After two business trips to NYC (business only no time for anything else), about 20 years worth of day trips (one day trip a year into the city when visiting NJ relatives), and one trip to the US Open tennis tournament where to stay within budget we stayed in Long Island City, I have just booked my first NYC pleasure trip where I'm actually staying in Manhattan (just two nights there after visiting NJ relatives), but I'm excited / something I've wanted to do for a long time, but first time lol I've budgeted for NYC hotel prices).
Thank you too NYWhiz for the Affina Dumont suggestion! I have a $800 budget including taxes, etc. for a two night stay and was able to book one of the Studio Skyline suites with two queens with flexible cancellation option for under that. It was definitely of the hotels I looked at, the one that I was most enthused about at that price point (actually the only one where I said -- oh how cool. We'll love that.) Looks like a great option for the family and the view will be a little bit of a wow factor for us.
Anyway, here are a few logistic questions:
(1) We will be flying into Newark, visiting relatives in NJ for two days, leaving our rental car at the Newark airport, and taking a train to Penn Station. Assuming with luggage, etc. that my best way to get to the Affina Dumont would be to just take a cab from Penn Station rather than navigate the subways with luggage?? Looks like it would only be about $9 plus tip for a cab ride. (The Affina Dumont is located at 150 East 34th street and appear to be pretty close to Grand Central Station (just a little south of that). // It's somewhere around $12 pp to take the train, and there are three of us. // Or would it make more sense to take a cab all the way from Newark after we drop off the rental car vs. train and cab? // I'd be interested in your thoughts / suggestions. Looks like a cab would be about $64 and tip (just an extra $30). For that difference I'd like to just do the option that is the least amount of hassle.
(2) I can fly home from either Newark or LaGuardia for about the same price with good flight schedules and direct flights from either. It looks to me like it would be easiest to just take a cab to LaGuardia for about $32 plus tip from our hotel. Would you agree that that would make the most sense for going home?