New York City, the city that is full of life and energy, the city that never sleeps. There are so many things to do in this massive city that finding suitable accommodation can be a challenge, and that’s before taking the price into consideration! As scared as you might be to even look for a place to stay in New York City, it can be done and at an affordable price. To help you find the best of the bunch, we’ve put together a list of the best places to stay in New York City for both hotels and hostels.
Best Budget Places to Stay in New York City
The Local Hostel NYC
Near: Grand Central Station
Price Range: $40-150 a night
Want cheap accommodation that is trendy and modern? Nothing says young and with the times like The Local Hostel NYC! Located in the hip Long Island City area, the hostel can easily pass as an art gallery if just passing by. Made up of large airy rooms that are full of paintings, the sleek and edgy look that the hostel gives off is the icing on the cake when you return from a day of New York City sightseeing. The trendy decor also extends to the rooms at the hostel which are minimalist, clean and comfortable. What really makes a stay here is the amazing staff, full of local recommendations to show you the real New York! What’s also cool is that the bar area is a coffee shop by day and a lively bar by night! (Prices start at $40 a night for a bed in a dorm)
HI NYC Hostel
Near: Rockefeller Center
Price Range: $35-45 a night
HI NYC Hostel is in uptown New York about 1 block away from Broadway Street. Again with the subway, it’s super easy to get around and you’re just a walk away from Central Park and Riverside Park. The hostel is a great place to meet other travelers! They have endless activities from pub crawls and nightclub events to in-house comedy and variety shows. If you’re not up for going out, you can just chill in the movie lounge or play some pool in the games room. As well being on it with social facilities, the hostel also provides colorful and comfortable dorm rooms with basic facilities and shared bathrooms. With a free breakfast and plenty of cheap eateries and grocery stores around the hostel, you will never go hungry! (Prices start at $35 a night for a bed in a dorm)
Broadway Hotel & Hostel
Near: Central Park
Price Range: $40-100 a night
Situated in Manhattan’s Upper West Side is the boutique Broadway Hotel & Hostel. Although in a quieter part of the city, the underground is merely a few steps away from the hotel so you really do get the best of both worlds. The rooms at the hotel & hostel are very clean and minimalistic, with the private rooms including modern furnishings. Broadway has a very social atmosphere due to its shared on-site facilities, from the dining and theater rooms to the quieter library with a fireplace. You can even venture across the road for breakfast and get 10% off if you tell them you’re staying here! (Prices start at $40 a night for a bed in a dorm)
Best Mid-Range Places to Stay in New York City
Radio City Apartments
Near: Rockefeller Center
Price Range: $124-239 a night
In New York City, location is everything. Located 500 m away from Rockefeller Center, the Radio City Apartments are clean, convenient, and is in a super ideal location. The metro underground is a block away, instantly giving you access to virtually anywhere in New York. The studio apartments are equipped with a cooking hob, microwave, refrigerator, and coffee and tea making facilities. While the location is something that everyone raves about, having apartment-like convenience is equally as awesome in a place like New York.
Near: St Patrick’s Cathedral
Price Range: $70-140 a night
If you want trendy, stylish and affordable in Manhattan, Pod 51 is a pretty cool choice! With art splashed across the walls, bright block-coloured furniture, and a rooftop garden, this hotel is a really sweet place to call home after a day of sightseeing. Kitted out in modern décor, you will feel at home in the on-site lounge where they serve American cuisine, the bar or on the rooftop in the evenings. Perfectly located a walk away from many sites, your days will be filled with sightseeing and your evenings eating your weight in food! Make sure to check out the new Mexican restaurant opposite the hotel. Like the hotel, the rooms are just as minimalist, colorful and comfortable. They also come with MP3 docking stations! (Prices start at $70 a night for a single room)
Near: Empire State Building
Price Range: $176-276 a night
Located near Madison Square Park and the Empire State Building, this hotel is equipped with modern furnishings and incredible views. If you luck out on their rooms, you can find yourself falling asleep with an incredible view of the entire city. They have a variety of rooms from bunk beds to top quality sky rooms. The best things about the entire place? Their rooftop bar which offers stunning views of downtown and uptown Manhattan. Go on, have a drink and indulge yourself in one of the most vibrant and lively cities.
Best Luxurious Places to Stay in New York
CitizenM New York Times Square
Near: Gershwin Theater
Price Range: $250-300 a night
If you’re looking for modern luxury smack bang in the middle of everything New York, look no further than citizenM New York. In the heart of Manhattan, you have Times Square, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building all at your disposal. In the hotel, it’s just as fun! Lounge in the massive living-room style lobby and enjoy the art, or take advantage of the New York City views from one of the three terraces. I don’t know about you but having a fitness and yoga center with those views would definitely make me exercise more! With all the cool hotel amenities such as the sky bar, it is hard to believe the rooms are just as cool. Kick back in plush and modern rooms with king size beds and a centralized digital system that controls everything (seriously you have your own lighting mood pad!). (Prices start at $250 a night for a single or double room)
1 Hotel Central Park
Near: Central Park
Price Range: $330-650 a night
Unlike many classic luxury hotels, 1 Hotel Central Park is completely different. It is a simply beautiful eco-friendly hotel which shows from its outside appearance covered in ivy, right down to the wooden door keys and hangers made from recycled material. The whole hotel has a relaxing evergreen scent and the rooms are decorated with neutral soft tones. They are even constructed from repurposed barn boards and the beds are made up with super soft sheets. Sounds like heaven right? The use of timber extends to the hotel dining rooms which offer amazing organic food amongst extensive inside plantings. As well as this hotel just being downright awesome, it is also the ideal location for broadway shows, sightseeing and luxury shopping! (Prices start at $330 a night for a queen room)
Cassa Hotel Times Square
Near: New York Times Building
Price Range: $150-800 a night
A little piece of luxury away from the busyness of Times Square is Cassa Hotel. Although slightly outside of the center, this hotel is ideal for a quieter stay and a lovely walk to Times Square to work off the delicious food! You are so close to many restaurants, the best pizza places, and theaters, that you won’t really need to venture far. The hotel is also so good that you might not want to! You can chill in your spacious rooms in your massive king sized bed and enjoy the New York City views. Alternatively, you can enjoy them from the rooftop bar where there are sun loungers, a big jacuzzi, and free drinks at happy hour! If you prefer a more peaceful spot, you can sit or dine in the rooftop garden terraces. Sitting amongst nature with a stunning city backdrop will never get old trust me! (Prices start at $150 a night for a king studio)
So there you go, a variety of accommodation options in New York City! With this incredibly, lively city comes modern hotels and with them pretty sweet technological gadgets. Trust me when I say you’ll enjoy exploring the hotels just as much as the big apple itself!
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