Need help! SO really wants a NYC honeymoon but i'm having a hard time finding anything we can afford. our budget is $1000 for the honeymoon total, we'd be leaving from Colorado in july 2014. any thoughts? suggestions?
How long do you want to stay? I'm going in May and splitting a room with 3 other people for a convention and just my portion of the room will still run me about $400 I think for 5 days. It's SO MUCH MONEY.
4 nights 5 days is what we're hoping for. airfare included (oh how I wish we were rich lol). groupon has a screamin deal but it's only available for 8 more days and can only book until march. idk enough about nyc to know what's pricey and what isn't, I hear horror stories of tourists that stay in certain parts or take the subway at night. i'm good with cabs or subways or even walking, just don't want to book a cheap hotel on a bad part of ny lol.
Honestly - I'm not sure if you can swing that if you're doing hotel airfare for $1,000. It's a lot of money to stay up there - one bit of advice is to stay at a hotel in New Jersey and then take a shuttle from your hotel into NYC. That's what we did - saved us some hassle.
ETA: I'm not sure if it's because I've been deprived living in the middle of nowhere but I am pretty sure the subway system was like one of my favorite parts of NYC.
I agree with Lacey, I stayed in Englewood NJ (which is right on the other side of the George Washington Bridge). They have a shuttle that drops you off in Times Square. If you prefer, there is also buses close to the hotel that go into the city.
I don't think it'll be possible. I paid $1200 for 6 nights and 7 days with a huge group rate. That was only flight and hotel. Didn't count meals, shopping, tours, etc. You're better off waking and saving and going later. NYC would be amazing at christmas time.
You could try priceline and only bid on 4 star hotels (that way it's nothing creepy). If you go to betterbidding.com, they will give you an explanation of how it works and recent hotel "wins" for how much. I do this every time I go to nyc and save a fortune.
I don't think you have to sacrifice staying in manhattan. This is where I would try to splurge just a little if your budget allows it.
Good luck! I think is doable. But don't rent a car - the city is easy enough to get around and parking is a killer (usually to the tune of 55-60 day).
Im a born and raised brooklyn girl. my advise is find a hotel in brooklyn or queens, even near JFK...the A train is right over there and it shoots right into the city. manhattan is insanely expensive to find a hotel, especially in midtown or in lower manhattan. upper east side might be a bit less but probably not by much. dont rent a car. use the train.
We took our family of 4 to NY a few years ago and stayed in Secaucus, NJ. It was a very safe area and a lot of very decent and affordable hotels were around there. We either stayed at the Hampton Inn or Embassy Suites (I can't remember). The bus into the city was right outside our hotel. If I remember correctly, it took about 20 - 30 mins by bus to get into the city. I think it dropped us right off by Penn Station? This was 7 years ago. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again and commute into the city via bus. We walked around the city (it was June so not too hot and humid yet) and took the subway. We did have a car since we drove to DC and out to Long Island to visit family.
One thing I found I had to look at for in NYC was private bathrooms. Everytime I found some place that seemed affordable, it was shared hall bathrooms. Nope. I am not in college. Even in college I had a suite. I agree you will have a tough time, but keep watching groupon, or perhaps try booking.com. I have gotten good deals in other cities there. Also if you are a AAA member try their travel agent, perhaps.
AAA membership has major benefits and is worth signing up for if you are not a member yet. I'm saving big on my hotel costs in NYC in the spring. It's going to pay for my membership 3 times over at LEAST.
I ended up at Hotel Newton when I went and it was very nice! Nothing super fancy, but we had a decent sized room, AC, a private bathroom, and a small sitting area. No view though, but that wasn't important to us. With 3 of us in the room we were perfectly comfortable. And we were right on the red line of the subway which was super convenient for everywhere we wanted to go. You are technically in Harlem but it's not a rough neighborhood at all (depending what you've heard about Harlem!).
I still think it'll be hard to get hotel, flights...and leave the hotel to do anything for under 1k, though. Maybe delay a bit and save some more money so you can do all the things you want. NYC will also be hot as hell in July. If you're sensitive to heat, you may want to wait for fall/winter (though I'm sure you're eager to honeymoon!!). For me, NYC is not super far - a few hours by cheap bus - but coming so far you'll really want to take it all in!!
I dont know about that. The honeymoon we are going on is the absolute cheapest i could find that i wanted to go on, and its still $1200. And its in an Amish community way up in the Smoky Mountains, nowhere near normal civilization.
I live right by JFK in Queens, and the A train is very doable. I work in the Flatiron District, and I can be at work in under 45 minutes. Hotel near JFK would be ideal. There are about a dozen of them.
There are tons of Groupons for great dinners at nice restaurants, so you don't have to stick to hole-in-the-wall places, although those are awesome too!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History and a couple of others have "suggested" admission prices of $20, but you can get in for free if you say you can't afford it.