Originally Posted by jamesdeluxe
Didn't you flee to Joisey to escape such madness?
PS- I week to go :
Originally Posted by jackwan1
Lived in NY meto area for 30 years and now moved to SF for 5 years. Pretty familiar with both cities. As far as hotel reservations in NYC concerned, if you can stay in the outskirt of NYC, instead of stay in midtown theater or "tourist" district, you will have a good chance to get hotel reservation cheaper, even at the last moment. The trouble is that you cannot "walk" to the center of actions quickly. The best value will be accross the river either in Queens or New Jersey. You can reach the Midtown via Subways from those areas.
As far as San Francisco concerned, we have a hotel over built situation here. There are many hotels near the Union Square can be had for very reasonable price. They are not first class hotels, nevertheless. In the airport area, most of the small hotels are left empty or less than 50% occupancy. While the "Merriot" class of hotels can be had for around $100-150, the smaller hotels are offering $50-75/night rates.