I have booked return flights from the UK to Boston, for this summer, with the intention of taking a four week road trip around the east of the states. It'll be me, my 17yo daughter and my 14yo son travelling.
We are planning to visit New York from August 14th - 17th. I will be driving our rental car, however, and am not too keen on driving into NYC, due to traffic and the costs of tolls, parking, etc. So, I've been looking at other posts on staying outside of NYC next to PATH stations and getting buses, and have looked at loads of hotel options with parking and transportation options. My head is now whirling with what is the best way to go about this, however!
As you can imagine, flights, a rental car and a month's worth of accommodation makes for rather an expensive trip! I'm therefore trying to keep costs down by looking at cheap hotel/motel choices. I obviously understand that NYC is going to be a more expensive place to stay than other destinations on our trip, but I would rather not pay more than $120-ish (with tax) per night. It would seem that my best bet would be to book somewhere with parking, close to a PATH station, as I'm getting the impression that buses are a bit of a nightmare.
My best options so far seem to be:
* The Best Western Robert Treat - $115.66pn (incl. tax), parking and near PATH station
* Howard Johnson Inn, Queens - $115.80pn (incl. tax) parking... I think it'll be okay for transport?
* Howard Johnson Hotel Newark Airport - a steal at $80.26pn (incl. tax), but I'm not sure how arduous the journey into NYC will be?
What do you think? I really don't mind a commute into NYC each day, as I've done the same in the past whilst travelling into San Francisco, etc. If there are any other options I haven't thought of, however, then please tell me!
Thanks in advance...