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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.62
I'd value some travel advice from anyone who is willing. Though I realize this is a little different than movies and video games:

My wife and I are going to plan a vacation for next fall and we were thinking about NYC. I guess I just need to know things like (in a three/four-day span):

- what to expect to pay per night in a hotel if we stay in Manhattan ?
- what are the best touristy things to do ?
- what other activities or places are must-dos or must-sees while we're out there?

Not sure if this will be a weekend or during the week trip yet. This will help in budgeting and planning. Thanks all!
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Last time we were there (for about 5 days), we got some pass (I think it was called City Pass) that gave us discounted access to the Empire State Building, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the MOMA, the Museum of Natural History and the Statue of Liberty. As long as we did three of those, we saved money overall.

I love the Metropolitan Museum of Art - for me, that's a must see - and I could literally spend all day in that museum. The Museum of Natural History was less than thrilling - it seemed run down and the exhibits were mostly geared toward children. The Guggenheim was good, but I wasn't thrilled with the art exhibit they had at the time. And we visited the Empire State Building (but it was 11:30pm on Valentine's Day, so...).

We stayed at the New Yorker Hotel, which was nice but the rooms were REALLY small (the smallest rooms I have ever seen in a hotel). I don't remember the rate, but I do remember it wasn't the most expensive of the hotels in Manhattan. It is across the corner from Madison Square Garden, and six blocks from Times Square. (I should mention that we were there for a conference, so some of this was taken care of for us.)

I love that city... and, actually, will be moving there about this time next year.

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As far as hotels go, if you're staying in Manhattan and look for the type of hotel room you would typically find in another city, expect it to run anywhere from $179/night and on up.

Some hotels do have a different class of rooms, though, that can have rooms as low as $49/night. I'm not sure if there's a name for this type of room, but in them you'll typically find a queen or double bed, a dresser, maybe a fridge, and that's it. And by "that's it" I mean there's not room for anything else in the room. The TV is either on the dresser or you'll get a small flat-panel TV hanging on the wall. In some of these rooms you can stand in the middle and almost touch opposing walls. I'm not familiar with the New Yorker Hotel but I bet this is the type of room Leroy stayed in.

Most of these hotels have private bathrooms for each room but some hotels (typically geared towards international travelers and college students) have shared bathrooms. If you're not used to these types of rooms or not expecting it you'll almost certainly feel cramped, but if you're going to be out all day and only need a place to shower and rest your head, IMHO they're good enough. And if you're doing the tourist thing, it's a much more convenient option than staying in one of the outer boroughs or New Jersey.

- StingArmy

p.s. - I recommend using hotwire.com. Saved me pantloads on rooms when I used to have to travel to NYC on a shoestring budget.
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.62
Thanks guys.

I'll have to see what the different types of rooms are and if they are listed on the hotel's websites.

Sting - we've used hotwire before and have had good results. We can only book six or so months in advance, so we'll have to wait closer to time I guess.

Leroy - http://www.citypass.com/new-york says six attractions for $79, so that seems like a good idea if visit enough of them. Top the Rock looks like a great view.

Anyone have a preference on airport?
Leroy
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.18
    Originally posted by djp
    Anyone have a preference on airport?


We didn't know what we were doing, so we booked a shuttle from JFK to our hotel, which took over 2 hours (we landed 4:45pm - rush hour). We should have taken the LIRR to Penn Station, which would have taken 45 minutes, costs half the price of a shuttle, and runs right to MSG (which, as I mentioned, was across the street from our hotel).

Point being, use the public transit system. And if you have an iPhone, I highly recommend getting HopStop (hopstop.com)



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Personally, I prefer La Guardia, only because I work north. But It's a good close in airport. JFK is good because of the LI RR. You can also fly into Newark and take the train downtown. It's 28 from Newark to Penn Station.

I stay at the hotel our company makes me stay in in NYC and it's a Hampton in the 30s (down by the Empire State Bld aomwwhere) and it's like 325 a night. I haven't paid much less than 250 on Manhatten in the last 5 years or so.

Fun - well, I don't do any of that. :)



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.52
    Originally posted by AWArulz
    Personally, I prefer La Guardia, only because I work north. But It's a good close in airport. JFK is good because of the LI RR. You can also fly into Newark and take the train downtown. It's 28 from Newark to Penn Station.

    I stay at the hotel our company makes me stay in in NYC and it's a Hampton in the 30s (down by the Empire State Bld aomwwhere) and it's like 325 a night. I haven't paid much less than 250 on Manhatten in the last 5 years or so.

    Fun - well, I don't do any of that. :)


I've lived on LI my whole life & would avoid LGA like the plague. If there are any weather problems, LGA is the first one that will be shut down.

If you are choosing between Newark & JFK, I would make the decision based on which airline you choose. There is easy transportation from both (Newark has a bus straight to midtown & JFK has the Airtrain which connects to the LIRR) so it's more about the airline & airfare when choosing.

As far as hotels, it really depends on which part of the City you stay in. If you do some digging you can find some really great boutique hotels in some really great area of the city, with easy subway access to any part of the City you need.

If it's your first time in NYC, do all the touristy things & enjoy. Empire State, Statue of Liberty, Museum Mile & take in a Broadway Show (get in line at TKTS & get half price tix to something the day of the show).
dMp
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.78
I love New York, and go there pretty often.
We usually stay in hotel New Yorker if we need a place in the city.
As mentioned before, it's right next to the MSG and Penn station. And of course it has the Tick-Tock diner which imo has great food
But there's plenty of others in the same range and comfort.

I have coworkers who've all stayed at Hotel pennsylvania (think thats the name) which is right across the front of MSG. Apparently the prices are good there too.

As far as things to do.
If you like sports, then please take the MSG tour.
Try to do it on a day when there's not a Rangers or Knicks game. That way you might get into -both- dressing rooms which are both fun.

Another awesome sports thing was the Sports museum of America, located at the start of Broadway near Battery park.

As it is a first time in NYC you definitely wanna do the standard things. Central Park, Empire state, Statue of Liberty (take the time for this, there might be lines depending on what time you go)
Of course you have to visit Rockefeller Plaza too.
Depending on when in the fall you're going, you'll see the ice rink etc.
(Don't go for the NBC studios tour. It's not THAT great.)

Central Park is just fun to walk through. Depending on weather it gives off totally different vibes.
The zoo there is cool but not great.
Next time I'm in town I plan on going to the Bronx Zoo.


There's also lots of hop on/hop off tourist busses these days.
I've never used them so not sure how much it costs and what the benefits are, but who knows..



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