When I found out in early October that I would be spending NYE at Madison Square Garden, I looked for a room in the city within walking distance and couldn't find anything under $350, and those that I did find were slightly larger than my closet. I checked out this Super 8 and booked a Suite with a king sized bed with hot tub for $225 instead. (and only $165 for 1/1)
Arrived around 5pm on NYE, checked in, found one of the last parking spots in a tight (and snowy - the city had gotten 2 feet of snow the previous weekend) parking lot, and opened the door to a beautiful room. HUGE room. Big, clean Jacuzzi. Nice big bed (although there was a plastic covering the mattress), which was firm and comfortable. Big plasma tv on a shivel so you could watch it from bed or from the tub on the other side of the room.
Getting into the city that late (6pm) on NYE was tricky. The lady at the desk suggested taking a cab to a PATH station and riding that into the city to beat the traffic that the shuttle bus might hit. She might have had a deal with a cab company to push this on people, but in the 10-15 minutes I was outside waiting for the cab, I didn't see the shuttle once that's supposed to go by every 10 minutes. So a $25 cab ride to the PATH station, and $3.50 for 2 PATH tickets to 33rd Street, and we made it from the hotel to MSG with time to spare.
Getting back to the hotel after the show was pretty easy... A short walk to the Port Authority. Bought 2 tickets to the 2:00AM bus #125 which was running until 2:40am for the holiday, found the gate for the bus just in time and got dropped off at the Toys R Us around 2:15. A five minute/one block walk later and we were back in the room filling up the hot tub.
The next day we did ride the shuttle into the city around 2PM and didn't have to wait long for it at all. After a 10-15 minute ride we arrived at the Port Authority and hit the bars. Caught another great show at MSG, walked back to the Port Authority and caught a different bus (#163) as the #125 wasn't running late that night, got dropped off a half block away from the Toys R Us... stopped at the Sonic on the way back (which is open until 2am on the weekends)... brought our food to the hotel that's only a half block away from there, and ate until we passed out.
Finding the busses and knowing where to get off was the hardest part of the trip, but once you do it once, you get the hang of it... and if you don't, the bus driver's will help you get to where you need to go.
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