I had started posting this trip report as separate threads, but someone recommended I combine them into one. Trip Advisor won't let me edit my original post??? Hence the new thread to make it easier to read. Hope you enjoy!
New Year’s in NYC: A Trip Report (Prelude)
The #1 item on my bucket list has always been to spend New Year’s Eve in Times Square. It took almost 35 years, but Hubby and I finally made the trip this past holiday season. Following is a much belated trip report for anyone interested. It is the first time Hubby and I had been to NYC as adults, so this report is very much from a first-timer’s perspective.
First, thank you to all the travel experts and others who routinely post on this board. We lurked obsessively for almost a year before actually taking this trip, but didn’t have to post one single question. Why? Because all of the information we could possibly need (and then some) was already here. So thank you! I know it can be time consuming, but please know how much the rest of us appreciate it. :)
Warning: my trip reports tend to be long…:) Thank you in advance to anyone brave enough to read, particularly since I don’t have a history of posting on this board. :)
Where we stayed: We stayed at Renassaince Hotel 57 on Lexington and E 57th St. We booked via Priceline about six months out. I had hemmed and hawed about the hotel reservation, trying to find something in our price range that wasn’t also in New Jersey. We’ve always had good luck with Priceline/Hotwire, so we finally opted to go that route, and once again were not disappointed.
We booked this hotel as an Express Deal on Priceline, and paid $238/night for it. The price was on the low end of the spectrum for this time of year, and put us in Midtown in a four-star hotel, so we were satisfied. The hotel was perfect for our needs—just a couple blocks from the subway, Central Park, 5th Ave. shops, and, more importantly for us, within walking distance of Times Square. Quite frankly, I’m surprised it doesn’t have a higher rating on Trip Advisor. We really enjoyed our stay there and would absolutely go back. A hotel review will be submitted soon!
Travel: To and from MSP to LGA direct on Delta, cab to and from the airport. Not living in an area that requires frequent use of taxis, we weren’t sure what to expect upon landing, but getting a cab couldn’t have been easier. You just walk outside the airport, get in the taxi line, tell the attendant where you’re going, and then wait for the attendant to tell you which taxi to get into. For the return trip, the doorman hailed the taxi for us.
Cost: approximately $50 for each cab ride, including tip.
And for those of you who don’t spend too much time in taxis (like us), yes, you can pay with a credit card. :) There’s a touch screen system in the cab you use when you go to pay. Super easy.
While in New York, we either walked or took the subway. We were there 9 days; we stayed within walking range of the hotel the first day, and then bought 7-day Metrocards for the rest of the trip (day 9 was an early call at the airport, so the only travel on the last day was the cab ride to LGA). Metrocards were $30 each plus a $1 fee for the new card.
Okay, that’s enough boring background material. :) On to the trip report. :)
Coming Up: Even the Cops Have Never Seen Times Square This Crowded