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Doing NYC Affordably

by J Walsh »

I've been quite surprised by the hotel prices for NYC in October. I'm considering a Hoboken hotel instead (and posted in the New Jersey about that) but am also looking at AirBnB though I've read that's illegal in NYC. Will I show up and have no place to stay? Does anyone know how much it's enforced. And does anyone know of any affordable hotels in Manhattan, where I'd get a private bathroom? Thanks for help!

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RE: Doing NYC Affordably

by Pauline Frommer »

You can do AirBnB legally if a resident is still in the apartment while you're there (so you'd be renting a room rather than the entire apartment; and sometimes you'll get a room and your own bathroom). The city government did announce that they were putting $10 million into cracking down on "illegal hotels" (read: AirBnB) but I haven't heard much about people getting caught (and as the author of Frommer's EasyGuide to New York City I've followed this issue carefully). I also recommend a few places on this site that are usually affordable and in Manhattan. If I were you I'd look at the Hotel Newton, the Hotel Deauville and Le Belleclaire. All will have private bathrooms in the rooms, are well located (in Manhattan) and are usually well-priced (you never know in NYC as prices can really ping pong). Or, as the Billi suggested: you may want to look in Queens (specifically Long Island City, which is only a few subway stops from Manhattan). I have some recommended places there too, which you'll also see on this site. And yes, I've visited them ALL (so can compare one of the next as I hope you'll see in the reviews).

The other strategy: make a reservation, so that you know you'll have a room. And then two days before you arrive make a bid on Priceline.com or Hotwire.com. They only work with chain hotels, so you pretty much know what you're getting. And sometimes by going after last-minute deals, you can get the best prices. Just make sure that the hotel you make the initial reservation at will allow you to cancel within 48 hours without penalty.

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RE: Doing NYC Affordably

by J Walsh »

I'll take a look. And an interesting suggestion on Priceline, which I've never used. Is there any way to know how much to bid there? I wouldn't want to bid more than I need to.

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RE: Doing NYC Affordably

by Pauline Frommer »

You can look at BiddingTraveler.com or BiddingForTravel.com. Both are volunteer-run sites that spill the beans on what people are bidding in various destinations (including NYC) and which hotels they're getting. It should help you to set a baseline price, and also get a clue as to which hotel you may end up with.

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RE: Doing NYC Affordably

by billiv »

Son't know if your trip is over yet, but next time check the La Quinta in Long Island City. Big rooms, breakfast included.  1-1/2 blocks from an elevated subway station that is just minutes from Manhattan.  Lots of restaurants, diners, etc. in the area.

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