Botanical gardens, the city’s largest zoo and the ‘real’ Little Italy… It’s not just the affordable hotels that make a stay in New York’s home of hip-hop a must.
The Bronx still hasn’t entirely shed its gritty, street-smart image. But look beyond that and you’ll find plenty of great reasons to visit the birthplace of hip-hop. It’s home to America’s largest zoo and Yankee Stadium for a start, home to the legendary New York baseball team, as well as the ‘real’ Little Italy and a surprising abundance of leafy, green spaces. For places to stay, we’ve picked out some of the perkier hotels in the New York borough, where the budget-conscious can still find comfort where it counts.
Best Western Stadium Inn
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As most will guess from the name, the main selling point of this purpose-built hotel is its proximity to the Yankee Stadium – you can walk there in less than 10 minutes. Easy access to Major Deegan Expressway and George Washington Bridge also makes getting in and out of town a breeze. Smart modern rooms make for a comfortable stay, and upper levels treat guests to some superb cityscape views of Manhattan.
Just across the river from Third Avenue Bridge, this Comfort Inn & Suites delivers on everything you might expect from the wallet-friendly chain. Rooms are bright and modern with the bonus of coffee-makers, microwaves and mini-fridges as standard. Wake up to free hot waffles for breakfast, before jumping on the nearby subway to explore The Bronx – the Yankee Stadium is a few stops away, and the zoo and the Bronx Museum of Arts a short hop by bus.
Set on the leafy west side of South Bronx, this new-build hotel is just steps from the Bronx Terminal Market and the Universal Hip-Hop Museum – a must for anyone interested in the history of the genre. Baseball fans are also just 10 minutes on foot from Yankee Stadium. Splash out for a studio suite and you’ll get an in-room hot tub to aid relaxation before turning in for the night. Not bad for a budget base.
One of the borough’s swankier options, and the only hotel in the Morris Park neighborhood, the Residence Inn Bronx makes a great base for exploring nearby Pelham Bay Park – New York City’s largest, three time’s the size of Manhattan’s Central Park. Bronx Zoo is also just a 10-minute cab trip away or the Botanical Gardens are a 15-minute reach by road. An all-suites hotel, accommodation guarantees kitchens and lounge areas to help you feel right at home. An in-house Applebee’s also offers the taste of classic American cooking.
Once the home of the Bronx Opera House, this hallowed architectural gem is one of the borough’s more storied spots to stay – Harry Houdini and the Marx Brothers are known to have trodden the boards here. Its hotel incarnation has kept much of the old-school New York feel, with the addition of plush guest rooms and a particularly helpful concierge. What’s more, the Yankee Stadium is 1.5mi (2.4km) away and the nearest subway just a couple blocks.
Exposed red-brick walls, wood floors and stripped-down furnishings give the rooms at the Morris Guest House a feeling of low-key, urban chic. Amenities include air conditioning and smart TVs with free Netflix, but bear in mind all bathrooms are shared. Its location on a leafy, residential street in the Mount Hope neighborhood puts you within striking distance of Little Italy. Hop on public transport and you can be at Bronx Zoo in about 15 minutes.