(Closed) anyone vacationed in New York?

posted 8 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I live in NYC, so I can’t really help you with the hotel issue, but when we travel, 8/10 we do a vacation-rental-by-owner rather than a hotel–it’s when you stay in someone’s house/apartment. I’ve always had good experiences and they tend to be either cheaper or of the same price as a hotel (and then still cheaper considering you can cook there, rather than eating all your meals out). I recommend http://www.homeaway.com or http://www.vrbo.com if you’re interested.

DO NOT go through Craigslist, though. There are a lot of people who are scamming via vacation rental by owner on that site.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

Airbnb.com is also a great source for apt rentals – my friend rents his apt through this website and he’s had great luck with visitors.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Though I can’t suggest specific home rental sites, I do suggest considering staying outside (but close to) Manhattan.  Staying in Brooklyn or Queens can save you some money, but still allow you easy access to Manhattan via train.  And both have some really nice neighborhoods, that aren’t QUITE as overwhelming as Manhattan. 

I live in Queens right now, and really like it.  Though our area isn’t SO interesting, there are other great parts–Long Island City, Hunters Point, and Astoria are all cool up and coming neighborhoods.  And they’re also pretty close to Manhattan via train. 

In Brooklyn, Park Slope, Carrol Gardens, Prospect Park area, Williamsburg, anywhere considered “Downtown Brooklyn” is pretty nice, and close as well. 

If you do choose to stay not in Manhattan, or possibly even in Manhattan, I’d suggest making sure it’s a good area,  Some people will do rentals in not such nice areas, or make you pay a lot when it’s not worth it. 

NYC is an awesome place though, and I think you’ll have a great time here no matter where you stay 🙂

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I live in NY but I disagree with the others that live here.  Yes it’s cheaper to stay somewhere outside of Manhattan but it’s a pain to get any cabs to go there so you’ll have to actually learn to use the subway which may be confusing, esp on weekends.  Plus let’s not kid ourselves, yes the other bouroughs are charming but if you’re visiting NY, you’re there to see Manhattan.  

None of the affordable hotels will be that great so don’t expect luxury unless you are will to pay for it. Before I moved here, I always tried to stay around Time Square. It’s in the middle of the Island and within walking distance to 5th Ave and Central Park.  I think I stayed at the Best Western in Times Square for about $100 a night but that was over 5 years ago.  Ideeli.com has a deal for a new Tribecca Sheraton hotel which sounds like a good deal.  Room for $199. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We stayed at the W Hotel on Lexington three years ago. Very chic hotel, close to everything, and our room had a nice view of the Chysler building. I think prices are just under $250/night. American Express used to have great promotions through Starwood like when you signed up for the card, you would get a free night on a weekend. I’d recommend checking it out:

http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels/property/overview/index.html?language=en_US&propertyID=97502

http://www201.americanexpress.com/getthecard/learn-about/Starwood-Preferred

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We’ve stayed at the Tribeca Grand and I absolutely loved it! The subway was also only about a block away so it was very easy to get around, but the hotel was a little on the pricey side.

Post # 10
Bee
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

I would also recommend staying right in Manhattan – if you are looking into neighborhoods and you have a question, please feel free to PM me.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It’ll be really tough to get a nice hotel in nyc for < 250, and I also agree that if you are going to visit NYC, you’ve got to stay right in Manhatten.  Trains are very convient and make it easy to travel into the city from the boroughs, but you cant beat the experience and convience of walking out of your hotel into the bustling craziness that is nyc.  Have you tried priceline?  A friend of mine once got the Hilton right in Time Square for 60/night. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

I agree about staying in Manhattan. If you stay near the airports in Queens then yes, it is MUCH cheaper, but it’s also annoying. Yeah, it’s easy to get to the trains, but the train ride to Times Square for instance can be an hour+ I know I like to stop off at my hotel a couple times a day, especially if I did some shopping, and that far out just really makes it a big pain! Especially if you have an early morning tour. Look into renting an apartment if possible, and also check hotwire. My husband and I were able to get a good deal on there for the Michaelangelo one night which is a great hotel near Times Square. As long as you avoid visiting during any holidays, you should be able to get a decent deal on a hotel. Espcially if you avoid weekends. There is an Embassy Suites thats about $250/night I believe, but I’m not sure how convienent it is to everything. Hubby and I love the free drinks in the evening and free buffet breakfast in the morning though!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@kchitw00: Check out the double tree, we stayed there last year.  Prices were decent, room was beautiful, location was ok.  It was within walking distance of PENN just dont remember what street

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I live in NY too, and I definitely recommend staying in Manhattan. Yes, it’s cheaper to stay outside, but if you can afford it (and you can, if $250 is your limit), I think it’s worth it for your honeymoon. It’s SO much easier to get around, and really makes a difference in my opinion.

I really recommend the Distrikt Hotel on 40th St. and Morgans Hotel on Madison. Affordable and very nice.

 

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