The Big Apple is one of the world’s ultimate city break destinations with more shopping, art and sightseeing than you could possibly dream for. Unfortunately – like most major capital cities – it’s also notoriously expensive. So for those without endlessly deep pockets, we have selected the best budget hotels in New York.
Travellers Tip: Try to book your NYC budget hotel as far in advance as possible and don’t plan your visit at peak times, this is to ensure you’ll get the best price. You’ll also find the popular lower priced hotels in New York get booked up very quickly.
The Gershwin – arty shabby chic
This funky Manhattan midtown hotel is just a block away from 5th Avenue and very close to both the fabulous Madison Square Gardens and the Empire State Building. The Gershwin caters for all budgets with private rooms, and for the budget traveller – dorm style bunks. With a striking arty feel and tonnes of Pop Art and trendy furnishings, this is a great choice for trendy travellers on a budget. The central location also means you’re never far from all the fun New York has to offer.
- Prices from $32 a night.
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The Jane – bellhops and stuffed monkeys
Once home to salty sailors and Titanic survivors, The Jane is a living work of art. A true (budget) boutique hotel, its rooms are designed as ship’s cabins and are small but perfectly formed. All the rooms are equipped with wireless internet, a flat screen TV and a safe, and are decorated in warm colours and period furnishings. The Jane is located in the ultra trendy Meat Packing District – just a short walk from Soho and Chelsea. Take advantage of the free bicycle hire on site, dine in the pretty Cafe Gitane, and be sure to tip the immaculately dressed bellhop!
- Prices from $90 per night.
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The Pod – join the Pod culture revolution
The Pod prides itself on being a hip, affordable New York City hotel, and its central location and chic decor makes it a great choice for budget NYC visitors. Only a mile away from the iconic Rockefeller Center, and within strolling distance of Midtown East’s quirky shopping district, The Pod is a modern, funky and colourful residence which is easily one of the best budget hotels New York can offer. Choose from single, double or bunk bed Pods (rooms) and enjoy flatscreen TV, free WiFi and dimmable mood lighting. For those on a tight budget, there are dorm rooms with shared bathrooms. Don’t forget to check out the on site restaurant for tasty organic food.
- Prices from $89 per night.
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Broadway Hotel – popular, central and legendary
Well loved and often talked about, The Broadway caters for travellers on a limited budget. It features both private and dorm-style rooms, and is located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, just 4 blocks from Central Park. Decorated in a boutique Asian style, all the rooms feature flat screen TVs, air conditioning and an iPod dock. The dorm rooms are also well equipped, and have shared bathroom facilities. Close to the underground and within easy reach of all Manhattan has to offer, The Broadway is a great budget place to stay in New York.
- Prices from $45 per night.
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Sohotel – ultra stylish budget boutique
Lower East Side’s Sohotel is located a stones-throw from Little Italy – a vibrant Manhattan neighbourhood which offers plenty of dining options. This is an outstanding budget boutique New York hotel which offers a good choice of room types (all decorated to a high standard) with the usual modern facilities you’d expect from a boutique hotel, but the without the designer price tag. The dark woods, exposed brickwork and animal print furnishings make for a glamorous stay, especially in the Regency Plus room which features a marble bath suite.
- Prices from $90 per night.
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Hotel Edison – nostalgic Art Deco
Housed in an impressive 1931 Art Deco building, history buffs will love the fact that the hotel is named after Thomas Edison (who turned on the lights when it first opened). The hotel has both a striking exterior – all bold lines and curved edges and a classic elegant interior. It also happens to enjoy an excellent central location based only a few steps away from the razzmatazz of Broadway and Times Square. Expect well turned out en-suite bedrooms, internet access and even a classy piano bar.
- Prices from $62 per night.
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YOTEL New York – futuristic fun
We’ve all heard of the fun food chain YO! Sushi now you can stay at the hotel equivalent! YOTEL is a super futuristic, funky place to lay your head but without the humongous price tag. Aiming to fit into the affordable but different niche, this fun place is located in a equally as fun location – Times Square. Expect innovative technology including motorised beds (which transform into sofas), a techno wall with flat screen TV, a work desk with iPod connectivity and handily free WiFi and local phone calls. Other unique features include an automated check-in and a self-service galley on each floor.
- Prices from $110 a night.
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Carlton Arms – arty, quirky and fun
New York is known for its forward thinking creativity and the Carlton Arms is a perfect showcase for this. An excellent choice for arty types on a budget, this unique New York budget hotel has even attracted a few celebrities in its time – even Banksy has painted here. Remaining very unpretentious, the decor is more edgy than designer and each of the funky 54 rooms has been painted by an up-and-coming artist. The result is a fun, liberal explosion of colour which is the antithesis of a sterile chain hotel.
- Prices from $90 a night.
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Serenity at Home – cosy tranquility
Manhattan island may get all the attention, but for cheaper New York hotels also look on the surrounding boroughs – you’re more likely to get better value for money. The Serenity at Home guest house is located in Brooklyn, just over the bridge from Manhattan island, on a pretty tree-lined street, close to the Botanical Gardens. A B&B with an old school feel, the Serenity dates back to 1901 and offers cosy, warm spacious guest rooms. Check out The Serenity Suite, a separate one bedroom apartment that has access to the lovely gardens of the house.
- Prices from $90 per night.
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Hotel 91 – great value functionality
Located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Hotel 91 is set in the heart of Chinatown – a bustling colourful neighbourhood with plenty to see. A stone’s throw from the Brooklyn Bridge, and within easy reach of transport links, Hotel 91 is a very good value-for-money residence with well appointed rooms and facilities. Proud of its Chinese roots, Hotel 91 is a clean and functional hotel at a great price. Nearby Little Italy is worth exploring, as is Clinton Street – a trendy avenue of cafes and eateries including the famous Clinton Street Baking Company & Restaurant.
- Prices from $75 per night.
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Condor Hotel – chic and stylish
This is another great hotel located just across the bridge in Brooklyn. The Condor is a chic and stylish residence perfect for those who love their classy stays, but without the hefty price tag. Condor’s target market is actually Orthodox Jews but they welcome all people of religious beliefs! The Condor hotel has a trendy modern design, a good range of facilities and a plentiful hot (kosher) breakfast served every morning. Guests can even relax in the hotel’s own well tended garden – perfect for that post-shopping long drink.
- Prices from $100 per night.
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Park 79 Hotel – old school budget boutique
This is an old school budget boutique hotel on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Park 79 is perfectly located for those wanting to explore New York City. On the doorstep of Central Park and the Museum of Natural History, Hotel 79 is surrounded by great places to shop, eat and sight see. The hotel has a range of rooms, all with free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and cozy beds. Some may be smaller than others, but the rates are very reasonable, considering the fashionable location. No trip to the Upper West Side is complete without a visit to 55 Central Park West – also known as the Ghostbusters Building!
- Prices from $84 per night.
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For more choice – other great budget hotels in New York
- Hotel 31 – Budget hotel located near Rockefeller Center and Times Square.
- Chelsea Star Hotel – Funky budget hotel in the Chelsea District.
- Pod 39 - Stylish, funky budget hotel with a rooftop bar in Midtown Manhattan.
- Latham Hotel – Budget-conscious hotel in midtown Manhattan.
- 414 Hotel - Intimate boutique-style hotel in midtown Manhattan with charming inner garden.
- Harlem Bed and Breakfast - Funky, colourful budget bed and breakfast in Harlem.
- Park Savoy Hotel – Great value budget hotel in a central location.
- Hotel Alexander – charming, newly renovated budget boutique in Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
- Comfort Inn Midtown West – Comfortable budget hotel in Manhattan’s midtown west.
- Belnord Hotel – Budget hotel located on a quiet street in Manhattan.
- Hotel 17 – Quaint budget hotel 5 minute walk from Union Square.
- Ramada Inn Queens – Queens budget hotel with good amenities.
- Verve Hotel Long Island – Great value hotel in central Queens.
- Super 8 Brooklyn Park Slope Hotel – Cheap and funky hotel in Brooklyn.