Best cheap hotels in NYC
This midtown gem’s prime location a few blocks from Central Park, 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 credited to famed designer, Philippe Starck, who created an airy lobby wonderland reminiscent of an ivy covered greenhouse. Another perk is the seasonal rooftop terrace with skyscraper views and Private Park, an outdoor space featuring a stylish mix of contemporary and antique furnishings. Though the property’s starting room types are small, with minimal options for leisurely lounging, patrons will have plenty of space to roam the expansive public areas. Hudson bar, a popular lounge frequented by trendy locals and visitors alike, is the ideal spot for both a relaxed evening martini and dancing to DJs deep into the early morning hours. The boutique property is also home to the cozy, leather and wood swathed library bar. While Hudson Common, a beautifully designed beer hall, offers casual burgers and brews.
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.
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.
Situated in the heart of Manhattan’s hippest hood, Orchard Street Hotel is perched next to some of New York City’s most fashionable boutiques, galleries and restaurants. What the fifty-room Lower East Side property lacks in amenities, it makes up for in location and price point. Though the no-frills hotel’s facilities are sparse and free of an eatery and fitness center, it includes a comfortable lobby, second floor lounge and a rooftop terrace with skyscraper views. Guests will love the sleekly designed rooms covered in white, that provide sweeping sights of Manhattan’s lively downtown area.
The budget conscious funky hotel group Pod, has both a downtown and uptown location. The uptown joint offers visitors a choice of six “pod” types that sleep one to four guests and all rooms feature a trendy and colorful décor. Though cozy, the rooms are surprisingly well-appointed. Featuring flat screen TVs, desks and complimentary Wi-Fi, Pod 51 is a great pick for those that want to spend ample time exploring the city, but still want a comfortable place to rest their feet after a long day of hitting the pavement. The property boasts some stylish facilities such as a café for casual dining and a lively rooftop deck, ideal for sunbathing and imbibing on sunny days. Located just a few blocks from bustling Time’s Square, the location is great for those that want to stay in the middle of the action.
Situated within the epicenter of glitz and grime, Row NYC is ideal for those that 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. Guests can also enjoy La Colombe coffee at District M for a morning pick-me-up and hand-pulled Neapolitan pizzas at night. While facilities include a modern fitness center, a cycling studio and even an express hair style bar. The rooms are simple, yet sleek, and swathed in white with pops of bright color reminiscent of the hotel’s neon surrounds.
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.
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.
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.
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.