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  1. We ended up booking TownePlace Suites with CAA discount in Long Island City. My girlfriend didn't like Z NYC because they were offering twin beds, and the rest were either too pricey or had construction going on.
  2. I guess for hotels in NYC, there's no such thing as last minute hotel deals? Better to sell a room for cheap than to leave it vacant no?
  3. Man these prices fluctuate so much. Checked the 4* HOTWIRE Chelsea - Greenwich Village for $132.00 you mentioned and it's now $146. Driving me nuts. But yeah, thanks for your help. I understand how the BiddingHelper.com site works now and how to take advantage of the deals on there. Will keep you posted on what we do.
  4. I think we will take your advice on staying in one hotel for the whole time we're in NYC. So that'll be August 4 to August 12. Currently looking at Comfort Inn Long Island City for $1,122 tax included + roughly $15/day for parking nearby. That'll be our back up plan if we cannot find a more luxurious hotel in Long Island City for a similar price. Priceline currently has a 3.5* hotel for $1,069 tax included after discount with the follow amenities: WiFi Business Centre King bed with standard or executive room As you said, budget is a primary factor and then convenience is a close second. Would bidding on Priceline be cheaper than these Hotwire or Express deals? My bids have been getting rejected but that's because I'm lowballing with under $100/night bids in Manhattan on a 4 star hotel, which is to be expected unless they're desperate to fill up vacant rooms.
  5. I called Quality Suites twice throughout the month and each time I asked about the hotel shuttle and the times, and cost. It costs $15 round trip per person so I'm pretty confident it's a 3rd party shuttle service the hotel contracted with. We would prefer to stay in Manhattan for the first leg of the trip if possible. We want to keep the 2nd half flexible since we may choose to leave early or stay for an extra day or two. Sorry I meant Medford, NY. Was a typo when I typed Bedford. Just want to go to Long Island or Hamptons area and find a nice beach there. We did consider going to the beach at the end of the trip, but we want to use the beach as a stop gap. We're definitely going to be walking around a lot so we want to use the beach day as a way for us to relax, sleep in, and chill in general. Maybe we should just hit up Coney Island or find a beach closer to NYC instead? Yeah it seems the hotels and amenities are changing each time I'm able to check. I was trying to check at work today and the page would always refresh because the deal was "gone." Do forgive me if I don't post the amenities. I'll search those 3 hotels you listed and see how much parking is in the area. So far it's looking like staying in Manhattan is twice as much as staying in North Bergen. Looked at Long Island City as you suggested. I guess as long as it's not a far walk to the station, it beats Quality Suites North Bergen. Even if we gotta take a taxi or Uber it's probably a lot cheaper?
  6. They've been running a shuttle for many years now assuming nothing changed. I stayed at the same hotel many years ago when it used to be a Comfort Suites. Confirmed with front desk last night and the last shuttle is 10:30PM from Times Square back to the hotel. It's definitely a hotel shuttle of some sort since it was basically direct service from the hotel to Times Square when we last used it like 5 years ago. I'm driving from Toronto. We looked into Long Island City briefly but I think we didn't choose it cus it was so much more expensive than the Quality Suites we booked. 20% significant organizations rate saved us a ton of money, along with shuffling the check in/out dates a bit. Managed to save $161 on lodging for the whole trip while still keeping the same "Arrive in NYC on evening of August 4, leave August 12" dates. The Bedford date is flexible. We just want to go to the beach in between so we're going to head over to try and find a nice beach. Originally we booked Bedford for August 7th to 8th, but now we changed it to August 8th to 9th. Yup accomodation for double occupancy.
  7. I booked August 4th to 8th and August 9th to 12th at Quality Suites in North Bergen, North Jersey for a total of $523 and $472 tax included. Before tax, it is $444.80 and $401.60. On August 8th to August 9th, we'll be staying at Comfort Inn in Medford for $151.35 after tax, $135.59 before tax. We are exploring the option of booking somewhere in Manhattan for August 4th to 8th. We want the convenience of staying there and not having to rely on the hotel shuttle to get from North Bergen to Times Square and back. If we missed the shuttle, we gotta pay for a taxi or Uber home. However is it safe is it to park my car for a few days in a NYC parking garage by the hotel? Naturally the car will be emptied out but I don't want to come back and see the car scratched. My friend said it's fine and she lives in Brooklyn I think? I see Hotwire is running a deal for 4 star hotel in Rockefeller Center area for $132/night + $22 resort fee. 4 star hotel in World Trade Center - Wall Street area is $137 + $22 resort fee. Times Square is $122 + $40 resort fee! Alternatively maybe I can bid on Priceline for a hotel in the $100/night range?
  8. I'm just going to piggy back this thread since my criteria are similar to OP. Right now, I booked August 4th to 7th and August 9th to 12th at Quality Suites in North Bergen, North Jersey for a total of $449 and $663 respectively. Naturally, we want to find somewhere closer to Manhattan for August 4th to 7th since we'll be staying in NYC for at least 5 days. We want to be free and not have to rely on the hotel shuttle to get around. We're driving to NYC from Toronto so I know parking is pricey at like $50/day but hey, gotta pay for convenience. So if I'm to book for something via Priceline bidding? Or is Hotwire better? Right now Hotwire is running a deal for 4 star hotel in Rockefeller Center area for $136/night + $22 resort fee.4 star hotel in World Trade Center - Wall Street area is $129 + $22 resort fee. Times Square is $111 + $40 resort fee! But I hear Times Square is not a very good area to stay in because it's so busy. Or do you have some better recommendations? Also how safe is it to park my car for a few days in a NYC parking garage by the hotel? Naturally the car will be emptied out but I don't want to come back with the car all banged up and scratched. Thanks! Edit: Actually now that I think about it, it's better to do Manhattan to do till August 8th or 9th...