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Cheap stays in NY

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Cheap stays in NY

We are coming from Australia to spend Christmas in NY. We are trying to keep the budget down and wondering where to stay. We really want to experience the NY scene and have thought about staying in Brooklyn and travelling in. My question is, is saving a bit of money worth the travel in or is it better to just wear the cost and stay in the CBD? If so, are there cheaper areas? We don't know much about it so happy to take all suggestions (whether it is a bit out of the city or not).

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1. Re: Cheap stays in NY

Look in Long Island City, Queens

New York City, New...
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Hotel prices fluctuate dramatically by date. If your dates are flexible, picking the right ones is the best way to save. Dec. 18-26 are relatively affordable. As it gets closer to NYE, rates skyrocket. Agree that’s Long Island Icty near a subway station (notall hotels are) can be cheaper than Brooklyn. Airbnb is NOT a good idea here, something mist Aussies are stunned by. It is kate to be booking for this Xmas, btw.

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Thanks. Yes unfortunately I couldn't book earlier than now due to a range of different reasons so understand everything costs a lot more!! haha.

Thanks for the tip, I didn't even think about that but a very good point! I will ensure to book and get out before NYE! :D

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What is your budget per night in USD? Don't forget that hotel taxes add nearly 15% to the nightly rate.

As mentioned, the vast majority of rentals here are illegal. A hotel is your best bet, for many reasons.

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How much are you thinking you want to pay a night?

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It'd be great to get something around 100-150USD but most I have seen far exceed that. We aren't looking for anything too lush, just clean and comfortable hence why we thought Airbnb but it seems a few warn against this?

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Airbnb is amost totally illegal in Manhattan and difficult to find in the other boroughs. Same with other vacation type rentals. This is due to the extreme housing shortage -- homes in NYC are meant for New Yorkers.

You might want to look at hostels at that price range, or maybe an airbnb across the river in New Jersey

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We recently stayed at a hotel called Belnord on the upper west side, it's more of a budget option with the rooms only small but enough for a base for the stay. I think it's approx $160 per night

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Under 30 day rentals in NYC are highly regulated. There are legal ones among the illegal ones listed.

A 2014 OCT report by the former NY attorney General reported "... 72% of Airbnb reservations over the last several years violated New York law..."



We have to vet the listings on airbnb for legality ourselves. You are late in booking for December. This is a time consuming process.

If you choose to locate to a legal rental on Airbnb .

* I suggest using only a super host.

*Host with Only one listing.

*Listing with many photos of the actual unit- interior and exterior.

*Host that will answer all your questions to your satisfaction.

"...Airbnb-type rentals can be unhosted or hosted. With an unhosted rental, the entire dwelling unit is left vacant for the short-term guests to occupy. The New York State Multiple Dwelling Law (MDL) establishes the standards for all buildings containing three or more dwelling units. The MDL flatly prohibits unhosted rentals of less than 30 days in “Class A” multiple dwellings—building occupied by three or more families living independently..."

"...one cannot rent out an apartment in a “Class A” multiple dwelling for less than 30 days, unless a “permanent resident” is present during the rental period. Such a permanent resident must be a “natural person”—that is, a human being; this eliminates corporate hosts..."

"...The MDL does not prohibit:

*hosted short-term rentals—rentals where the human host is present in the unit—provided that the guest has access to all parts of the apartment or other dwelling unit

*short-term rentals, whether hosted or not, in “private dwellings”—one-and two-family homes, or

rentals of longer than 30 days.

**However, all such rentals could violate various other laws.****..."



The other side of the issue:

Short-term rentals are displacing long-term housing options: In 2013, more than 4,600 units were booked for at least three months of the year. Of these, nearly 2,000 were booked for a cumulative total of six months or more, rendering them largely unavailable for use by long-term residents. Notably, the share of host revenue from units booked as short-term rentals for more than half the year increased steadily, accounting for 38% of the site’s revenue by 2013.

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