Where to stay in New York and San Francisco
Replies: 19 - Last Post: Nov 12, 2012 2:13 AM Last Post By: jessham725
Oct 29, 2012 4:37 AM
Oct 29, 2012 7:08 AM
Oct 29, 2012 1:38 PM
2Quick usage note: in the U.S. "suburbs" are not where one looks for lodging...unless one wants to be outside an urban area. My guess is your mental model of a city is a "CBD" (central business district) plus suburbs. Americans would refer to the whole collection as city neighborhoods.
I recommend you re-post on the U.S. branch. Once on that branch, please don't ask about short-term apartment rentals in New York. They are illegal.
Nov 2, 2012 2:01 AM
3I´m also looking at staying in New York and unsure on what area.
I´m also unsure whether a hotel or an apartment is better?
Hotels are obviously going to be expensive, especially for a 2 week stay.
I´ve seen a few websites offering reasonable priced short term rent on apartments in good areas of the city.
Nov 2, 2012 5:28 AM
4jessham725, please post on the U.S. branch. This is the Canada branch.
Also, be advised that short-term apartment rentals (less than 30 days) through Airbnb, VRBO, etc. are illegal in New York unless the apartment owner is staying there with you during the term of the rental. The full text of the law is here. You will see one poster on the U.S. branch telling you to ignore the law. That person is wrong.
Nov 2, 2012 7:13 AM
6I am going to guess that the OP is Australian, where "suburb" means a neighborhood or district, not a community outlying to a larger city, whihc is the American definition. Using that definition, Greenwich Village is a suburb of New York and the Castro is a suburb of San Francisco. magillacuttie, I think you'll get better answers if you use the word "neighborhood" instead of "suburb."
What kind of accommodation are you looking for? A full service hotel? A hostel? Something in between? What i your budget per night, in dollars, not adjectives? My "mid-range" might be your "too expensive."
You say "convenient." Convenient to what? What are you planning to do in each city? Do you want restaurants or nightlife within walking distance? A place for jogging in the morning? Near to a particular place of business where you will be attending meetings?
Nov 2, 2012 7:40 AM
7Hotels in any area of the city are looking expensive!- even in the "suburbs".
I´m looking to go in the new year and find an apartment! even though there are many people saying the companies that offer these services are scams, there are a lot that give positive feedback too!
staying in a hotel for 3 weeks (which is how long i´m planning on going for) isn´t even worth it. might as well stay at home for the amount its going to cost!
Nov 2, 2012 8:04 AM
This is the cost of traveling the two most expensive housing markets in the country.
julie, the reality is that short term rentals under 30days are illegal in NYC. This is a fact. You run the risk of either being scammed or thrown out of your rental.
I suggest, that if you can't afford it, don't come.
Nov 2, 2012 8:39 AM
Nov 4, 2012 3:48 AM
10Thanks for your input to everyone who replied. Yes, I am Australian, thanks for the information regarding the term 'suburb'. Apologies for posting in the Canada brach.
To nutraxfornerves, thanks for your questions to help me clarify. What I am looking for is something close to Art Galleries. I am an artist and art teacher and so is my wife. So we are looking to be closets to galleries.
Because I am only staying in both San Fran and New York for 4 or five days each I was planning on staying in hotels. Hoping to get something ranging from 150 dollars a night up to perhaps 200 if needed.
Thanks again to those who gave input. I will re-post in the U.S branch as suggested.
Nov 4, 2012 4:19 AM
The thread was moved to the branch by the moderators.
Nov 4, 2012 6:32 AM
12As above has stated, San Fran and NYC are two of the most expensive cities to live in the USA, a modest 1 Bedroom apartment in the the key areas of the city can be $2500 month easily. Hotels in NYC are not cheap, its a busy city of business travelers and tourist alike. The average room in NYC at a namebrand hotel is around $250-$300 night. Use Trip Advisor and/or Expedia for your travel dates and see your choices.
As for where to stay, most people in San Fran stay downtown, around the Financial District or Union Square, or close by, transport is easy and its a great city to walk, so anywhere near this area is fine.
In NYC, the main museums are all north of 48th street, but getting around NYC is also easy via trains, taxis or on foot. Most the finer art galleries are on the southern end of the city south of 34st to Soho.
As for whats going in the Art Scene, the Timeout is great for Gallery Opening and receptions, as well as new installations at the major museums.
You do not want to stay in the Suburbs of either city, these are urban destinations.
Nov 4, 2012 7:54 AM
13Interesting--I see that Airbnb lodging can also be of questionable legality in San Francisco.
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