Amerisuites Northeast in Orlando
This hotel was clean, and had a frigde, microwave, desk, couch, chair, TV, and bed. It was nice, but I wouldn't pay $150 to stay here (that's tripadvisor's average price for the hotel). I would say it's worth about $80-90 a night. It's a safe area and the airport shuttle is reliable. There are a few eating places within walking distance. And the continental breakfast isn't bad either (waffles, plus cold items). However, the couches and bed comforters are a little out of date and that to me brings the value down. But, like I said, they're clean.
Future Student Visiting NY/NJ
I'm thinking about hopping down to New York and New Jersey from Toronto for a few days in December to check out schools (Columbia and Princeton, maybe NYU). Can you give me some suggestions about where to stay, or important sights for a future student to check out in these areas?
I don't have a ton of money, so I don't want to stay in the New York area too long - likely about 2-3 days. I'll probably look for a hotel in a not-quite-hip section of Brooklyn or another outer region of the city that might be cheaper but can still be accessed by public transit.
I wouldn't mind checking out any sights between New York and Princeton, but I've heard there is a direct bus that goes to Princeton from Port Authority. Is it worthwhile planning any side-trips in the area (using only public transportation!) or just base my trip on Princeton and New York exclusively? We're probably looking at less than a week altogether - possibly even 4 or 5 days.
RE: Future Student Visiting NY/NJ
December is probably the worst time that you can pick for a budget trip as room rates double and triple and everything is sold out. Try the Larchmont Hotel maybe?
In Secaucus NJ there are some motels such as the Amerisuites that are less expensive than NYC hotels, you can catch a quick 20min bus into the Port Authority from here.