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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-27-2010, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
 
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New York City hotel/lodging at a decent price?

Never been to New York City and I'm thinking going there for a few days.

Anyone would know a decently priced hotel/lodging/accommodation for a family of 5. I don't mind for only 2 double beds as I can bring a small inflatable mattress for my younger one.

I haven't made any offcial budget yet but, doing some quick searches I was surprised at the price of some hotel rooms in the Big Apple. If you've been there or know some good address please share.

Thanks in advance for the help.
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Re: New York City hotel/lodging at a decent price?

If you don't mind staying in other peoples apartments try subleting.
Use craigslist to find an available apartment for the relevant dates.
That's what I did when I spent a vacation in NYC, twice.
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Re: New York City hotel/lodging at a decent price?

what is the most $ you want to spend per night?
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Re: New York City hotel/lodging at a decent price?

I did a quick search on trip advisor and similar other web sites this morning.

I've found a few interesting hotels at around 250$-300$... And some of them are so well located that it's park and walk!

So I could say now that I could go up to 300$ a night if it's worth it and very well located. But if you have cheaper interesting options, I'm open to them. That means more gear money!!!
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$250-275 is a realistic goal for nice place near times square. closer to central park is more expensive AND you have less travel options (further from penn station, etc.)

my sis recommended these having stayed under $200/night on many occasions but note that right now is a peak season. cost is widely dependent on season & availability.

marriott courtyard times square 114 w. 40th.
$259 nightly rates but shows $199/king this weekend.

marriott residence inn

mariott fairfield inn - 330 w 40th
$249/night

hilton times square - showing around $300/night.

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Thanks Glen! My wife did some search and we found something interesting for my family of 5 at the Embassy, including breakfast.
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cool. breakfast deal is a no-brainer enjoy.. glen
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Yep, feeding those kids for free on breakfast is indeed... a no-brainer!!!

ANy "restaurants" not too miss in NYC?
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Carmines is my favorite for casual, awesome Italian. Two locations... on broadway uptown a little and right at times square. Weekdays lunch is great (smaller portions), dinner/weekends is homestyle (large portions can be shared)

http://www.carminesnyc.com

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Carmine's is very pricey... $13 for garlic bread and $19 for a tiramisu is exorbitant.
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Carmine's is very pricey... $13 for garlic bread and $19 for a tiramisu is exorbitant.
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Lodging in NYC is pricey . . . good eats are not.

Gray's Papaya or, if you're visiting the Upper East Side (the Met & Guggenheim), Papaya King.

A bazallion pizza places where you can get a huge slice that hangs off the paper plate with a soda for a few bucks. The best New York pizza is thin, with a crispy crust. If you can pick it up by the crust with one hand and the rest of it doesn't flop down, you know you've got the real thing. Cheap, hot, and good.

Chinatown is adjacent to Little Italy and each neighborhood serves up the best of their respective cultures. Eat Chinese for the entree and Italian pastry and coffee for the best value.

One of my favorite "musts" of New York eating is to have a drink, maybe an appetizer, at the Met. You can sit surrounded by priceless sculptures inside or enjoy an incomparable city and Central Park view on the roof. Expensive and . . . come to think about it . . . probably more enjoyable for adults than kids. Oh well, one of my favorites, anyway.

Try to avoid tourist traps. Use your nose. Don't be afraid to walk out, if it smells bad or feels weird there's probably a place right around the corner with a meal of a lifetime.

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I like going over to Brooklyn. There are lots of nice places with really cool atmospheres. Definitely get a slice of cheesecake from Junior's of NY. The best I've ever had. Also, you can check out the "infamous" Peter Luger steakhouse, but they only take cash.
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NYC is pretty expensive overall unless you stick to dive pizzerias... and those will have better food than most places worldwide. You'll get better pasteries or bagels at the Penn (train) Station than you will anywhere in florida or canada Avoid the chain stores obviously. Carmines food is FAMILY STYLE (huge portions in dinner menu) but imho the best italian there... it's the one restaurant in NYC i'd go out of my way for though. If you eat at the Applebeas nearby you'll spend as much. Carnegie Deli is family friendly around midtown too. Some classic places are worth stopping in and eating at.

If it were me i'd play it by ear and wing it not make reservations & such, especially with kids. Anyplace you go you'll find good food. There is a lot to cover in NYC and it takes a few days. You should pick a destination (or two) for each day and work from there. You could spend the whole day uptown around Central Park alone. If you want to hit the museums that takes time. Enjoy... glen
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Re: New York City hotel/lodging at a decent price?

Thanks everyone for all the help!
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