New York advice please(19 Posts)
We stayed in the crowne plaza in Times Square. It was ok, not luxury but a good location
So did we - brilliant from the point of view that it was smack in the middle of the 'New York' that teenagers visualise.
I don't like the Times Square area - too touristy and sleazy.
I'd stay on the Upper East side or the West Village.
We did an air bnb on an apartment about 30 mins on the bus outside of NY. Was great and saved us about £1k over the 10 days
Short term apartment rentals in the five boroughs of NYC are illegal. Rental sites also do not check the veracity of such listings and many people have been scammed. You will need to find hotel accommodation
If you want to do the usual tourist things as well you are better off staying in Manhattan rather than in one of the outer boroughs. This will also save on travel time
“Tourist” New York is very spread out. It’s a long way from the Statue of Liberty to Central Park.
Plot on a map exactly what you want to see and where it is. There are no really bad areas and Times Square isn’t really sleazy - it’s just not that “wow”. So, depending what you want to see, you could narrow down possible areas to stay. Look at a booking site such as Booking.com and see what comes up in the areas you want to stay in.
I really like the SoHo area and Greenwich Village because it has a more “villagey” neighbourhood feel and great local restaurants, but for a first visit, you might wish to be more central.
I'd avoid Times Square like the plague, we really hated it. Tribeca/Soho were lovely in comparison, or further downtown in the financial district where you can see the Statue of Liberty.
Are you thinking of an apartment to save money on food? For actual cooking, groceries are expensive, you can eat out for not much more. We always stay in a hotel and save money by getting takeaway breakfast from a local cafe, just coffee and bagels usually. We might also get takeaway pizza slices one evening if we’ve had a big lunch. Hotels don’t seem to object to you bringing your own food in.
Airbnb illegal in NYC. V high potential to be scammed, kicked out in the middle of the night or (in our case) have to creep around so you don't get spotted by the 'super' (including a ban on entering or leaving the property at certain times).
Aparthotels are pretty good for a family but NYC is notorious for crap accommodation and high prices.
Try Brooklyn or Hoboken rather than Manhattan for cheaper deals
Is airbnb really illegal? I was planning on using Airbnb for me and my teen. There were some really reasonable options. I guess I’ll try a hotel.
We stayed inThe Nash, it was a great location just near the Chrysler building. Google it as it was clean, safe, well priced and had an ace roof terrace. Have a great time!
Yup. Unless owner is present and you are renting a room. Rentals are available but you take a risk.
In our case we had to collect the key from a place near Newark at midnight (not nice after a flight from UK arriving at JFK). We were under strict instructions to not leave or enter between 9 and 5 as the super would ask who we were. I was given a script to recite should we be asked ( we were the owners 'European cousins'.. I didn't know what she looked like or even her surname). She said if we got locked out or in or had any issues there was nothing she could do in case she was discovered and there was 'no tolerance' for noise and we'd be immediately thrown out. It was an old warehouse conversion and the walls and floor were paper thin you could hear next door sneezing so we spent our time whispering.
Ridiculously stressful. I remember panicking when I dropped a hairbrush at 6 am and heard the neighbours swearing at the 'noise'
To top it off she texted me the morning we left to tell me she expected me to strip and wash the bedding and towels and replace them 'as I found them' yet had to vacate by 10am. Piss off love!
Hotel rooms for 5 can be tricky on Manhattan, at Christmas we stayed at the Doubletree Suites in New Jersey, we had a lovely big suite, two rooms, with two double beds and a huge sofa bed, plenty of space.
It was half the price of any hotel for 5 that we could find on Manhattan, but it was quick and easy to get the PATH train over to Manhattan, it took about 10 minutes, and you could use your subway ticket. It cost $2.75 per trip, but we saved a fortune overall.
There are quite a few suites hotels in Manhattan. We stayed at the Shelburne which was in a great location for us- quiet and close to Grand Central Station for the subway. We had a one bedroom suite with kitchenette and they provided a rollaway (living room also had a double sleeper sofa) for us. They also have two bedroom suites.
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