The high price of New York might get you down, but it doesn’t have to be that way when you check into these NYC hotels with the best free stuff. What if we told you there’s a prize behind the door of many of the Manhattan’s great hotels: free perks for hotel guests only—and we’re talking about more than the best spa hotels or hotels with indoor pools. These don’t even have to be the most over-the-top hotels in NYC. We found everything from swank toiletries (Le Labo at the Park Hyatt, anyone?) to free gym admission at Crunch (The Standard, East Village) and free snacks, wine, breakfasts, not to mention car rides. In fact, make the right choice, and you’ll be getting more perks for less money than if you stayed home. Here are a few of our favorites.
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NYC hotels with the best free stuff
Citi Bike fees? Please. That doesn’t apply to you. Stay at this hip, downtown property and you’ll have complimentary use of sleek Firmstrong Urban Beach Cruisers to tour the city. These chic, three-speed peddlers are even equipped with a wooden crate to hold picnic goodies or boutique finds.
If you’re the kind of traveler who would love to get an inside look at local neighborhoods, but would never pony up for a guided tour, you’re in for a treat. These low-budget, high-style hotels offer free customized walking tours by Streetwise, a group of tour guides that moonlight as comedians, several times a week, at a $200 value! The tours immerse guests in local neighborhoods offering insider looks at everything from the best local eats ($1 for 6 dumplings!) to where to find the most interesting street art.
You say it’s your birthday? This fashionable Garment District property will get you the ultimate birthday treat, on the house: A personalized cake from buttercream emporium Magnolia Bakery. Not your birthday but still want to celebrate? Everyone checking in (who’s of age of course) is greeted with a complimentary glass of wine.
We love a good freebie toiletry, but so many of them seem to be designed to appeal to as many guests as possible. That’s why these shampoos and soaps are the freebie gold standard: Check in with Conrad‘s app and you can customize your toiletry preference with fill-up-your-suitcase options such as super-luxe Shanghai Tang's Mandarin Tea shampoos and soaps, vegan options from Tara Smith Vegan Hair Care, and sophisticated men’s line Refinery.
Want to know how the 1% lives? Check into this sweet suite at this swank Midtown property and while your butler presses your pants and shines your shoes, you can cruise the city in luxe comfort in the house ride: a Mercedes Benz E350. The chauffeured car will take hotel guests on free rides within a 20-block radius of the property.
Love avocado toast? Who doesn’t! But all that green slathered bread can start to add up to an expensive habit. That’s where this Greenwich Village boutique property comes to a hungry traveler’s rescue with a deluxe complimentary breakfast at the trendy on-site Margaux Restaurant, which includes healthy delicacies such as our beloved avocado toast and gluten-free granola.
We’ve seen free wine and continental breakfast popping up around the city, but this Dewey Decimal-themed hotel tops them all with a range of freebies that can get you through the whole day without opening your wallet: breakfast, wine and cheese, all day tea, coffee, fruit and cookies while you read to your heart’s content in their free library. Throw in complimentary Wi-Fi and free passes to NYSC gyms and it may be cheaper to book an overnight here than to stay home.