SoHo, in Lower Manhattan, may be home to some of the most expensive real estate in the United States, but that shouldn’t put you off visiting. Instead, cut your costs by staying at one of these budget-friendly hotels.
The cobbled streets of SoHo are home to two cities; during the day, it’s all street vendors, artists and boutique shops, but at night you’ll find the hottest restaurants, bars and clubs in New York City. If you’re on a budget, you might want to swerve the pricier boutiques – although window shopping doesn’t cost a thing – for some wallet-friendly excursions such as the Leslie-Lohman Museum and Film Forum, while staying in these excellent (but more cost-effective) accommodations.
Found deep in Lower Manhattan, the Arlo SoHo is an excellent base for discovering everything NYC has to offer. Each of the 300-plus rooms comes expertly furnished in whites and dark woods, the king with a full wraparound alcove and the terraced queen with some of the only outdoor showers in the city. All have an array of creature comforts as standard, including blackout curtains, rain showers and floor-to-ceiling windows.
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One of the true highlights of the Sheraton is the rooftop lounge, where comped light beers are served in the evenings accompanied by a cityscape including the Empire State Building and the Hudson River. Additionally, all rooms come with plenty of 21st-century amenities, such as HD TVs, super-fast internet and a large work space with an ergonomic chair – perfect for business travelers. A location within a stone’s throw of the lively neighborhoods of SoHo, Chinatown and Little Italy top it off.
Part of the more budget-friendly Courtyard collection from Marriott, this modern hotel is parked around a 10-minute walk from the cobblestone streets of SoHo. Suites feature pillow-top mattresses, full soundproofing and complimentary cable channels, for a true sanctuary from the busy streets below. Be sure to check out Table 181, the in-house eatery serving fresh pastries and Starbucks coffees.
Located in the energetic Tribeca neighborhood, around a 10-minute walk from SoHo, the Walker offers guests a contemporary boutique experience. Each of the 171 rooms and suites is sensibly styled with a cozy yet clean atmosphere and includes several welcome features, such as double-height windows, marbled bathrooms and CO Bigelow toiletries. For a truly memorable stay, try the Broadway Corner Queen, one of the premium suites that offers guests fantastic views over the shops of Lower Broadway.
In the middle of SoHo and Downtown NYC, the Four Points is an inviting option for guests looking for a little luxury without the mega price tag. Rooms come with signature bedding and tempting toiletries plus thoughtful additions, such as daily housekeeping, super-fast free wifi and complimentary bottled water delivered daily to your room. A top choice for events, there are dedicated meeting rooms, plus a huge outdoor terrace perfect for socializing in the summer months.
With animated interiors and restful rooms, it’s easy to see why citizenM has become such a popular choice. Going above and beyond, it has some great perks, including free movie rental and XL king-sized beds in every room, plus a MoodPad that will allow you to control the lights, blinds and temperature from your bed. If you’re looking for a quick bite before hitting the streets or a midnight snack after a long day sightseeing, the hotel has a 24/7 canteen.
Placing an onus on quality over quantity, there are just 30 guest rooms at the Mimosa, each styled with a mid-century aesthetic but featuring plenty of personal touches, such as luxury linens, HD flat-screen cable TVs and daily housekeeping. Save your dollars by stocking up on the complimentary espresso, teas and snacks at the front desk, while making your daily plans using the free wifi. If the latter seems like too much effort, quiz the knowledgeable staff on where to eat, drink and visit.
A block from the Canal Street Subway station, right on the SoHo border, the Hilton Garden Inn offers a sensible and sophisticated stay. Suited to business travelers, it has a small gym with cardio machines and free weights, unfussy rooms and a stylish sports bar serving wood-fired pizzas and 20 beers on tap. If you’re heading out to explore the area, pop into the Pavilion Pantry where you can purchase grab-and-go snacks.