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Hyatt for the Broncos, Westin for the Seahawks.
My neighborhood has been turned into Super Bowl central this week as the two combatants have encamped in the Jersey City waterfront. I have written before about the hotels here as an alternative to Manhattan hotels.
The value proposition:
- To get a great panorama of Manhattan you need to be across the water, and no area hotel can rival the view from Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson at Exchange Place.
- These hotels are not bargain-basement as they have steady weekday traffic from the nearby back-office operations of many banks, however, like for like, these hotels are often $200-300 compared to $300-500 across the water.
- Public transport is really convenient with 24-hour PATH trains from Hoboken, Newport and Exchange Place linking to Midtown up to Herald Square, and a separate line to World Trade Center. Fare is $2.50 and you can use your NYC MTA MetroCard.
- Access to Newark Airport is a 20-minute taxi ride away without worrying about tunnel traffic or tolls. Also, PATH links up to NJT/AirTrain or bus 62 at Newark Penn Station. The bus is cheaper and faster.
- The area is relaxing and safe.
- Don’t stay if you insist on using taxis to Manhattan. You will pay in time and money with near-constant congestion at the Holland Tunnel.
- Public transport access to the Sheraton Lincoln Harbor is a real hassle, so use the NY Waterway ferry service, which has frequent service 7 days a week. Not all ferry lines are as frequent.
- Cheaper hotel options lay inland in places like Secaucus and beyond, though relying on NJT trains, and hotel shuttles, can be confusing and frustrating for visitors.
The main options, by PATH station:
Hoboken (hippest hotel and area):
Newport (quiet and corporate, with shopping mall next door):
- Westin Jersey City Newport
- Courtyard Jersey City Newport
- DoubleTree Hotel & Suites by Hilton Jersey City
- Candlewood Suites Jersey City
Exchange Place (best view):