Tips on NY accomodation search
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Oct 7, 2012 8:27 AM Last Post By: sophotec
Oct 6, 2012 8:21 AM
Tips on NY accomodation searchNext summer I will be in NY for 3 or 4 nights (me, wife, 2 kids).
I will leave NY from Newark airport to Denver August 15, thrusday at 10.00 am
Any idea how much time in advance should I be in the airport ? Need this info to understand which is the best area to stay, I mean an area that is conveniently located and will allow me a fast (public trasportation) path to newark.
Any Idea on that ? I'd love the area around Penn station, so I can head to the station by feet, but prices seems out of range of my buget, around 200$/night, maybe too tight ?
Which is the best period to search/book an accomodation... the period where the most likely I will find good deals... now seems too early to me, maybe Dec/Jan will be better.
Thanks for your help.
Oct 6, 2012 11:11 AM
1If you can find something with a generous cancellation policy (like no fee or penalty if you cancel before 6 pm of the night you plan to stay at the hotel), book it now. You can always keep checking prices, and cancel and book something at a lower price if you find a good deal.
Short-term apartment rentals (Airbnb, etc.) are illegal in New York unless the apartment owner stays with you in the apartment. Apartment-style hotels (things that charge a lodging tax, have a check-in desk, and have to abide by hotel safety codes) are legal. If you're not sure, get the facts before you lose money on an illegal deposit.
Without checked luggage, at off-peak hours (probably not the case for you), and with well-behaved kids, arriving 60 minutes before a flight should be fine. (That means arriving at the airport, not arriving at the public transportation station.) Otherwise, plan on arriving 2 hours in advance. You can find estimates of security line wait times on the Web--note that these depend on the terminal and time of day.
Oct 6, 2012 12:23 PM
2You should be at the airport 1 hour prior to boarding any domestic flight. Many experienced travelers allow 2 hours
I've heard of some pretty nice youth hostel deals in NYC, but as hotels go, $200 a night for Manhattan sounds a little tight. It can probably be done, but it's going to take some searching. This very website has a search engine that offers cramped rooms for 2 at about $185 per night. Might as well start by clicking on the "Hotels" tab above.
I regularly book entertainers in the Queens YMCA for $95 per person in a double room. Seems to me with only a regular amount of hunting, you could get a room for a family of 4 for $200, in Queens, Brooklyn etc. but not in Manhattan.
Oct 6, 2012 1:48 PM
3Experienced travellers allow 45 minutes, if that. Those who have access to special first class security lines pretty much arrive, go to the gate and board. With kids and luggage, 2 hours.
Penn Station and Lower Manhattan both have quick access to Newark Airport. I agree that you should book something now that you feel comfortable with and then keep checking.
Oct 6, 2012 6:41 PM
4Those are good questions.
I disagree with #3 on when to arrive at the airport. Back in my road warrior days before 9/11, I pulled some amazing airport tricks, but these days I allow lots of time. I don't do so for the thrill of being in an airport. In fact, I pretty much loathe the whole flying experience from start to finish. The only positive thing to say about it is that it saves a lot of time. Anyway, if it was my trip I'd be at the airport an hour and a half before my flight took off. Two hours is a bit much, but I'd err on the side of more time rather than less time. Newark's terminals are better than most, so a couple hours there won't kill ya.
As for the hotels, I'd be kind of surprised if you couldn't find something under $200 near Penn Station. Try the Best Western near the Javits Convention Center. It ain't my favorite neighborhood, but you ought to be able to snag it for right around $200 including all the taxes. The prices on booking sites bounce around like hail in a thunderstorm. Another way to skin the cat is to use Hotwire, and go for 3-1/2 stars and up.
Often times, the prices will drop a few weeks before your target date. The farther out in advance you book, oddly enough, the higher you'll often be charged. You can play around with that whole idea by watching prices over time on Expedia and Hotwire.
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