- Taschenbuch: 480 Seiten
- Verlag: John Wiley & Sons; Auflage: 7. Auflage (16. April 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0470533277
- ISBN-13: 978-0470533277
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 2,6 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 589.927 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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The Unofficial Guide to New York City (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 16. April 2010
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The Unofficial Guides are the Consumer Reports of travel guides, offering candid evaluations of their destinations' attractions, hotels, restaurants, shopping, nightlife, sports, and more, all rated and ranked by a team of unbiased inspectors so even the most compulsive planners can be sure they're spending their time and money wisely. Each guide addresses the needs of everyone from families to business travelers, with handy charts that demonstrate how each place stacks up against the competition. Plus, all the details are pulled out so they're extremely easy to scan. Look no further than The Unofficial Guide to New York City for honest, streetwise advice that allows you to feel safe, comfortable, and at home in the Big Apple. We'll give you detailed reviews of all the top attractions and unbiased ratings of all the best hotels and restaurants, and clue you in on everything you'll need to know to get around like a local.The Top 5 Ways The Unofficial Guide to New York City Can Help You Have the Perfect Trip: * The straight truth on all the attractions, from Central Park to the Statue of Liberty * How to get tickets to the hottest Broadway shows--and not pay full price for them * Hotels at every price level, ranked and rated for value and quality of rooms--plus proven strategies for getting the best rates * All the best New York restaurants, plus the inside story on shopping--where to get the best for less * How to plan and get the most out of your business or convention trip -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
Five Great Features and Benefits offered ONLY by The Unofficial Guide(r):
* How to plan a trip that's safe and fun, with tips for packing and scheduling
* How to get the best prices on Broadway tickets and how to get into your favorite TV show
* How to pick accommodations, from hotels to B&Bs, plus tips on getting the best deal
* How to find the right restaurant for every taste and budget
* What to see (and what to skip) from Central Park to the Statue of Liberty and from the Battery to Brooklyn
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"The Unofficial Guide to New York City" on the other hand was utterly disappointing - there were no touring hints or strategies, and the information also seemed all over the place. The restaurant guide appeared incomplete, not covering certain sectors of the city, and on the whole, this guide was not a reliable tour guide of NYC. I also used another guide, Frommer's, and found that much more useful. Pass on this one.
These guide books promise, essentially, that you will know what you are doing before you've actually had the experience, removing some of the nasty anxiety of going horribly wrong as you set out to find urban magic. Some of their features are excellent. The hotel section, for instance, is comprehensive and gives several ways of looking for a hotel that might match your needs. Neighborhood overviews are also very fine.
HOWEVER! other aspects are both annoying and silly. Addresses are often wrong; hours of operation ditto; information about public transporation is (to be charitable) out-of-date. Nothing quite beats hopping confidently onto a bus with a pocket full of dollar bills, only to discover that busses only accept tokens or quarters.
They don't do badly at explaining what attitude you need to take to manage in New York, but neither do they do well. They hint, for example, at the importance of tipping, but do not convey the underlying fact that tipping in NYC is essentially small-time protection money. Not that that's a bad thing. Similarly, restaurant coverage was unimaginative, but maybe there is no way to predict whether a tourist would prefer a very very safe and bland experience, or is more adventurous and would prefer places where the locals eat. Even then, which locals?
This book helped us find a hotel that pleased us. Still, the other aspects annoyed us sufficiently that we left it behind in JFK before we took off.