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Hotel recommendation, base for visits to Manhattan

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Hotel recommendation, base for visits to Manhattan

We will be visiting the Mexican consulate in Manhattan and would also plan a day or two sightseeing NYC. Is Tarryrown a good choice for a hotel with that in mind? If so any recommendations on a hotel? We like places with some character or history, but any recommendation is appreciated. We'd also like to see that area.

I see it's an hour one so drive to the consulate, and we know parking in the city will be expensive. Any other options for transportation? Rail?

Thanks for ant advice!

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1. Re: Hotel recommendation, base for visits to Manhattan

If you are just going to the Consulate and to sightsee in Manhattan then you should stay in Manhattan.

If you really want to visit places in Westchester then Tarrytown is not a bad base but you are an hour from the city by train (MetroNorth to Grand Central). Not sure if there are any hotels close enough to the train to walk and the parking lot is tiny and for locals so you might have to take a taxi to/fro the train. RT peak fares are $28 per person.

I assume you are coming fairly soon when everything in the area will be open. If you are coming in Nov or later some of the houses/sights may only be open on weekends of closed for the season.

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I think that both the Tarrytown Doubletree and the Tarrytown Sheraton run shuttles to the train station. Others may as well.

But why are you looking to stay in Tarrytown? It's a nice town but not particularly relevant to visiting the Mexican consulate in Manhattan.

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3. Re: Hotel recommendation, base for visits to Manhattan

We don't necessarily care to stay in Manhattan and just thought a "suburb" might be nice if there's some history/sights there, haven't yet researched the area.

So if going the city for one day for an appointment and some afternoon sightseeing does the train and taxi to the consulate make more sense than driving from Tarrytown?

>> RT peak fares are $28 per person << This is for the train, correct?

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Take a train from Tarrytown to Grand Central, then walk to the Mexican consulate, it's only a couple blocks away. I agree with others though, I'd just stay in the city.

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The train is a better option for what we're looking for if we choose this over NJ , thanks for the help!

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6. Re: Hotel recommendation, base for visits to Manhattan

Yes, it's easy to get from Tarrytown to Manhattan (thousands of people do it every day for work), but the point is that Tarrytown is not typically a good choice for a sightseeing base unless you plan to have a car and use it as a base to explore the whole region by car. Combining that type of vacation with a trip or two into NYC would be okay.

The hotels aren't going to be right in the historic & charming areas, probably won't be walkable to anything of interest. If you want a charming and interesting village center, other towns along the Hudson might be better choices.

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7. Re: Hotel recommendation, base for visits to Manhattan

Thanks Christnp2 for the idea on another town along the Hudson, obviously I need to do some research on where to stay. If you have any ideas for me to look at that would be appreciated.

Still in the early planning stages, it may make sense to stay in or near NYC for that part of the experience, and then spend a night or 2 in a more charming spot after...

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8. Re: Hotel recommendation, base for visits to Manhattan

I live in Tarrytown. It is darn funny that people from Dallas and Portland are giving you advice - bad advice at that. There are several hotels that are close to the train station - Doubletree is almost walking distance. Doubletree and Marriott have shuttles. The train is 39 minutes - not an hour. It is a beautiful train ride along the Hudson. There are endless hiking and biking opportunities in town or close by plus a Rockefeller estate to tour, and two other very interesting estates (Lyndhurst and Sunnyside). The Hudson is 3 1/2 miles wide here and there are several restaurants right on the river plus miles of walks along the shore.

The Castle is an amazing historic very high end luxury hotel in town and the Tarrytown House is also a mansion converted into a hotel. It is very common for people to stay in Tarrytown and visit NY.

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9. Re: Hotel recommendation, base for visits to Manhattan

Thanks for the helpful feedback Dana, much appreciated!

For this visit last weekend we ended up staying at the Sheraton Lincoln Harbor hotel in Weehawken and using the Waterways ferry/bus system to get to and from Manhattan, very easy and a nice experience. We're heading back down Nov 2 and will be spending just one night so a quick trip. But we will look at the Sheraton and Doubletree as we prefer to stay in Tarrytown and take the quick Metro North rail rather than drive into Manhattan. And Grand Central Station is close to the Mexican Consulate so an easy day!

Thanks again for the helpful info on Tarrytown!

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10. Re: Hotel recommendation, base for visits to Manhattan

We are now considering visiting over Halloween to see the Blaze and other events. Looks like the Tarrytown House may be available, and if not we'll choose the Doubletree based on its proximity to the Metro.

Thanks!

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