The cost of living in NYC can be high, but it doesn't have to be. And to get low prices, you don't have to give up style or quality. If you understand where to look, New York City is full of stylish, cozy hotels that don't cost a fortune. So, we've got you covered whether you're looking for a place with a lot of history, a room with a great view, or a hotel close to everything. We've compiled a list of the best cheap hotels in New York City so that you can save money for the rest of your trip.
Carlton Arms Hotel
The Carlton Arms Art Project began in the late 1970s when a small group of creative people gave a run-down shelter, new paint, and new ideas. They called it Manhattan's famous art hotel. Today, the place is a haven for bohemian backpackers and a gallery where people can live. There is strange art in every room, bathroom, and hallway. The place fills up quickly, so book well ahead of time.
Graduate Roosevelt Island
The Graduate, the only hotel on Roosevelt Island, has much to offer. This great hotel in New York City is a winner for those on a budget. It has a restaurant, a bar garden, a fitness center, and a business center. You can order room service and watch TV in your air-conditioned, TV-equipped room before going to the continental breakfast, served every morning but isn't included in the room rate. The deck outside has a 360-degree view of Hudson and New York City.
The Bentley was an office building on the Upper East Side, but now it is a 21-story monster. Nearly every room has a great view, but the East River view is one of the best. The rooms are also good. They are clean and bright, with chrome and wood furniture that looks like it belongs in an office.
The Harlem Flophouse
René Calvo's Harlem inn feels more like a 1930s speakeasy than a B&B because of the dark wood, moody lighting, and lilting jazz music. The airy suites are named after Harlem Renaissance figures like Chester Himes and Cozy Cole. They have restored tin ceilings, a weird mix of junk-store furniture, and working sinks in the original antique cabinets.
This Brooklyn hotel is both friendly and good for the environment. When you wake up, there are green touches like organic sheets, recycled teak furniture, and all-natural bath products. The eco-friendliness goes to the mini-bar, which has locally made wines, spirits, and snacks.
The BKLYN House
The murals on the walls of this affordable home were made by Bushwick artists inspired by the neighborhood's diversity. Simplicity is key when it comes to these minimalist hotel rooms, but you'll hardly notice when you're just a stone's throw away from the quirky and lively gems of Brooklyn.
Moxy Times Square
The boutique Moxy Times Square, which used to be called the New Mills Hotel, shows you can have it all: low prices, comfort, and style. Relax in a room designed by Yabu Pushelberg with 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and a large walk-in rain shower.
Once ready to eat again, head to one of the hotel's five restaurants. We recommend a sunset cocktail at Magic Hour, New York's largest all-season indoor/outdoor hotel rooftop bar and lounge with a rotating carousel, putt-putt golf course, a topiary garden, and stunning views of the Empire State Building.
Millennium Broadway Times Square
Millennium Broadway is right in the middle of Manhattan so guests can watch all the action in Times Square from their rooms. Broadway's glitz and glam are so close that you can walk to the Hudson Theater from the hotel lobby. Keep an eye out for special deals that include tickets to the show that's going on.
This 100-year-old landmark is one of the most famous places in New York City. The vintage look of the hipster hangout shows that it has a long history. The hotel used to be a temporary home for Titanic survivors, and the rooms have been fixed up to look like cabins on a ship.
The classic-looking bellhops who run the old elevator by hand add to the charm, and the rooms have a dreamy Wes Anderson vibe. There are small retro-style bunk rooms with shared bathrooms, larger homes with peacock-patterned wallpaper, and captain's cabins with private terraces.
Orchard Street Hotel
The Orchard Street Hotel is next to New York City's most famous restaurants, bars, and music venues. It is in the coolest part of Manhattan. The 50-room Lower East Side property makes up for what it lacks in amenities with its decor, location, ability to accommodate pets, and price.
Even Hotel Brooklyn
This wellness-focused hotel near the Brooklyn Bridge is great for finding peace without breaking the bank. In addition to the large fitness studio on site, each room has its training zone, fitness kit, reviving spa shower, and natural eucalyptus linens.
This place on Broome Street is sure it is the "oldest operating hotel in New York City." Famous people like William Waldorf Astor and John L. Sullivan have stayed there in the past. Some rooms have skylights, a yellow-and-blue color scheme, flat-screen TVs, exposed brick walls, and hardwood floors. However, some of the 1805 charms are still there.