First year going to EDC NYC and don't want to end up sleeping on the cobblestones of the East Village? No worries – we've got 5 recommendations below for decently priced hotels in the NYC area you should consider checking out as your crashpad for an epic weekend of festing.
Know Before You Go: The EDC NYC festival isn't in NYC. It's in East Rutherford NJ, which has basically nothing else in it and is 30 minutes away. If you check out Google Maps you'll see that the closest hotel is not that close and not that nice… and it's sold out. If you're staying in NYC, you'll want to be in Midtown, Chelsea, or Times Square, as that will shorten your journey into NJ. Warning: Hotel prices in NYC can be shock inducing, but holding out for a good deal probably won't work in your favor. Most places that are around the $100 a night mark are either a YMCA, a hostel with quiet hours (and who wants that!?) or look like they are run by a slumlord. Particularly if you don't know the neighborhoods of NYC, I do not recommend getting a hotel in Queens or Harlem that is far from the subway as certain areas can be dangerous. Make sure to read the reviews online before booking.
The W Hotel, Hoboken (Shown Above)
(Shown above) This hotel is freakin glorious, not quite as far as NYC to the stadium grounds, and currently Hotels.com has a special on rooms for $258 a night. Sounds steep, except that with 4 people in a room, you'd be paying about $65 a person to stay in a plush bed, swank surroundings, with amazing views of the city skyline at night. There's a free shuttle to the airport too, for those of you coming in from out of town.
The Dylan Hotel, NYC
Nestled over by Grand Central, this 4 star hotel is on the cheaper side for midtown at $221 a night. It's close to Times Square, which is where the subway/buses out to the stadium will be.
The Roosevelt Hotel, NYC
Also near Grand Central, you can grab a room at this iconic hotel for $239 a night. I love the Roosevelt's rooftop deck, which is a perfect place for lounging with a drink before heading over to the festival (picture below).
The ROW NYC
Right next to Times Square, this is the best location in NYC to get you to your destination quickly. Row NYC has a distinctly younger, more laidback vibe than some of the other NYC hotels while still having really nice bedding and hot showers. At $218 per night, that's more than reasonable for the location.
Renaissance Meadowlands Hotel, Rutherford
If you have a car in the area and aren't completely dependent on public transportation, this is the closest hotel to the festival grounds that isn't insanely overpriced. It's still a mindblowing $199 a night though, and for that, you might as well stay in a posh place in the city, but your commute to the festival would be a tiny 6 minutes. Do not, however, attempt to take a bus, as that will take an hour to go 2.8 miles.
Also worth a mention – the Clarion Hotel Empire Meadowlands in Seacaucus NJ is $166 a night, 3.2 miles from stadium (take a taxi, it's not near anything and you can't walk it).
Remember: Our advice is free and that's probably an accurate price. Feel free to check out the recommendations from the EDC team on where to stay, or check out some of the listings on Airbnb. I usually book on hotels.com, not because they pay me to say that but because I'm lazy and I like to look at all the options in one place.