1. The Gershwin
This Manhattan midtown hotel is just a block away from 5th Avenue and close to both Madison Square Garden and the Empire State Building. It caters for all budgets with private rooms, and for the budget traveller, dorm style bunks. It has a distinctive arty feel, and is filled with great paintings and trendy furnishings. The central location means you’re never far from New York’s beating heart, and with all the usual luxuries like Wi-Fi, air conditioning and cable TV, The Gershwin is rightly popular with trendy travellers on a budget.
- Prices from $32 a night.
2. The Jane
Once home to salty sailors and Titanic survivors, The Jane is a living work of art. A true (budget) boutique hotel, its rooms are designed as ship’s cabins, and are small but perfectly formed. The Standard and Bunk Bed Cabins all share communal bathrooms, while the Captains Cabins have en-suite facilities. All are equipped with wireless internet, a flat screen TV and a safe, and are decorated in warm colours and period furnishings. The Jane is located in the Meat Packing District, a short walk from Soho and Chelsea. Take advantage of the free bicycle hire on site, dine in the pretty Cafe Gitane, and be sure to tip the immaculately dressed bellhop!
- Prices from $90 per night.
3. The Pod
The Pod prides itself as a hip, affordable New York City hotel, and its central location and room chic for all budgets makes it a great place to stay in Manhattan. Only a mile away from the iconic Rockefeller Center, and within strolling distance of Midtown East’s quirky shopping district, The Pod is a modern, funky and colourful residence which is easily one of the best budget hotels New York can offer. Choose from single, double or bunk bed Pods (rooms) and enjoy flatscreen TV, free WiFi and dimmable mood lighting. For those on a tight budget, there are dorm rooms with shared bathrooms. Don’t forget to check out the on site restaurant for tasty organic food.
- Prices from $89 per night.
4. Broadway Hotel and Hostel
Well loved and often talked about, The Broadway caters for travelers on a limited budget. It features both private and dorm-style rooms, and is located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, just 4 blocks from Central Park. Decorated in an Asian style, all the rooms feature flat screen TVs, air conditioning and an iPod dock. The dorm rooms are also well equipped, and have shared bathroom facilities. Close to the underground and within easy reach of all Manhattan has to offer, The Broadway is a great budget place to stay.
- Prices from $45 per night.
5. Holiday Inn Long Island
Situated on Long Island, in the borough of Queens, this Holiday Inn offers visitors to New York a chance to stay close to Manhattan without paying a premium. A short hop over the Queensborough Bridge, the Holiday Inn Long Island City offers well appointed rooms with free wireless internet, coffeemakers and flatscreen TVs. The on site gym and indoor pool are a welcome addition, and the hotel is only a short drive from La Guardia airport. It might not be a boutique residence, but it’s functional and affordable, and within easy reach of Manhattan island.
- Prices from $110 per night.
Lower East Side’s Sohotel is a stones-throw from Little Italy, the vibrant (if touristy) neighbourhood of Manhattan that offers plenty of dining experiences for visitors. The Sohotel offers a good choice of room types, all decorated to a high standard, with the usual modern facilities you’d expect from a boutique hotel, but at an affordable price. The dark woods and exposed brickwork, together with animal print furnishings make for a glamourous stay, especially in the Regency Plus room, that features a marble bath suite and sleeps five.
- Prices from $90 per night.
7. Serenity at Home Guest House Brooklyn
Manhattan island may get all the attention, but for cheaper New York hotels also look on the surrounding boroughs – you’re more likely to get better value for money. The Serenity at Home guest house is located in Brooklyn, just over the bridge from Manhattan island, on a pretty tree-lined street, close to the Botanical Gardens. A B&B with an old school feel, the Serenity dates back to 1901 and offers warm spacious guest rooms with shared bathrooms. Check out The Serenity Suite, a separate 1 bedroom apartment that has access to the gardens of the house.
- Prices from $90 per night.
8. Condor Hotel
This is another great hotel located just across the bridge in Brooklyn. The Condor is a chic and stylish residence perfect for those who love their classy stays, but without the hefty price tag. Condor’s target market is actually Orthodox Jews but they welcome all people of religious beliefs! You’ll find wig stands and a Yiddish-speaking concierge and be aware that no televisions or phone operator on Friday nights and Saturdays. Although this seems a small price to pay for these prices and levels of decor. The Condor hotel has a trendy modern design, a good range of facilities and a plentiful hot (kosher) breakfast served every morning. Guests can even relax in the hotel’s own well tended garden – perfect for that post-shopping long drink.
- Prices from $100 per night.
9. Hotel 91
Located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Hotel 91 is set in the heart of Chinatown – a bustling colourful neighbourhood with plenty to see. A stone’s throw from the Brooklyn Bridge, and within easy reach of transport links, Hotel 91 is a very good value-for-money residence with well appointed rooms and facilities. Proud of its Chinese roots, Hotel 91 is a clean and functional hotel at a great price. Nearby Little Italy is worth exploring, as is Clinton Street – a trendy avenue of cafes and eateries including the famous Clinton Street Baking Company & Restaurant.
- Prices from $75 per night.
10. Park 79 Hotel
This is an old school budget boutique hotel on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Park 79 is perfectly located for those wanting to explore New York City. On the doorstep of Central Park and the Museum of Natural History, Hotel 79 is surrounded by great places to shop, eat and sight see. The hotel has a range of rooms, all with free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and cozy beds. Some may be smaller than others, but the rates are very reasonable, considering the fashionable location. No trip to the Upper West Side is complete without a visit to55 Central Park West – also known as the Ghostbusters Building!
- Prices from $84 per night.