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Old 01-03-2017, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Born in L.A. - NYC is Second Home - Rustbelt is Home Base
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Which is worse for unaffordable hotels San Fran or NYC?
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Old 01-03-2017, 02:36 PM
 
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New Your had the highest average hotel cost in 2015 according to this site ( Travel in the U.S.A. ) It was $254 per night vs $221 per night in San Fran.

But I don't know how they figure costs--whether they use rack rates, include discounted rates, or group rates or what. And many people book Air B&B or find a hotel outside of Manhattan, where they pay well below that. I think that's less possible in SF, because of fewer cheap and convenient places outside of the city proper. So I would guess that SF is more unaffordable for the average tourist or traveler.

Prime Manhattan hotels cater heavily (but not only) to conventioneers and business travelers. People who have to be there will pay the high rates. Last spring friend of mine came into the city on business at the last minute and and paid $400 a night for a Manhattan room that wasn't even in Midtown or lower Manhattan. It was on the Upper West Side. But of course he wasn't paying the bill.

At the high end, I'd guess that NYC wins as 'worse' just because it has more hotels with hideously expensive super luxury multi-bedroom suites. All those visiting heads-of-state visiting the UN have to sleep somewhere, after all. But the ultra luxury suites at a top hotel in either city can easily go for $10,000 a night or more.
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Old 01-03-2017, 03:31 PM
 
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If we're talking city limits only:

I would think that the most expensive hotels in NYC would cost more than the most expensive in SF, but since NYC is so much bigger, I would think that it would be easier to find a more affordable place in NYC than SF
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Old 01-03-2017, 11:27 PM
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NYC. Even the Waldorff has bed bugs.
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Old 01-04-2017, 07:20 AM
 
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Which is worse for unaffordable hotels San Fran or NYC?
You can find reasonably priced hotels in or near both cities.

But if you have to stay in a midtown Manhattan room with a view, then you obviously have to pay up for something like that. NYC also has high taxes.
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Old 01-04-2017, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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You can find reasonably priced hotels in or near both cities.

But if you have to stay in a midtown Manhattan room with a view, then you obviously have to pay up for something like that. NYC also has high taxes.
The advantage for NYC is that you can stay in a hotel outside the city, somewhere like Jersey city, and still be pretty close to Manhattan with a public transportation commute. The suburbs around SF are much more expensive.
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Old 01-04-2017, 12:04 PM
 
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The advantage for NYC is that you can stay in a hotel outside the city, somewhere like Jersey city, and still be pretty close to Manhattan with a public transportation commute. The suburbs around SF are much more expensive.

Well, dunno. But here is my take.

I couldn't afford either city to visit. SF wanted near $600 day for a dumpy hotel in the city proper with car parking. NYC wanted about $275 a day with parking.

But, just as you mentioned Jersey City came to the rescue for my NYC trip. While I could not afford a hotel in JC, I could afford the trailer park. And let me stress the 'park' part. They charged $65 a day to park a vehicle and you can sleep in it. (Or $55 a day for a spot to park your tent.) If you got a big RV then it is about $95 a day.

I haven't found a place (campsite) near SF that is as reasonable and convenient as JC is to NYC....but still looking. My budget for a hotel is about $55 to $75 a day, so I'm very limited.
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Old 01-04-2017, 02:23 PM
 
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Well, dunno. But here is my take.

I couldn't afford either city to visit. SF wanted near $600 day for a dumpy hotel in the city proper with car parking. NYC wanted about $275 a day with parking.

But, just as you mentioned Jersey City came to the rescue for my NYC trip. While I could not afford a hotel in JC, I could afford the trailer park. And let me stress the 'park' part. They charged $65 a day to park a vehicle and you can sleep in it. (Or $55 a day for a spot to park your tent.) If you got a big RV then it is about $95 a day.

I haven't found a place (campsite) near SF that is as reasonable and convenient as JC is to NYC....but still looking. My budget for a hotel is about $55 to $75 a day, so I'm very limited.
When you visit NYC you really really really really really (I cannot stress enough) should NOT use a car.
There's a reason most households here don't even have a single car.

I hope you're just using your car only to get here and not using it in NYC. Also IDK where you live, but have you looked into buses from your city that go to NYC? It could possibly save you a lot of money on the trip itself and also on the hotel.

There's Megabus, Boltbus, and various different Chinatown buses. There's also Greyhound but I personally kind of hate Greyhound and wouldn't reccomend them. But the good thing about Greyhound is that they have indoor terminals in many cities and I think they are also available in the most cities too.
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Old 01-04-2017, 03:12 PM
 
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For what it's worth, I just stayed in a hotel in San Francisco for less than $90 a night. It had no elevators, shared bathrooms and my bedroom was literally a bed room -- as in a room taken up entirely by a bed -- but it was clean, charming, well-appointed, friendly and as well located as any hotel in the city. I'm not sure you could accomplish that in New York.
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Old 01-05-2017, 10:34 AM
 
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My budget for a hotel is about $55 to $75 a day, so I'm very limited.
Look into Econo Lodge or Super 8. Those are going to be the closest to your budget unless you want to do youth hostels.
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