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11 Great Affordable Hotels Near the Empire State Building

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Updated: 2 December 2017

Between the Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal, and the rest of Midtown Manhattan’s top tourist attractions, you have plenty of experiences to look forward to on your visit to New York City. The Big Apple’s even bigger expenses? Not one of them. For a stay that’s sure to put you in an Empire State of Mind, read our guide to the best affordable hotels in Midtown, New York.

The Time New York

This wallet-friendly hotel may be the true star of Manhattan’s Theater District. Drama is a fixture at The Time New York, where surreal glass elevators, a secret lounge bar, and multimedia artwork awaits guests. With rates as low as $189 a night, you may want to become a fixture here yourself.

Breathtaking sunset views @thetimenewyork 💕

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Grand Hyatt New York

Grand Hyatt New York offers all the reliability of a hotel chain and none of the drab digs. Borrowing inspiration from its elegant next-door-neighbor, Grand Central Station, the hotel matches convenience for unconventionality. Over 1,300 rooms, in-room spa services, three unique on-site eateries, and more surprising perks can be yours for just $155 a night. An upscale hotel experience at a low price? It doesn’t get more unconventional than that.

Pod 39

Since 2012, Pod 39 has been the Midtown traveler’s top pick for affordable (and fabulous) lodging. Rooms, or rather, pods can be secured for as low as $90 a night here and come with rainfall showers, dimming lights, and in-room climate controls. You may even run into a few locals at the hotel’s popular rooftop restaurant Salvation Taco, where Michelin-starred chef April Bloomfield is whipping up braised short rib and pickle tacos and brisket tortas.

🖤It’s always darker before the dawn #NYC

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CitizenM New York Times Square

At CitizenM New York Times Square, ‘affordable luxury’ awaits travelers looking for a home away from home. Situated mere steps from the action of Times Square, this Netherlands-import is an attraction in itself, thanks to features like, a living room-inspired lobby, soundproof walls, wall-to-wall in-room windows, a rooftop bar providing panoramic views of New York City, and prices starting from just $193 a night.


Archer Hotel

Book a stay at Archer Hotel and call the Empire State Building your neighbor. At this garment district destination, rooms starting from $199 feature stylish touches like exposed brick walls, complimentary his-and-hers slippers, handmade salted caramels, and, if you’re lucky, up-close views of the Empire State Building. If you manage to tear yourself from your room, don’t miss the hotel’s Spyglass Rooftop Bar, where drinks pair perfectly with stunning city views.

Ace Hotel New York

Trendy travelers, rejoice: you no longer need to head to Brooklyn to enjoy a hipster hotel experience. At Ace Hotel New York, vintage furniture, quirky bunkbeds, original art, and acoustic guitars allow you to stay in style for as low as $139. Tip: not your average hotel lobby, the Ace Hotel’s ground floor is a popular lounge for local creatives, making it a great place to mingle with New York’s cool crowd.

414 Hotel

Experience small-town vibes in the middle of the city at 414 Hotel. Decorated like a cozy bed-and-breakfast, this 22-room boutique hotel is unlike any stay you’ll find in New York City. Its historical townhouse setting, private garden courtyard, working fireplace, and complimentary breakfast have earned 414 a 4.5 TripAdvisor rating and more than 1,420 glowing reviews.

Marmara Park Avenue

A 5-star hotel with rates starting at just $224 a night, Marmara Park Avenue  is one of the city’s most sought-after stays. In addition to its proximity to the Empire State Building (your destination is only 4 blocks away!), this ‘up-and-coming landmark’ offers suites equipped with private terraces, a pet-friendly policy, and complimentary access to the hotel’s Wellness center, home to a 799-square-foot subterranean pool and Turkish bath.

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For a sophisticated city stay, look no further than the Royalton, an upscale boutique hotel converted from an exclusive Manhattan residence. Here, not-so-standard rooms start at $194 and feature 300 thread-count cotton linens, rainfall showers, and salon-style seating areas. However, with Times Square, the Empire State Building, and more in your backyard, and the popular Forty Four bar and restaurant located just below, we doubt you’ll be spending much time in your room.

New York City, right in front of you!

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W New York

A high-end hotel with low-end prices, the W New York is a favorite of cosmopolitan travelers everywhere. For as low as $139 a night, you can join the hotel’s (W)orldly clientele at this nature-inspired urban oasis, complete with a restaurant specializing in global cuisines, signature W beds built from exotic zebra wood, and a pet-friendly policy.


Situated on 45th Street and 8th Ave, Row NYC is the farthest hotel from the Empire State Building on this list. With rates as low as $77 a night, it’s also the most affordable, meaning you can put the dollars you’ll save toward the 13-block cab ride if you wish! Row’s New York City-inspired amenities include a front row view of Times Square, Times Square’s first-ever indoor food market, an indoor cycling studio, and a day-to-night eatery specializing in favorite New York noshes, coffee and pizza.

Get into a #RowNYC state of mind. #MoreNYThanNY

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