Cheap budget hotels in NYC are somewhat difficult to find. After all, one of the most expensive things in Manhattan is space! We all pay a LOT of money to live here and the size of many apartments would likely shock you. According to NYCGO.com, there are an estimated 80,899 hotel rooms in NYC at an average of cost of $238 per night. Of course, many rooms are much more and some killer suites go for upwards of $20,000 per night. However, there are also plenty of great budget and cheap hotels in New York, many of which offer interesting rooms, great amenities and free breakfasts.
If you are not from an urban area, then the size of NYC hotel rooms may come as shock to you. Remember there are millions of people in NYC who pay well over $1,500 per month to live in one room, where their bed is also their couch, the kitchenette is two feet long and their bathtub, if they have one, may even be in their kitchen. New York City is never about what’s inside your home – it’s all about what’s outside your door!! After all, that is why you are traveling to New York City, right? To see all our famous culture, history, attractions, restaurants and so much more. If you’re actually spending a lot of time in a cheap budget hotel in NYC, you’re probably doing something wrong.
Many people ask me if they should stay in New Jersey? My answer is always no. If you are visiting to New York City, I recommend you stay in our state, and preferably Manhattan. You might be surprised at how much time and money you lose by traveling back and forth every day. If you are vacationing with children, this could really hinder your trip. There are so many other EASY ways to save money in New York City, scrimping on a hotel room hardly seems necessary, especially when there are some great Cheap Budget Hotels in NYC, with rates starting at $76 to $139 per night (as of late 2010)..
Jane Hotel NYC – West Village
The Jane Hotel has rooms designed like a ship’s cabin. The low rate catch is there’s only a single bed – and the coed bathroom is down the hall. Some rooms offer bunk beds and the “captain’s cabin” with private bathroom starts at $225. The hip, but tiny rooms, come with free Wi-Fi, 23-inch LCD television, DVD player, iPod dock, built-in drawers and a luggage rack plus bicycles are complimentary and they are right on the Hudson River. In 2010, brunch at the Jane Hotel is a trendy NYC favorite.
Comfort Inn – Times Square
The Comfort Inn on 46th St is not expensive by New York standards but is recommended only for those who can deal with clean but small hotel accommodations. The hotel is steps from Times Square, 2 blocks from the 49th Street Subway, features a 24-hour gym, rooms with free Wi-Fi, an iPod docking station and a flat-screen cable TV. There is another Comfort Inn close by on 39th Street.
Other cheap budget Times Square Hotels include: The Hotel at Times Square, Hotel Edison and Portland Hotel Times Square
Pod Hotel NYC – Midtown East
Targeting the “Hip and Thrifty” market, the Pod Hotel offers extremely compact, cleverly designed guestrooms with iPod docking stations and small LCD TVs. Rooms have shared or private baths and in-room displays indicate availability of the shared baths. The shared bathrooms feature rainfall shower heads, water jets built into the sides, and streaming music. Private bathrooms also have rainfall shower heads (no jets), along with sleek stainless-steel sinks. The Pod also offers suites with standard TVs, private bathrooms, and living areas with sofa beds.
Hotel 31 NYC – Midtown East
Reflecting the eclectic, cosmopolitan personality of New York City itself, each of the 60 rooms in the eight-story Hotel 31 have their own unique decorative design. Stylish, comfortable, and very affordably priced, Hotel 31 offers accommodations for the discerning traveler on a budget.
Vanderbilt YMCA – Midtown East (near the UN)
Offering hotels for budget travelers from every continent, seven YMCAs in New York City provide great value for visitors who want to experience NYC’s multifaceted neighborhoods as well as its fabled sites and entertainment venues. Three YMCAs in Manhattan, two each in Brooklyn and Queens offer clean, comfortable and tranquil hostel accommodations for under $100 per night-in some cases, much less.
New York Manhattan Hotel – Midtown West
Part of the Red Roof Inn Group, this hotel was recommended by a NY childhood friend, now an attorney in Florida who travels back here frequently for business. It has clean rooms, complimentary breakfast, free wireless internet and is just steps from the Empire State Building.
Holiday Inn – SoHo
The Holiday Inn Soho Downtown Manhattan New York City offers well appointed and spacious rooms, including satellite television, high speed internet access, CD radios, three-way calling, and work desks.
Of course, there are many more cheap budget hotels in Manhattan, but this is a great start. Enjoy your New York City Vacation!