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#16 USANatalie

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 04:14 PM

To be honest, whilst the falls are pretty amazing to see. Niagara Falls the township, which the falls are right on the edge of, is actually pretty rundown and not that exciting. It really looks like a place that had it's heyday in the 70s/80s (pink hotel rooms etc). Also, very touristy with the silly shops like Ripleys Believe it or Not and lots of pinball arcades.

Not sure you are missing that much really (but thats said by someone who's been there and I know sometimes I just want to see a place for myself). I feel the same way about LA: can't ever tell someone it's not worth a visit but have soooo many people say they weren't at all impressed when they went there and why didn't I tell them in the first place!

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 04:24 PM

Yeah, I think you're right Nat, I had it on our list cause it's possible, but really, it's not something I have always wanted to see/go.

I'd much prefer to use the money to fly to Las Vegas!!!

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 04:33 PM

QUOTE(Kir @ Oct 10 2006, 04:03 PM) View Post

H2b just informed me he is not keen on Niagra falls... so it looks like we'll be missing that.
I'm not keen on the Soprano's tour so will probably shop while he does that!


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To be honest, whilst the falls are pretty amazing to see. Niagara Falls the township, which the falls are right on the edge of, is actually pretty rundown and not that exciting. It really looks like a place that had it's heyday in the 70s/80s (pink hotel rooms etc). Also, very touristy with the silly shops like Ripleys Believe it or Not and lots of pinball arcades.


I kinda feel like you ARE missing out by not going to Niagara Falls. I thought the falls themselves were Amazing. The Maid of the Mist boat tour we did was awesome, and we loved every minute of it, and got some fantastic photos. We didn't stay overnight at the falls, and only had lunch at the town near the falls (canadian side). It was a day tour from NYC, and we thought it was well worth the money.

But different people appreciate different things!!!

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I'd much prefer to use the money to fly to Las Vegas!!!


I must admit I LOVE Las Vegas!!! So if you had to choose between the two of them, I'd definitely say check out Vegas. That place rocked. It's just so laid back. It's a great place to go & let your hair down & just have fun! It really is.... I could rave on about it for ages.

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 04:52 PM

QUOTE(kafryn @ Oct 10 2006, 04:33 PM) View Post
I must admit I LOVE Las Vegas!!! So if you had to choose between the two of them, I'd definitely say check out Vegas. That place rocked. It's just so laid back. It's a great place to go & let your hair down & just have fun! It really is.... I could rave on about it for ages.


Rave away Kate!!! LOL

I'm thinking now, fly direct to Las Vegas, then fly on to New York and back again. Flights are cheaper that way, and we get to see both for just a few hundred dollars extra!

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 09:37 PM

QUOTE(teagreen @ Oct 10 2006, 08:57 PM) View Post
Perhaps you could go there instead of Washington? Or even Vegas. I love it there. So cheesy but so much fun!


Thanks Carolyn - unfortunately there is no negotiation sad.gif He wants to see the Wright brothers plane and that is final ph34r.gif


QUOTE(Jody75 @ Oct 10 2006, 09:22 PM) View Post

Smoke
jazz club & cocktail lounge - Great Jazz bar
2751 Broadway

P.S. Don't forget Sephora!! http://www.sephora.com


Thanks for all the info Jody - very handy! Both h2b and I are foodies and we'll definitely check out this jazz bar!!

I went to Sephora in both Paris and Hawaii so it's on this list!!!!

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 09:49 PM

Hi! I live in New York, so feel free to ask any questions. It is rather expensive to stay here. Not sure what you can do to save money. Maybe look into renting an apartment for a week, might be cheaper then a hotel.

Message me if you want any information smile.gif

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 09:53 PM

Thanks Rashelle!!!

I have had a look at a few sublets, but some look OK, while most look not too nice.

Do you know of the Hayden Hotel? www.haydenhotel.com ?

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 03:36 AM

Kir, I'm in New York at the moment and may very well be living here by the time you come over for your honeymoon. I really have nothing to add to this thread. All this girls have put so much effort into answering your question, and today I have a renewed excitement about being here. Sometimes you don't realise just how lucky you are until others show you.

We recently did a food tour of Greenwich Village which I would highly recommend. I strongly feel that you really can't come to New York and not spend time wandering around Greenwich and the East Village. We also did a sunset sail around New York Harbour on a sail boat which was gorgeous. However, doing the city lights tour is a fantastic way to start to get some perspective about how big New York is.

If you can, walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, especially at night, plus its such a beautiful bridge.

Go to the Strand bookstore if you like books. They are all second hand but I swear I could move into that place. I always come home with books (ridiculous really). Its at 12th and Broadway.

I would also recommend going to the Tkts booth down on Fulton Street near the South Street Seaport. The lines are much much shorter most of the time. Sometimes they don't carry as many shows as the booth in Times Square (they are building a new one at the moment so it is temporarily relocated underneath the Marriott) and they don't carry the matinees for that day but otherwise its great.

And remember when you go there, as big as Manhattan is, there are still the four other boroughs that are also included in New York City - the place is huge!

I love London and I love San Francisco and I love Dublin, but I especially love New York, I am very lucky.

Oh and as for the other places, Los Angeles is the only place I've been on all my travels, that I really don't like. I can usually find something to like about a place but not there.

Las Vegas is not really my scene but I am very glad to have been there. I can only handle it for maybe two days at a time.

If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to ask.

Oh and the hotel you mentioned looks good to me too. It is in a nice area and you're right, the rates are amazing. I was looking at hotels about three weeks ago so my husband and I could spend the weekend in Manhattan for our anniversary (we are living with relatives at the moment) but we decided not to because I couldn't find anywhere that cheap!) Go for it!

Oh and Nat, that other thread is fantastic! I've downloaded it as well as this one! And my view on Niagara Falls is that it is worth at least a day trip. I would also recommend going on the Maid of the Mist, it was lots of fun. I don't usually like overly touristy places and I usually don't waste my money on doing the "touristy" things, but I did on this occasion and loved it.

We spent no time at all in the township, we stayed with relatives in Rochester, drove into the Falls and back out again.
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#24 Keir

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 04:10 AM

Thank you Phoenix!! Everyone has given such amazing information!!!

I had a look at TripAdvisor at the reviews of the Hudson Hotel (also called park 79) and they were very mixed... a lot say really great things, but a few were talking about rats and mice!!!!

"Hotel is very good value for money. I had booked the single room with shared bath. The room was small but very clean. The bed was very comfortable. The wireless high speed internet worked great. The shared bathroom was clean and always empty"

and

"saw this hotel/motel on Orbitz. The pictures portrayed a tiny and quaint hotel. WRONG!!! After four days, a rat appeared on the night stand."

I found THIS hotel recommendation from the SMH and once again, had mixed reviews...

"Great location, but had to be moved twice within a week,. The first room had a bathroom that my shoulders could not fit into. The second had ROACHES"

to

"Excellent, this is a gem. Friendly staff. Clean. Great location."

I have also been recommended this homestay which looks great, not sure of the price.

It's all very stressful, I'd hate to come back and be one of the people with a bad hotel experience... I can understand why you gave up Phoenix! smile.gif

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 05:26 AM

I've just emailed that homestay place Kir, will let you know what they say about rates when I get a reply. It looks great! I should have had you help me research!
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Posted 11 October 2006 - 03:04 PM

NY was our first stop on our honeymoon and all of the things people have mentioned are indeed must do's!

You can get on a big red double decker bus (Grays Lines maybe?) that goes EVERYWHERE! It stops at tonnes of places and you get on and off the bus as many times as you want. We got the 48 hour ticket and it was great. I couldn't recommend it enough. It gives you a great idea of the city and lets you learn about it and helps you to navigate much easier once you have done it.

I think our ticket was US$70 which includes the ferry and entry to Statue of Liberty. Well worth it! It even goes out of Manhattan into Brooklyn which we wouldn't have done on our own.

Just for reference, we stayed at The Carlton on Madison Ave which was great. They upgraded us to a huge room and really looked after us. It was in a great spot - very easy to get around.
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Posted 11 October 2006 - 03:46 PM

I went for seven days in 2004 and loved it. Its a great city with a fantastic vibe.

I stayed at the Hilton on the Avenue of Americas (just off fifth ave) but I was living in London at that point, so I had pounds and my friend got me a deal there for 50 quid per night which was really good as it was such a luxurious hotel.

I know you can actually rent a local's apartment to stay while you are there. Have a look on Google, I was going to do this and it worked out a lot cheaper plus you get to experience living like a local. Also have a look at staying over in Brooklyn. Its still close and accessible to Manhattan via subway. I really loved Brooklyn, probably a little more than Manhattan.

Holiday Inn's etc are still really great value. Maybe try finding a reasonably priced hotel and then treat yourself to one night of luxury staying somewhere else.

The one thing I will mention about Manhattan is the tipping. It nearly killed me in terms of cost, but when you get your bill, just double the sales tax and you will be fine!

Good luck and PM if you need any deets

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 11:43 PM

Kir - just got this email back from the Greenwich Village Homestay place .... sounds great!


"Hello Brit
...below is the information for your future visits to NYC

Our guests love it here and it is located on one of the loveliest blocks in the village. We can also set up a phone conversation if you wish.

Looking forward to speaking with you

The nightly rate for our guest studio is $190. All inclusive.

Our Rates include all amenities such as breakfast and taxes. (THIS IS A BIG ONE - OFTEN TAX IS PUT ON TOP OF THE BILL AT HOTELS WHICH CAN BE UP TO 10 OR 15% EXTRA)

Fresh fruit, bagels, oatmeal, cereal, coffee, teas, juice, spring water and any of your own breakfast preferences will be stocked in the room.
Please note that high speed cable internet service has been added in the room for your traveling convenience at no additional charge.

Our townhouse is located on one of the best streets in the village, near all transportation to all destinations. Our guests have their own private entrance and full bath in a spacious studio.


Cancellation and Policies:-

- NON SMOKING. We can not accommodate smokers in our home. Smoking or even extinguished cigarette or cigar butts are not permitted.

- We ask that you also not smoke in front of our home or litter street with smoking trash. If you find these guidelines too restrictive we regretfully can
not accommodate your reservation. Thank you.

- A deposit equal to 50% is required to confirm a reservation.
- Payment of deposit constitutes your understanding of our policies and operating procedures and, most importantly, your agreement to abide by them.

- No refunds or adjustments once deposit has been paid. Please understand that once a guest is confirmed, we turn all other requests away.

- Due to our intimate size and as most of our guests plan their pre-paid visits with us quite some time in advance, cancellations affect us significantly and we also have non-recoverable expenses.

-Furthermore, unlike hotels, we have only one room. This is why we ask everyone to be certain that their plans are firm, and minds made up before booking. Because once confirmed, the room for the above dates, like theatre & airline tickets, becomes 100% the responsibility of the future guest, including but not limited to health and family matters, weather conditions, and the like.

Please note we have only one cottage studio and it is booked every day of the year, so it is wise to book reservations in advance.

Please visit our website for more info:
http://www.greenwich...illagehome.com"


So there you go!



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#29 Keir

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Posted 12 October 2006 - 02:33 AM

Thanks Brit - I'll add it to the list!!

I found another couple I like the look of too that might interest you - Country Inn the city - the owner replied to my email instantly and it looks very nice, though at $250/night at the time of year we'll be there + $5.50pp/night and 5% tax you can see it all adding up!!!

Plus Thirty Thirty which is $229/night for a standard and the only complaints on tripadvisor were about the size of the rooms, and that doesn't bother me!!!

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Posted 12 October 2006 - 10:02 AM

Every room in New York is ultra small.
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