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New York City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with over 60 million people touching down in the Big Apple almost every year. From the theaters of Broadway to the shops on Fifth Avenue, the bohemia of Greenwich Village, and the rich cultural history of Harlem, New York really is a city that has something to offer every type of visitor.
Like any major metropolis, staying in The City That Never Sleeps can be an expensive endeavor. But if you look beyond the 5-star hotels and extortionate rentals, there are a ton of affordable hotels and hostels to help you save money where it really counts.
Price per Night: From $125
The Aliz is a smart, urban hotel offering fuss-free accommodation in Hell’s Kitchen’s creative hub and just moments away from Times Square.
Home to an impressive, 2-story rooftop bar and lounge, the Dear Irving on Hudson food outlet, daily cooked breakfasts, and spacious bedrooms, this hotel offers a lot in exchange for its mid-range price tag. Close to some of the city’s most iconic attractions, including Times Square, Madison Square Garden, and Macy’s department store, the Aliz Hotel Times Square even offers exciting extras.
These perks include Peloton bikes in the fitness room and some of Manhattan’s most amazing views, making this an excellent choice for visitors.
Price per Night: From $131
Packed full of Scandinavian styling and budget-friendly guest rooms, this beautiful hotel is located just a stone’s throw from the eclectic SoHo, Tribeca, and West Village neighborhoods.
Rooms come complete with flat-screen TVs and cable, while the hotel is also home to the fabulous Foxtail bar, as well as Lindens for dining and the lively A.R.T. SoHo rooftop bar with amazing views out across the city.
Perfect for hip travelers wanting to experience a real taste of the Big Apple, the Arlo SoHo is just a few short steps away from some of the best shopping the city has to offer.
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Price per Night: From $98
Tucked away in the Financial District, this hotel has been designed to accommodate business travelers’ needs while offering visitors to the city a quiet respite from the bustling streets.
With large desks in all of the rooms, free Wi-Fi in public areas, and a fitness center, this hotel offers modern and comfortable accommodations just a 5-minute walk from the world-famous Wall Street.
The Artezen Hotel is close to a range of excellent public transport links. Guests can be out exploring every corner of the city instantly, fueled by a fabulous cooked-to-order breakfast available daily at the hotel.
Price per Night: From $125 or 20,000 Choice Privileges points
Located in the Chelsea neighborhood, this modern hotel offers contemporary accommodations just 500 yards from the Empire State Building. Bedrooms are bright and spacious, while the hotel itself is home to an on-site fitness center and the popular rooftop Social Circle bar and bistro that offers amazing views out across the city.
Being situated on the doorstep of some of the city’s most iconic attractions, including Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, visitors to the Cambria Hotel New York love the hotel’s modern, minimalist feeling and the awesome central location.
Price per Night: From $104 or 30,000 Choice Privileges points
Claiming to offer a real home-away-from-home experience in the heart of New York, this hotel is just a few blocks from MoMA and the Lexington Avenue/53rd Street Subway station, offering easy access to the Rockefeller Center, Times Square, and many of the city’s most famous attractions. Bedrooms here are unpretentious yet well-appointed, and free Wi-Fi comes as standard.
The Blue Angel manages to keep costs down by not offering any on-site facilities such as a bar, restaurant, or fitness center, but it does have a beautiful private roof terrace with 360-degree skyline views for those who want to enjoy a peaceful New York minute away from the busy city streets.
Price per Night: From $96
Located close to Times Square, this contemporary hotel is perfectly located for Fifth Avenue, the Theater District, and Rockefeller Center, while the cultural hubs of Chelsea, SoHo, and Midtown are just minutes away by cab or public transport.
Bedrooms have a minimalist feel while still being well-appointed, and the hotel offers a grab-and-go communal kitchen designed to help travelers connect while they eat.
For private dining at Citadines Connect Fifth Avenue New York, there is an on-demand in-room dining service, or you can step outside this bright, modern hotel to enjoy the many great restaurants, bars, and cafes right at its doorstep.
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Price per Night: From $116 or 16,000 Choice Privileges points
Ideally located for both Times Square and Broadway, this hotel offers basic accommodations for visitors on a budget.
Rooms are clean and comfortable, and come with private bathrooms, while the hotel is also home to a communal computer station with internet access and a dining area serving up fresh continental breakfast every day. Being just a short 3-block walk from the 50th Street Subway station, this hotel offers excellent access to the entire city.
Enjoy some of the city’s most famous streets and attractions right at your doorstep, or hop on the Subway to see even more.
Price per Night: From $129 or 45,000 Marriott Bonvoy points
This hotel is perfectly located for visitors looking to enjoy the very best attractions that New York City has to offer, and is a popular base for families, couples, and business travelers alike.
Located just moments away from Times Square’s bright lights and the excitement of Madison Square Garden, this modern hotel offers spotless accommodations in the heart of Manhattan.
Guests staying at the Four Points by Sheraton Midtown hotel can also enjoy the use of a 24-hour fitness center and free Wi-Fi, or dine in at the hotel’s on-site Gotham Bar and Bistro.
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Price per Night: From $110 or 32,000 IHG One Rewards points
Just a 10-minute walk from the Empire State Building and some of the city’s most famous attractions, this modern high-rise hotel is situated in the refined residential neighborhood of Chelsea. Contemporary bedrooms offer free Wi-Fi, and the hotel is also home to the Amore Restaurant which serves up cuisine late into the evening.
There is also an on-site 24-hour gym, and guests love the hotel’s peaceful vibe, despite being just a block from some of the city’s most iconic streets and tourist attractions.
Price per Night: From $169 or 17,000 World of Hyatt points
This brilliant little boutique hotel is located in Chinatown and offers easy access to the vibrant Lower East Side and Little Italy neighborhoods.
With original artwork adorning the walls and views out over the city from the rooftop terrace, this is an awesome hotel in a central location. With a 24-hour fitness center and a choice of 2 Asian-inspired eateries, hip locals and trendy visitors alike really love this hotel.
Hotel 50 Bowery is just a short walk from the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Wall Street, Battery Park, and the Staten Island Ferry, meaning you can easily explore some of the city’s finest landmarks as well and enjoy the vast array of trendy restaurants and bars close by.
Price per Night: From $143 or 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points
This boutique-style hotel offers innovative and affordable “micro” accommodations in the heart of Times Square. Designed to attract younger visitors staying in the city, this hotel offers low-cost luxury with funky interiors, shared communal spaces, and compact but cleverly conceived sleeping quarters.
With Magic Hour, an amusement park-themed rooftop bar, offering amazing views out across Manhattan’s most famous landmarks, and the Legasea restaurant offering a modest but finely-crafted menu, it is easy to see why the MOXY NYC Times Square is such a big hit with hip young people visiting New York.
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Price per Night: From $79
Located in Harlem’s heart, this traditional New York City inn is housed in a historic 19th-century building.
Offering comfortable and cozy rooms with high-speed Wi-Fi and modern bathrooms, guests staying at The Park Ave North will also find a refrigerator and microwave in each room, giving the hotel a home-away-from-home feel perfect for families and long-stay visitors.
Price per Night: From $78
This quirky hotel is located in the vibrant streets of Chinatown. Offering basic but clean and comfortable accommodations, this hotel is perfect for visitors looking to enjoy an authentic New York City vibe.
Being in Chinatown and close to Little Italy, there is amazing food on every corner. The hotel is situated just a few short blocks from many of Manhattan’s world-famous attractions.
Visitors to the U.S. Pacific Hotel love the clean bedrooms and central location, as well as the affordable price tag, making it very well-suited to travelers on a budget.
Whether you’re visiting Manhattan for business or for pleasure, there are so many better things to spend your cash on than expensive hotels. With bars, restaurants, and clubs being open well into the wee hours of the morning, chances are you won’t be in your room for very long anyway.
Save cash by looking for hotels that are away from the more expensive neighborhoods like Tribeca, Midtown, or around Central Park and instead opt for some of the more tourist-driven areas like Times Square, Chelsea, or even Chinatown for better value.
Finally, remember that your hotel is only a small part of your New York City adventure and that there is so much more to see and do in the city that never sleeps.
In Manhattan, cheap hotels can cost in the region of $90 to $120. This may not seem cheap compared to other cities, but this is as low as hotels get in New York City.
The Four Points by Sheraton Midtown – Times Square is a great option for families because it offers guest rooms with 2 beds as well as an on-site restaurant. And, it’s right in the heart of New York’s premier tourist destination.
While it is possible to get hotels for under $120 in New York City, many will cost between $120 and $230. Nearly half of the hotels in New York City cost $230 and above.
The cheapest months to visit New York City are April, May, June, September, and October. The weather is still reasonably warm during these months, yet they aren’t the busiest. However, New York City is a busy and bustling city, even without tourists, and there is never truly a quiet time to visit.
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