Start spreading the news: New York City is more affordable for groups than you might think. This breakdown of New York’s who, what, when, where and how for coordinating an affordable student ministry experience may change your perspective on meetings in the Big Apple.
When to Go
While May through October is typically optimal for sightseeing, the winter months are more wallet-friendly. Book during the shoulder months of January and February to shave a few bucks and add a few winter-only NYC activities to the schedule. There’s nothing like ice-skating at Rockefeller Center, which has discounted rates for groups of 15 people or more.
Where to Stay
What’s typically one of the biggest out-of-pocket expenses for your group can be minimized if you’re strategic about it. Instead of booking a room block with a big-box hotel, consider these affordable options.
Microhotels began as a concept designed for young travelers looking for basic amenities and a simple place to sleep (rooms are smaller with bunk or queen beds and range from 60 to 120 square feet). BD Hotels has two microhotels in Manhattan, Pod 51 and Pod 39, and will open another location in Brooklyn this spring with 249 modular rooms, private event space, more than 10,000 square feet of public space and an on-site restaurant, Salvation Taco.
Hostels may require a membership, but they are perfect for the student dynamic as rooms can be clustered together and sleep multiple guests. HI New York City is one block from Times Square and has free daily activities and tours available for groups, as well as complimentary breakfast and internet. YMCA also has six hostels scattered across the boroughs with 24-hour security, free Wi-Fi, and access to the on-site fitness center and pool.