Blaring horns, throngs of people — the hustle and bustle of New York City can overwhelm even the most seasoned traveler. Whether you’re looking for a luxe escape or simple place to rest your head, consider proximity to stops on your sightseeing itinerary before booking.
Best cheap hotels in NYC
While New York City is known for its premium prices, it’s still possible to book a clean room without going broke.
Comfort Inn Times Square West
Families will appreciate free breakfast and easy proximity to Madison Square Garden and Rockefeller Center — plus 24-hour hot coffee for parental pick-me-ups. Walking distance to Broadway, Central Park and other midtown destinations.
Located in the Financial District, this Marriott-owned hotel is close to the New York Stock Exchange, Chinatown, Tribeca and Soho. Best for the trendy traveler willing to pay a little more for the rooftop bar and ReMix lounge.
Check out the Harlem Aloft location uptown right next to the Apollo Theater.
Price: From $189
Key amenities: Fitness center, rooftop bar, 24/7 cafe, lounge
From celebrated icons like The Plaza Hotel to hip boutique hotels, find an upscale spot for the ultimate city-chic experience.
The Plaza Hotel
Since 1907, the Plaza has hosted dignitaries, celebrities and the uber-rich. It’s a landmark in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s and even has a room dedicated to children’s book heroine Eloise, designed by Betsey Johnson.
Plus, you can’t beat the location. At Fifth Avenue and Central Park South, pop right over to the Museum of Modern Art, Carnegie Hall, Rockefeller Center and Central Park Zoo.
Price: From $659 per night
Key amenities: Afternoon tea, three restaurants, two bars, in-room dining, a spa and salon
A bohemian fusion of old-world romance and modern amenities — think silk Tibetan rugs and Bose Bluetooth speakers — the Greenwich hotel is a hotspot for celebrities and eclectics alike. (P.S.: It’s owned by Robert De Niro.)
Price: From $675 per night
Key amenities: pool, gym and spa, Locanda Verde restaurant
Directly across the street from the MoMA, the Baccarat Hotel merges French grandeur with New York energy. The opulent hotel pays homage to its royal roots with Baccarat crystal fixtures throughout rooms and suites.
Price: From $895
Key amenities: chauffeur service, spa, fitness center, Madison Baccarat Boutique, Gabriel Kreuther Restaurant
Travelers seeking luxury will love the refined sophistication of this classic landmark, situated at the south end of Central Park. Walk to Bergdorf Goodman for designer frocks or the Paris Theater for an international film at the city’s last-surviving single-screen cinema.
Price: From $795
Key amenities: two lounges, a spa, babysitters available
One overarching rule applies in New York City: Make sure your hotel is near a subway stop. That said, it’s hard to go wrong when choosing a neighborhood. After all, New York is considered one of the safest big cities in the nation.
A tip for newbies: Map your itinerary first, then choose a hotel that’s close to your daily destinations.
First-time travelers might appreciate:
Midtown West. Hotels in Midtown West offer easy access to Times Square. You’ll also be near Madison Square Garden, Bryant Park, Penn Station and Javits Center.
Upper West Side. Families looking for a quieter home base may appreciate the Upper West Side’s tree-lined streets and family-friendly restaurants. It borders Central Park, and the American Museum of Natural History and Children’s Museum are both within walking distance.
Chelsea. Smack dab between Hell’s Kitchen and Greenwich Village lies Chelsea, a foodie’s paradise. It’s right next to the High Line, and just north of beloved Washington Square Park.
The best New York City hotel for you should match your budget and ideal location. Before touching down, be sure to strategize your route around the Big Apple.
How did we choose these products?
We selected the hotels on our list by comparing star ratings, price ranges, key amenities and location. Price data was obtained January 2020 and is based on standard room rates. Keep in mind prices are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.
Amy Stoltenberg is a staff writer covering all things travel, shopping and lifestyle. After earning a BA at Savannah College of Art and Design, she worked as technical designer in corporate fashion before opting for a career with unlimited travel time. When her laptop's closed, you can find her wandering around Los Angeles looking for hole-in-the-wall eateries and plotting her way to all 50 states (she's currently at 28).
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