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    08-08-2011, 08:01 AM
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Where to stay in NYC?

Any recommendations? I'm thinking about going there for couple days this or next month, and looking for clean (and not expensive) place to stay. So any suggestions/experience will be very welcome!
     
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    08-08-2011, 12:04 PM
  #2
Weanling
Well, first, you're not going to find an inexpensive place in NY anywhere near NYC to stay. Not one that isn't a complete dive.
What I do when I go, which is usually every summer, except this one ( :( ) is stay on the Jersey side. There is a nice hotel, was a Welsley the last time I was there, that has an out door pool, their rooms are nice and clean and there is a diner across the street on the Jersey Turnpike.
I'm coming from Michigan, though, so in your case it will be a little different. I pass it coming through Jersey and it is a few miles before you hit the bridge. It is a bit of a drive to get to Manhattan etc.(Via the GW Bridge, I hate the tunnel.) but I've found it well worth it when I checked the rates for anything even slightly closer.
Either way you will be looking at a bit of a drive, because rates DOUBLE as soon as you enter that blessed 15 mile range, and I have NEVER been able to find a place that wasn't a stinker, so we always just go back to the Welsley. Just check along the freeway going in and kind of gauge your distance.
Also, in my opinion a chain is always better, they will be mid-expensive, but they will be clean.
Always, ALWAYS grab those little coupon books they have at the bigger rest areas, and as soon as you find a hotel coupon that sounds good, call, because sometimes they like to give you crap about the coupon if you just show up with it. Usually, the coupons will be for a tri-state area, and the one's you are looking for would normally even say how far they are from NYC, using this as their selling point, so check em out.
Or you could drink a bunch of 5 Hour Energy and just not sleep for two days, there's lots to see 24 hours a day! JK!
Good Luck! I hope this helps at all.
Have a safe trip!!
     
    08-08-2011, 03:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Dusty1228    
Well, first, you're not going to find an inexpensive place in NY anywhere near NYC to stay. Not one that isn't a complete dive.
What I do when I go, which is usually every summer, except this one ( :( ) is stay on the Jersey side. There is a nice hotel, was a Welsley the last time I was there, that has an out door pool, their rooms are nice and clean and there is a diner across the street on the Jersey Turnpike.
I'm coming from Michigan, though, so in your case it will be a little different. I pass it coming through Jersey and it is a few miles before you hit the bridge. It is a bit of a drive to get to Manhattan etc.(Via the GW Bridge, I hate the tunnel.) but I've found it well worth it when I checked the rates for anything even slightly closer.
Either way you will be looking at a bit of a drive, because rates DOUBLE as soon as you enter that blessed 15 mile range, and I have NEVER been able to find a place that wasn't a stinker, so we always just go back to the Welsley. Just check along the freeway going in and kind of gauge your distance.
Also, in my opinion a chain is always better, they will be mid-expensive, but they will be clean.
Always, ALWAYS grab those little coupon books they have at the bigger rest areas, and as soon as you find a hotel coupon that sounds good, call, because sometimes they like to give you crap about the coupon if you just show up with it. Usually, the coupons will be for a tri-state area, and the one's you are looking for would normally even say how far they are from NYC, using this as their selling point, so check em out.
Or you could drink a bunch of 5 Hour Energy and just not sleep for two days, there's lots to see 24 hours a day! JK!
Good Luck! I hope this helps at all.
Have a safe trip!!
Thanks, Dusty! Yes, I don't hold my breath about NYC itself and I did stay in Newark Airport area before. The problem is it's a pain to get to Manhattan from there (as I take a bus to NYC, not driving). So I have no problem staying on NJ side as long as they have shuttle or public transportation to midtown. I'll check out Wesley though. :)
     
    08-08-2011, 03:23 PM
  #4
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I don't know the rates but you might check hotels in Jersey City down by the Hudson River. Very easy access to Manhatten via the Path (I used to live there).

I think there's one of the chains down there but don't quite remember.

Big help aren't I? ;)
     
    08-09-2011, 02:53 AM
  #5
Weanling
Oh! I never thought of staying near or in Jersey City! What a good, and really COOL idea!
Unfortunately, I don't know that side very well and I cannot efficiently plan or advise for hotels/busses etc. Sooooo... I looked up the hotel we stay in, which is now a Red Carpet Inn Elmwood Park. Average $90.00 a night, I dunno if that's in your range or not, but is an excellent price, IMHO.

Red Carpet Inn- Elmwood Park, NJ - BookRoomsNow.com

I also looked up some links for you.
You can get from Elmwood Park to Paterson NJ in just a few minutes because it's only a couple of miles via one bus:
New Jersey Transit

And from there you can get to just about anywhere in NJ or NYC:
Paterson New Jersey to George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal

I could only find it via connection of 2 busses, but, this was just internet searching, I'm sure if you call and give them the address/name of the hotel you will be staying in they will be able to help you better or even get you a direct bus. Also, just to let you know, my search says(and it can ALWAYS be freaking wrong, it's 50/50) that the Red Carpet Inn is the closest hotel to the Paterson Bus Station.

Yes, yes I DID just go on a trip planning tangent! I LOVE planning things, it's my thing, if you will. So use or DON'T use any of the things I've said, I was just having fun searching, so thank you for the project!! :):)

I'm still mulling over the Hudson shore area thing and I might just look that up for kicks and giggles later. How cool would staying someplace on the Hudson be??

Anyhow, alright, I'm done, I promise. Unless you need something else planned...;p

Good Luck! Don't forget those dang coupons if you could get a hold of some.

P.S. There's a Red Carpet Inn in Jersey City also, which is where Jake and Dai suggested, same price range.

http://calhotels.us/hotel.php/236161...ty-new-jersey/

Ok! I'm done! :)
     
    08-09-2011, 07:53 AM
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Jersey City is kinda cool, if only for its proximity to NYC. I used to live 4 blocks from the PATH station which was then a mere 10 min (or less) from the Village.

Thanks Dusty for doing the research that I was too lazy to do. :) But Kitten, I would NOT stay at that hotel (on Tonnele Ave). That part of town is way icky!

I did check a few hotels down by the Financial area in JC (right on the Hudson River) and they are NYC prices ($250+). Though using the link to the Red Carpet Inn in JC that Dusty posted, I backtracked to a list of hotels and see that some, like the Marriott Courtyard are running deals that are less than $200 w/o tax). And they are in a much much nicer part of town close to the river.

Ok...still not much help....sorry Kitten! But the prices around the city are really insane!
     
    08-09-2011, 09:00 AM
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Thank you, folks! I appreciate the help!

Just curious... What is PATH??
     
    08-09-2011, 09:51 AM
  #8
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:) It stands for Port Authority Trans-Hudson (had to look that up) but essentially its a subway train that takes you back and forth across the Hudson from NJ to NY.
     
    08-09-2011, 10:22 AM
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Be aware of those nasty little suckers called bed bugs. From what I have been told (have never actually been to NYC) the cost of your hotel room being on the high end does not mean there is no risk of them.

Google and find out the best ways of keeping your safe from these pests.
     
    08-10-2011, 10:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Be aware of those nasty little suckers called bed bugs. From what I have been told (have never actually been to NYC) the cost of your hotel room being on the high end does not mean there is no risk of them.
Oh, geez! That sounds scary!

Yes, I'll look at feedback of the hotel before doing reservation!
     

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