Not one bargain, but two, the Pod hotel group has two midtown locations for you. Both of which are in its signature style: hip yet inexpensive. If you want to be right in among it all, Pod 51 is the place to book. Just a couple blocks from the booming bright Times Square. The rooms themselves have everything you need (including desks, free wifi, TVs and a rain shower.) With six pod choices to pick from, the rooms can fit anywhere between one and four guests, so bring the mates if you want. In the hotel you'll also find a lively café for good slow coffee mornings, and a rooftop deck suited for sunbathing and shmoozing. The other spot is Pod 39, and that's very much the same, except it's in the less congested lower midtown.
You can easily spend $500 a night on a New York hotel room, but unless you’re a Rockefeller you might be better suited to these cheap NYC hotels. By no means is that an insult either, as these joints are actually brilliant. From the crisp white table cloths of the finest restaurants to greasy one dollar pizza joints and dive bars, New York is a city of dichotomies and offers something for everyone. Alongside the most luxurious and, equally, most expensive hotels in the world are some of the best cheap stays. Whether you're in Manhattan, Brooklyn or further afield, there is a plethora of hidden, affordable gems throughout the metropolis–ones that are entirely worth staying in. And just because these aren't bank-breaking, doesn't mean they're not great. One includes a massive food hall and beauty bar, one is right on Times Square, others are decked out like old-school European guesthouses, there's truly something for everyone!
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