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Best hotels to stay at for the US Open?

So I found out today I have a traveling partner for the US Open!

I've looked up bus information, but now I'm looking for hotels. Does anyone know a hotel that isn't too pricey while being accessible to the US Open? By accessible I mean close to a subway that is a reasonable commute to the USTA International tennis center?

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Somewhere in Queens, I guess.






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So I found out today I have a traveling partner for the US Open!

I've looked up bus information, but now I'm looking for hotels. Does anyone know a hotel that isn't too pricey while being accessible to the US Open? By accessible I mean close to a subway that is a reasonable commute to the USTA International tennis center?

Thanks!

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In Manhattan:

I'm not sure what your price range is? But look for all the hotels on 42nd st (between 2nd-9th ave), Lexington Ave, Times Square (near 42st st) for starters. The 7 train (which goes directly there) terminates on 42st. The 4, 5, 6 train connect with the 7 train at 42 st, via Lexington Ave (hotels on 34-72 st on Lexington being optimal).

Keep in mind, The Grand Central Area of the 7 train is on the East Side (different neighborhood, different vibe then Times Sq). And you take a shuttle train (The S) to Times Sq, until they finish the current # 7 Subway expansion into Times Sq).

You can also catch the E or the F (or even the R) train, and transfer to the 7 Train, at the "74th Roosevelt Ave, Jackson Heights" stop in Queens to the Tennis Center. So all hotels near those trains work as well, if you wanna keep it down to two trains.

These are all relatively easy routes, that require only one to two trains.

The Grand Hyatt on 42st, Grand Central would be perfect. It's located at a beautiful landmark, and where the 7 train starts in Manhattan. But there's a bazillion hotels in that area, I outlined for you.

There's also a Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza in Queens (by Laguardia Airport), is not to far from the Tennis Center. Find out and ask, do they have a shuttle bus, or City bus that runs there (and see how direct the route is). If you wanna hang out in Manhattan, or a kool/hip Queens or Brooklyn neighborhood. That's another deal. Lol.

Also, the Brooklyn Bridge Marriot (in Brooklyn), is a nice hotel, in a nice location, but it's a little longer subway ride (if you don't mind; but good value for similar hotels in Manhattan). It's the F train to the 7 train in Queens.

But you'll love the location, and can look up Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Lower Manhattan. It's a relative good bargain, and gets good reviews.

Check the specials with all the Hotels, and you can get back to me here, if you have any other questions on neighborhoods, Subways, and commute times, etc?

They're so many!

In very Simple terms, start with Hotels near the 7 train in Manhattan To the Tennis center (optimal), Then the S train (42 st between Times Sq and Grand Central, near optimal), or The F, E or R train (near optimal above 42 st), transferring in Queens for the 7 Train, or 4, 5 and 6 train at/near Lexington (near optimal when close to 42 st, or can walk to 7 train), to the 7 train from Grand Central.

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Don't stay in Queens. Normally, I wouldn't recommend anyone staying around 42nd St (disgustingly touristy/not the real NYC) but for the US Open, it is the most convenient spot as the 7 train runs along 42nd through Manhattan straight to Flushing Meadows. Times Square is 42nd St, so essentially any Times Square hotel will make your commute super easy. There are bagillion hotels around there to choose from, so it should not be hard at all finding one at a good value.

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Re: Best hotels to stay at for the US Open?

Thanks so much!
I guess I should be super clear: I'm not interested in actually visiting the city, we're going strictly for tennis (call us die-hard fans, I've never been to the US Open hehe)
I guess I'm looking for good value + easy commute.

I'm looking into hotels around 42nd street right now, and these hotels in Queens...

Thanks so much for your help guys!

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Try http://www.morningsideinn-ny.com/
Or http://www.hotel31.com/ if you're in a budget.
Lincoln Sheraton in NJ is not bad either, but far-ish from Queens.
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Thanks so much!
I guess I should be super clear: I'm not interested in actually visiting the city, we're going strictly for tennis (call us die-hard fans, I've never been to the US Open hehe)
I guess I'm looking for good value + easy commute.

I'm looking into hotels around 42nd street right now, and these hotels in Queens...

Thanks so much for your help guys!
Okay Kool.

So you're looking basically for value, and commute. Ok.

Well, there won't be many in Queens, cause you'd have to take a bus from most, and the Subway is faster. Subway does not run in every neighborhood in Queens. And even neighborhoods that are relatively close, may not have many hotels in the area, be close by, or have a subway near by.

Saying all that (depending how much price is important, and your lack of wanting to visit), yeah try that Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza near the airport (but call them, and ask do they have a bus directly to the Tennis center). It's actually not that far away (like 2miles).

Yeah. 42nd st, Lexington near 42 st (walk to 7 train, one train), or 6th, Broadway or 8th Ave (above 42 st) would be ideal as well, two trains, but closer to your destination). E and the F run more frequently than R train, I may add.
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Okay Kool.

So you're looking basically for value, and commute. Ok.

Well, there won't be many in Queens, cause you'd have to take a bus from most, and the Subway is faster. Subway does not run in every neighborhood in Queens. And even neighborhoods that are relatively close, may not have many hotels in the area, be close by, or have a subway near by.

Saying all that (depending how much price is important, and your lack of wanting to visit), yeah try that Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza near the airport (but call them, and ask do they have a bus directly to the Tennis center). It's actually not that far away (like 2miles).

Yeah. 42nd st, Lexington near 42 st (walk to 7 train, one train), or 6th, Broadway or 8th Ave (above 42 st) would be ideal as well, two trains, but closer to your destination). E and the F run more frequently than R train, I may add.
Thanks so much! This is really good to know.
I will look into that Holiday inn! And these other hotels. Thanks a million you've been very helpful!

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I think you should definitely look into exploring the city, unless you've been here before...






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I recommend staying in Long Island City in Queens. It's a very commercial neighborhood in Queens so there are a lot of chain hotels for the frequent business travelers. It will be cheaper than staying in Manhattan, but you will only be staying 1-3 stops on the 7 train outside of Manhattan so you have easy access to the tourist-y parts of the city as well as the Open (which is also right off the 7 too!) Safe and convenient without paying Manhattan prices.
Long Island City, is in Queens, and has optimal Transit, and you can check the hotels there (depending on where you wanna stay).

It's an old industrial changing neighborhood, with lots of new Condo's, Skyscrapers going up, etc., but the quality of the hotels hasn't caught up. But if you don't mind staying at a small best western type hotel, yeah; I guess you can stay there to. There's also a Hotel, across the highway in Queens from the Tennis Center. But I don't remember how nice a hotel it is (i.e. is it used by the locals for love), or the name? Lol.

There also places on Queens Blvd, where you can catch the E, F or R train to 7 train.

There's also a holiday inn, in Flushing, physically not that far from the Tennis Center. That's the Asian Center of Queens (with maybe a bigger Chinatown than the one in Manhattan). It's crowded there. But the Hotel should be up to snuff. Find out, if they have a bus that runs there. It's physically close by. If not, you can take the Subway (from Main Street) to the Tennis Center. The 7 Train runs to Flushing. There very close to each other.

If/when you're intersted, you can post me an outside picture of the hotel you found in Flushing, and I'll let you know if it's the hotel, in case they changed the name (you know how that goes). Lol. It was tall and modern. But it used to be a Holiday Inn type hotel (the one in Flushing, not the Airport).

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PS: I know practically all of the neighborhoods in NYC (all 5 boroughs, just a general interest from my youth, then turned into real estate investor), so feel free to ask on any area, and it's transit, interest, or night life. Any hotel I know, I'll try to help, if I do, as well.
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I think you should definitely look into exploring the city, unless you've been here before...
I've had the chance to go twice actually

I'll look into Long Island City. The hotels look nice there... Thanks again for all the help! Hopefully will be going August 31 and September 1

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The Crowne Plaza in Queens, near the airport, is in a Quiet area, and it's a pseudo-luxury hotel (and I mean that in a nice way). Not much night live at all; but some interesting restaurants if you have a car (which you probably won't). But there are some areas on Astoria, and Northern Blvd, where you can find decent Ethnic cuisine (Greek, Peruvian, Dominican, Italian, Thai, etc.).

The Other Holiday Inn, in Flusing, is in a bustling neighborhood, very close to the tennis Center via train or bus (though you may have to walk to the train), and food options (if you're into ASIAN, or exploring, would be very plentiful.

There are also, places on Queens Blvd, and Austin Street, particularly in Forest Hills, and Kew Gardens hills, where you can dine a multiplicity of decent cuisine (also via Subway, depending where you stay).
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I've had the chance to go twice actually

I'll look into Long Island City. The hotels look nice there... Thanks again for all the help! Hopefully will be going August 31 and September 1
Great!

Unless they put up some new hotels, I'm not aware of (quite possible), its' a funky kind of neighborhood; cause it wasn't designed for people, or by happen-stance. It was/is an industrial area, with large train yards that criss cross it underneath (not unusual though in NYC), so sometimes you walk a while, before you can cross certain area/streets.

It's quite large and unwieldy. So it depends on what part of LIC the hotel is, and how nice the Hotel is. Some are on the outskirts of LIC, not near any subways, in the more industrial, but not currently hip areas of LIC. So be careful of that; or you'll be walking far or taking/waiting for the bus for a while. Lol.

LIC is close by for a subway, but not for the City bus system (cause they make local stops) if you go directly there. So please watch for that. A lot of these hotels may claim LIC, but watch it, if you have to take a bus there (though you can take a bus to the subway-7 train, which is fine, if not too long, and you'd get a free transfer with a Metro Card). Lol.

If they're not within a few blocks of the E, F or maybe R; look with jaundice eye. Also parts of the area are lively, and other parts are more spread out. It depends. It's a developing area, out of a industrial one, and a few cobbled, non-contiguous charming streets/blocks.

The Court Square area there, near the Citicorp Center (should be 2nd stop outside Manhattan on F train) would be best in the area (and near by up to Laguardia Comm College, near Van Dam, as far as commuting, and safety or liveliness, till night).

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