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The best cheap hotels in NYC

Find cheap hotels in NYC, including stylish new hotels and hip hostels, with our guide to affordable lodging in the city

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Consult our guide to the top cheap hotels in NYC—so that you can conserve your cash for scoring tickets to Broadway shows, sampling the best restaurants in NYC, seeing the greatest New York City attractions and much more!

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Nu Hotel

At this Brooklyn hotel, hospitality and sustainability converge. Wake up to environment-friendly touches like cork flooring, 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. Those traveling for business will value the fast WiFi and desks while guests here for pleasure can find entertainment in one of the hotel’s rentable bikes, flat-screen TVs or music systems. Plus, airy and loft-like, some of the suites feature quirky decor like bunk beds, hammocks, and murals from local artists. Just a stone’s throw from a slew of hip Brooklyn restaurants, those who want to stick around have access to the hotel’s own lobby bar and lounge, Misdemeanor. Grab one of the outdoor, made-for-people-watching tables and hand-crafted cocktails, and toast to totally nailing your hotel pick.

Minimum: Rates fluctuate seasonally; right now: average $209 a night ($239.83 after taxes), but they really vary.

 

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Boerum Hill

St. Marks Hotel

What this 64-room location lacks in elevators (it’s a prewar pad) it makes up for with a prime East Village location and a price-tag that’s easy on the eyes. Smack dab in the action (the hotel is super-close to tattoo shops, wallet-friendly restaurants and kitschy souvenir stands) this well-positioned corner hotel is only a few steps from a subway station, in case you’re looking to make a break from the bustle. Modest it may be (rooms feature double beds, private bathrooms, WiFi, flat-screen televisions, and other basic amenities), but the ground-floor pizzeria and sports bar make the spot not only a comfortable stay but gives you a reason to return.

Minimum: Rates fluctuate; right now: average $130 a night (tax included; cash only), but again they really vary.

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East Village

Chelsea Savoy Hotel

Note: This is definitely not a snazzy hotel with over-the-top perks, but the super-homey haven is located in the heart of the historic Chelsea, so at least 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. Here, function trumps over fashion (we’re looking at you, framed art posters and floral comforters). The amenities are simple and straightforward: small, run-of-the-mill rooms, mini fridges, WiFi, and wooden furniture, and an unassuming gray façade—and the rates are equally as modest.

Minimum: $99 ($117 with tax) per night.

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Chelsea

Sohotel

Claiming the title of “oldest hotel in New York,” this Broome Street spot once welcomed the likes of William Waldorf Astor and John L. Sullivan. These days, the guest list runs the gamut from students to backpackers and travelers looking for an affordable place to crash. A recent 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 old-school charm (hey, ceiling fans and no elevators). Still, the main draw is its location—centrally situated, use this hotel as a springboard to explore the nearby Little Italy, Chinatown, and SoHo.

Minimum: Rates fluctuate daily; tonight: $209 (with taxes $243.33) per night.

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Little Italy

Bentley Hotel

What started as a high-rise office building in its past life is now a 21-story, 197-room boutique hotel nestled in the Upper East Side. Here, sweeping river and bridge views from oversized windows cohabitates with flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and other modern chrome-and-wood accents. Take a stroll by the East River—just a few steps away—then cap off the evening with a drink or tasty grub (Italian-inspired sushi rolls, toro tartare with wasabi olive oil, Long Island duck sliders, fried artichokes with a lemon aioli, to name a few) at the rooftop restaurant clad with hanging orb chandeliers, gilded chairs, and stunning aerial sights.

Minimum: Rates fluctuate daily; tonight: $299 + taxes ($346.60).

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Lenox Hill

The Bowery House

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 light sleepers, but the place is hopping with pretty young things attracted to the hip aesthetic and the location (across the street from the New Museum and close to Soho and the Lower East Side). Quarters are decorated with vintage prints and historical photographs, and illluminated by lightbulbs encased in 1930s and ’40s mason jars. The immaculate (gender-segregated) communal bathrooms have rain showerheads and products from local spa Red Flower, while the guest lounge is outfitted with chesterfield sofas, chandeliers, a huge LCD TV and an assortment of international style mags. There’s a 1,800-square-foot roof terrace, and an eatery, Pearl & Ash, serving eclectic small plates and more. To keep out the riff-raff and the rowdy, guests must be over 21 and reserve with a credit card.

Minimum: Rates fluctuate daily; tonight: $89 per night.

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Nolita

Carlton Arms 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. Themed quarters include the Money Room and a tribute to a traditional English cottage. Roughly half the quarters have shared bathrooms. The place gets booked up early, so reserve well in advance.

Minimum: Rates fluctuate seasonally; $90 per night.

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Kips Bay

The Harlem Flophouse

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 working sinks in original antique cabinets. There are just five rooms total.

Minimum: Rates fluctuate; $125 per night.

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Harlem

The Jane

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. The wood-paneled rooms were inspired by vintage train sleeper compartments—there’s a bed (or bunk bed) with built-in storage and brass hooks for hanging up your clothes, but also iPod docks and wall-mounted flat-screen TVs (in the Captain’s Cabin). If entering the hotel feels like stepping on to a film set, there’s good reason: Inspiration came from various celluloid sources, including Barton Fink’s Hotel Earle for the lobby. The "ballroom," decorated with mismatched chairs, oriental rugs and a fireplace topped with a stuffed ram, evokes an eccentric mansion.

Minimum: Rates fluctuate; right now: $125 ($140 with taxes) per night.

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West Village

414 Hotel

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 gas fireplace in the lobby is a welcoming touch. Twice as big as it looks, 414 consists of two townhouses separated by a leafy courtyard, which in warmer months is a lovely place to eat your complimentary breakfast of fresh croissants and bagels. The location in a residential yet central neighborhood makes it even more of a find.

Minimum: Rates fluctuate seasonally; winter is cheaper: $199 (not including taxes) per night (no minimum night stay, but during high season, four-night minimum on weekends, three-night minimum during weekdays).

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Hell's Kitchen

New York Loft Hostel

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 the big shared kitchen is a mezzanine equipped with a large flat-screen TV. The spacious patio is the site of frequent summer barbecues. Unlike old-school hostels, there’s no curfew; an electronically encoded room-key card opens the front door after hours.

Minimum: Rates fluctuate daily; right now: $28 per person per bed; $80 for a private room.

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