I have the option of staying at the Embassy Suites Secaucus at a wonderful employee rate of $39 per night.
I'm going with husband and 19 month old son, and we're going to be spending most of our time doing the big tourist attractions (double decker tour bus, statue of liberty, empire state, rockefeller center, times square, etc). And I should mention that we prefer a suite-style hotel so we can keep baby sleeping in his own room! And the ES in NYC is the best deal we could find on a suite style hotel (*unless someone has something else to share!* :)
So, anyway, I wanted to ask everyone here: do you think it's worth it paying the additional $190 per night (we can afford it, but if it's not worth it, would much rather use our vacation budget for dining/shopping)? I've heard that the Secaucus ES has a bus stop right across the street, which takes 20 minutes during light traffic to get to Port Authority and costs $5 round trip. From Port Authority, is it confusing/timely/costly to get around to the attractions?
I've also heard that the ES in NYC is not exactly in the middle of everything, but only a 5-10 min walk from subway? Seems that would be easier than waiting for a bus and then going on a sub, but would we still spend less time in transit if we stay in NYC? Just asking to see if it's worth it spending SO much additional $$ on a hotel, would the added convenience justify it? Keep in mind the 19 month old and the need to go back to hotel room for naps, rests, etc....Thanks!!