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Jan 10th, 2013, 02:34 PM
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24-27 March Stay in New York, child friendly.

Hi all,
I'm looking for a hotel in New York between 24-27 March with easy access to JFK and LaGuardia airports and also the tourist sites but one that's suitable for me and my 11 year old lad.
The main part of the challenege is to find one under $100 per night including breakfast and free WiFi.
Am I expecting the impossible?
Thanks in advance.
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Jan 10th, 2013, 02:51 PM
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"Am I expecting the impossible? "

Yes.

Legitimate hotels in NYC (and frankly most big cites) are never less than $100 per night. There are some places close to that (but add tax and maybe food and wifi costs) as a special only for for January,the least busy time of the year. March is average busy time and midweek rates are higher since many people travel on business then.

Airport hotels are somewhat cheaper than in Manhattan but they won't be equally accessible to both and won't be convenient to Manhattan.
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Jan 10th, 2013, 03:12 PM
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I'm afraid your budget is very low - even for March.

And while both JFK and LGA are in Queens - they're at opposite ends of the county. And each one is the best part of an hour from central Manhattan - where most of the sights are.

You definitely do NOT want to stay near an airport - those hotels do not have easy access to the city (more than an hour each way) and are typically next to major highways without any access to services unless yuo have a car.

You really want to stay in Manhattan.

If you can share one double bed (the standard in most NYC hotel rooms) you can bid on Priceline and might get something in your range - but don;t bid lower than 3* - since some places they list just are not where you would want to stay. If you do this - you really need to research how this works.

If you want a room with 2 beds this is typically a larger, more expensive room. You might find something if you check out the various discount websites - but the deals may not be listed for your dates yet.

Typically very inexpensive are the Jane (but I think shared baths) and the Pod Hotel has some rooms with bunk beds.

One alternative is to get a hotel in Long Island City. As long s it is near the subway you can be in Manhattan in about 15 minutes. But these are often mixed use areas (auto body shops and small warehouses among some residences and budget motels) and services can be limited. I believe Town and Country Inns is in a decent location.
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Jan 10th, 2013, 04:05 PM
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Pretty much so.
There are a few options on Hotwire at under $125 (that aren't airport locations) but they are 2star hotels and only a 70% approval rating. But if you really want to go, they would be doable.
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Jan 10th, 2013, 05:05 PM
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When you look at the web sites check the addresses carefully.

They sometime list hotels in Jersey as being only a couple of miles from Times Square - but they neglect to say that 2 of the miles are the Hudson River - and it can take an hour or more to travel those few miles.
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Jan 10th, 2013, 05:35 PM
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Long Island City will offer the least expensive options, but even there,under $100/night will be impossible atbthat time, especially if you need 2 beds. The Country Inn &Suites, the Quality Inn, the Comfort Inn are all near the subway and include breakfast and wifi. I dont know what you'd define as child friendly.
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Jan 10th, 2013, 07:02 PM
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If you asking about the best area for a kid that age I would stay on the upper west side - near Central Park, Museum of Nat'l Hist/Planetarium and tons of kid friendly restaurants (of every ethnicity and often modest prices).

However I don;t think there's a chance of getting anyplace decent (do NOT book Riverside Towers - it's a dump) for less than $200 per night.
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Jan 10th, 2013, 07:17 PM
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If you can pay $200 you can stay at the Hotel Newton on the UWS. You're in between Riverside Park and Central Park, which is great for kids. There's a nice children's playground at Riverside Park, about 3 blocks away. That would be a good option - if $200 is doable for you.
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Jan 10th, 2013, 08:01 PM
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I'm sorry. I just realized I mis-read. Your child is 11 years old, not 1 year old. My apologies.
It's still a good location but forget the info about the hippo garden.
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Jan 10th, 2013, 11:22 PM
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Wow, thanks for all the replies.

I didn't realise NY was so expensive compared to cities in the UK. I'll try looking in LI City.
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Jan 11th, 2013, 04:31 AM
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NYC is about as expensive as London (in fact I find hotels in London more expensive than NYC for anything decent - the last time I saw a room there for $100 was about 20 years ago.)
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Jan 11th, 2013, 05:57 AM
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I agree. 22 years ago I booked something in the $100 range in London and it was nasty. I can't believe we slept there. We did cancel the other nights and moved on
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Jan 11th, 2013, 06:47 AM
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Try Country Inn and Suites Long Island City. That's typically the cheapest hotel there and is definitely the most convenient for subway access. A room for your dates is $119 per night (before tax, which will add about $20). Breakfast and Wi-Fi are included.

Just be aware, however, that Long Island City is not really that convenient to JFK. If you want to save money, take the Air Train ($5 per person) to the subway station in Jamaica; then hop on the E train ($2.50 for one ride, or you can buy a Metrocard for a cheaper package of rides). Then get off the E Queen's Plaza subway station.

To or from LGA on a budget, take the N/Q Train to Astoria Blvd. and then transfer to the M60 bus (follow the signs). The subway to bus transfer is free with a Metrocard.

Of course, the subway is difficult if you have a lot of luggage. A taxi to Long Island City from JFK will cost at least $60. A taxi to LGA from there, however, is less than $20.
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Jan 11th, 2013, 03:46 PM
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What does everyone think to the Comfort Inn?
Hotel seems okay, but what about the area?
It seems everwhere I look people say the areas in Long Island City aren't very good.
I also looked at the Ravel, but comments are made on that area too.
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Jan 11th, 2013, 03:49 PM
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So $120 is a more realistic budget figure then?
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Jan 11th, 2013, 05:50 PM
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"So $120 is a more realistic budget figure then?"

Not really as the rate is 120 plus about another 30 in taxes. And that's one hotel that may or may not be available or have the rate or room type you want for the exact days

Think $150 -$175 for absolute minumum. $200 might get you something more centrally located, but still a budget hotel(and that would be a bargain price in London!)
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Jan 11th, 2013, 06:41 PM
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For a good basic hotel that is clean, offers free breakfasts and convenient to the subway I like the LaQuinta in Manhattan. It's $171/night for your stay.

There are two other LQ options -
$72 in Queens/Long Island City
$103.50 in Brooklyn

Read the reviews on tripadvisor.com. The other two options are about a 15 minute subway ride into the city. I'd prefer to pay the $171 and stay in Manhattan.
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Jan 11th, 2013, 08:33 PM
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There's nothing wrong with Long Isand City. It's a fairly unattractive area but safe. Lots of traffic onto the Queensborough Bridge. No restaurants, though some delis and fast food by the subway. The reason I recommend the Country Inn and Suites is because its just a block from the subway and next to an upscale apartment building. There's nothing wrong with the Comfort Inn or the area, but its a block further from the subway and by a arage if I recall. Taxes are also very easy by the Country Inn, which is across the street from a taxi garage.
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