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The best cheap hotels in NYC

From unique B&Bs to modern high-rises, here are some of the very best cheap hotels in the Big Apple

Written by
Alisha Prakash
,
Lena Hanano
,
Marion Bernstein
&
Paula Akpan
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After a chic room without entirely depleting your bank balance? Luckily for you, NYC is packed to the brim with fab cheap hotels - all offering cozy bed and board at prices that will make your eyes water, but in a good way. 

On the hunt for somewhere to learn about the city’s roots? Fancy a room with a view or a rooftop bar? Whatever tickles your fancy, our roundup of inexpensive hotels offers something for absolutely everyone. And, because you won’t be paying through the nose for a glitzy room, you should have plenty left to splurge on shopping and Broadway shows.


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Best cheap hotels in NYC

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  • Hell's Kitchen
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This midtown gem’s prime location, modern rooms and inspiring lobby make it the perfect pick for an economical stay in Manhattan. The hotel’s sleek yet whimsical aesthetic can be found throughout, with an airy lobby wonderland reminiscent of an ivy-covered greenhouse. New York staples, like Central Park and the Guggenheim Museum, are within walking distance so get ready to immerse yourself in everything the Big Apple has to offer. 

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  • West Village
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This century-old landmark is one of NYC’s most iconic properties. The hipster haven has a storied past visible through its vintage aesthetic. The hotel was once a temporary abode for survivors of the Titanic and the rooms have been restored to look like ship cabins. The antique, manually operated elevator run by classically uniformed bellhops adds to the charm and the rooms exude a dreamy Wes Anderson quality. Choices include tiny retro-inspired bunk bed rooms with shared bathrooms, larger dwellings with peacock-patterned wallpaper and captain’s cabins with private terraces.

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  • Harlem
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The dark-wood interior, moody lighting and lilting jazz music make musician René 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 working sinks in original antique cabinets.

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  • Kips Bay
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Billed as 'Manhattan's famous art hotel', 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. The place gets booked early, so reserve well in advance.

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  • Midtown West
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Formerly the New Mills Hotel, the boutique Moxy Times Square proves you can have it all—affordability, comfort and style. Relax in a Yabu Pushelberg-designed room thoughtfully outfitted with 100 per cent Egyptian cotton linens and an oversize walk-in rain shower. Once recharged, head to one of five in-house dining spaces—we recommend a sunset cocktail at Magic Hour, New York’s largest all-season indoor-outdoor hotel rooftop bar and lounge featuring a rotating carousel, putt-putt golf course, topiary garden and stunning views of the Empire State Building.

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  • Lenox Hill
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What started as a high-rise office building in its past life is now a 21-storey, 197-room boutique hotel nestled in the Upper East Side. Here, sweeping river and bridge views from oversize windows compliment flat-screen TVs, iHome docking stations and other modern chrome-and-wood accents.

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  • Lower East Side
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Situated in the heart of Manhattan’s hippest hood, Orchard Street Hotel is perched next to some of New York City’s most iconic restaurants, bars and music venues. What the 50-room Lower East Side property lacks in amenities, it makes up for with the decor, location, pet-friendliness and price point.

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  • Midtown East
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Proudly the very first pod hotel, has both a downtown and uptown location. The budget-conscious joint offers visitors a choice of six “pod” types that sleep one to four guests and all rooms feature trendy and colorful décor. Though cozy, the rooms are surprisingly well-appointed. Featuring flat screen TVs, desks and complimentary Wi-Fi, the funky Pod 51 is a great pick for those that want to spend ample time exploring the city, but still want a comfortable and sleek place to rest their feet after a long day.

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  • Downtown Brooklyn
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Achieve serenity without breaking the bank at this wellness-minded hotel located within walking distance of the Brooklyn Bridge. In addition to the expansive in-house fitness studio, each room is complete with its own training zone, fitness kit, revitalizing spa shower and natural eucalyptus linens.

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  • Midtown West
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Situated within the epicenter of glitz and grime, Row NYC is ideal for those who want to stay within arm’s reach of Times Square. The contemporary hotel’s price point is a bargain and boasts a stylish New York City vibe. It’s also home to City Kitchen, an indoor food market where guests can peruse staples such as Luke’s Lobster rolls and Dough donuts.

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  • Bushwick
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This affordable abode takes inspiration from its diverse surrounding neighborhood, covering its walls with custom murals by local Bushwick artists. Simplicity is key when it comes to these minimalist hotel rooms but, when you're just a stone throw away from the quirky and vibrant gems of Brooklyn, you'll barely notice. 

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  • Boerum Hill
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At this Brooklyn hotel, hospitality and sustainability converge. Wake up to environmentally friendly touches like organic linens, recycled teak furniture and all-natural bath products. The eco-consciousness extends into the mini-bar, which comes stocked with locally handcrafted wines, spirits and snacks.

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  • Hell's Kitchen
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At 414, guests can enjoy a relaxing atmosphere at an affordable price. Its charming 22 rooms are spread out across two historical townhouses connected by a lush inner garden courtyard—the ideal place to recharge with 414’s daily complimentary breakfast.

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  • Little Italy
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Firmly claiming the title of “oldest operating hotel in New York City,” this Broome Street spot once welcomed the likes of William Waldorf Astor and John L. Sullivan. A contemporary makeover has left some rooms with skylights, a yellow-and-blue color scheme, flat-screen TVs, exposed brick walls and hardwood floors, but it still retains some of that 1805 charm.

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  • East Village
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What this 64-room location lacks in amenities it makes up for with a prime East Village location and a price tag that’s easy on the eyes. Right in the middle of the action, this well-positioned corner hotel is only a few steps from a subway station, in case you’re looking to go gallivanting around the city.

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  • Chelsea
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This super-homey haven is located in the heart of the historic Chelsea, making the location is ace. The no-frills, 89-roomer is built for shallow pockets and is also close to the subways and walking distance from Madison Square Park. With rustic wooden touches found throughout the hotel, it makes for a cosy place to lay your head at the end of a long day pounding the pavement.

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