Trying to book for A Day....

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  1. WienerDog

    WienerDog West Point Class of 2018

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    1.What hotels do you suggest? A lot are already booked.
    2.Should we stay Fri & Sat only and head home sunday ?
    3.What should we bring?
     
  2. WienerDog

    WienerDog West Point Class of 2018

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    Just called admissions and they suggested Newburgh Hampton Inn....booked it.
     
  3. Sledge

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    FYI - The Thayer is a two-night minimum @309.00 each room. Credit card charged at time of reservation.
     
  4. WienerDog

    WienerDog West Point Class of 2018

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    Would have loved to stay there...booked!
     
  5. JWP

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    Booked the Hampton Friday through Sunday leaving Monday morning....
     
  6. tug_boat

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    -No- Vacancy

    Also try Fishkill on the other side of the Hudson. Its about a 30-35 minute drive. Arrive early on A-Day for parking and the gates will be backed up
     
  7. knkbell

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    We booked the Fishkill Hampton, it is close and really reasonable. We also booked it for Friday through Monday since we may have our cadets later in the afternoon on Sunday and flying to the west coast, we're better off leaving Monday a.m. than rushing our visit on Sunday.
     
  8. WienerDog

    WienerDog West Point Class of 2018

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    Will remember that for next visit. Will definitely be there early!
     
  9. mom3boys

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    I like Central Valley...not too far and has many restaurant choices. There's a Hampton right next to the outlet mall. Closer to West Point, there's a Holiday Inn Express and the West Point Motel. HIE is pretty nice...except that I left a display of my book in the lobby and someone stole it, but hey, guess they needed it. West Point Motel is no frills, but clean.
     
  10. FlyBoy1993

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    Fishkill is good. We stayed at Hyatt House and it was not too bad of a drive( 30 min or so.)

    Also a WalMart there for grabbing any last minute supplies Cadet needs.

    When we go back, we will hit Prima Pizza in Cornwall too. Cadet loved their pie when we broke for lunch after parade.

    I would recommend staying until Sunday so you can spend more time with your cadet.
     
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    A-Day

    When is A-Day this year ? Anything official ?
     
  12. MomWPgirl

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    We stayed at Homewood Suites in Newburgh. Was great as it had a kitchen and a separate bedroom. Cadet could catch up on much needed sleep and rest of family had a place to hang out. Rules have relaxed somewhat in last few years as far as what cadets are allowed to do. During my cadet's A-day weekend there were very few options if any. Staying at hotel was just about the extent of it. Now they can go to movies etc. Beware though....they may just want to sleep. Cadets will typically want to get back to WP early on Sunday to prepare for beginning of academic week. We returned home late Sunday afternoon.
     
  13. Sledge

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    August 16, a Saturday, is what Admissions posted on Facebook. That makes sense since it is a traditional Saturday 6 1/2 weeks after R-day. I think R-day has traditionally been a Monday, but Admissions posted Wednesday, July 2 as R-day.
     
  14. tug_boat

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    Yup....

    Yup...you are correct sledge

    Push Hard, Press Forward
     
  15. hutchdweller

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    Not so clean the one time I stayed there. :thumbdown:
     
  16. mom3boys

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    Guess it's hit or miss. In the olden days (2008), we stayed at Econo Lodge...but I hear it's gotten pretty bad. Best advice: tell your CC to make friends w/ someone on post!
     
  17. napjim

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    Just booked at the Holiday Inn Express in Ft. Montgomery -- stayed there when we did a tour -- it was nice -- probably built in the last 3/4 years and about four miles south of West Point -- pricey for the A Day weekend, but my guess is that's what happens.
     
  18. buff81

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    Our experience -

    The Thayer: we always stayed there when available. You can't beat the convenience, one being that you are on post and don't have to go through security every time you drive on post. Stayed there for R-day and Graduation. For R-day, stress level was high enough and we didn't have the extra worry of traffic and getting to Ike Hall at the assigned time. There was a shuttle from the hotel to Grant Turnaround, but we walked up. Graduation - again we didn't have to worry about the stress of long lines at the gates and getting to graduation on time.

    West Point Hotel - Highland Falls: We stayed there twice. First time it was was less than desirable. Second time, it was better. Not fancy but it was clean and had been recently redecorated.

    Econo Lodge: It was disgusting. I felt I needed to don a hazmat suit while staying there.

    Holiday Inn Express - Ft. Montgomery: We stayed there twice but only during non high volume weekends. For the big weekends, they jack the prices up to about the same as The Thayer.

    Hyatt - Fishkill: We stayed there a couple of times and it was very nice. The free breakfast was wonderful. It was called the Siena Hotel when we stayed there before Hyatt bought it out. Drive to WP isn't bad.

    Homewood Suites at Stewart Airport - Newburgh: Great place. Stayed there a couple of times. We stayed there for A-Day and it was great to have the suites floor plan. Cadet came back there and crashed and we could be in the other room and not bother him. Plus, with the kitchenette, we could cook some of his favorite foods. Very convenient if you fly into Stewart.

    White Plains area: We flew into White Plains many times and stayed in hotels there as the price was much cheaper than those right around WP. We stayed at the Hampton Inn, the Doubletree, and the Renaissance.

    Nanuet/Nyack area: We stayed at the Hampton Inn a couple of times in Nanuet. Hotels in this area are usually more reasonably price and have availability on high volume events at WP (A-day, R-day, Graduation and football games). The drive isn't bad and actually a very pretty drive up the Palisades Pkwy

    Dolce - Palisades: We stumbled upon this place and it is lovely. It is an IBM Conference center and on weekends the prices are very reasonable. Great place if you don't mind the drive.

    ** Warning about staying in Newburgh. I would only stay in hotels around the airport. Parts of Newburgh are very sketchy. When DS stated WP in 2009, Newburgh had the highest crime rate in the whole country, although I think it has gotten better since then.

    Airports: We flew into either Stewart or White Plains. We flew into NYC once and the drive to WP with tolls and traffic just wasn't worth it to us. Stewart usually pretty pricey but a couple of times, we found some good fares. All other times, White Plains was very competitive with NYC fares, so we flew to White Plains.

    Just writing this brought back good memories of good times. Yes, we went a lot to WP during DS's years there, but we made the decision early on that we were going to visit often, even though it would be costly. He was only going to be there 4 years and we wanted to make the most of it. The Hudson River Valley area is beautiful with a lot of things to do. The small towns across the river have good shopping and wonderful restaurants. West Point itself is beautiful with many things to see there (Trophy Point, the cemetery, Cadet Chapel, Michie Stadium, the Plain etc)
    If I had to narrow down the events that you should do if you possibly can, they would be: A-day, PPW, Ring Weekend, Graduation and at least one football game.
     
  19. soccmomer

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    We stayed in the West Point motel twice for visits and camp. Both times they were more than accomodating. It is a bit older looking, they charge more on weekends, the breakfast is really just a snack, and I don't believe they have free cancellations after you have reserved, however we were very pleased with our visits. The second time (camp), we stayed at Bear Mountain State Park, which has a variety of types of rooms. We needed a place that would take our dog if we had to bring him. It was nice there and we enjoyed it, but could not stay there the last night (they had a wedding party coming in), so went to the West Point motel the last night (we did not end up bringing the dog). They actually let us check in at 10 that morning for no extra charge! As I said, they are very nice.
     
  20. PotentialParent

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    I would only add that the town of Mahwah, NJ, has a lot of hotels, and is about the same driving time as Newburg and Fishkill NY. Nice drive that takes you by a huge outlet center, and Camp Buckner on the way in to WP. Roxanne's Italian grill is a winner.
     

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