Awesome, Affordable Hotels In New York City
If you’re planning a visit to New York City, you might feel the accommodation rates putting some pressure on your wallet. Manhattan is known for its expensive cost of living, and unfortunately, hotel rates in the city aren’t much different. But that shouldn’t discourage you! While “affordable” is a subjective term, there are some gems that offer a comfortable experience without depleting your budget. We know it can be tough to find a great hotel in the city at a good price, so to help you get started we’ve compiled a list of reasonably priced hotels that not only have a fashionable flair, but are also in prime locations.
It’s no secret that in densely populated areas like Manhattan, hotels tend to offer a lot less space at a higher rate. So when looking for hotels in New York City, keep your mind open to possibilities of smaller spaces. After all, how much time will you really be spending in the room when there’s so much to do and see? One of the best things about NYC is that in addition to the independent restaurants and shops, there are also plenty of boutique hotels that offer unique experiences without sacrificing quality and comfort. What’s more is that you can find such hotels located in some of the most popular neighborhoods - keeping you close to the action. Boutique hotels might not be as well-known as the major hotel chains, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know what they’re doing! What they lack in brand recognition, they gain in service.
Need some ideas? Below are just a few of the boutique hotels New York has to offer. Before you book, check out reviews on travel websites, such as TripAdvisor, for visitors’ insight into each hotel and make sure the accommodations are right for you.
Downtown Manhattan: The Jane
113 Jane Street
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The Jane and its big brothers (downtown favorites the Bowery Hotel and the Maritime) all offer a romantic aesthetic created by their designer Sean MacPherson. However, The Jane is one of Greenwich Village’s boutique hotels that also offers romance in the form of location. The rooms are small and the bathrooms are shared (“Captain’s Cabins” offer private bathrooms!), but the style throughout The Jane brings the whimsical feeling of historic Greenwich Village inside. Step out the door into one of NYC’s most loved neighborhoods. Filled with restaurants, hidden bars, and speakeasies, Greenwich Village offers lively nightlife steps away from the hotel!
Murray Hill/Gramercy: Seton Hotel
144 E. 40th Street
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Steps away from major transportation hub Grand Central Terminal, the newly renovated Seton Hotel is centrally located on Manhattan's East Side. Its smaller size (offering only 61 rooms) allows for more personalized service and extra attention at a reasonable price. The interior is lavishly decorated in jewel tones and sleek furniture, reminding guests of the upscale style of nearby Fifth Avenue. Both luxury and economy options are offered: rooms with both shared and private bathrooms are found on each floor. All guests have access to free WiFi, which is a rare feature in Manhattan hotels.
Hell’s Kitchen/Midtown West: Yotel
570 Tenth Avenue
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Yotel is a truly unique hotel experience. Inspired by Japanese hotels, its futuristic concept offers rooms on the smaller side, but no space is left unused. Yotel features a Japanese-themed Dohyo that serves meals, and the 7,000 square foot rooftop terrace boasts views of the Manhattan skyline that can’t be ignored. Tech-forward amenities like automated check in/out, free WiFi access, and premium appliances in each room make you feel like you’re living in the year 2514.
Theater District/Midtown West: Casablanca Hotel
147 W. 43rd Street
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Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the Casablanca Hotel Times Square is a European-style boutique hotel. On site you can find Rick’s Café (a comfort food mecca), free continental breakfast, complimentary passes to the nearby gym, and WiFi. This hotel is perfect for those that want to make the most out of their budget.
Brooklyn is home to a growing population of trendy restaurants and nightlife options, rivaling some of Manhattan’s finest. If you’re looking to stretch your hotel budget without giving up the true New York experience, don’t be afraid to cross the river and stay in Brooklyn! You’ll be surrounded by plenty of entertainment options, and will be just a quick subway ride away from everything Manhattan has to offer.
Downtown Brooklyn: Nu Hotel
85 Smith Street
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This aesthetically modern, minimalist hotel is noted as Brooklyn’s first downtown boutique hotel. It’s within walking distance of four great Brooklyn neighborhoods: Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Park Slope, and Prospect Heights. Rooms in the Nu Hotel include fun amenities such as chalk board walls, and even hammocks in suites. The hotel offers bicycles for loan, and if you don’t feel like peddling around - it’s conveniently located near many of the subway lines.
Williamsburg: Wythe Hotel
80 Wythe Avenue
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Known for its unique rooftop space and master mixologists serving craft cocktails, the Wythe Hotel is one of Brooklyn’s trendiest spots. It's also one of the boroughs most affordable hotels! Floor-to-ceiling windows offer a panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline, subway tile style bathrooms offer luxuries like Turkish towels, and rooms even feature a cable that hooks your phone up to a surround sound system. The Wythe is walking distance from famed Bedford Avenue, which offers ample vintage boutiques, restaurants, and trendy bars. Beer fan? This hotel is also steps from the Brooklyn Brewery.
If you’re looking to find an affordable hotel in New York that offers a unique experience at a true value, this list is truly just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many great hotels throughout the city that it’s impossible to list them all! Have you stayed somewhere awesome? Help a fellow traveler out and post about your experience in the comments section below.
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