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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
Looking (well thinking) of taking my Girlfriend away this year as a supprise for a short New York Break.

Found a deal in March, with BA flying from Heathrow to JFK, staying at some average - decent hotels in good locations. Generally about £800-900 mark for us both - for 3 nights (no B&B). Flights are £300 return each.

Anyone got any better deals? Tips? Advice? I'm sure thats deemed a 'good' price to some for the kind of deal.
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#1
Also, what about costs over there? Sure there are many cheap Cafe's about for breakfast and the likes, but would probably have a couple of nice meals out too.

Any advice of JFK - Midtwon (15m) taxi costs?

Tourist location costs?

Any advice would be great :-)
1 Like #2
good price :) i paid £1500 for flights n hotel and thought it was a waste of money in the end
1 Like #3
deffo go, new york is amazing, where are you thinking of staying?! taxi is around $ 40 so not too bad, double check that though, most guide books will list the options.

Make sure you see all the sights, most things are free, liberty statue is about $15 each for the boat trip, worth a go if its nice weather and you want some close up pics.

I would fly with virgin atlantic, they are the best out of my experience, should be some cheap deals about around now, your looking at about £900 for the both of you i would think, but put aside money for shopping, because there are loads of places to buy things.

Spend some time in central park, i loved it there, was boiling hot when i went though so i used it for sunbathing

subway is easy to use, buy a travel card with $15-20 on it and use that to travel around, 1 or two block may look like a short distance but they all add up!!

Enjoy your trip!
1 Like #4
I wouldnt worry about the price of food, there are so many different types available your only problem will be which ones to choose from, there are loads. NY caters for everyone when it comes to food, from budget to the high class meals.

When I was in NY there was a standard fare from the airport out to Manhatten Island which was $25. Never pay the cabbie as you have to pay it up front and get a ticket from the steward who will tell you which cab number to go to and also show you to the cab.

There are loads of tours, bus tours are especially good try to explore as much as possible. The Empire State Building and the Ellis Island ferry (which goes directly past the Statue of Liberty) is particularly good.

Be prepared for plenty of walking, bus hopping or subway riding. Most of all, enjoy your time there and remember to take your girlfriend on the horse and cart ride around Central Park!!!

:)

Edit : Also, shop around for the best hotel prices. You may well be surprised at the higher star hotels you can get for a much lower price. I stayed at the Carlton on the corner of Madison Avenue and it was only £70 per room per night, which I thought was worth it for a Midtown 4 star hotel. I was almost tempted to go for the Waldorf Astoria which was on sale at £130 a room per night! lol...
#5
xxjadexx
good price :) i paid £1500 for flights n hotel and thought it was a waste of money in the end


Cheers. You say waste of money though, was it due to the hotel or just trip itself?

Want to do NY sometime, but it is a lot of money to shell out for a few days.
1 Like #6
Hi,
Went in April 06, had an amazing time.

A taxi from JFK to Midtown will be about $45-60 - be cautious of unlicensed cabs, easy to avoid with a bit of common sense. There's also a couple of shuttle services which typically take 8-12 people from the airport to their hotel, which is obviously cheaper than a taxi.

Most New Yorkers have tiny kitchens, mainly due to the fact that the food's so good. Hundreds upon hundreds of cheap cafes open around the clock, I'd recommend 'Ess A Bagel.' Compared with the UK you probably get about twice as much food for half the money!

So much to do as well, it's worth getting a guide, would recommend Lonely Planet, and you'll also want a map too. Used this forum extensively before I went, where you can find similar questions and answers.

Stayed in 'The Pod' hotel, worth checking out. The rooms are small (shouldn't be much of a problem, who'd go to NY to stay in their room!?!) but it's very modern, all the rooms have iPod docks etc. Great location as well East 51 Street and really good prices. Also has a rooftop garden which is pretty cool.
1 Like #7
I would try and book airport transfer if you can, it can be a bit overwhelming all the cab drivers urging you to take their cab and some are not legit. Wait until you feel a bit more human then take a cab ride!
Empire State Building $20 (tour , books etc extra but not nec)
Top of the Rock $20 (same as above)
Staten Island Ferry - Free
Entry to some museums free on certain days/times
Get a subway Metro pass (about $8 each per day) it covers all subways and some trains and buses, excellent value
Book it! It's an amazing city :)

Edit ~ we flew with Virgin Atlantic also, great trip, good value, but....................... they overbooked the return flight and tried to get us to go home 24 hours later. Great if you have no commitments, not so great if you need to get home!
#8
Thanks all for the advice thus far. Rep left for you all :-)
#9
n1ck09
Hi,
Went in April 06, had an amazing time.

A taxi from JFK to Midtown will be about $45-60 - be cautious of unlicensed cabs, easy to avoid with a bit of common sense. There's also a couple of shuttle services which typically take 8-12 people from the airport to their hotel, which is obviously cheaper than a taxi.

Most New Yorkers have tiny kitchens, mainly due to the fact that the food's so good. Hundreds upon hundreds of cheap cafes open around the clock, I'd recommend 'Ess A Bagel.' Compared with the UK you probably get about twice as much food for half the money!

So much to do as well, it's worth getting a guide, would recommend Lonely Planet, and you'll also want a map too. Used this forum extensively before I went, where you can find similar questions and answers.

Stayed in 'The Pod' hotel, worth checking out. The rooms are small (shouldn't be much of a problem, who'd go to NY to stay in their room!?!) but it's very modern, all the rooms have iPod docks etc. Great location as well East 51 Street and really good prices. Also has a rooftop garden which is pretty cool.



I stayed in the pod tooo!!!!

It was small but functional great location, good price and a nice pizza place just around the corner!! :thumbsup:
#10
1 Like #11
Fly with Virgin, BA are crap

As its your first trip get a cab outside as mentioned above and not the illegal ones that tout in the foyer. On the way back the LIRR is aboiut $7 each to the airport

You have to eat in Macys cafe on the lower floor and try a footlong chilli dog, I couldn't manage it lol

Taxis are relatively cheap compared to UK prices but get a train card for your trip.

Free ferry from South St Seaport to Staten Island, get to see the view and take pics

Taxi across to Brooklyn for the best pizzas and walk back across the Bridge at night, amazing

Pubs near the Empire State will give you a free pass to the tower if you get friendly with them.

So much to tell you I could go on

Have fun :)
1 Like #12
ajay87
Also, what about costs over there? Sure there are many cheap Cafe's about for breakfast and the likes, but would probably have a couple of nice meals out too.

Any advice of JFK - Midtwon (15m) taxi costs?

Tourist location costs?

Any advice would be great :-)


I think its $30 if i remember right for the taxi.
Ive been to new york 3 times and i love it there!

My tips:

DO NOT bother going up the empire state building, the view is rubbish and you dont see the empire state building. Go to the TOP OF THE ROCK (Rokafeller center) cheaper and amazing views over the park.

DO NOT bother going up the statue of liberty, take a boat cruise instead or take the Staten island ferry (its free)

Katz's Deli on Houston is where the Ill have what shes having scene is filmed in when harry met sally, they also do INCREDIBLE pastrami sandwiches.

The UN is a bit of a bust since the terror attacks

Definatly go see a show you can get half price tickets on the day usually. maybe check out a sporting event, keep your eyes peeled for people with clipboards in Times Square they may be giving out tickets to see shows like The late show with Letterman etc. (i managed to do this, it was brilliant.

walk across the Brooklyn bridge

if you go shopping in Macys.. take your passport and go to visitor services, you get an 11% discount as a tourist.


If you are only going for 3 days it may be worth getting a Greyline tours ticket (open topped busses) think they are about $50 for a 48 hour ticket, on 3 different loops (downtown, uptown and brooklyn) hop on hop off and night tour, stops at all the major attractions.

World trade center is not nearly as humbling as it once was when it was a hole, but seeing how its been built willbe interesting.

im still trying to think for you...
1 Like #13
Just a quick one - well worth pricing it up seperately.

Virgin have a sale on with fares from £299 to NY until EO March and then have a look on the Hotel Website for how much it is to book seperatley. Hotwire.com can get you some really good rates and you can use BetterBidding to try and idenitfy the hotel!
#14
ps

Lots of boutiques and cheap trainer shops at South St Seaport, past Wall St

Loads of oubs nearby selling weird beers and Guiness lol and there are some amazing fish restaurants so a nice area to visit
#15
ajay87
Cheers. You say waste of money though, was it due to the hotel or just trip itself?

Want to do NY sometime, but it is a lot of money to shell out for a few days.


just what i personaly thought to be honest, was not what id expected, was there for 5 days and was after 3 days very boring, and i would never go back. but thats just me. :oops: only went shopping thou, and went at the beginning of march and it was freezing cold, and snowwed loads!
hotel was really really nice but just out of the way for me, was a bit scary walkin to when it got a bit late in the day. was only 30 mins away central park and bout 10 mins if that from main shopping road. wasnt worth gettin a taxi.
i would defo agree with others bout flying with virgin, that was the best part for me :whistling:
also i would defo recommend pay the extra for the tranfers to and from airport. well worth it :)
#16
AH HA! found my travel journal.

Check out the metropolitan Museum of Art (You can pay what you want, prices listed are suggested donations)

More food:

The Ippudo Noodle restaurant is great, thats somewhere near 70 east and 10th
ShakeShak in Maddison Square PARK (not gardens, Park) Does an amazing burger
Nice Green Bo in China Town for chinese (66 Bayard St)
La Nueva Victoria is cuban style food near 95th and broadway

I hope all that helps!
#17
When in march are you thinking? Is it a Friday-Monday thing you are thinking?
#18
Spent 6 hours in JFK airport in 2005 never saw anything of the city except coming into land twice - and didn't see much then :?

On the plus side I was only there waiting for a connection to San Francisco as I hired a harley and did 21 days in California, Nevada & Arizona.

East or West ????

West is Best :-D

For the sort of money you splash out for a couple of days in the big apple you can have a couple of weeks on a bike in Sunny California. Trip of a lifetime, do the streets of SF, ride the Big Sur, cruise up Santa Monica Boulevard, ride through the fantastic desert to Vegas, Chill in San Diego which has to have the perfect climate and waterfront.
( I stayed in a Casino in Vegas for 4 nights @ $13 a night to see the strip, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon and Meteor Crater )

Live the dream !!!!
Its the best de-stress tool you will ever find
only downside people can't see the big grin on your face under a full face helmet !!
#19
bobbybuilder


For the sort of money you splash out for a couple of days in the big apple you can have a couple of weeks on a bike in Sunny California. Trip of a lifetime,

Live the dream !!!!


Please do share..............
#20
I am going to New York in april for the first time, so I'm also finding these hints and tips very helpful, thanks all.

What best for getting from JFK to hotel? Hotel is in Times Square and there is 3 of us.
What are the best travel passes? Hop on/off type?
#21
I am so jealous!
My partner took me to NY last Feb for my 30th birthday. I sooo wished we were going back this Feb!
Taxi from JFK is $65 which includes all tolls and tip.
If you are planning on doing the touristy thing, i would look at [url]www.newyorkpass.com[/url]. We bought one of those each and were glad we did, there was so much to do and all free as we had already paid.
We stayed in Hotel Edison (mid-range hotel) right on Times Square. It was in the perfect spot.
If you are going to see a show, i would go to the TKTS booth in Times Square and buy tickets on the day for the show you want to watch, it works out sooo much cheaper.
As for eating out, there are foods for every tastes and budgets. But you must have a hotdog off one of the stands near Central Park.
Bloomingdales and Macy's is a must too!
Hope you have loads of fun!
If you need anything else, just pm me :)
#22
Tintern1981;7416329
I am going to New York in april for the first time, so I'm also finding these hints and tips very helpful, thanks all.

What best for getting from JFK to hotel? Hotel is in Times Square and there is 3 of us.
What are the best travel passes? Hop on/off type?


You can get the train from JFK to Penn St if you are travelling light, pretty straightforward and comfy. Otherwise use a cab as JFK is in a rough part of town lol

We usually walk a lot as it's flat and Times Sq is central to most places
1 Like #23
Oh btw, buy a Metrocard and travel on the subway!
#24
I think the cab is a minimum of $50 now.

Top of the Rock over the Empire State. Queues are shorted aswell.

Juniors Cheesecake - I asked a New Yorker the one thing they would recommend & it was Juniors Cheesecake!!

Central Park - check out the Zoo & the Woolman ice skating rink!

Brooklyn Bridge....always a fave of mine, views from Water Street (think that's the name) are stunning...you get a bridge either side.

Have fun, you'll love it. I've been 3 three times & I'm always dreaming of going back!!

Forgot to mention (echoing what others have said):
Metro Card - buy it on arrival. $25 dollars. Unlimted for a week. Otherwise $1 per trip (I think)
Macys foodhall - gorgeous food!! I know it's a essentially a shopping centre foodhall but the food is sooooo nice.
Old Navy - I shop there everytime. Cheap clothes. Essentially the Gap but cheaper!
#25
Titchimp
When in march are you thinking? Is it a Friday-Monday thing you are thinking?


Dates are pretty flexible. Was looking more at a Tuesday - Friday break. Weekends are there then to prepare and recover :)
#26
Titchimp
Please do share..............


I have no idea where you are going with that one

but your mantra under your avatar looks like something one of those guys has on a placard waiving round the shoppers in a city street !

:thumbsup:
#27
Loads of great advice here. I have done NY 3 times now, last time was september.
Top of the Rock is so much better than empire states except not as good a view of Crystler building. Much much better views of everything else and no queues.

I think NY is a tad over rated for shopping, I lived in Bicester for 18 months and Im sure Bicester village is about 40% cheaper for most items than NY, and all in one place rather than spread out, so I would only do minimal shopping.

Grand Central station is my favourite hang out. I particularly like the food court beneath it.

Sporting events are a must, totally different atmosphere to UK. Intervals and time outs are often the best with loads happening.
Check out the gropon deal of the day for NY in advance as there are lots of good offers you can get.
#28
bobbybuilder
I have no idea where you are going with that one

but your mantra under your avatar looks like something one of those guys has on a placard waiving round the shoppers in a city street !

:thumbsup:


The quote is from pulp fiction ;)

You said for the same price as 2-3 days in NY you can spend 2 weeks in the east coast.. i would like to see where to book this
#29
Times Square is pretty good now its been pedestrianised. And we got free tickets to Whitney Houston concert recording from clip board people last time we went.

Accomodation can be cheap. Last time we stayed in a swanky appartment between the UN and times sqaure for under $100 a night. The trick is to find somewhere that has already discounted its rates, phone up and haggle (this can be done for under 2p per minute just google "phone usa"). All prices quoted in USA will not include tax, which is prob an extra 15%.

If haggling with the hotel when they will not budge on price anymore simply ask what they will throw in aswell. We got Hotel Marlowe accross the river from Boston for $115 a night then got free valet carparking, and breakfast thown in for free. Offering AA membership sometimes helps in hotels, attractions and restaurants.

NY taxis are cheep in the city, but expensive to and from the airports. Over $60 each way to any of the airports. We caught a shuttle bus last time I think it was $25 each for a return. Saved a chunk of money.
#30
Jetpac


Katz's Deli on Houston is where the Ill have what shes having scene is filmed in when harry met sally, they also do INCREDIBLE pastrami sandwiches.



On that note, I was taken here by a Big Apple Greeter. Totally free and definitely worth looking into if anyone is going, your own personalised guide to NYC :thumbsup:

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u270/nickwhitworth/NewYork019-1.jpg
#31
Titchimp
The quote is from pulp fiction ;)

You said for the same price as 2-3 days in NY you can spend 2 weeks in the east coast.. i would like to see where to book this


That sounds like a Samuel L Jackson quote then !!

Flight was around 13th Dec an awful lot cheaper than the xmas week with American Airline
You have to match up where you can hire the bike you want/or whats available to the nearest
airport in my case I landed in San Jose just below San Francisco and hired the Harley from:

http://www.eaglerider.com/

I only pre- booked my motels for the 1st day near the airport and the same place for my last night before flying home - then I just used Internet cafes or motel free internet to book my next motel for the next day depending on where i fancied heading next. I basically used hotels.com which gave me the best price everytime and every motel out there was of an excellent standard.

Words of advice : California weather in winter can be more fickle than ours - I had 95mph crosswinds coming out of the midway tunnel on the bay bridge by treasure island in San Francisco bay - that was an experience !!

The further south you go the better the weather & Vegas was fantastic - but had -17 plus wind chill factor at a sunny but snow covered Grand Canyon on xmas day ( and McDonalds was shut - damn !!)

Also american bikers do not ride north of San Diego in winter except to pose at biker bars !!

I had around 19 days on the bike at a cost of around 1500 quid with all other costs included.

Rough Route

San Jose > San Francisco
SF via pacific highway 1 > Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz > Monterey
Monterey via Big Sur coast road (one of the best drives in the world officially ) > Santa Maria
Santa Maria > Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles
> San Diego central city
>Long Beach Los Angeles
> Highway 15 across Mojave Desert to Las Vegas
>Henderson/Boulder City By Hoover Dam
> Highway 93 to Kingman ( all desert)
>Route 66 & interstate 40 > Williams (stopover for Grand Canyon)
Grand Canyon > Flagstaff > Meteor Crater
> Vegas > Long Beach > San Jose

This road trip is not for the faint hearted but you will never feel more alive !!!
ps you will never see a better sunset than the one in Vegas from the top of the stratosphere tower when the
jagged mountain peaks across the desert light up in the most vivid burnt orange you have ever seen.

City or the open road - know where I will be heading next time :)
#32
Which ever i go with, BA or Virgin, flights costing £300 each return. Just the dates that differ a little, and with virgin i'll have to have a 4 night stop. Only ever had experience with BA a long time a go, but was all ok then. Wouldn't mind experiencing Virgin Atlantic.

Hotel seems to be the sticking point. Not too bothered about a very fancy hotel, just somewhere that's clean, tidy. £360 for 4 nights seem to be the cheapest i've found, which isn't too bad.
#33
Well dont be put off with what I'm about to suggest!

Last 2 times, we've stayed at the Central Park Hostel. Yes, it's a hostel but they have there own private rooms.

Both times we've had a huge double bed each, fridge, microwave & sink etc. Own shower & the whole place as unbelievably clean.

It's on Central Park West and only 5 minutes on the Subway to Times Square.

Also, since you're going in March. It's Basketball season! Catch the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Tickets would be around the £25/£30 mark. Even if you get nosebleed seats, the way MSG is planned out, you get a great view from anyway. I'm not a basketball fan but it's a great experience & worth doing!
#34
Loved New York bad thing is your taking your Girlfriend cause your gonna be spending a hell lot of money on shopping lol, I would reccomend staying for atleast 4-5 nights cause youre gonna be jet lagged for the first 1-2 nights, dont forget to visit time square and shopping is amazing price and variety wise and when comes to food dont forget to visit Famous pizza the best you have ever had just ask any Taxi driver its pretty famous. and about the airlines never flown with ba but Virgin is very good try and go for a american Airline just because the legroom and service is much better.
#35
Just got back from my xmas break went to New York then onto Florida to stay with my sister.New york is excellent as others have said already.

Or you could get yourself a Dreambox and get a motorised dish and watch New York while you are posting dribble in misc just a thought.!!!!! :whistling:
banned#36
abacus
Just got back from my xmas break went to New York then onto Florida to stay with my sister.New york is excellent as others have said already.

Or you could get yourself a Dreambox and get a motorised dish and watch New York while you are posting dribble in misc just a thought.!!!!! :whistling:


Wow. When it gets to you that bad, that an anonimous person on an Internet deals site fills your thoughts when you should be enjoying a nice holiday, you really should just switch off your PC. The other posts you've made saying the same thing with coloured text suggest serious issues that a session with a quack could help you out with.

My dreambox and motorized dishes are fine. I guess the reference to the fact you've had a holiday is to signify you have holidays? Sorry to pee on your parade, but having been to the USA on 9 occasions, it doesn't impress. (sorry) I'll post some photots for you when I get back from my second visit to Bali in March. In the meantime, you can vent your frustration on an Internet deals site!

( I really did just laugh out very very loud)

PS just say no to tag abuse :-)
banned#37
xxjadexx;7416058
just what i personaly thought to be honest, was not what id expected, was there for 5 days and was after 3 days very boring, and i would never go back. but thats just me. :oops: only went shopping thou, and went at the beginning of march and it was freezing cold, and snowwed loads!
hotel was really really nice but just out of the way for me, was a bit scary walkin to when it got a bit late in the day. was only 30 mins away central park and bout 10 mins if that from main shopping road. wasnt worth gettin a taxi.
i would defo agree with others bout flying with virgin, that was the best part for me :whistling:
also i would defo recommend pay the extra for the tranfers to and from airport. well worth it :)

Sorry but am I the only one dumbfounded that you went all the way to New York and just spent your time shopping! No wonder you were bored lol
#38
been twice and have to say its an amazing city so much to see or do . my advice Do go up both the rock and empire state , going to new york and not going up the empire state would be a bit silly same as the statue of liberty if its a touristy thing they are a must . http://www.newyorkpass.com/ we bought 2 of these and to be honest it saved me a few hundred dollars . it gives u discount to all attractions (empire,statue ) but also discount in a load of department stores (Macy's,century21 etc ) also has a map and loads of info . we stayed in the new yorker the 2nd time and although it was cheap it was perfect for the money and all in all it cost us £630 each for 4 days/nights . the natural history museum was class as well but it can be a waste of a day or half of one . do not go on the new york skyride its the cheap and nastiest ride ever wouldn't be out of place in Blackpool . best shopping is outside of the city which isnt expensive to get to .

enjoy your trip

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