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ilovetotravel29 Jun 9th, 2006 09:25 PM

Can this be Done? NYC in December for 1000 bucks?
 
Do you think this would be possible?

3 full days in NYC in early december, airfare from the san francisco bay area, and perhaps 200-300 spending money?

I can go lower on the spending money of course.

I am also considering that since airfare to Paris at the time of the year is around 350-450, maybe I could get some kind of connecting flight that have a large layover if possible---flight agent told me of this type of route last year....

I just need a hotel room without bugs and with a bathroom. I am not much picky beyond that.

I know it is a long shot, but I am hoping.

How far is Jamaica, NY from NYC? Online it says that it is not far, but of course, far is all relative.

thanks in advance for your help.

seetheworld Jun 9th, 2006 09:31 PM

Well, I was going to suggest flying JetBlue, but they only go as far as NY. Jamaica is in Queens - I wouldn't recommend staying there.

Is it really possible to have that large of a layover - I didn't think it was.

BTW were you once ever or do you know someone by the name "birthdaygirlstrip"? Just wondering. :) ;)

rkkwan Jun 9th, 2006 09:55 PM

I don't see why not. You can book airfare for under $400 now SF-NYC on various routes. If you look harder and/or wait a little, you can probably get one closer to $300.

You can stay in Manhattan for about $100/night. One place I used to stay often is Herald Square Hotel. Totally safe, totally clean, and very convenient. You can get a single room with shared bath for $79/night mid-week in Dec; $99 with private bath. $10 more on weekends.

If you fly red-eye SF-NYC, you can get three full days by just staying for 3 nights of hotel. That's $700, with $300 to spend.

TxTravelPro Jun 9th, 2006 10:07 PM

You are off by about 100 per night, rkkwan.
December hotels rates are projected to be very high.
But I still think it is a great tip.
The hotel gets good reviews and odds are it will still be significantly less than other decent hotels in the area.

rkkwan Jun 9th, 2006 10:23 PM

Those rates for one person are bookable on www.heraldsquarehotel.com

sunny16 Jun 10th, 2006 08:26 AM

I have a friend who stayed at the Gershwin Hotel near the Empire State Building. It's a very nice hotel with reasonable rates. You have the option of having your own room or bunking with other people in hostel-like rooms. I checked their website for the first three nights of December, and it looks like you can stay there for about $130/night. I imagine the bunking option is cheaper.
http://www.gershwinhotel.com

TxTravelPro Jun 10th, 2006 08:58 AM

rkkwan... MAN, that is a surprise.
-This hotel sure has weak revenue management given the projected rate and occupancy in Dec-
These rooms will book up fast now that rkkwan has revealed it.
Thanks for the tip ;)

nytraveler Jun 10th, 2006 11:14 AM

Don;t know your exact dates - but it does seem ,ike the Herald Square hotel (not reco'ing - have no knowledge) is available for about $100 plus the 18% tax. Reviews are what you would expect for a budget hotel - OK from people expecting budget and not so good from people who don;t understand NYC prices - and think they should get something upscale instead of super basic.

You don;t want to stay in Jamaica - this is either airport hotels - not vey nice and from which it will take you forever to get back and forth - or places you REALLY don't want to stay.


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