This post is a list of 25 of the best cheap hotels in New York City. Believe it or not, you can find some pretty nice and cheap hotels in New York City that offer the same amenities and style as more expensive hotels, but at half the price. Below are 25 of the best affordable hotels located in different neighborhoods of the city. They range from bare-bones accommodations with shared bathrooms to boutique hotels with views of the city.
Prices listed are the average range for a room for two to four people for mid-May 2016. Of course, when you travel, the number of people in your group, and what size room you choose will affect the price. But if you do a bit of work, you can get great deals whether you are a solo traveler, a couple, a group of friends or a family.
The area is centered around Washington Square Park and goes as far east as Broadway and west as 7th Avenue, from Houston Street to 14th Street. This is quintessential New York City, bubbling with life 24 hours a day, partially due to 20,000 undergraduate students of New York University whose buildings dominate the area. Greenwich Village is a neighborhood filled to the brim with cafes, bars, cheap restaurants and comedy clubs, making it a great neighborhood to stay in. This means it is not easy to find cheap accommodations here. Here are two hotels that are relatively inexpensive:
Rooms from $119 to $145. This hotel is right smack in the heart of Greenwich Village proper just blocks away from its centerpiece of history and sunny fun, Washington Square Park. Also near to bustling Union Square, SoHo, the East Village and the Flatiron District. Rooms are small and décor is simple. Bathrooms are shared which helps keep the costs down and while this may be a slight inconvenience, there are only 6 rooms per floor and two full bathrooms. Price includes a continental breakfast. There are common area kitchenettes on most floors which will save you even more money if you pack sandwiches for the day or bring home a big pizza pie for dinner. Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and each room comes with a color TV, telephone, ceiling fan, air conditioner, hair-dryer, private washbasin, radio-alarm clocks, cotton robe, and slippers. Read TripAdvisor reviews of the Larchmont Hotel.
The Jane, 113 Jane Street (map) Tel (212) 924-6700.
Rooms from $92 to $295. This land-marked building located in what New Yorkers call the West Village has a deliberate kitsch ‘nautical’ theme – the building was constructed in 1908 for mariners in the early 20th century (some survivors from the Titanic also stayed here in 1912). This New York Times article outlines the unusual history of The Jane. The nautical-cabin style 50-sq-ft room are kitsch, but not for the claustrophobic. The small rooms cost a relatively small price to stay in a fabulous part of northwest corner of Greenwich Village (what’s also known as the Meatpacking District). The cheaper rooms share bathrooms, but if you prefer your privacy, you will pay quite a bit more. Free Wi-Fi and free bikes available for use. Read their reviews on TripAdvisor.
Rooms from $143 to $352. Location, location, location! Though not an actual neighborhood, the hotel’s name stands for South of Little Italy, which places it in the middle New York’s historic and colorful neighborhoods of SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. Aspiring to be a ‘boutique’ hotel, the décor mostly succeeds in the small, but comfortable, modern rooms. Rooms have private bathrooms with dual-massage showerheads, bathrobes, and hair dryers. They also have air-conditioning, coffee and tea facilities, flat-screen satellite television, safe and free Wi-Fi. The front rooms can get noisy at night in this lively part of town, so bring ear plugs or request a room on the back side of the hotel.
Rooms from $178 to $409. At the southern-most border of TriBeCa is this affordable, if not modest hotel. Rooms, all with private bathrooms, are small but clean and comfortable. The amenities will make you feel like you are staying at a 5-star hotel: free Wi-Fi, central air-conditioning with individual temperature control, soundproof windows, luxurious Frette linens and towels, flatscreen TVs, drapes with blackout shades, in-room safes, iPod docking stations, a fitness room, a business center with iMac computers and a Starbucks on premises. The location is perfect for exploring Lower Manhattan. You will be a 10-minute walk from some of the most popular attractions in the city – 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the departure dock for the Staten Island Ferry and the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island cruises. Two major subway lines are less than a block away which makes it easy to visit just about every part of Manhattan. The hotel is also a short walk to the the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge.
This is a small, hip and arty hotel with friendly staff located at the crossroads of SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown and Tribeca. There are many subway lines stop just on the corner, so exploring the city from here won’t be an issue. Rooms are small but clean and comfy with a modern look. There is definitely some street noise (it is New York City after all), but the hotel provides ear plugs. All 28 guestrooms have free Wi-Fi (and free local telephone calls which is a real money-saver!) air-conditioning, blackout drapes/curtains, desks and flat-panel TVs. Every room has a different unique mural of New York cityscapes – painted right on the wall which gives the room a funky colorful feel. You will definitely feel part of the unique New York City vibe – noise and all. (Note: They also have a location in Chelsea).
The borders of this NYC neighborhood is roughly 14th to 30th streets, from 7th Avenue to the Hudson River. The southern part is walking distance to the incredible food and entertainment choices of Greenwich Village, while central Chelsea is home to the largest number of art galleries in New York having surpassed SoHo years ago. Fabulous Chelsea Market is a hub of the neighborhood as is the Highline, a converted rail line that now serves as an elevated urban park with views of the river and New Jersey. Hotels here are cheaper than Greenwich Village to the south and Midtown to the north so it is in many ways a perfect location.
RIFF Chelsea 300 West 30th St. (map) Tel (866)-372-5506. Rooms from $98 to $194. This is a great hotel if you are looking for a fun, friendly environment in a great location. It is ideal for anyone coming for an event at Madison Square Garden and Times Square is 10-minute walk. You can also easily walk to the 30th Street entrance to the Highline which is a must see. The rooms are basic but comfortable enough. There is a wide range of room type available – from shared dormitory rooms and single rooms, to deluxe rooms and specialty ‘theme’ rooms. Note: The hotel is 4 stories and does not have an elevator so you’d best like stairs! In nice weather take advantage of the rooftop terrace and garden. For those without a computer, they have a computer station. For those with pets, they are allowed! There is a 24-hour front desk service, coffee/tea in common areas, free Wi-Fi, luggage storage, a multilingual staff, and air-conditioning, which is a big plus in the Summer months of June, July and August.
Chelsea Inn 46 West 17th Street (map) Tel (800) 640-6469. Rooms from $107 to $218. Don’t expect the Plaza Hotel, but the prices – especially in high season – are great for the location. The hotel did just undergo a renovation in 2015 so rooms are now more modern with amenities like free Wi-Fi, basic cable-TV central heating, air-conditioning in summer, in room safe, and refrigerator. Most of the guest rooms are a decent size and have a small table or work area. If you are okay with shared bathrooms you will definitely save money, and you are sharing with just one other room. The Guest Room layout has a queen bed and the Junior Guest Room has a queen bed and sofa bed. If you prefer to pay more for a private bathroom your choices are the 2-person Studio with a queen bed or the Junior Studio for 3 people with a queen bed and a sofa bed. Rooms are 250 sq. ft. each, so not huge. But you won’t be in the room much with so many great neighborhoods and sights to visit right nearby like energetic Union Square area with great shopping and dining and nearby shady Madison Square Park.
Chelsea Savoy 204 W. 23rd St. at 7th Avenue (map) Tel (800) 916-4339. Rooms from $145 to $375. You get what you pay for and sometimes you are pleasantly surprised, as are most guests who find that for the price, this hotel is worth looking into. The outside is unremarkable and the rooms are as well – but they are clean and comfortable and the staff is friendly. The best aspect of this hotel is the location – you are 10 feet from the subway and the neighborhood has plenty of excellent food and drink options. Complimentary breakfast of muffins and bagels is served and rooms have mini-fridges. Wi-Fi is available with a surcharge. Some rooms are in the interior and lack windows, so splurge a few extra dollars and ask for a room facing the street.
Midtown Manhattan is both the geographic and symbolic center of Manhattan. It’s is where you will find dozens of the city’s most iconic buildings like the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station, the United Nations headquarters and the New York City Public Library’s main branch, guarded by its two lions. Within Midtown are many different renown enclaves like Rockefeller Center, Times Square and Herald Square. Midtown Manhattan has some of the busiest sidewalks and tallest buildings in the world. It embodies the energy that New York City is known for and you can’t help but be swept up in the fast pace of life in Midtown. For that reason, your choice of hotel is very important. You want to make sure that your accommodations not only fit your budget but will provide you with the kind of atmosphere you need to balance the thrill and rush of a visit to the Big Apple. If you like to relax in the evenings and soak your feet after a long day of walking, there are hotels for you. If you want to keep moving 24 hours a day, there are hotels for you.
This part of the city is the area east of 5th Avenue between 59th Street on the north and 34th Street on the south (though some say it goes as far south as 14th Street and we’ve included some hotels south of 34th Street because they are worth a look). Midtown East is dominated by tall glass towers, glittering skyscrapers and lots of people in business suits. It is also home to some of NYC’s most spectacular architecture like Grand Central Station, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the Chrysler Building. It has fantastic shopping and a non-stop list of eateries of every budget. It’s not the most glamorous part of the city, but there are some great hotel deals to be found here and the location is central enough that you will have no problem traversing the entire city from here.
Hotel 31 120 East 31 Street (map) Tel (212) 685-3060. Rooms from $104 to $149. You guessed it, this hotel is on 31st Street (between Lexington and Park Avenues.) It is a well-situated location putting you within walking distance to prime attractions like Macy’s, Grand Central Station, Times Square, and the Empire State Building just a few streets away. Hotel 31 is substantially more affordable than other hotels in the same area, but the trade-off is that the hotel has an outdated feel to it. This 80-room hotel has a quiet and personable atmosphere unlike larger hotels. You can book rooms with two double beds, one queen bed, one full bed, or two twins. The least expensive rooms share bathrooms with other guests. Rooms with private bathrooms which cost a little more. All rooms have the same old-fashioned décor of muted flowery wallpaper and similar patterned bedspreads and though they may be a bit of an eye-sore, the rooms are always clean and have modern amenities such as in-room safes, flat-screen TVs, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. If you are a light sleeper, request a room on a higher floor in advance. Some rooms have views of the Empire State Building so ask in advance if one of those rooms is available.
Hotel 17 225 E. 17th Street (map) Tel (212) 475-2845. Rooms from $113 to $185. Very similar to its sister property Hotel 31, Hotel 17 is located farther downtown in charming, residential Gramercy Park neighborhood. It is not as central to the city’s attractions as Hotel 31, but it is just a few streets from Union Square which is a busy hub for seven subway lines. Hotel 17 offers bare bones accommodations for those on a budget. None of the 150 rooms have private bathrooms but there are two full bathrooms for every seven rooms so you rarely have to wait. Room options are two double beds, one full bed, one queen bed, or two twin beds. The hotel made an appearance in Woody Allen’s 1993 film “Manhattan Murder Mystery”.
Pod 51 230 East 51st Street (map) Tel (212) 355-0300. Rooms from $114 to $270. In the heart of Midtown East, this hotel offers easy walking access to many of the best attractions in NYC, such as the Museum of Modern Art, Rockefeller Center, and Grand Central Station. This hotel is not dirt cheap, but still more affordable than other nearby hotels and is loaded with modern amenities and has a trendy vibe which appeals to young solo travelers or others who enjoy mingling with other travelers. It’s rooftop deck and outdoor garden are especially appealing. There are 350 rooms that come in many sizes and prices. Keep in mind there is a reason why the word ‘pod’ is in the name. Rooms are very small but efficiently designed with storage drawers under beds, built in desks and the room décor is both airy and fun with white bed sheets with colorful duvets. Room types include single pods with a twin bed for one person or a bunk bed pod for two people (each bed has its own flat-screen TV!). Single and bunk pods share bathrooms, but rooms have convenient in-room displays that let you know which bathrooms on your floor are vacant or occupied. If you prefer private bathrooms you can choose from a room with one full bed, one queen bed, two double beds (room fits 4 people) and suite pods are perfect for families or groups of 4 people, as they come with one queen bed, two twin beds and a sitting area. All rooms have are individual climate control air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, mp3 dock, a safe, and free Wi-Fi. Hunt around on the website for all sorts of discounts and specials when booking this hotel and save even more.
Pod 39 145 East 39th Street (map) Tel (212) 865-5700. Rooms from $130 to $220. The décor is pretty much the same as Pod 51 above. Rooms have that same colorful, sleek and youthful style and amenities are the same. Room layouts are also the same as Pod 51 except that rooms at Pod 39 have private bathrooms. The hotel also has a community playroom with ping-pong tables and a rooftop lounge ranked #2 in the world by Jetsetter.com.
This large area is a prime destination for tourists as a large number of the city’s most popular attractions are located in Midtown West, whose boundaries are west of 5th Avenue to the Hudson River and 59th Street on the north and 34th Street on the south. The highlights are the Theater District, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building and of course, Times Square, the heart of Midtown West. A large number of New York City’s hotels are concentrated in this area, especially around Times Square. Some of the best hotel deals can be found here but bring earplugs- this part of town is hoppin’ around the clock!
The Hotel@Times Square 59 West 46th St. (map) (212) 719-2300. Rooms from $175 to $240. Walking into the modern lobby of this 213-room hotel, painted in shades of pale green, rose and light yellow, you sense a respect for nostalgia. An art deco styled staircase leads to a bar on the second floor. There is also a rooftop bar with great views. Rooms are nicely styled with rosewood furniture and cream walls and bed linens echoing the lobby colors. The hotel offers single and double rooms to accommodate singles, couples or families, all with private bathrooms. Rooms also come with air conditioning, coffee makers, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, safes, free Wi-Fi and phones with free calls within the United States, another money saving feature. There’s a 24-hour business center with computers, laptop stations, fax machines and printers as well as a fitness room also open 24-hours. Rates are surprisingly low for a hotel this nice. The deal is even sweeter if you are travelling with children under 13 who stay free, though the hotel doesn’t provide roll-away beds, and you can’t exceed the room maximum occupancy of 4 people. But if you are a family of 4 and your kids are both under 13, you can save about $30 a night. Here’s another nice money saver: the hotel offers a free continental breakfast from 6:30am-10:00am.
The Mayfair 242 W. 49th St. (map) Tel (212) 586-0300 Rooms from: $124 to $229. Location is the key and this 80-room hotel provides a very central location at affordable prices. While outside your hotel the heart of New York City, Times Square will be beating, you will be able to return to the cozy warmth of your European style room with flowery toile cloth everywhere. White wooden furnishings, decorative wall sconces and throw pillows may or may not be your taste, but for the price and location, you can make due. All rooms have private bathrooms and some even have bathtubs (Brits may find this particularly appealing). Room amenities include the standards: air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, telephones, safes and free Wi-Fi. With the bright lights of Broadway right out your door, you’ve got dozens of theaters right outside your door. If you need some quiet, just walk to peaceful Central Park 10 blocks to your north. New York’s most popular Midtown attractions are all within easy walking distance. Three subway stations are within a block’s radius of the hotel so you have plenty of options to visit any part of the city.
The Row 700 8th Avenue (map) Tel. (888) 352-3650. Rooms from $116 to $286. Formerly known as the Milford Plaza Hotel, The Row and its 1,331 rooms underwent a $140-million makeover in 2010 which was so successful that in 2015 Conde Nast travel magazine readers selected this hotel as one of the top 35 hotels in New York City. The Row’s location could not be any more central as it is located in Times Square, which is not only exciting, but also convenient as there are several main subway lines all within 5 blocks from the hotel. It is a great base from which to explore the city during the day, come back to your hotel to freshen up and head back out for a taste of the local nightlife including Broadway theaters, fun restaurants like The Hard Rock Café and Virgil’s Real BBQ, or famous local attractions like Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Open every night until 1am and Madame Tussaud’s, open until 10pm every night. The later you go to these popular sights, the easier it will be to get in without waiting too long. The Row is more than just its location. Its décor is quite smart and the minimalist-style rooms overcome their small size with ‘built-ins’ (drawers under the bedframe, built-in desks). The room colors are bright, playing on a NYC subway theme and every room is equipped with a laptop safe, cordless phone, flat-screen TV, iPod docks and Wi-Fi, and perhaps the most important amenity of all, given the location: blackout shades and double-paned sound-blocking windows. For those without a computer, the hotel has an internet lounge with computers available for use 24 hours a day. You get 30 minutes free use, but after that there is a fee for additional time. There’s also a 24-hour business center and fitness center.
Hampton Inn Manhattan – Times Square North 851 Eighth Avenue (map). Tel. (212) 581-4100. Rooms from $135 to $400. This 300 room hotel is a mid-range hotel of the Hilton chain, so you can expect the good quality that Hiltons are known for, but a less luxurious experience. This is a pleasant hotel and a very good value considering its central location. The 300 square-foot rooms are big in relation to other hotels in the area, and although they are a bit basic and bland in décor, they do come with all the amenities you would expect of a Hilton family member such as flat-screen TVs, queen or king beds, large work desks with ergonomic chairs, blackout curtains and soundproof windows, air-conditioning, a coffeemaker, toiletries, irons and a phone with unlimited free local calls (definitely a money saver). The hotel offers additional perks such as a 24-hour fitness center and a 24-hour business center with internet kiosks and free printing. They also serve a free hot breakfast, another big plus budget-wise, and there is free tea and coffee in the lobby every day. The best aspect of this hotel is its location which is ever-so-slightly away from the frenetic pace of Times Square, yet close enough that you are 5 minutes from the action. There are three subways within 2 blocks of the hotel and you are within walking distance from Broadway theaters, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, the Museum of Modern Art and much more. West of the hotel is the neighborhood known as Hell’s Kitchen which in no way resembles its name. It is actually one of the best areas to find great cuisine at very reasonable prices. Ethnic food in nice sit-down restaurants line 9th Avenue just a block away. It’s a popular area for locals to dine and will add to your New York experience instead of eating at some of the overpriced restaurants on Restaurant Row or Broadway.
Uptown Manhattan’s borders are generally considered to be from the Hudson River to the East River, and running north from 59th Street to West 110th Street (on the west side) and 96th Street on the east side). Above those streets you still have a huge swath of Manhattan with dozens of unique and close-knit neighborhoods like Marble Hill, Inwood, Washington Heights, Harlem, Spanish Harlem, Morningside Heights and more. These neighborhoods are grouped together as Upper Manhattan (not Uptown). Most of the affordable hotelsi n Uptown Manhattan are on the west side known as the Upper West Side. There are hotels on the Upper East Side, but we won’t cover them in this post – you can read below why not.
Upper West Side
Bordered by West 59th Street to West 110th from Central Park West to the Hudson River, this large and relatively affluent neighborhood is considered by some people to be more artsy and culturally inclined than their crosstown rival, the Upper East Side. The Upper West Side (UWS) has a great mix of architecturally diverse residential buildings, tons of ethic restaurants and American cuisine and easy access to several significant sights in NYC. The main arterial road through the UWS is Broadway which is a wide 6-lane boulevard with a green, leafy median strip separating the north and southbound traffic (similar to Park Avenue). Broadway is lined with shops, and some historic, ornate apartment buildings. Some people say that Broadway in the UWS resembles a grand boulevard of Paris. You will want to see the glorious Ansonia apartment building built in 1898 and used as the central location in the creepy film “Single White Female” (1992) starring Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The historic Dakota apartment building are also on the UWS and is home to many celebrities, most notably the late John Lennon. His wife Yoko Ono still lives there.
Staying in the lower part of the UWS (below 72nd Street, a main subway hub) places you in walking distance of great shopping at Columbus Circle’s Time Warner Center, and several cultural destinations including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center (home to the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic) and the Museum of Modern Art. Times Square is a short two stop subway ride or bus ride away. Above 72nd Street, you have easy access to the American Museum of Natural History, St. John’s The Divine and The New York Historical Society. No matter where in the UWS you are, Central Park is right there for the taking. This massive and much beloved park can be accessed from dozens of points along Central Park West and there is no doubt that if you stay at a hotel on the UWS you will be spending some time in this bucolic oasis from the busy streets of NYC.
Park Central 870 7th Ave. (map) Tel. (212) 247-8000. Rooms from: $142 to $707. Technically this not in the Upper West Side, but it’s close enough and worth mentioning. This is a huge hotel – with 934 rooms. And in peak travel season, the price tag is huge too. But off-peak travelers can find very good deals on this modern hotel in a central location with easy access to Times Square, Midtown, Central Park, and an easy subway ride to Lower Manhattan. Recent renovations have made rooms more appealing with muted gray-tones and light walls. Rooms have smartphone docking stations, 46-inch flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning and phones with free U.S. long-distance calls. Rooms also come with an iron and ironing board, hairdryer, in-room safe and Wi-Fi which oddly, has a daily surcharge. There is a Starbucks in their lobby which does have free Wi-Fi. Take advantage of concierges to help you get information about sightseeing instead of looking it up yourself on the internet. The hotel has a business center as well as a 24-hour fitness center. Some rooms on the upper floors have city views so request one when booking.
West Side YMCA 5 W. 63rd St. (map) Tel. (212)-875-4100. Rooms from: $112 to $130. This all ages hostel is famed for its fabulous location and incredibly low prices. But that’s about the best of it. This old but stately building has basic, bland 630 rooms, primarily singles and doubles with bunk beds with shared baths. A few rooms have their own private bathroom to use though they are located in the hallway. Remember, it is a hostel so there is no charming décor so to speak off. Sparse rooms offer a bed, linens, a small towel, a TV and air conditioning. There are a bonuses other than the unbeatable price: there is a swimming pool, a gym and some rooms have a view of Central Park. Why not request one?! The Wi-Fi is spotty in rooms but works much better in the lobby, which can be a bit hectic Because many large groups and students stay here. Before you book here, read reviews on TripAdvisor as you may prefer to spend more money for nicer accommodations. If all you want is a place to keep your stuff, a pillow to rest your head on at night and somewhere to shower in between running around New York City, this might be the perfect place for you.
Comfort Inn Central Park West 31 W. 71st St. (map) Tel (212) 721-4770. Rooms from $129-$249. Nothing particularly special about this clean and comfortable hotel except that its location is superb. It is a 2 minute walk to Central Park, a 9 minute walk to the American Museum of Natural History and a 10 minute walk to the Lincoln Center. A subway station with major subway lines is around the corner and Broadway, lined with a wide selection of affordable places to dine, is two blocks away. Each of the 92 Euro-style rooms have private bathrooms with showers, coffeemakers, safes, flat-screen TVs, phones, air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. A free hot breakfast buffet is included in the room rate, always a nice perk. There is also an on-site exercise room. The Comfort Inn chain has many hotels in the New York City area and it is worth looking at all of them when hunting down the right rate and location for you. Their locations outside of Manhattan are some of the best deals in town.
Milburn Hotel 242 W. 76th St. (map) Tel. (212) 362-1006. Rooms from $159 to $269. This lovely and affordable 120 room hotel is located in the heart of the Upper West Side on a largely residential side street but still a few hundred yards away from all the action of Upper Broadway and within walking distance to both Central Park and Riverside Park. The hotel does not aspire to be a trendy hot-spot. Rather its tasteful country estate-like furnishings give the hotel a charming and warm atmosphere. Its guests are a blend of families, student groups, and business travelers. The lounge is a welcoming space with old fashioned décor and a fireplace. In addition to free Wi-Fi, there is also a small computer room free to use and a small exercise room. The hotel offers studios, junior and one-bedroom suites all equipped with a small kitchenette (sink, mini-fridge, coffeemaker, microwave and dishware), in addition to air conditioning, a flat-screen television with DVD player, a safe, a phone and iPod docking station. Try for a room on an upper floor which are quieter and may have an excellent view. While the hotel may be slightly more expensive in peak season, the fact that they offer a free continental breakfast, and you have your own mini-kitchen in your room, staying here can be a real money saver if you’ve come to New York to see the sights and don’t care about the bites!
Royal Park Hotel 258 W. 97th St. (map) Tel. (212) 665-7434. Rooms from $129 to $234. This recently renovated 60 room hotel is both affordable and welcoming. It is on a residential side street with a subway station just one a block away. With contemporary furnishings that are simple but stylish, the nice sized rooms come in many configurations giving travelers lots of options. The hotel offers both rooms with shared bathrooms which are modest but comfortable and ensuite rooms with private bathrooms. Rollaway beds are available upon request with a $20 fee and here’s the best part – children under 12 stay free! All rooms have ceiling fans and free Wi-Fi. For a more luxuries experience when traveling with a big group they offer a “Superior Double Queen Ensuite” which has 2 Queen beds, a large seating area and a modern private bathroom with boutique features like a rain shower-head. These rooms also have ceiling fans as well as individual climate control A/C, flat screen TVs, iPod docks, and charming exposed brick walls. The hotel has a business center with internet kiosks and a ‘convenience center’ with a refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and coffee/tea maker for guests to use.
Marrakech Hotel 2688 Broadway (map) Tel. (866) 546-8353. Rooms from $118 to $277. This Moroccan-themed budget boutique hotel at the northern end of the Upper West Side is just three blocks from Central Park and a short walk to the magnificent St. John the Divine cathedral. Nearby subways give you total access to other neighborhoods of the city, while the hotel’s location is ideal for jazz clubs, bars and low-key nightlife as well as a wide range of restaurants. There is a Whole Foods supermarket, one of the most affordable and delicious places to but ready to go food at great prices. As for the hotel itself, staff consistently receive great reviews for being friendly and helpful. The hotel off offers rooms with one full bed, two full beds, or one queen bed, all with private ensuite bathrooms and toiletries. You can expect modern amenities including free Wi-Fi throughout entire hotel, flat screen TVs, air conditioning, CD radio or iHome players. The room décor is a mélange of soothing rich dark orange and brown tones with fluffy duvets and warm lighting. Perfect to come home to relax to at the end of a busy day exploring the city. Be sure to look for hotel specials and seasonal deals you can get only from the hotel directly from their website and their Facebook page.
As much as we love the hotels in this part of town — historic gems like The Pierre, the Sherry-Netherland and the Waldorf-Astoria, they are just not affordable to the average traveler with nightly rates of $400+ or more and that is not even in peak season! We would be doing you an injustice by recommending hotels in this area if you are trying to keep your costs reasonable. Don’t feel badly though, as the Upper East Side is not especially appealing to tourists as it is a very crowded residential area with huge apartment buildings and the shops and restaurants that cater to the relatively wealthy population of the neighborhood.
There are a handful of attractions you’ll probably want to see which are technically on the Upper East Side but are so far west they are accessibly from the Upper West Side on foot or crosstown bus. For example,. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Guggenheim are along the east side of Central Park. If you have GOT to get an iconic “Little Brown Bag” from Bloomingdale’s (also the locale for the film “Serendipity” with Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack) you can get there easily from any part of town. For the adventurous and those with extra time in their schedule, we recommend a trip across the East River on the Roosevelt Island tram for stunning views of New York City for the low cost of just one swipe of your MetroCard.
If you are a last-minute traveler who wants to try their luck at spontaneous specials at these quasi-royalty hotels, go for it! Look at Priceline, Hotwire, HotelsCombined or any of the other big search engines. Always check the hotels’ own websites who are trying to fill rooms at the last minute with low prices. You might just get lucky and stay at the Waldorf Astoria for $200 a night – albeit in one of the smallest rooms they offer. Still – you can say you stayed there!
Staying in Downtown Brooklyn might be the smartest move you can make during your visit to New York. It is incredibly convenient to Manhattan as just about every major subway line can be reached within a few blocks. (For tips on using the subway, see our post Navigating the New York Subway.)
Not only is staying in Downtown Brooklyn less expensive than staying in Manhattan, it is also a great area to explore. For the past several years, the area has been experiencing a renaissance and has a steady influx of trendy, quality restaurants and bars, great shopping and many cultural activities.
Staying in Downtown Brooklyn puts you within walking distance of the Brooklyn Bridge, historic Brooklyn Heights and the Promenade with breathtaking views of the New York skyline. The artsy waterfront known as DUMBO is a 15 minute walk away as is one of the most expansive parks in the city, Brooklyn Bridge Park, where you can picnic, relax by the water, and take in the views of Manhattan. The park has lots of free cultural activities and you can even go kayaking free under the Brooklyn Bridge!
Another draw to the neighborhood is the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) which was founded in 1861 and stages over 200 performances a year with top actors and actress. The Barclays Center is a brand new sports and concerts arena and is home to the Nets basketball team. Musicians from Madonna to Justin Bieber and The Rolling Stones have performed there.
Great shopping deals can be can be found at Fulton Mall, a long stretch of several streets with outlets from big chains like Gap, Banana Republic, TJ Maxx and more. It is THE place to find any brand and style of sneakers that you cannot find anywhere else. Maybe the best reason of all to stay in Downtown Brooklyn is that you are just streets away from the best cheesecake in New York at Juniors. We encourage you to give Downtown Brooklyn a try and here are some of the affordable hotels that we really like:
Holiday Inn Downtown Brooklyn 300 Schermerhorn Street (map) Tel (877) 859-5095. Rooms from $119-$174. Opened in Spring 2016, this brand new hotel has 245 guest rooms & suites. Prices are right and it is a very quick subway ride to Manhattan with 10 major subway lines all within a two-block radius. A few of the streets next to the hotel are not especially attractive. Schermerhorn (pronounced SKER-mer-horn) Street has a few unsavory stretches, but for the most part it is a safe area and as gentrification continues to change the neighborhood, expect nicer surroundings soon. And with Juniors Cheesecake less than a 10 minute walk away, it’s a good thing the hotel has a pool where you can swim off those calories. Reviews are starting to trickle in to TripAdvisor and other review sites and so far, things are looking good. Words like ‘accommodating’, ‘clean’ and ‘friendly staff’’ appear often. Rooms are not huge, but still bigger than most Manhattan rooms, and come with all the amenities you’d expect of a Holiday Inn: free Wi-Fi, flat screen TV, cordless phone with free local phone calls (great money-saver!), alarm clock with a docking station, pillow-topped mattresses, laptop sized safe, a desk/workspace, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, coffee maker, mini-refrigerator, individually controlled air conditioning and windows that you can open or close yourself (though it may be a bit noisy given the hotel’s Downtown Brooklyn location). The hotel also has an unstaffed public 24-hour business center and a fitness center. Pets are allowed with deposit. Note: There is another Holiday Inn a few miles further into Brooklyn, the Holiday Inn Brooklyn Express. It is easy to confuse the two when searching for rooms online. It is a fairly decent and certainly affordable hotel if you are willing to be a little farther out from Manhattan.
Hotel Indigo 229 Duffield St. (map) Tel (877-INDIGO). Rooms from $133-$184. Part of the Hotel Indigo worldwide family, this Brooklyn location is more than half the price of its Manhattan siblings which cost an average of $400 a night. But like all Indigo hotels, it has a boutique vibe and a unique character. The hotel has a lovely outdoor rooftop patio with great views. The location is very convenient to Manhattan with over 10 subway lines within a couple of blocks. If you venture a few blocks further into Brooklyn you’ll be in the hip Fort Greene neighborhood worthy of a stroll and a meal or two with many great restaurants. Hotel Indigo’s chic rooms have hardwood floors and plush colorful area rugs giving each room its own character. Room amenities include free Wi-Fi, work desks, flat-screen TVs, mini-refrigerators, coffeemakers, spa-like bathrooms with Aveda toiletries, hairdryers, double-glazed windows for noise protection, individually controlled air conditioning, iron/ironing board. There is a 24-hour fitness center and a business center. For history buffs, you might be interested to know that the hotel sits on the former site of several mid-19th century homes (demolished to make way for the hotel) one of which was owned by Harriet and Thomas Truesdell, well-known abolitionists. Before the houses were razed, a sealed off tunnel was found underneath which is believed to have been part of the Underground Railroad. Duffield Street is also officially named Abolitionist Place in honor of the numerous anti-slavery activities on this and nearby streets.
Hampton Inn Brooklyn/Downtown125 Flatbush Ave Extension (map) Tel (855) 605-0317. Rooms from $111-$309. Opened in July 2014, this hotel is streets away from the Manhattan Bridge in an area of Downtown Brooklyn called MetroTech, a welcoming complex of businesses and local colleges. The hotel has a 4.5 star rating from over 450 TripAdvisor reviews. The hotel is surrounded by new, very tall condominium buildings that a growing faster than wildflowers. To be blunt, there is nothing to keep you in the immediate environs of the hotel. The reason to stay at this hotel is to be very close to Manhattan while paying half the price, which includes a fairly good hot breakfast served 7 days a week. To maximize your time in NYC, on weekdays the hotel has ‘breakfast bags to go’ There’s a 24-hour fitness center and a 24-hour pantry store, as well as a business center. The cozy lobby has a fireplace and free coffee and tea are available 24 hours a day. Rooms have a modern, airy feel with a tasteful combination of blond and dark-brown wood furniture and white bedding. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, free in-room movie channel, coffeemakers, and iron/ironing board. Room types offered are 2 double beds, one king bed with mini-fridge in room, and a king bed with balcony with Manhattan-skyline views. The hotel doesn’t offer rollaway beds so make sure you book a room with enough sleeping surfaces for your group! Prices vary wildly so be sure to check all the booking sites and the hotels website as well.