Post # 1
We’re thinking of honeymooning in NYC and I’m wondering if anyone has any advice for hotels. The cheapest I’ve seen in Manhatten is still $200 a night, there are cheaper rates outside of the city but my question is how far are some of these other areas (Newark, Queens etc) from the main tourist attractions? Would the money we’d save by staying in a cheaper hotel get eaten up by cab fares or is the public transporation easy to use? Any advice you have would be appreciated…
Post # 3
You can take NJ Transit or the subway from New Jersey, Queens or Brooklyn very easily. You can get a weekly pass a for a nominal fee. You can cost compare by using njtransit.com or mta.info to find out how much a weekly pass would cost from where you’re considering staying, and then compare that with hotels in NYC. The distance to Manhattan really depends on where in Manhattan you’re going and how far out you stay in the boroughs NJ. But on average, I would say your commute will be about 30 minutes. But even if you stay in Manhattan, it could still take you 30-45 minutes to get some place, just because of how the subway maps are laid out and how big the city is. Do NOT take a cab unless you’re absolutely exhausted. It is a waste of money and much, much slower than public transportation.
My mom stayed at the Milburn hotel, which she liked. that’s on the Upper West Side. The most expensive hotels will be in Midtown Manhattan (near Times Square) or near Soho/Meatpacking District. The rest of the Manhattan might be a little lower. But you’ll find most of the cheaper chain hotels in Brooklyn/Queens/NJ.
My advice is to look for cheaper hotel in Broolyn. It’s very cute, awesome. Somewhere near Park Slope, Cobbel Hill or Carrol Gardens. Find a hotel that’s near a subway line. They will all go to Manhattan. You can use a weekly pass on the Metro. If you stay in NJ, you’ll have to buy both a pass for NJ Transit and for the subway (separate systems) and it’s probably not worth it. Queens is nice, but it has more of a suburban feel to it.
Message me if you have any more questions!
Post # 4
When are you coming and where are you looking. My advice join Jetsetter and stay on travelzoo because there are hotels prices lower than that at times.
Post # 5
I agree, either Brooklyn or Queens are both super convenient to Manhattan (as long as you’re near a train station). Subways are the fastest, cheapest, and most convenient way to get around the city and as mentioned above, it’s sometimes faster to get into the city from an outer borough than it is to travel from one side of the city to the other.
Post # 6
Check out Jersey City, NJ. I live 2 stops from World Trade Center off the PATH Train, it’s a super easy commute.. Check out the hotels in the area and also Churchill Properties.. They rent out furnished corporate apartments in my building with full kitchens and washers and dryers. I think the 1 bedrooms in my building rent anywhere from $139 – $169 a night and there are amazing views of the city!
Also, the MetroCard for NYC Transit works on the path train.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
The Roosevelt Hotel in midtown east will often have rooms for $179, which is a little lower, and it is a beautiful hotel in a very central location.
Post # 8
The Ravel Hotel in Long Island City, NY (Queens) is a beautiful boutique hotel that has complimentary shuttle service to nearby establishments and I believe into Manhattan. At the very least, they take you to the nearest subway stop. Its minutes from Manhattan on the subway and has a beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline. The rooftop restaurant is also very delicious. From what I remember, their rates weren’t too too bad. My family stayed at the Ravel the night of my wedding and everyone was very happy with the service.
Post # 9
When my family comes to visit they stay in long island city. Its just minutes away from manhattan. Over thanksgiving i think they stayed at the ramada lic for about 130 a night.
Post # 10
Thanks for the advice everyone. We’re definetly still in the deciding phase but knowing this will help!
Post # 11
Try the New Yorker. I think it would be better staying in Manhatten rather than paying for cabs. Also more exciting that way too!
Post # 12
I live in the city now, and both times my bf and I came to the city looking for apts, we used priceline and paid less than $100 a night (once in times sq, once in chelsea- both 4 star hotels). I highly suggest that route. I second other bee’s comments about staying in a less well known area of the city, such as upper east/upper west/financial district. I actually highly suggest staying in financial because all of the subways meet downtown and therefore its a great “home” base because you’ll be able to get from there to anywhere else in the city you want to go much easier than staying in the upper east or upper west side.
Post # 13
You’re probably better off coming over to the Jersey side. There are great hotels in downtown Jersey City and one in Weehawken. There is also the W in Hoboken but they have NYC pricing.
Post # 14
@Hobokenbride2012: Yup, I looked into the W Hoboken and the prices are not much different than he W Union Square!
@FutureMrs.Notch: Why don’t you check out homeaway.com and look into staying in an apartment– then maybe you can splurge and stay in a swanky hotel for a couple of nights?
here’s what I found after a quick search at homeaway.com, you can stay in an apartment for as little as $100/night
Post # 15
I second the Roosevelt Hotel recommendation. My family stayed there when they came to New York for my wedding and liked it. They paid around 175/night. It has a nice view of the Queensboro bridge and is near a lot of different trains (about a 10 min walk to the closest station).
There are also a lot of hotels in the flower district that seem like they would be affordable. My friend stayed at this place called the POD (somewhere in midtown east) and it was affordable but TINY, according to her.
Post # 16
Have you looked into renting a studio apartment?
I did a quick search, because I am also looking into a vacation there soon. I am tired of sleeping on friend’s couches, and hear that this is a cheaper way to go!
I would reccomend stayinf in the East Village. You can easily take the subway up to Central Park, the Met, etc, and it is walking distance to Soho, Tribecca, etc.
Check out Lil Frankie’s on 1st street and 1st Avenue!