The Best Cheap Hotels in New York City, New York

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5 October 2021

New York City is known for its high rents and expensive attractions. However, booking stylish and affordable accommodations is easier than you think. Whether you’re looking to stay in the heart of Manhattan or neighboring Brooklyn, here are the most wallet-friendly places to stay, now bookable with Culture Trip.

The idea of booking a hotel in New York can be a tricky task, but not impossible. Among the swathes of swanky hotels lies a variety of budget alternatives that place you in the middle of the action without breaking the bank. We’ve put together a rundown of the very best – from cabin-style rooms in Midtown to Japanese pods at the YO! Sushi hotel.

The Jane Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel, Hotel
4.1/5 (904 Reviews)
The Jane Hotel
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Price Drop
Now from $76 per night

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.

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Budget Hotel
3.5/5 (3153 Reviews)
The Row, NYC
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Price Drop
Now from $93 per night

Located on Times Square, the Row is a convenient home base during your stay in NYC. You’ll 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 (for the A, C, E and 7 trains) within walking distance.

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YOTEL New York

Capsule Hotel
3.9/5 (4834 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $104 per night

Recognize the name? YOTEL comes from the world-famous sushi restaurant brand, YO! Sushi. Unfortunately, the compact Japanese-style cabins don’t come with complimentary sushi, but they are kitted out with gel memory foam mattresses, heated bathroom towel racks, a safe to store valuables, and rain showers. And, to offset the smaller rooms, you’ll have access to one of the largest outdoor hotel terraces in New York.

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Seton Hotel

Budget Hotel
4.1/5 (944 Reviews)
The Seton Hotel
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Price Drop
Now from $168 per night

Behind the slate-grey brickwork and marble arched façade of the Seton Hotel lies a lesson in sophisticated elegance. Burnished metals, marble walls and checkerboard tiling welcome you to the lobby, while rooms are a homey combination of vintage wood furniture and botanical artwork, elevated by twinkling chandeliers. It’s a short stroll to the well-connected Grand Central Terminal, so you’re enviably placed to explore the city. Don’t forget to grab a classic New York deli breakfast at Bagels and Schmear.

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  • Hotel RL Brooklyn

    3.9/5 (948 Reviews)
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    Price Drop
    Now from $102 per night

    Hotel RL is a stone’s throw from the vintage stores and jogger-laden streets of Williamsburg, keeping things stripped back with exposed brick, matte black piping and rustic hanging-rope lighting. Rooms take a slightly more svelte approach – walls feature classic black-and-white photography, dark-teak furniture and crimson accents. Kick off your mornings with an ethically sourced Victrola coffee from the onsite cafe. You’ll also have the opportunity to give back during your stay by donating to the hotel’s charity, Project Wake Up Call, which supports homeless LGBTQ youth services.

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    The Collective Paper Factory

    Boutique Hotel
    4.2/5 (946 Reviews)
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    Price Drop
    Now from $98 per night

    Refurbished materials, exposed brick and vintage furniture create an intriguing decorative patchwork at the Collective Paper Factory (named after its manufacturing past). The plant-filled lounge-cum-conservatory exudes calm with floor-to-ceiling windows and woven pouffes, while a more lively buzz can be found with a game of shuffleboard or ping-pong in the concrete-walled playroom. Retreat to rooms, filled with trendily distressed wooden furniture and Pixar-style lamps, to catch a film on the flat-screen TV.

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    Pod 39

    4.3/5 (1652 Reviews)
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    Price Drop
    Now from $94 per night

    In the heart of Midtown Manhattan, Pod 39 is a budget hotel with funky decor – and none of the excess amenities you don’t actually need. Rooms range from compact two-bed bunk pods to family-friendly rooms with queen-size and mini- bunk-beds, and all offer flat-screen TVs, work desks and ensuite bathrooms with rainfall showers. Wrap up your day with a ginger beer and tequila at the open-air restaurant Empellón Al Pastor, which sits on the hotel’s striking red-brick, pillared rooftop.

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    Pod 51

    Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel
    4/5 (2293 Reviews)
    Pod 51
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    Price Drop
    Now from $97 per night
    Like Pod 39, Pod 51 is one of the best affordable digs in Manhattan. It’s situated just 12 blocks north of its partner hotel, mere steps from Fifth Avenue, Central Park and the Rockefeller Center. Solo travelers should opt for the snug Single Pod; a shared bathroom keeps costs down, but you’ll have the single room all to yourself. Grab a craft brew to go from the nearby Beer Table, and enjoy it on the rooftop terrace overlooking the Manhattan skyline.
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    This article is an updated version of a story created by Julia Goicochera. Nina Zietman contributed additional reporting.

    These recommendations were updated on October 5, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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