I never asked. We planned to hit NYC.
I would hope that, if you had asked the front desk staff at the Robert Treat about restaurants, they would have steered you to the Ironbound neighborhood. If you did ask about restaurants, and if they did not mention that neighborhood, then shame on them!
On weekends, people typically drive in from suburban areas 20-40 miles away for the delights of the Spanish/Portuguese/Brazilian restaurants of "The Ironbound". To have been so close (beginning just behind Penn Station!), it is a shame that you were not told about the area.
I wish I knew that before my trip Tedbear. Oh, well. We had a GREAT time in NY. Mostly the Village on Saturday evenin and night, but we did do some touring of the upper west side on Sunday (in therain). I was in NJ for a training session, but my wife took a walking tour of the East Village during the day on Sat. She said it was great. One of the best walking tours she’s done in NYC.
And, if you stay there, you will be within just a few blocks of the incredible concentration of Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian restaurants in the Ironbound (Down Neck) section of Newark. The food at most of those places is incredible in both quality and quantity, and the prices tend to be very reasonable.
I stayed at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, NJ this past weekend.
Free parking. 4 blocks to Newark Penn Station – where you have your choice of taking the NJ Transit to Penn Station in NY for ~$3.50, or the PATH red line train to WTC or the yellow line PATH which has stops from Grenwich Village to 33rd St. The PATH is only $1.50 and returns to NJ pretty late on weekend nights.
109/night, but you can call in for the 99/weekend-night managers special. Rooms are very clean and pretty nice. Although at first it didn’t seem like the customer service was going to be all that great, it turns out they are accomodating and helpful.
I haven’t driven in NYC in thirty years, not worth the hassle. If I drive up to the city I park at LaGuardia and take a shuttle into the city.
But parking in the city will run you at least fifty dollars a day in mid town. I would strongly recommend NOT bringing a car into the city…you probably won’t leave w/ your radio.
V960. did those rate include parking? Even if it did you’d still have to drive into NYC. Those of us not from the big apple that can be a very daunting thing all by itself.
I prefer to stay in Jersey and then let the bus drive do all the heavy lifting.
catch a deal. I’ve stayed at the Marriot Marquis on Times Square for $70/ night. My daughter stayed there three weeks ago for $90 for a double. Jersey is for cousins.
Try the Newport area of Jersey City—PATH trains and buses into NYC at all times. Very nice area good hotels,good eats etc. be VERY careful of "hotels and motels" in and around North Bergen and Secaucus you may see some great rates for them but so do local"professionals" if you get my drift. Good luck—-try one hotel in NYC called the Edison. Good luck[8D]
The internet is your friend. Use it.
[:D]You might check with the Archdiocese of New York and see if there are any monasteries or convents
that take in guests you can stay at. A friends aunt and her friends Jean and Sylvia sometimes stay at a convent there,but I don’t know it’s name.This is a common practice in Europe.I think the rates would be reasonable,and I recall Rick Steves on one of his shows while in Rome stayed in just such a place,or see if there are any youth hostels around in New York City as well.
When I have been to New York,i have stayed with my sister in Piermont,NY and then we commute into NYC.She works in Manhatten and rides the bus every day,and it’s the best way for her to go,no hassel with parking,etc.
Some of the chain hotels/motels(like Marriott Courtyard/FairfieldInn. etc.) are reasonable at Newark Airport (not La Guardia or JFK). The airport is really close to NYC, probably your best bet is to take the airport busses (like Carey, Olympia) into NYC – goes to Penn Station, Grand Central, etc.
that’s a good idea just taking the bus back and forth…. stress free compared to driving (lots of traffic going in and out of the tunnel)
I’ve stayed in NJ (N. Bergen area)a few times and taken a transit bus into the port authority terminal at Times Square. Worked out really well and I saved a bundle.
re: the priceline.com idea…
VERY important is to check recent Priceline successful bids at biddingfortravel.com. It is an absolutely wonderful website that has a message board, and hotel lists. You can find out what prices got "accepted", etc. and also hotel reviews.
It is not owned or associated with priceline. It is kind of like an "insiders" type website, that gives you a lowdown on priceline.
for instance, I can look at the hotel list for "philadelphia", and then look at the "phila airport" area.
then I can look at the message boards and see that someone wrote in that their bid for $50 was successful at the Marriot which is actually right at the airline terminal.
So I would be a fool to bid $150, for instance, for that particular time. Cause now I know it should only take a $50 bid!!!
(thanks signman for turning me on to that bidding for travel website!!
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