Traveling to New York certainly isn’t easy on the pockets. The city is notoriously expensive and even looking at hotel prices alone (average prices can go up to 300 USD) can be daunting enough. But wouldn’t you rather opt for cheaper hotel and spend more of your budget for exploring around the city? Afterall, New York is the city that never sleeps, so you’re likely to spend most of your time out and about.
Here are 15 great hotel options that can save you money so you can empty your pockets on the city’s other pleasures instead. The rooms aren’t big and posh, but they’re stylish, clean, and have more amenities than the generic hotels that cost three times as much.
First of the pack is The Jane Hotel, a six-floor, red-brick boutique hotel with a Bohemian old school charm. Built in 1908, this former sailors’ hotel boasts a rich history, including the time when they housed survivors of the Titanic in 1912, so don’t come here expecting things to be shiny and new.
The rooms in The Jane are referred to as cabins, having quirky and nautically themed accents and retaining the worn historic look. They are in no way roomy, but it shouldn’t deter you from coming if you are a budget traveler who don’t spend too much time in your room anyway.
And while you’re here, take the time to unwind at the Jane Rooftop, mingle around with other guests while sipping cocktails and looking out to the unobstructed view of the Hudson River. Or pop by the Jane Ballroom, a chic bar that was converted from a small Off-Broadway theatre and the birthplace of Hedwig and the Angry Inch!
The most attractive point of this hotel, though, is the fact that it’s set deep within the West Village neighborhood in Greenwich Village, so you can’t find a more perfectly located hotel than this at this price point. It’s an easy walk from the Meatpacking District, Soho, and the High Line Park, so you are set for exploring what New York has to offer.
Sitting just round the corner of the snazzy North of Little Italy (Nolita) neighborhood is The Bowery House, a quaint and vintage-styled accommodation with similar charms to The Jane Hotel. This boutique hotel is what used to be a Second World War veterans’ lodging.
The rooms are small and modestly decorated, but with a touch of modern vibe, especially with the wooden latticework in place of a ceiling. And even though the bathrooms are communal, they come well-maintained with heated floors, marble sinks and expensive toiletries.
If you are just not feeling it to go explore the city, just hang around the common areas like on the rooftop garden embellished with Italian designer furniture, or lounge on the comfy couches in the living room.
The Pod Hotels
The Pod Hotels are popular for good reason. Both Pod 39 and Pod 51 are located right in the middle of all the action of New York, just a short 0.5-0.9 mile (0.8 km-1.4 km) away from Grand Central Train Station and a stone’s throw from Times Square.
The rooms at these hotels are compact, as the name suggests, but you get your own private bathrooms in both hotels (with the exception of Single and Bunk Pods at Pod 51). There is a range of rooms from singles to bunk beds, to studio pods, to cater the solo traveler or a group of friends. The overall vibe in the properties is modern and youthful, and the playrooms are conducive for those who love to make new friends while traveling.
Pod 39 is a hot favorite for the savvy traveler looking to get the best experience in New York. It’s hip, affordable and the rooms are elegantly designed with a clean minimalist style.
Rooms are all thoughtfully equipped with necessities like free Wi-Fi, a hairdryer, in-room media center and a LCD flat screen TV - things that you won’t normally find at hotels in this price range.
Rooms at the Pod 51 have MP3 docking stations and free Wi-Fi. Each room is also equipped with a safety deposit box.
While Pod 39 has a clean and sleek finish, its sister hotel, Pod 51 has a more retro-contemporary style. The rooms come with mood lighting and a clean white, red and orange colour tone that is soothing, perfect for a good night’s rest after a long day of exploration.
Although the cheaper rooms (single pod and bunk pods) at Pod 51 do not come with private bathrooms, it is closer to restaurants and bars than Pod 39. So if convenience and good food is essential to you, then Pod 51 would be a better fit.
If you want a hotel with more amenities and activities than usual, consider Row NYC Hotel. Here, you can opt for a variety of other things to do, such as the up-and-coming indoor cycling workout at Cyc Fitness, to an in-house salon Glam & Co, to the Zagat-approved gourmet food court City Kitchen. Plus, it’s just a few blocks from Rockefeller Center and Times Square!
But even if those things aren’t important to you, the rooms themselves are enough to make you want to book a stay immediately. All the rooms are playfully decorated, but also sophisticated, with whimsical murals above the white linen-clad beds.
The rooms also include free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen cable TV, iPod docking station and a desk with ergonomic chair, perfect for the businessmen on-the-go. Blackout curtains are also installed in every room, for those days you just want to sleep in.
The biggest draw of Wellington Hotel New York City is its prime location. It’s near Broadway, Carnegie Hall, Central Park, and Rockefeller - everything you need to see if you’re in New York for a short stay. And if you love all things gourmet, you’ll be spoiled with this hotel as it’s so close to an endless list of great dining spots.
The rooms in this historic building are very basic, but they have everything you need and are very cosy. You’ll feel right at home with the classic yet elegant furnishings of dark-wood headboards and cupboards and minimal floral patterns.
If you want a no-frills stay at a great location, give nyma (New York Manhattan Hotel) a go. The rooms are clean and relentlessly simple, and many of them come with city views. Request for the higher floors (15th to 17th) if you want to see the Midtown cityscape.
Amenities include free Wi-Fi, a microfridge, a flat-screen television equipped with cable and on-demand films, and private bathrooms with a hairdryer. If you feel like having a good workout, the 24-hour fitness centre is open to all guests.
Nyma is located in Midtown, or more specifically, Koreatown - close to Macy’s Madison Square Garden and the Empire State Building. If you want to explore more, Times Square is 1 subway stop away, and Central Park is a short 3-stop ride down.
Hudson New York is probably the most value for money hotel in this list. As soon as you step in, you’ll feel like you’ve entered a new world as you are greeted with the rustic yet modern lobby garden, complete with shrubs and ivy-covered walls.
The room interiors gives a sense of luxury yet cool vibe, with finishing touches such as designer bedside lamps and makore-wood floors. Trendy travelers would certainly feel right at home here. Plus, if you want to relax and pamper yourself, in-room spa services are available upon request. For the hungry, just head down to Hudson Common that specializes in classic American cuisine and enjoy an assortment of craft beer.
Hudson New York is steps away from Central Park and Columbus Circle metro station, and for art-lovers, moMA is just an easy 15-minute walk.
DoubleTree by Hilton is more suitable for those visiting on a business trip, but is still a family-friendly hotel. Sitting in the Historic District of Lower Manhattan, it’s close-by to all the notable sights New York has to offer, including the Statue of Liberty and the 9/11 Memorial.
While the room design, furnished with warm mahogany, is nothing to rave about, they provide amazing views of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Ellis Island. Guests can also catch up with work with the free Wi-Fi, or relax for a bit with the flat-screen TV in the rooms.
Other amenities that can come in handy for the business traveler include the fully equipped and 24-hour business center, where you have access to high-speed internet and printing and photocopying services.
The Lexington Hotel is one of Marriott’s Autograph Collection of fifty hotels that have historic or iconic qualities to them, honoring its roots that date back to 1929. Step inside and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into an art gallery with the glitz of a bygone Jazz era.
Filled with a mix of classic and modern pieces of furniture and art work, the entire hotel pays homage to Jazz, and feels both contemporary and nostalgic at the same time. Rooms are covered in rich colors and decorated with clever touches, such as Do Not Disturb signs with words that say “Chill Daddy-O”, and lyrics of “Russian Lady” stitched into bedsheets and lampshades. Fun!
And if all this is not enough Jazz for you yet, the hotel hosts live music three nights a week in its own swanky Mixing Room bar.
The Jewel Hotel’s location is ideal for travelers, especially families, who are visiting New York for Broadway or the ice rink at Rockefeller Center. It’s only a block from Rockefeller Center, and just a hair’s breadth away from the Theater District and Times Square.
This is not for those who are looking for good ambiance, as the rooms are modestly furnished, but offer a good amount of amenities that you might need: free Wi-Fi, LCD TVs, and workstations. Some rooms have views of Rockefeller Center or St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Yet another centrally located base is Club Quarters Hotel, occupying an elegant building just minutes from Grand Central Station and Rockefeller Center. It’s also a good spot for those looking for luxury shopping, famous restaurants and museums.
The rooms here have a clean finish and the designs are plain but sleek. Perks include complimentary Wi-Fi, iPod docks, hairdryers in the bathrooms and Keurig coffee or tea makers.
If you are looking for a good place for a pre-theatre meal, treat yourself to the on-site Restaurant Patrick, a quaint but high-end establishment which offers an extensive menu of American fare.
If you aren’t fussy and just need a place to crash at night. City Rooms NYC Soho might be the right fit for you. The rooms are decorated with a trendy-industrial chic vibe, with different mural designs done by a local Brooklyn artist on the walls of every room.
Amenities are minimal, though you’ll have all the basic needs covered: free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV with premium channels, private bathrooms with hairdryer and free toiletries. Plus, you don’t have to worry if you find the room too small, you can just drop by the 24-hour front desk which offers luggage storage.
Perhaps the main reason to book this hotel is its proximity to great food and shopping. It’s only a 5-minute walk to Little Italy and Chinatown, and just 7 underground stops away from Times Square if you want to get into the hustle and bustle of the city.
Want something simple and more traditional? You can’t go wrong with Holiday Inn Manhattan 6th Ave, where rooms are plainly furnished but still contemporary and stylish.
Room perks consist of free Wi-Fi, a work desk, flat-screen TV with cable and MP3 connection. They also come equipped with coffeemakers so you can enjoy your usual morning cuppa without having to step out of your room.
Plus, the hotel has a 24-hour gym, perfect for those who want to keep fit even while traveling. And if you are traveling with children under 19, they get to stay here for free!
Hotel Novotel New York Times Square is the priciest in the list, but the price is still very affordable given New York’s standards. Plus, the location alone is so worth the price. Theatre fans who want to check out the Broadway scene will love how close it is to the theater district - with the Neil Simon and August Wilson theaters in sight from the hotel’s entrance, and more than a dozen more within five blocks of the property.
Plus, you can indulge in some pre-theater dining in-house at Café Nicole, located on the seventh floor of the hotel. Treat yourself to French and American fare while overlooking the dazzling Times Square from the restaurant’s terrace. Rooms here are located from the ninth floor and up, so you’ll get to see some stunning city views of the Manhattan skyline or Times Square. The sleek and modish rooms have geometric blue accents, and are equipped with 46-inch TVs and pull-out sofas to chill at after a long day.
Catch some Z’s in the city that never sleeps
With so many affordable hotels to choose from on this list, there really is no excuse not to book a ticket to New York and check some of these pads out. Even if you’re strapped for cash, you’ll definitely find one that suits you, and within budget so you’ll get to still spend your precious cash on sightseeing instead. Plus, some of these sleek hotels actually offer plenty of charm, unlike mundane hotels with generic designs.
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