While on the pricier end of the lodging spectrum, NYC during the end of summer months, despite the heat wave that leaves many New Yorker’s in search of an air-conditioned sanctuary, is seasonally most expensive during August and September. But during the US Open, NYC hotels lob hotel rates at an approachable price for some, slicing their prices on average by $17 dollars during the two week competition, from the usual $360 average per night rate.
White Plains, New York — $ 230 per night
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With the extra wad of cash burning a hole in your pocket by sidestepping NYC prices, you can spoil yourself with a trip to The Westchester Mall, outfit yourself in sleek tennis gear and tear into a pillowy mouth-watering popover at Niemen Marcus over lunch. And in a short car trip from your suite in downtown White Plains, you can explore the fabled town of Sleepy Hollow from Washington Irving’s haunting short story and while you’re at it, take the Headless Horseman to an al fresco concert at Caramoor.
ETA to Billie Jean King National Tennis Center by car: 34 minutes
Estimated savings over NYC: 33%
Brooklyn, New York — $200 per night
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One of the hippest boroughs, you’ll find the foodie, music and art scene tantamount to Manhattan’s at a fraction of the price. Reap the benefits of being a nomadic Brooklynite for a few days by trivago magazineg into a hotel in Fort Greene. From Fort Greene, you’ll be surrounded by a slew of Brooklyn neighborhoods worth exploring, such as Williamsburg, DUMBO, Prospect Heights and Park Slope–when you’re not volleying for serve at Arthur Ashe Stadium during match day.
ETA to Billie Jean King National Tennis Center by car: 20 minutes
Estimated savings over NYC: 41%
Stamford, Connecticut — $174 per night
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Fairfield County has played the epitome of the perfect suburban setting to live and raise a family to employees of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce from AMC’s Mad Men through much of its seven seasons. The public parks make it easy for you to practice your one-handed backhand and overhead volleys. If you’re looking to escape the city life, but still want to have the option of venturing into the Big Apple, then book a hotel room in the downtown area, putting you within walking distance of the Metro-North train station, offering 48-minute express trains to Grand Central Station throughout the day.
ETA to Billie Jean King National Tennis Center by car: 39 minutes
Estimated savings over NYC: 49%