Between the Broadway shows, museum fees and pricey bus tours, vacationing in New York City isn’t cheap. However, what many people don’t realize is that you can easily save money by booking a room at one of NYC’s many budget-friendly hotels.
Cheap hotels can be found in the heart of Manhattan, so don’t think you’ll have to commute to the city’s main attractions if you stay somewhere less expensive. The following Manhattan hotels are located in the city’s most famous neighborhoods. Just make sure to book your rooms far in advance, because budget-friendly hotels fill up fast!
One of the more affordable hotels in NYC, Pod 51 is nestled in the heart of Midtown. The hotel’s proximity to major landmarks and sites makes it an ideal place to stay for a first-time visitor to the city; it’s close to Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center and Grand Central Terminal, as well as three major subway lines. Each of Pod 51’s rooms is fairly minimalist in design, and not every room has a private bathroom. However, the al fresco rooftop and outdoor garden more than make up for the smaller room sizes.
Originally built as a single-family home, The Harlem Flophouse is a Victorian townhouse that was converted into a lodging house in the early 1900s. Each of the hotel’s rooms is furnished in the style of the Jazz Age, and the shared bathrooms have antique clawfoot tubs. To keep prices low, the hotel offers limited services, so don’t expect to have your room cleaned or be given fresh towels every day.
Luxury train and ship cabins inspire the rooms in this West Village hotel. Although smaller in size, they have an old-world feel to them that makes staying at The Jane Hotel feel like a true getaway. Both the standard cabins and bunk bed cabins are about 50 square feet (4.6 square meters), and guests are provided with slippers and robes to wear when they use the communal bathrooms. If you prefer having your own bathroom, book a Captain’s Cabin, which is approximately 250sq ft (23.2sq m) and has either a view of the Hudson River or a private terrace.
Inspired by transatlantic travel, the rooms at the Hudson New York are furnished with a variety of exotic materials. The makore wood that lines the walls and floors was imported from Africa, and the bedside lamps are by British x-ray photographer Nick Veasey. During your stay at the Hudson New York, make some time to relax in the private park in the center of the elevated lobby. The park features a blend of antique and modern garden furniture and is an oasis in the middle of New York City.
Just a few blocks from Times Square, EVEN Hotel is perfect for travelers who are passionate about wellness. Each of the rooms is designed to promote rest and productivity and has an in-room fitness area, all-natural eucalyptus sheets and adjustable LED lights. All of the bath products are eco-friendly as well, so there’s no need to pack extra toiletries.
Just two blocks from Grand Central Station, the Seton Hotel is a boutique hotel with elegant but homey decor. The blend of antique and modern luxury furnishings in each room makes it feel as if you’re staying somewhere much more expensive. Thanks to the hotel’s central location, you can easily travel to any part of New York City.
Each of the 43 guest rooms in this rock-and-roll-inspired hotel is decorated with bold geometric patterns reminiscent of the ’80s. Guests of RIFF Chelsea have access to an outdoor courtyard and can also rent retro Atari and board games from the front desk. Note that all guest rooms are located in a refurbished four-story walk-up and that no elevator is on the premises.
One of the oldest operating hotels in NYC, The Sohotel is nestled in the heart of the Bowery neighborhood and is a great starting point for your adventures in the Big Apple. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown are all within walking distance of the hotel, and the Bowery subway station lies at the end of the block. Even better, each of The Sohotel’s rooms have CO Bigelow bath products, therapeutic mattresses and sound-reducing windows.
Few visitors think to travel as far north as Washington Heights, but staying in the Edge Hotel gives you a perfect excuse to explore this historic neighborhood. Fort Tryon Park and the beautiful Met Cloisters are a short subway ride away, and just south of the hotel is Manhattan’s oldest home, the Morris-Jumel Mansion. The rooms at the Edge Hotel are sleek in design, and a complimentary continental breakfast is included with your reservation.
Just minutes from the Museum of Natural History and Central Park, the Arthouse Hotel is a great budget-friendly option for families and solo travelers alike. The century-old hotel building boasts a 1920s French elevator system and Chesterfield-style sofas in the lobby. It also has three on-site restaurants and bars.