It may seem impossible to find budget-friendly lodgings in New York City, known for its high rents and expensive attractions. However, finding stylish and affordable accommodations is easier than you think: options are available, whether you’re looking to stay in the heart of Manhattan or in a neighboring borough. Here are 10 of the best cheap hotels in NYC.
Functional, minimalist and brightly colored, Pod Hotel is a convenient budget-friendly hotel for both solo and group travelers. Pod has four locations in NYC, all of which are near major attractions like Times Square, Grand Central Station and Rockefeller Center. Travelers on a really tight budget will want to book a mini-bunk at Pod 39, which is located in Murray Hill.
Built in 1908 and restored in 2008, The Jane Hotel draws inspiration from luxury train and ship cabins. Travelers staying in bunk bed and standard cabins share communal bathrooms, but there is ample storage space above and below the beds. The cozy wood furnishings, seasonal rooftop and unbeatable West Village location make it easy to forget you’re staying in a budget-friendly hotel.
Located in Times Square, The Row is a convenient home base during your stay in NYC. Guests have access to a fitness studio equipped with treadmills, elliptical machines, free weights and recumbent bicycles. Just next door is City Kitchen, a gourmet food market with options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Another perk is the multiple subway stops (the A, C, E and 7 trains) within walking distance.
Located along the historic stretch known as the Bowery, this hotel originally served as temporary lodgings for soldiers returning home from World War II. When The Bowery House was restored, the unique design was preserved, making this one of the most memorable hotels in NYC. The communal bathrooms provide guests with an unforgettable experience thanks to the heated floors, Italian marble sinks and showers, high-pressure rain shower heads and Red Flower bath products.
Yotel’s compact rooms have been designed with functionality and aesthetics in mind. Each cabin has gel memory foam mattresses, heated bathroom towel racks, a safe to store valuables and rain showers. And to offset the smaller rooms, guests have access to one of the largest outdoor hotel terraces in New York.
An affordable boutique hotel, the Seton Hotel is just two blocks from Grand Central Station. Each of the guest rooms has been individually designed and features an array of hand-selected antiques and luxury furnishings. Guests will love the residential feel of this hotel as well as its prime location.
Nestled on the intersection of the Bowery, the East Village and the Lower East Side, The Ridge Hotel offers rooms sleekly designed to reflect its unique location. In addition to standard amenities like Wi-Fi, climate control and free toiletries, guests also have access to brain.fm, a music service that’s designed to enhance focus, meditation and sleep. You’ll be glad of these perks after a long day in the city!
An 81-room boutique hotel located in the heart of Chelsea, The Gem Hotel is near the High Line and Chelsea Market. Guests can grab a drink from the on-site bar or head to the rooftop to relax after a day in the city. Travelers wanting to experience NYC’s nightlife and art scene will love the location of this hotel.
This Netherlands-based hotel chain has two locations in NYC, one in the Bowery and one near Times Square. citizenM’s rooms are outfitted with extra-large king-size beds, wall-to-wall windows, high-pressure rain showers and an international plug system. The lobby was designed to feel like a living room, which makes it an easy place to work or relax, no matter the time of day.
Historic St Marks Hotel is located in the East Village near the Cooper Triangle. This cheap NYC hotel is a good option for anyone visiting an NYU student, as St Marks is within walking distance of the university. Although the rooms here are furnished simply, the excellent rates and unbeatable location make it a solid option for budget travelers.