Best New York budget hotels
Believe it or not, it's possible to find the best New York budget hotels and pay less than $250 per night for a clean, comfortable hotel room with full amenities in a prime location in the Big Apple.
It just requires careful planning and flexibility: January and February are the best months for value travel, and weekdays generally cost less than weekends.
Many hotels also offer discounts for full payment in advance.
Budget travelers willing to forgo a private bathroom can save even more at places like the Jane Hotel and Hotel 17, whose low-cost rooms have shared bathrooms.
If you prefer full-service feel to college dorm vibe, here are eight of the best New York budget hotels in the city. They offer great value and with the exception of the Newton, all provide free Wi-Fi.
All rates listed are per night for a standard room with private bathroom, before tax, which is around 15 percent. Note that rates are subject to change.
Hotel Deauville, Gramercy Park
In the world of corporate hotel chains, the Hotel Deauville, a quaint, family-run converted brownstone with just 55 rooms, is a refreshing find and makes our list of best New York budget hotels.
The Deauville is a nice option if you want a hotel on a quiet street away from some of New York's more tourist-heavy neighborhoods.
The ancient, operator-run elevator rattles like an old ghost, but service is personable and warm and the shabby-chic rooms are comfortable.
Quirky fact: as a bonus for musicians, there's an artists' rehearsal room with a piano off the lobby.
103 E. 29th St. between Park and Lexington, New York; +1 212 683 0990; www.hoteldeauville.com; rates start at $139
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Hudson New York, Midtown West/Hell's Kitchen
Travelers wanting to feel like rock stars could do worse than the Hudson, which has the look of a much more expensive hotel, starting with the green, glowing, unmarked entry, which might make you wonder if your smartphone map has the right coordinates.
Beyond the wide lobby is a lovely outdoor courtyard. The Library Bar is has a pool table, while the trendier Hudson Bar is an enticing glass-floored space that turns into a nightclub.
In contrast, breakfast and dinner are served on cafeteria-style tables. A well-furnished gym completes the entertainment/facilities options.
While standard rooms are "cozy" (the smallest is 12.6 square meters), they are handsomely decorated.
356 W. 58th St. between Columbus and Broadway, New York; +1 212 554 6000; www.hudsonhotel.com; rates start at$229
La Quinta Manhattan, Midtown East
The La Quinta is a budget motel and it doesn't try to be anything else: the lobby looks as though it hasn't been touched since the Carter administration, and room decor is plain.
But for what you're paying you'll get decent space, not to mention additional perks like free breakfast, news kiosk, fitness center and Vu Bar, the hotel's rooftop lounge with a stunning view of the nearby Empire State Building.
Macy's, Penn Station and Madison Square Garden are within walking distance. The La Quinta is also the perfect choice for budding karaoke singers and fried chicken fans -- it's located in the middle of Koreatown.
17 W. 32nd St. between 5th and 6th Avenues, New York; +1 212 736 1600; applecorehotels.com/la-quinta-manhattan; rates start at $199
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Nu Hotel, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
Located in Brooklyn (about 15 minutes from Manhattan), the Nu Hotel is fittingly one of the best New York budget hotels, partly because it is close to several train lines and a plethora of restaurants and bars on Smith Street, otherwise known as Brooklyn's Restaurant Row.
Compared with Manhattan accommodations, the stylish rooms have lots of space. Caffeine addicts will appreciate the free coffee in the lobby and Keurig coffee makers in every room. There's also a lobby bar.
If you don't feel like exercising at the fitness center, the front desk will find you a bike.
If you know someone who lives in the neighborhood, ask them to book the room for you, and you'll save an additional 15 percent via the hotel's "neighborhood rate."
85 Smith St. between State Street and Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn; +1 718 852 8585; www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com; rates start at $179
Best Western Bowery Hanbee Hotel, Chinatown
Located in the center of Chinatown, the Best Western Bowery Hanbee is a good choice for anyone looking to explore New York's downtown areas. It's within easy walking distance of Soho, Little Italy, the East Village and Lower East Side.
While you might not guess it from the busy location and no-frills lobby (not to mention the extremely low rates), rooms here are modern and welcoming and have a fair amount of space, with enough room for a guest chair and night table.
In addition to a fitness center, the hotel lays on a complimentary breakfast buffet, and the staff is helpful and friendly.
231 Grand St. between Bowery and Elizabeth Street, New York; +1 212 925 1177; www.bw-boweryhanbeehotel.com; rates start at $189
Hotel Newton, Upper West Side
Located well uptown between Riverside Park and Central Park, the Newton sits near Columbia University, which may explain why it has a lobby that resembles an old dorm lounge.
What the hotel lacks in frills, however, it more than makes up for in value -- perfect to be regarded as one of the best New York budget hotels
Even in the summer high season, you can get a room for $132 a night -- a rate unheard of in the rest of the city.
The staff is cheerful and professional, and accommodations are clean and not at all claustrophobic, with a dresser, desk, microwave and mini-fridge included in every room. And though there are no dining options in the hotel, there is a diner just next door.
Note: Wi-Fi here costs $4.95 per day.
2528 Broadway between 93rd and 94th Streets, New York; +1 800 643 5553; www.thehotelnewton.com; rates start at $225
Hotel Beacon, Upper West Side
At $350 per night, the Beacon is the one hotel on our list that doesn't fall under the $250 budget ceiling. But families traveling to New York City will need space, and this hotel has it.
Instead of cramped rooms, half of the Beacon's accommodations are roomy suites that sleep up to four. All suites have a separate living room with a pull-out couch, iPod dock, and full kitchen with stove, oven, microwave and full-size refrigerator.
The Beacon also offers standard rooms with smaller kitchenettes: half-fridges, stove burners and microwaves, but no ovens.
A multitude of moderate to high-end restaurants surrounds the hotel, but groceries are easy to come by at the Fairway across the street or Trader Joe's two blocks away. After saving money on home-cooked meals, your family can go play at the nearby Museum of Natural History, Central Park or Lincoln Center.
2130 Broadway at 75th Street, New York; +1 212 787 1100; www.beaconhotel.com; rates start at $350
The Pod Hotel, Midtown East
International backpackers abound at this cheerful, youth-oriented budget hotel, which has 200 rooms with private bathrooms as well as 150 with shared bathrooms. Colorful couches and a mural adorn the lobby, where guests can use communal iPads or have a drink in the lounge.
As for the rooms, they're ... well, let's face it, they're tiny, with space for the bed and TV and not much else. Instead of a dresser, there are drawers in the bed frame under the mattress.
But they're brightly decorated and new-looking and downstairs you can partake of a true New York rarity: vending-machine sodas for $1.
The Pod Hotel, 230 E. 51st St. between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, New York; +1 800 742 5945; www.thepodhotel.com; rates start at $119
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