are you watching a new hotel rise in your neighborhood? Is there a crazy amenity that we should know about? Please send your stories, tips, and photos to the tipline or leave a comment on the site.

This year, for the first time ever, there's also an Instagram contest worth $500 to sweeten the pot. Have an awesome hotel photo to share—perhaps one with spectacular interiors or architecture? (Exhibit A: the photo below.) The steps are as follows:

1. Follow @curbeddotcom on Instagram.
2. Instagram your hotel photo, and be sure to tag @curbeddotcom in the caption.
3. On Thurs., March 27, we'll re-gram our favorites (and publish them here on the site).
4. On Fri, March 28 at 4 p.m. EST, the photo with the most "likes" will be crowned as the winner, earning its photographer a $500 gift certificate to a hotel of their choice.

For those who have a not-so-beautiful experience at a hotel, we want to hear about those horror stories, too. Tweet using #hotelsweek—we'll be mining the hashtag for the best and brightest tales.

Away we go!

· Hotels Week 2014 [Curbed]