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klagman May 17th, 2005 07:56 PM

Hotel NYC - labor day weekend
Hubby is taking me to the US Open for my 40th bday. We'll be there Labor Day weekend and he's booked the Righa Royal/JW Marriott. He's never been and I've only been once, but the location (as I remember it) is great. Just not sure it's the best option. Any thoughts?

Also, how crazy is the City that weekend? We'll spend some time at the tennis tourney, but also plan to see a couple shows and sites.

Any & all tips are greatly appreciated!

Anonymous May 18th, 2005 02:36 AM

The city is far from "crazy" on Labor Day weekend, since all the locals seem to leave town, it's relatively quiet.

nytraveler May 18th, 2005 04:25 AM

Agree - many people make this a 4 or 5 day weekend - and spend it at the beach or country house - or visiting those friends who have one. There will be many fewer locals than usual even for a summer weekend - so even with the extra tourists the city shold be relatively quiet.

However, the area around the open will be mobbed. Leave yourself plenty of time to and fro - and figure out your best transport options well in advance. (I had to take a client once and coming home we waited almost 45 minutes for our car in the interminable parade of limos.)

mclaurie May 18th, 2005 04:45 AM

The best way to get to the Open is on the subway and the train you'd take is the #7 which makes stops along 42 st. The Righa is on west 54th. The location is excellent for both theaters and Fifth Ave. shopping. It's an all suite hotel and I guess the only I'd say is reviews on tripadvisor indicate it may not be worth the price. But if hubby picked it, maybe leave well enough alone?? You won't have a bad time there I'm sure.

The city is indeed relatively quiet that weekend and it's usually easy to get a table at some of the most sought after restaurants, so take advantage! Have a fabulous b'day!!

HowardR May 18th, 2005 06:47 AM

Previous posters are correct. It's pleasantly quiet in the city that weekend. You probably will have little trouble getting restaurant reservations and you may have a good choice of theater tickets.

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