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Got back from a perfectly sunny and beautiful Florida trip to 47 degrees when landing in NYC.

I was prepared this morning though.
post #7487 of 11478
Is it possible to find a hotel under $200/night in Manhattan? I'd even stay in Astoria/LIC or Brooklyn. Been looking everywhere for something decent, even using some discount travel sites I have access to and can't find much. Don't feel like staying in a Howard Johnson in Chinatown...
post #7488 of 11478
check airbnb
post #7489 of 11478
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Originally Posted by Pilot View Post

Is it possible to find a hotel under $200/night in Manhattan? I'd even stay in Astoria/LIC or Brooklyn. Been looking everywhere for something decent, even using some discount travel sites I have access to and can't find much. Don't feel like staying in a Howard Johnson in Chinatown...

Look into using points as well.

Lots of tax on NYC rooms, and points aren't taxed (most programs will sell you points if you don't have enough). Most hotels are going to charge more points for an NYC room, but it can still be worth it.
post #7490 of 11478
I have a friend who finds good hotel deals via Priceline. My impression is that the peak season is around Christmas and new years. Low season is after new years in January. So it will depend on when you want to be in NYC.
post #7491 of 11478
priceline and hotwire can be good. There is a forum that has info on bidding strategies for priceline, and enough info to identify the hotwire hotels (which are supposed to be secret until you book).

Can't remember which I used last time I was in NYC...I think I ended up with hotwire (knew it was going to be the roosevelt before booking) since I couldn't get anything good with my priceline bids.
post #7492 of 11478
Thanks for the recs guy. Unfortunately I'm all out of points. Took awhile to burn through a few hundred thousand, but they're gone. I've just been half-assing it for a week or so on the search because i didn't know my schedule for next month.(going Nov 21-23) Ended up finding a little boutique hotel off the N line in LIC in my price range. I can cancel though if i happen to find something better on Airbnb.

edit: didn't realize Airbnb was so awesome. Will def be using that and canceling my hotel res. Thanks, Gome
Edited by Pilot - 10/20/14 at 7:08pm
post #7493 of 11478
what part of the city are you looking at? Please PM me who you like for airbnb, I might follow suit.
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Thanks for the recs guy. Unfortunately I'm all out of points. Took awhile to burn through a few hundred thousand, but they're gone. I've just been half-assing it for a week or so on the search because i didn't know my schedule for next month.(going Nov 21-23) Ended up finding a little boutique hotel off the N line in LIC in my price range. I can cancel though if i happen to find something better on Airbnb.

edit: didn't realize Airbnb was so awesome. Will def be using that and canceling my hotel res. Thanks, Gome
post #7494 of 11478
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Is it possible to find a hotel under $200/night in Manhattan? I'd even stay in Astoria/LIC or Brooklyn.

 

Try Verve in Long Island City.  One stop from Manhattan via NQR, two via EM.  Basic but clean.

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check airbnb


Which is mostly illegal in NYC and many of the listings are scams....
post #7496 of 11478
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Try Verve in Long Island City.  One stop from Manhattan via NQR, two via EM.  Basic but clean.


+1.
Loo into LIC for hotels. Short subway ride into the city.
post #7497 of 11478
Airbnb is technically mostly illegal everywhere. But saying that many of the listings are scams is a bit of a stretch. I'd be wary of deals that look too good to be true and don't have good reviews, but if somebody has a year's worth of positive reviews from guests, I would be satisfied. There is no easy way to game the review system--you have to actually have stayed there in order to leave a review, and they verify that everyone who registers is a real person.

I've not used it in NYC, but have never known anyone to have a bad experience. Sure, you read about them, but Airbnb also foots the bill for replacement housing in those situations.
post #7498 of 11478
never had a subway car go completely dark. And then my morning commute happened.
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never had a subway car go completely dark. And then my morning commute happened.

I was on my once a month subway ride last week and we got stuck in between stops, there was a sick passenger ahead and it took about 40 minutes to move the sick passenger train. While we are sitting aorund, power on our train goes off (about 3-5 minutes). People were already freaking out sitting there for such a long time but when they took the power down, this nurse gets up, pacing in our car and starts yelling "don't let this uniform fool you, I'm claustrophobic as hell and this shit better start moving fast!!" "oh hells no, they better open these doors and let me outta here, get a rescue team in here or some shit"

I of course was laughing hysterically on the inside.
post #7500 of 11478
i can't think of a better/worse time to unleash an earth-moving fart than a crowded and pitch black subway car
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