20 of The Best and Most Affordable Hotels in NYC

As places start to slowly reopen and you’re in New York for business, or you want a staycation, you might be wondering how to find a nice hotel room without breaking the bank. Since you won’t be spending a great deal of money on a room, you can use the additional money on tasty food, supporting local restaurants that are struggling right now. Here are some of the most affordable hotels in New York City:

1. Hudson Hotel

This boutique hotel in midtown has modern rooms, a great location, and an Instagram-worthy lobby. They are walking distance from Central Park, Lincoln Center, and Times Square, but they are located outside of the bright lights and noise of these places. Their rooms are clean with an artsy touch, designed by Philippe Starck. He also designed the famed lobby which resembles a greenhouse. 

2. The Jane

This historic hotel was originally a home for sailors and its past is visible through its vintage decor. Survivors of the Titanic also once stayed here and the rooms have been redesigned to look like ship cabins. The bellhops dressed in classic uniforms just adds to the aesthetic. The hotel even boasts a “ballroom” decorated with oriental rugs, mismatched chairs, stuffed animal heads, and a grand fireplace. 

3. The Harlem Flophouse

This B&B in Harlem boasts a dark-wood interior, low lighting, and jazz music plays on rotation. The suites are named for Harlem Renaissance figures like Soxy Cole and Chester Homes and are decorated with tin ceilings, antique furniture, and junk-store knick knacks. 

4. The Bowery House

This boutique hotel in Nolita looks like a stylish hostel and it one of the most affordable hotels. Rooms are decorated with historical photographs, vintage prints, and mason jar light bulbs. The communal bathrooms which are gender-segregated are kept immaculate and have rain showerheads. The lounges have plush sofas, chandeliers and a flat screen TV. 

5. Moxy Times Square

This hotel, originally New Mills Hotel, stands in Midtown West as an affordable, comfortable, and stylish option. The rooms have walk-in rain showers and one also has access to Magic Hour–an all-season indoor-outdoor hotel rooftop bar and lounge. It features a mini-golf course, carousel, garden, and views of the Empire State Building. 

6. Orchard Street Hotel

The boutique hotel on the Lower East Side is located amidst some of the best restaurants. While the rooms might not be equipped with the best amenities, their price point and location makes up for it. 

7. Carlton Arms Hotel

This hotel/hostel located in Kips Bay attracts backpackers from near and far as each room, bathroom, and hallway is adorned with funky artwork. Each quarter has a theme such as the Money Room or a room that looks like a traditional English cottage. Almost half of the rooms share a bathroom. 

8. Bentley Hotel

Located in the Upper East Side, this boutique hotel that used to be an office building, overlooks the river and bridge from its oversize windows. Rooms are also decorated with flat-screen TVs and chrome and wood accents.

9. Even Hotel Brooklyn

Located in Downtown Brooklyn, this hotel is walking distance from the Brooklyn Bridge and offers an in-house fitness studio. Each room also comes with its own fitness kit, training zone, spa shower, and eucalyptus linens. 

10. Pod 51

This boutique hotel has a location both downtown and uptown, both are some of the most affordable hotels in NYC. The uptown location offers people the choice of six different “pods” that can sleep one to four guests. Each room features funky and colorful decor and are all well-equipped. They have flat screen TVs, desks, free Wi-fi, and overall are a great option for people who are going to be out and about all day. 

11. BKLYN House

Located in Bushwick, this affordable hotel has covered its walls with murals by local Bushwick artists. Rooms are decorated minimally, but if you are going to be out and about in Bushwick’s vibrant and diverse neighborhood, room decorations hardly matter. 

12. Row NYC

This Midtown West Hotel is a great spot for people who want to be near Times Square, but not in the heart of it. Their stylish, contemporary decor makes their rooms a bargain for the price they are charging and the location they are in. In addition, they house City Kitchen which is an indoor food market with everything from food staples to Luke’s Lobster rolls to Dough donuts. 

13.414 Hotel

People here can enjoy an affordable bed and breakfast in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen. They are spread out across two townhouses and are connected by a courtyard–an oasis of green in the middle of all of the hustle and bustle. 

14. Nu Hotel

At this hotel in Boerum Hill, one is surrounded by earthy, minimalist, and sustainable decor/amenities. Rooms have organic linens, recycled teak furniture, and all-natural bath products. They also have mini-bars with wine, beer, and snacks all made locally. 

15. Sohotel

Located on Broome Street in Little Italy, this hotel once housed John L. Sullivan and William Waldorf Astor. Now, however, rooms have gotten a contemporary makeover with skylights, exposed brick, and flat-screen TVs. Sohotel is one of the most stylish and most affordable hotels.

16. St. Marks Hotel

Located in the East Village, this 64-room boutique hotel is in the heart of the restaurant scene. It is also a few feet from the subway, close to Union Square, and their rooms have flat screen TVs and Wi-fi. 

17.Chelsea Savoy Hotel

This homey-like hotel is in the heart of Chelsea with no frills, but close to subways and walking distance to Madison Square Park. One can also easily walk to Union Square and the Meatpacking District, taking part in the great restaurant scene, museums, and the Highline. 

18. Urban Cowboy B&B

If you don’t want to be in the heart of Manhattan this B&B in Williamsburg could be a good retreat. Decorated like an upscale cabin, their rustic interior boats wood-burning stoves, a treehouse with a living room private roof deck, and copper tub in the bathroom. 

19. Arlo SoHo

They have tiny hotel rooms that barely measure 150 square feet. Popularized because of the upscale trend in micro hotels, what their rooms lack in space, they make up for with the other features of the hotel. There are four bars, a restaurant, a co-working space, rooftop lounge, and a seasonal courtyard–all in the heart of SoHo. 

20. Freehand New York

This hotel is a great option if you don’t want to break the bank, but want to stay in style. Their art-filled rooms have either bunk beds or are the standard set up. They were also just updated and have great food and drink within the hotel as well. 

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