While the Big Apple is known for its big bills, there’s no reason a stay here should make you (or your bank account) suffer. Whether you’re visiting loved ones, touring the school, or simply looking to become a student of the city, here are 11 great affordable hotels near New York University.
From survivors of the Titanic in 1912 to Hedwig and the Angry Itch performances during the ’80s and ’90s, Jane Hotel has hosted a motley array of guests. You too can call the place your temporary home, where you’ll be greeted with a decked-out bohemian lobby and luxury ship-inspired rooms that Wes Anderson would approve of.
St. Marks Hotel
With St. Marks Hotel as your Big Apple base, you can experience everything New York has to offer. The 64 straightforward yet satisfying rooms at this East Village establishment are superbly situated, located just a stone’s throw from wallet-friendly restaurants, a subway station, and much more.
The Marlton Hotel
Surveying The Marlton Hotel, it’s easy to see how this boutique spot inspired past guests (and literary greats) such as Jack Kerouac. An enduring icon, the hotel’s elegant crown moldings, Parisian-style bed frames, marble bathrooms, and Persian rugs live up to The Marlton’s motto: “our rooms are small but our ideas are big.”
Washington Square Hotel
More than 110 years after opening its doors, Washington Square Hotel is still one of Greenwich Village’s most-coveted accommodations. An impressive guest registry (everyone from Bob Dylan to Dee Dee Ramone to Bo Diddley has stayed here) isn’t all this spot has to brag about. With photo-ready park and Village views and amenities from the neighborhood’s own C.O. Bigelow, Washington Square Hotel provides plenty worth singing about.
A four-star hotel experience at a less than four-figure price is what’s on offer at Walker Hotel. At this family-owned operation, you’ll find original artwork by local artists, a New York-themed library featuring early editions by Greenwich Village authors, in-room amenities from New York’s oldest apothecary, and 113 charming rooms named in honor of the Walker’s iconic neighborhood.
Blurring “the lines between hotel and home,” this is one temporary stay you won’t want to end. The 122 rooms at Hotel Hugo combine custom wood furnishings, quirky accents, industrial light fixtures, and luxury bathrooms, making for an ideal home—or hotel—away from home.
East Village Hotel
Young travelers will feel right at home at East Village Hotel, a boutique establishment offering adult-approved dorm rooms. University standards, such as compact kitchenettes and dining areas, are all accounted for in the hotel’s studio rooms, while upscale touches like exposed brick walls and a ground-floor coffee shop let you know you’ve graduated.
The Bowery House
Like dorm living but better, this hotel and hostel is a perfect fit for young travelers. At The Bowery House, a social atmosphere is enabled by a fully stocked guests-only living room, complete with an on-site bodega and reminiscent of your dorm-building days. The full-time housekeeping service, landscaped roof garden, and Parisian and Italian fixtures? Those are new.
Blue Moon Hotel
With accommodations ranging from shared dormitory-style rooms to private luxury apartments and features from locker use to bridal suites, the Blue Moon Hotel provides an ideal stay for everyone, every time. The 22 lodgings here come equipped with custom bedspreads and pillows, antique décor, daily maid service, and, if you’re lucky, a private balcony providing stunning city (and sky!) views.
The Standard High Line
The country’s coolest hotel chain invites you downtown to prost at a German beer garden, party with celebs and crepes at a rooftop bar, and savor the city from several stories up. With 338 rooms featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and what may be the most popular hotel rooftop in New York City, a stay at The Standard is anything but.
The 355 rooms, suites, and penthouse lofts at Soho Grand may look and feel more like home than your actual home. That’s thanks to the hotel’s custom furnishings, cozy Fretté linens, original artwork provided by the Howard Greenberg Gallery, life-hacking smart appliances, and the pet-friendly policy. After one night at this SoHo hot spot (secure yours for as low as $199!), you’ll be searching for a new interior decorator—and a way to extend your trip.