I have decided to return again for Christmas but have a little dilemma I was hoping others might help with. I can fly into JFK from my home town of Perth on Sun Dec 13 when the hotel prices come down somewhat or fly in 4 days earlier for a whopping $600 cheaper airfare but hit the peak hotel prices. I always travel solo and frequently (my 6th trip to New York since 2009) so I have to keep looking out for the best bargains to be able to do what I do. Like last year I will have to leave New York straight after Christmas on Dec 26 (to avoid the New Year hotel price hike) and head to DC for some cheaper accommodation (plus I love it there anyway) for a few days before heading back up to NYC and flying home.
I can book the Hotel Newton again from Dec 14-26 at a pretty good total price of US$1987 for my stay (Double with private bath) though I am getting a bit bored staying there all the time but I just can't better the price & location. I am 47 now and need my own bathroom which I frequent several times during the night (because I'm getting old!!!!) so shared bathrooms are out of the question. But it will be nearly $1000 for the 4 nights from Dec 10-14 because of peak time and I just can't afford that. What would others suggest? Should I grab the cheaper airfare? Should I head straight out of town upon my arrival for the those 4 first nights e.g. Boston or DC? Can I get something for around US$150 per night somewhere further out? I'm happy to just veg for those first 2 days after the 30 hours travelling from Perth anyway so location is not so important. I just tried the Pan Am and was shocked to see it has closed! Any help appreciated and sorry for the long post.