In the market for some affordable extravagance? Contrary to popular belief, vacationing in New York City doesn’t have to break the bank. Take these 14 hotels as proof that luxury, convenience, and New York character can come with a reasonable price tag. Whether your vacation style is to live like the locals or live like royalty, we have the ideal destination for your next Big Apple adventure.
Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel
Offering rooftop views, Insta-worthy décor, and a price tag that can’t be beat, Pod 51 is the best local spot for short stays. Equipped with comfortable beds, space-saving desks, and more, the chain’s compact rooms, or pods, combine function and fun. With locations in some of the city’s most exciting areas, including Times Square, Midtown, and Williamsburg, the people behind Pod know you won’t be spending much time in your room anyway.
The trendy minimalist décor at NU Hotel is the stuff of Pinterest-perfect dreams. Here, loft-inspired rooms and suites feature breezy hammocks, chalkboard walls, retro bunk beds, and more. Situated just a stone’s throw from attractions such as the Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Downtown Brooklyn’s “original boutique hotel” is also the area’s best.
The Harlem Flophouse
Budget Hotel, Independent Hotel, Inn
Experience Renaissance revival at The Harlem Flophouse, an uptown inn boasting a stylish, artistic ambiance. From its minimalist rooms named for Harlem Renaissance figures to its antique clawfoot tubs, this retro establishment, housed in a restored Victorian-era brownstone, provides class with character. A popular site for international photographers and the fashion and music industries, this historic house is anything but a flop.
St. Marks Hotel
Experience the New York City you’ve only seen on screen at St. Marks Hotel. Just outside the East Village establishment’s doors are bustling streets lined with vendors, piercing and tattoo shops, eclectically dressed locals, cheap eats, and more. This historic hotel, situated above a bar and pizzeria, is a perfect match for the city that never sleeps.
Carlton Arms Hotel
Budget Hotel, Independent Hotel
An establishment as unique as the city which surrounds it, Carlton Arms Hotel is a “live-in gallery” where original artwork decorates every room, bathroom, and hallway. While the spot’s affordable price point is a happy sight indeed, it can’t compare to the off-beat business’ floor-to-ceiling murals and works by artists from around the world. A popular destination amongst art-loving explorers, the hotel redefines the phrase “rooms with a view.”
The Bowery House
Budget Hotel, Hostel
A hostel for grownups, The Bowery House features exceptionally affordable rates, sophisticated communal spaces, and not a drunk-and-disorderly backpacker in sight. While the hotel’s private living room and landscaped green roof feel almost too luxurious to leave, the area’s abundant attractions, including the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Bowery Ballroom, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, are well worth the trip.
BKLYN House Hotel
Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel
Explore a side of New York City rarely toured by tourists. Located in Brooklyn’s trendy Bushwick neighborhood, Bklyn House Hotel invites visitors into the heart of the world-famous borough. As it offers products and décor from Brooklyn-based creatives, 24-hour concierge service, and exclusive passes to popular local fitness centers, this budget-friendly find brings the best of Brooklyn to you.
Z NYC Hotel
Is Long Island City New York’s next tourist destination? Offering free transportation to and from Manhattan, free international phone calls, complimentary bicycles, and a funds-friendly price tag, Z Hotel makes a case for Queens. With its floor-to-ceiling windows featuring stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, this luxurious LIC spot rests—and wins—its case.
Think of the uber-affordable Sohotel as an extension of its surroundings, Manhattan’s eclectic, bustling Bowery. Mix-matched décor, featuring classic exposed brick, splashes of bright colors, and zebra-print furniture, provides the perfect backdrop for all of your vacation photos. Even the area’s cuisine is creative; far-traveling foodies will love nearby destinations such as Jack’s Wife Freda, Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream, and the hotel’s own Randolph Beer, a “craft beer saloon” featuring nearly 40 draft selections.
Fans of the vintage trend will love The Jane, a historic hotel boasting a bohemian vibe complete with moody lighting, plush velvet seating, oriental rugs, and a dazzling disco ball. Guests may travel even further back in time with a stay in one of the spot’s small-scale rooms, built to resemble old-fashioned luxury ship cabins. On top of this indoor eye-candy, many rooms at The Jane also feature breathtaking views of New York’s famous Hudson River.
Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel
Technology-obsessed guests will have plenty to geek out about at citizenM, a Netherlands-based chain bringing its brand of “affordable luxury” to New York City. Here, ultra-modern amenities include universal remotes in each room, a complimentary Apple Mac station exclusive to hotel guests, a state-of-the-art fitness center overlooking Manhattan, as well as a speedy self-check-in and check-out system. Also boasting a rooftop bar featuring panoramic city views, an outdoor yoga terrace, and wall-to-wall windows with blackout blinds, a stay at this hotel may be the best part of your vacation.
In vacation planning (or was it real estate?), location is everything. Boutique hotel The Evelyn provides the perfect base for your next New York City adventure. Conveniently located just a brief stroll from world-famous areas such as Greenwich Village and Times Square, as well as must-visit attractions such as the High Line, Empire State Building, and ABC Kitchen, The Evelyn places the Big Apple right in the palm of your hand.
Live like the locals at Hotel Indigo, a trendy Lower East Side destination allowing you to experience New York City without leaving the hotel. Locally sourced minibars, an in-house café featuring finds from popular New York eateries, and custom graffiti murals by local legend Lee Quiñones round out the establishment’s curated selection of made-in-Manhattan offerings. With upscale touches, including a heated rooftop pool, and pet amenities, Hotel Indigo provides luxurious lodging you—and your bank account—will love.
The Standard East Village
Even the cash-conscious visitors feel the urge to splurge sometimes! For a high-end experience that won’t break the bank, look no further than The Standard East Village. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, organic bath products, glass-enclosed showers, and an attached Michelin-starred restaurant, Narcissa, this spot specializes in accessible extravagance. Tip: the hotel’s generous specials, which reward you for booking in advance, staying longer, and visiting on weekends, are anything but standard.