Planning a wedding and saving for a house meant that our trip to New York, in April needed to be as budget-friendly as possible.
Here’s how we did 4 full days in New York whilst spending less than £100 a day.
We’d always planned on going to New York for Wrestlemania. You may remember that I went with some pals in 2017, but Ben had never been and it was a bucket list event for him. Ben has also never been to New York so it was the perfect opportunity to kill all the birds with all the stones. Gross metaphor.
Due to religiously following the almighty Hannah Gale, I learned that the Hoxton chain were about to open a new venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and we managed to book 4 nights in the Big Apple for just $75 a night.
Usually, New York hotel rooms can range from $100 – $500 dollars a night – and often even those rooms are pokey AF.
Upon arrival, we got ‘upgraded’ to a Skyline view room which immediately saved us dollah dollah bill y’all on all of the rooftop cocktail bars we’d booked and mentally reserved $27 a cocktail for.
We loved the hotel. The room was gorgeous. The staff were amazing and we even got a lil breakfast bag each morning with fruit, drink and a wanky bircher bowl type sitch.
The only downside to the hotel was that we booked it because (it was cheap) it had a rooftop bar but we found out upon arrival that we were 4 weeks early for it to be opening in season.
This was my 7th visit to New York but my first time staying anywhere other than Manhattan. I shrugged my shoulders and told Ben, ‘it’s fine we can get Ubers everywhere – it’s super cheap.’
We ended up getting a couple of 48 hour Subway passes for around $12 which made our journey into ‘town’ that bit easier. It still took a good half an hour but it beat the $30+ Uber fares.
We did get the occasional Uber – when we were knackered or late at night, but we could’ve saved even more money if we’d just stuck to the Subway.
As previously mentioned, the lovely team over at Ice Lolly gave us a City Pass each to use. It meant that we could visit 2 of the top attractions from a wide selection.
We chose the Statue of Liberty tour and Top of the Rock at the Rockerfeller Center.
The weather was BEAUTIFUL on the day we chose to do the Statue of Liberty and I highly enjoyed seeing Ben’s delighted little face as Lady Liberty came into view.
One of my highlights of previous New York trips – including the one I did with my parents at 16, was visiting Ellis Island so we jumped off the ferry there. Ben acquiesced and agreed to about 357 different photo shoots around the Island and I followed him into the museum to catch a rare Pokemon on Pokemon Go.
We also bought the 48 hour hop-on-hop-off bus passes because I love using them as a way to get around the city. You can see all of the views and jump off at all of the main sightseeing spots.
We used it to hop between Chinatown, Soho, South Street Seaport, Empire State and the Flat Iron building. My blister-less feet thanked it very much.
The day we used the City Pass for the Rockerfeller Center, we also visited One World Trade. We didn’t end up doing the museum because of time constraints but it was still an emotive experience to walk around the grounds. Did you know the city put a white rose on the plaque of the victims when it’s their birthday?
Another highlight from our trip was going to see Frozen on Broadway. I managed to get the tickets in a ‘1am, I can’t sleep, let me browse all websites and spend all of my money, sprees’ and they were the last two seats left for the only day we could go.
The seats ended up being pretty decent and we had such a lovely evening. It’s way more magical than the film and I hate Olaf waaaaay less when it’s being played by an amazing female puppeteer.
The first place we ate was 5 Napkin Burger in Hell’s Kitchen. The food was decent but we had to wait for about 45 minutes for a table we had pre-booked. Not kewl.
On our sight-seeing day, we stopped of at Wogies in the financial district and had some RIDICULOUS Philly Cheese Steaks. Genuinely think Will Smith would’ve been impressed.
Our last night was a toss up between ordering pizza and having an early night or making an effort and we decided to make an effort and went for a meal at Oregano nearby our hotel.
Other than that I think we just grabbed snacks here and there. Am I the only one whose appetite goes when you’re on another time zone?
Usually the dollar rate means that I treat money like Monopoly money and wank it all away on various items that I could just buy in the UK.
However, I was trying to save money so I just went for a few key purchases including my latest holy grail product – the IT Cosmetics Illuminating CC Cream* (affiliate link) and the sole culprit for my most recent, ‘wow your skin looks amazing’ compliments.
I also bought the most amazing jeans from Everlane because I know their shipping fee is outrageous. No regrets.
We had a brisk, lovely trip that didn’t break the bank but absolutely knackered us out. Our next holiday is to Vegas (obvs) but we will definitely return to the City That Never Sleeps in the future!
Have you been to New York? What are your top tips?
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