[nycbug-talk] [Semi OT] Convention help
spork at bway.net
Mon Oct 9 18:02:48 EDT 2006
On Mon, 9 Oct 2006, Jonathan Stewart wrote:
> Does anyone have any suggestions as far as where to stay? I did see the
> list linked from the convention site and if anyone would recommend any
> specific hotels from that list or elsewhere it would be appreciated. A
> couch to crash on would be cool too if someone doesn't mind ;)
Be prepared to pay big $$ if you want a nearby hotel. I live in Jersey
and recently got married, so I thought, "what the hell, I'll get a hotel"
- idea being that if I'm already in NYC I might make it on-time. In the
past I've snagged decent rooms for $100 or less using priceline.
I tried that again with the search restricted to Priceline's Upper West
Side, then Upper East Side, then Central Park South, then Midtown East. I
was trying to avoid the "tourist" area... No dice at $130 in any of those
areas. I finally added the financial district and got something here:
Seems like a really nice place with excellent reviews on TripAdvisor.com.
But that's going to be one hell of a subway ride. :) Still better than
driving in two days.
I think Priceline is pretty safe, they generally don't put crappy hotels
in there unless you dip below 2.5 *'s. And my failure to win a bid for
UWS area the other night is NO indication that someone else couldn't win
today - inventory fluctuates from day to day.
http://www.biddingfortravel.com/ has recent auction results for Priceline,
which is handy.
As for parking, just assume that's extra. There's a lot under the church
that's just NW of the NW corner of the Columbia campus. I think I paid
under $30 for a day's parking last year.
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