Cheap New York hotels: Where to stay on a budget

Wallet-friendly accommodations are out there! Discover our favorites in this helpful roundup of cheap New York hotels.

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Spending a huge chunk of your trip to NYC on lodging just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to us—unless you’re, you know, super rich. Instead, opt for one of these cheap New York hotels. You can put the money you save toward seeing—or eating your way through—even more of this amazing city.

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414 Hotel

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

This reasonably priced hotel truly deserves the boutique title. Nearly everything about it is exquisite yet unshowy, from its power-blasted brick exterior to the modern color scheme in the rooms that pairs gray headboards and red accents. Rooms are equipped with fridges, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, the bathrooms are immaculate, and a working

  1. 414 W 46th St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves, 10036
  2. $169–$299 double. AmEx, DC, MC, V
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The Harlem Flophouse

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

The dark-wood interior, moody lighting and lilting jazz music make musician Rene Calvo’s Harlem inn feel more like a 1930s speakeasy than a 21st-century B&B. The airy suites, named for Harlem Renaissance figures such as Chester Himes and Cozy Cole, have restored tin ceilings, a quirky mix of junk-store furnishings and period knick-knacks, and

  1. 242 W 123rd St, between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Frederick Douglass Blvds, 10027
  2. $125–$170 double. DC, MC, V
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The Jane

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Opened in 1907 as the American Seaman’s Friend Society Sailors Home, the 14-story landmark was a residential hotel when hoteliers Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson, of the Bowery and the Maritime, took it over (some long-term residents remain). The wood-paneled, 50-square-foot rooms were inspired by vintage train sleeper compartments—there’s a

  1. 113 Jane St, at West St, 10014
  2. $99–$115 single; $225–$325 double. AmEx,...
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New York Loft Hostel

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Situated in arty Bushwick, this budget lodging fuses the traditional youth hostel setup (dorm-style rooms with bunk beds and lockers, communal lounging areas) with a fashionable loft aesthetic. In the former clothing warehouse, linen curtains billow in front of huge windows, and there’s plenty of industrial-chic exposed brick and piping. Above

  1. 249 Varet St, at Bogart St, 11206
  2. $35–$60 per person in dorm room; $80–$110...
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The Bowery House

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Two young real-estate developers have transformed a 1927 Bowery flophouse into a stylish take on a hostel. History buffs will get a kick out of the original wainscotted corridors leading to cubicles (singles are a cozy 35 square feet, and not all have windows) with latticework ceilings to allow air circulation. It might not be the best bet for

  1. 220 Bowery, between Prince and Spring Sts, 10012
  2. $89–$129 double. AmEx, MC, V
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Carlton Arms Hotel

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

The Carlton Arms Art Project started in the late 1970s, when a small group of creative types brought fresh paint and new ideas to a run-down shelter. Today, the site is a bohemian backpackers’ paradise and live-in gallery—every room, bathroom and hallway is festooned with outré artwork. Themed quarters include the Money Room and a tribute to

  1. 160 E 25th St, at Third Ave, 10010
  2. $110–$130 double. MC, V
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Hotel 17

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Shabby chic is the best way to describe this hotel, located a few blocks from Union Square. Past the minuscule but well-appointed lobby, the rooms are a study in contrast, as antique dressers are paired with paisley bedspreads and mismatched vintage wallpaper. In most cases, bathrooms are shared among two to four rooms, but they’re kept

  1. 225 E 17th St, between Second and Third Aves, 10003
  2. $99–$160 double. Disc, MC, V
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Larchmont Hotel

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Housed in a 1910 Beaux Arts building, the attractive, affordable Larchmont is great value for this area. The basic decor has been spruced up with new Ikea furniture, but with prices this reasonable, you can accept less than glossy-mag style. All the bathrooms are shared, but rooms come with a washbasin, toiletries, bathrobe and slippers.

  1. 27 W 11th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10011
  2. Rates $119–$145 double. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Pod 51

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

This surprisingly stylish East Side hotel opened in early 2007, offering tiny but futuristic rooms that are well suited to people who favor convenience and value over elbow room. The 100-square-foot single-bed "pods" have nominal decor and under-bed dressers. There are also bunk-bed set-ups. At these levels, baths are shared; choose a roomier

  1. 230 E 51st St, between Second and Third Aves , 10022
  2. $89–$289 double. AmEx, DC, MC, V
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Pod 39

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

The city’s second Pod occupies a 1918 residential hotel for single men—the space that was once the gentlemen’s sitting room is being reinvented as the Great Room, opening in early 2013, which will feature a fireplace, projection wall and ping-pong table. As the name suggests, rooms are snug, but not oppressively so; some have queen-size beds

  1. 145 E 39th St, between Lexington and Third Aves, 10016
  2. $119–$235 double. AmEx, DC, MC, V
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