Long ago, staying in a cheap hotel in New York City conjured up images of a filthy room in a questionable neighbourhood, with a surly receptionist and only the bare necessities consisting of a bed, dresser, toilet and TV, none of which necessarily worked properly.
Today, the city’s most affordable hotels are the most stylish and tech-savvy spots in town, thanks to an influx of design-forward brands that encourage guests to hang out in lobbies with carefully curated lounge scenes or on rooftops amid sweeping city views.
This might mean the rooms are on the smaller side, but what they lack in size they make up for in artful decor, fun amenities and great technology.
Of course, a “budget” hotel room in the Big Apple still costs about $150 a night, depending on the season, but you can score further discounts by booking directly through a hotel’s website or by becoming a member of their loyalty programme.
Additionally, several hotels offer discounts with their advanced pre-pay rates. Be aware that these rates are non-refundable, however, so be certain you’ll make your stay or risk losing out.
The best budget hotels in New York are:
- Best for food and drink: Moxy Times Square, Booking.com
- Best for city views: citizenM Times Square, Booking.com
- Best for cocktails: Freehand, Booking.com
- Best for an urban oasis: Arlo Soho, Booking.com
- Best for history: The Jane, Booking.com
- Best for proximity to Central Park: Pod 51, Booking.com
- Best for wellness: HGU New York, Booking.com
- Best for families: The Paul NYC, Booking.com
- Best for futurism: Yotel Times Square, Booking.com
- Best for music fans: The Redbury, Booking.com
- Best for quirky design: The Moxy Chelsea, Booking.com
- Best for space: The Boro, Booking.com
- Best for discovering Brooklyn: Nu Hotel, Booking.com
- Best for a timewarp: The Harlem Flophouse, Booking.com
Moxy sits on the ever-busy 7th Avenue at 36th Street, along the border of the Fashion District and Times Square, but it’s eschewed the usual modern Gotham look favoured by nearby hotels for a natural, organic and playful one. Under a soaring lobby atrium, guests can either check-in at a dedicated kiosk or can access a mobile room key through the Marriott app instead.
The guest rooms (more than 600 of them) are tiny – the biggest one is a studio suite at…