erm, i've been to nyc about like what 4 or 5 times but always with our chinese tour operators here. efficient and value for money.....about C$200 per person on double occupancy including coach ride and 2 nites hotel. but me sisters dun wanna sit till ka chng tia 'cos it's about 13 hours ride. the coach makes a toilet break every 2 hours and then some places of interest along the way, e.g. corning factory. but i can't convince them.
so, okay, we gonna do free and easy. the airfare alone is C$500!!!! @#$%^& so, question is, where should we stay eh? is mid manhattan a good location? any value for dollar hotel to recommend? (call a friend ) thanks thanks ah.
oh wow....a rare appearance from you, xfr8dog!!!! you MIA nong nong time liao lo. trust all is well with you. ah....thanks for the tip. i will surely check them out. funny thing when i was watching anderson 360 last nite, this webby ad came on our cnn channel. oh wow....a little over USD100???? that's a steal. those that i have looked mostly about USD200-300 a nite.
aiyah....this canada got so many tax and surcharge de. C$500 is just being conservative ah. and what? for under 2 hours flying izzit? yah, that fare is out of pearson. porter ah? i didn't check 'cos they fly out of toronto island. pai seh to say, lived here so long neber been to toronto island. hmm....the planes used by porter okay not? besides, easier for me to go to pearson.
oh, but if they land in newark, that's like over an hour's drive to mid manhatten? i am checking flights to la guardia leh. cheapest i found so far is AA. a lot of my friends are driving to niagara international and then catching their flights to US. heard it will save them at least a couple of hundreds. but i am not going to drive to NiA ah. dun know where it is also. i know some even fly out of buffalo. all because they want to beat the canadian taxes. haiz..... that, thanks very much, really. much appreciated.
woah...C$300 can buy a few coach/kate spade bags hor?! :P
manhattan hotels mad expensive lor.....you can check out Holiday Inn Express at Madison Sq? Location pretty decent near metro/train/bus stations...empire state bldg/times sq etc. not that expensive but still could be in the USD200+ range.
or try those name-your-own-price sites if you don't mind not being able to choose your hotel? i.e. priceline etc.
another alternative is to stay out of manhattan in new jersey or something. you can get 5star hotels there at pretty reasonable prices. just need to find one that's near the metro station.
Work your magic and keep trying to convince your sisters that bussing it is the best way to go?
i wish i have that magic. i am going to try to convince them when they are here. i mean, seriously under C$200 for coach and hotel. how to beat that? 3D/2N leh. i love our chinese tour operators. so cheap and friendly. i've been on numerous side trips with them and they were all good!!! thanks, jetta. i'll try. that website for hotels that xdog suggested? it's good. prices agree with my pocketbook.
I drove to buffalo and flew to NYC from there once.. The other time i was on the Amtrack.. Flying out from buffalo is very cheap.. !!
Check this hotel out.. stayed there twice.. http://www.thegemhotel.com/soho/index.iml
thanks, ben.... oh, u did eh? flew out of buffalo? yeah, i heard and know it is really cheap flying out of buffalo but i doubt i will do that. my first choice is still to go with the tour operators. we'll see. and thanks for the link. i will definitely check it out. are u back in TO?
you can take amtrak or nj transit from new wark to penn station. amtrak will cost you 20 bucks or so, nj transit less than 15.
i stayed at the sheraton, it wasnt too bad. walking distance to time square, moma...
thanks lovegoddes. i am going to try (again) to convince them to take the coach tour. for now, eagerly awaiting their arrival.