Post # 1
DH and I would love to go to NYC for our anniversary. We’ve got enough reward points for airfare but are looking into hotels in the area. Manhattan would be amazing but WAY out of our budget. So we are looking into the surrounding areas, New Jersey, Queens, Brooklyn etc. We would like a ‘middle of the road’ hotel, around $150/night and needs to be close to transit to get us into the city.
I admit I know very little of the area. All suggestions are welcome!
Post # 3
I hope to go to NY with SO in the near future and we will probably be using AirBnB.com. There are some great choices in Brooklyn and Queen that are very affordable!
Post # 4
@MrsBananas: we stayed in Brooklyn staying in an apartment booked through tripadvisor. It was great value, $700 for a week over Xmas and new year.
Be careful if booking apartments, it is illegal to stay in an apartment short term in NYC unless it’s a hosted apartment. There are tonnes of them on trip advisor, but I’d def suggest Brooklyn, just check its close to subway and get a weeks subway pass for $30
love NYC, have the best time!!
Post # 5
@MrsBananas: Came in here to tell you that nice, clean, safe, close accomodations are never gonna happen for 150.
BUT THEN, I looked into Jersey City for you- its right across the water. And the Hilton/Double Tree has affordable rates and a rate of 126 in the Financial District of Manhattan. Which honestly sounds too good to be true, but try to book it!
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2014 - alder manor
There are lots of cheaper hotel options in Astoria which is in Queens. I lived there for 4 years, loved the area. Its only a few minute subway ride into Manhattan from here, and lots to do if you want to stay local. Some of the cities best restaurants and bars are here, and only about 10 minutes subway ride from Central Park, 20 from Times Sq.
I moved from here last January, bought a house and relocated to NJ as it is more affordable. But defo miss Astoria for its convenience. Its actually right beside LaGuardia Airport too. Lots of bus options to the city as well as the subway, also bus direct to LaGuardia.
Post # 7
@MrsBananas: I once stayed in a Comfort Inn not far from Times Square for like $100/night. It was a really small room and the lobby was weird (slash non-existent), but it was clean, comfortable and quiet. The neighborhood was kind of blah (but I hate hate hate Times Square/Port Authority area), but it was so close to everything else, it didn’t matter.
This is the hotel’s website: http://www.comfortnyc.com/
Just checked the rates – still very affordable!
Post # 8
Check out Hoboken and Jersey City.
Post # 9
@MrsBananas: I’ve been commuting to NYC from Jersey since 2007 and I have to agree with @MrsBuesleBee: I would go with the Double Tree in Jersey City.
I lived in Jersey City for 2 years and the commute in is so easy. You are probably about a 5 min walk from the PATH (a train that takes you into the city within about 10-15 mins). The PATH is cheap and runs very often. The area of the hotel is nice too, the downtown/waterfront area of Jersey City is great, very safe…when you go further away from the water (past the west side of I-78) things can get sketchy.
Post # 10
Thank you all for the suggestions! I will look into each area a bit closer 🙂
Post # 11
It may be more affordable than you think, try looking on Hotwire or bidding on Priceline. We stayed for $113 including tax for my fiancées birthday to see the Chritmas tree by bidding on Priceline; it was a 3.5 star Doubletree right near Rockafeller Center.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church
I always stay at a hostel in Chelsea, lol.
Post # 13
@MrsBananas: I live in Brooklyn…and trust me when I say this…DO NOT STAY IN A BROOKLYN OR QUEENS HOTEL…try to find a hotel in Jersey city. There are nice hotels you can stay at in Manhattan but they are gonna be way uptown. And if you are willing to make the trip from Jersey city to Manhattan, the uptown hotels might be worth checking out
Post # 14
@MrsBananas: Look into the Yotel in Manhattan. It’s close to Port Authority/Times Square, but more affordable than other Big Apple hotels bc it’s a “robot” hotel.