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 cuz 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! :)