Stay before boarding

We are flying into New York LaGuardia Airport. Where is a inexpensive place to stay either at LaGuardia or by the Manhattan Pier where the ship takes off for the first night before we board the next day. Thanks

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You are doing the smart thing, getting in a day early. So many tales of woe we read/hear about where folks have made the mistake of arriving the same day of embarkation only to see their ship "hull down on the horizon". I'm certainly not an expert on NYC hotels, there are some on this forum who are though. However, I've stayed in the city for various reasons off and on for decades. Only one time pre-cruise though, we arrived a day early and purchased the cruise line's transfer/hotel package, which was great. My personal view is there is no such thing in NYC as "inexpensive". An inexpensive hotel room there would have to be of the flop-house or one night stand variety. I would be a nervous wreck in one of those, even if I could persuade my wife to stay there. I wouldn't even go that route if NYC would allow me to bring my gun.

We stayed at a hotel near LGA a few years ago. I don’t remember which one, but give me some time to look. We were heading to Florida and a snowstorm was coming. We missed that cruise because they closed the airport. The outer boro’s are cheaper than the city, usually.

The closest to the pier is on 57th, a Holiday Inn . It’s also called The Watson. Check out their prices. Might get a deal on trip advisor.

I think we stayed at the Courtyard ( Marriott ), but I can’t swear to it.

Here’s a hint. If you take a cab from the Watson to the pier, tell the cab driver you’ll give him a $20 if he doesn’t drop the flag. It’s a short ride and he makes out better than if he got a tip based on the actual fare, which would probably be around $7 + a $4 - 5 tip.

Across the river in Jersey there are some better prices that offer breakfast and transport to the cruise terminal. For those with cars they also offer parking. Their prices are definitely better.

But they’re flying into LaGuardia. Getting to NJ by cab would be pricey. The prices at the Watson aren’t too bad considering it’s Manhattan. Then they are about 10 min to the pier.

Is that 10 minutes walking or driving

‘You could walk if you wanted to. The hotel is between 9th & 10th, on 57th. The pier is on 12th, you can cross the street at 51st. Maybe a 15 - 20 minute walk with luggage.

If you can’t cross at 57th, turn left towards 51st. You’ll see a bunch of cabs. You can cross there with everyone else.

In case you were wondering, in general, 3 street blocks equals one avenue block. Realize I said in general. It’s different below.........I think......14th Street ?


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